Bush, Dobson, and Rosenberg. All three have scary, fundamentalist, apocalyptic visions about national politics. Talk to Action has a write up that worries me quite a bit. I also happened to be listening to Dobson interview Rosenberg this morning on my local Christian radio station. Rosenberg writes “fiction” based on the bible, much like the Left Behind series of books. I read the first two books and at least Rosenberg has some talent for writing, unlike LaHaye and Jenkins, whose books I found to be painfully unreadable. What’s scary about Rosenberg, though, is that he said on Dobson’s show (I’m paraphrasing because I didn’t record it) that he was worried about God’s plan for this country because America cannot be found in the bible!! I kid you not. Why would he think America should be in the bible? Because he thinks all the other countries involved in the Middle East Crisis are in the bible: Russia, Israel, Iran, and Iraq. Dobson played a portion of a DVD that purportedly shows extremist Muslims chanting “Death to America” in particularly Nazi fervor. This is nothing new. They’ve been chanting that since America was founded. But to Dobson and Rosenberg it is URGENT that we vote Republican next year or we will all die horrible deaths when God comes sweeping in to avenge the Jews in a Third World War.
I’ve heard this apocalyptic interpretation of the bible many, many times before. As a premillenial Baptist we were constantly taught that specifically the books of Daniel, Ezekiel, and Revelation spelled out the entire end time scenario for this world. There was a constant undercurrent of fearmongering in this teaching that kept everyone who heard it worried about voting, politics, world diplomacy, and everything else these apocalyptic doomsayers wanted to have done in the world. How do I know? Because I was constantly worried about it. After whipping the voting block into a frenzy week after week in the pulpit and on the radio, Dobson and those who believe in this kind of apocalypticism would urge people to vote because time was short and we didn’t want Jesus to come back finding us in a sin-ridden country such as America. To these people, Israel of course plays a HUGE role and must be protected at all costs.
After years of hearing this, I can’t help but think that this is nothing more than a ploy to garner listeners, viewers, ratings, and bestsellers. Do I think they consciously do that? Maybe not. But, I think the public is not only being condescended to, but are being used to further these men’s earthly kingdoms at the expense of our peace.
My question to them is. If God is so in control of world politics, then what difference does it make who’s in office?