Both Eric Cantor and Michele Bachmann have extreme religious beliefs. In Cantor’s Zionism God expressly desires a piece of land in Middle East be ruled and occupied by Jews. Bachmann’s Dominionism asserts that Christians should play a special role in the American Republic. However, the major news outlets have treated their religous beliefs very differently. While it is open season on Bachmann, Cantor’s Zionism is off limits. In a bizarre marriage of extremism, Zionism and Dominionism are joined at the hip; one never speaking a word against the other. But which one is truly dangerous for America?
Zionism and Dominionism – Yes, too very political and very theological viewpoints, neither of which I believe are ‘biblical.’
When people are elected to Federal Office in the United States, they swear to uphold the Constitution, but many today are taking pledges and running on platforms which promise to protect Israel over and above the United States. Why? Bad theology.
In line with this grasp of history, Tau has encouraged many of his disciples to limit their time in the study hall and seek careers in the military, which he sees as the road to power and influence within Israeli society; a growing number of leading IDF senior officers are his students. In time, Tau confidently believes, the current occupants of positions of power in Israel will yield their place to those who alone understand the subtle dialectics of God’s movements through history.
Nobody can deny that, in recent decades, the dreams of religious Zionists for an ushering-in of a messianic era have fallen on hard times. The more ecstatic fervor that, from the mid-70s on, characterized much of the Israeli Right and nearly the entire religious-Zionist camp has dissipated, ground by hard realities into a grim combativeness toward enemies both without and within. The Gaza disengagement of 2005 was an especially difficult blow, exposing fault lines between those who advocated disobeying orders to evacuate Jewish settlements and Tau’s disciples (and, for different reasons, others) who maintained their commitment to sovereign institutions.
Today, while many in the religious-Zionist camp are focused on what they see as the immediate battles ahead, the kav pursues its own, dual program: full-blown engagement, coupled with a self-imposed retreat to its “Hill of Myrrh,” where it can preserve its spiritual purity even as it contemplates the historical moves to which it holds the hermeneutical key.
Egypt has been Israel’s near partner in maintaining peace, albeit a ‘cold peace’, for many years. What would a democratic government in Egypt do to that process, especially if it was the Muslim Brotherhood who controlled the Government?
“The Israeli government is freaking out,” said Dr Shmuel Bachar, at the Israel Institute for Policy and Strategy. “For the past 30 years we have depended on Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel. Now, suddenly, we have rediscovered the existence of something called an Egyptian public, the existence of which we’ve vigorously tried to ignore.” (here)
The President of the United States has, at the first, refused to almost make any statements calling for anything but support of a 30-year dictatorship. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has been less committal.
So my question is this: To what end is Zionism, Christian or otherwise, or maybe better, the fear that democratic Arabic nations may threaten Israel in some way playing into the world (non-)reaction to the what is happening in Egypt?
I didn’t know it was post… I thought Christians were simply returning to a better theology which is found solidly in church history. Not everyone agrees with me, I reckon.
Surrounding by enemies on all sides, both literally and figuratively, Israel has long known that it can count on the Evangelical Christian Church as a stalwart ally, a shield against an increasingly aggressive campaign to reverse this nation’s divine restoration.
But that is starting to change. Within the Evangelical Church itself there is a growing trend toward a different view of Israel, one that questions whether or not the modern State of Israel has anything at all to do with God’s Word and His plans of redemption. At the forefront of that movement has been the documentary-style film “With God on Our Side,” which takes aim at Christians who use the Bible to justify their support of the Jewish state
There are a lot of issues with the State of Israel, none of which I care to go into here, but suffice it to say, I am not a Zionist. I believe that nations, all nations, must act justly. Christian denominations are starting to demand that of Israel, and Israel doesn’t like it.
A film produced earlier this year that depicts Christian Zionism as a fanatical and dangerous ideology is gaining popularity in the UK, and is even being peddled to government ministers in an effort to snuff out the influence of grassroots Christian support for the Jewish state.
A municipal councillor in Northern Ireland notified Israel Today that he and many other local and national officials have been invited to attend a screening of the film “With God on Our Side” on November 11 at Queens University in Belfast. The event is being sponsored by The Ireland-Palestine Alliance.
Among those invited are several prominent members of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly, as well as Daphne Trimble, wife of former First Minister David Trimble.
The 82-minute film they will to be treated to accuses Christian supporters of Israel of advocating the ethnic cleansing of the region’s Arab population, be they Christians or Muslims, and of rubber stamping all Israeli actions and policies regardless of morality.