Theocracy and The End of the World

One of the foundational problems with putting religious thought in the drivers seat is the belief that the end times are near.

If this were actually the case, it would profoundly shape how we interact with each other, and the rest of the world. On the one hand, you have the evil genius wingers who think that environmental degradation and world conflict are good things since they would hasten the apocalypse. On the other, the faithful who simply think most matters political are of little consequence. After all, if the world stage is coming to a close, why bother complaining about mere earthly concerns? From Grist:

Many Christian fundamentalists feel that concern for the future of our planet is irrelevant, because it has no future. They believe we are living in the End Time, when the son of God will return, the righteous will enter heaven, and sinners will be condemned to eternal hellfire. They may also believe, along with millions of other Christian fundamentalists, that environmental destruction is not only to be disregarded but actually welcomed — even hastened — as a sign of the coming Apocalypse.

When I think of what it means to be a patriot, a number of things come to mind: Acting in a way that best exemplifies the democratic principles which define us as a country. Protecting everything that makes this country great, from our rights and liberties to our land and people.

The fundamentalists who believe we are in the end times, and act politically upon that belief, are uniquely unqualified to run this country. They are profoundly unpatriotic. How can you be for your country if you believe that its future is of no concern, if you believe earthly disaster is to be courted to hasten heavenly reward?

We are not talking about a handful of fringe lawmakers who hold or are beholden to these beliefs. The 231 legislators (all but five of them Republicans) who received an average 80 percent approval rating or higher from the leading religious-right organizations make up more than 40 percent of the U.S. Congress.

And those politicians are just the powerful tip of the iceberg. A 2002 Time/CNN poll found that 59 percent of Americans believe that the prophecies found in the Book of Revelation are going to come true. Nearly one-quarter think the Bible predicted the 9/11 attacks.

These beliefs are driving policy in this country, and not in a good way.

Many End-Timers believe that until Jesus’ return, the Lord will provide. In America’s Providential History, a popular reconstructionist high-school history textbook, authors Mark Beliles and Stephen McDowell tell us that: “The secular or socialist has a limited resource mentality and views the world as a pie … that needs to be cut up so everyone can get a piece.” However, “the Christian knows that the potential in God is unlimited and that there is no shortage of resources in God’s Earth. The resources are waiting to be tapped.” In another passage, the writers explain: “While many secularists view the world as overpopulated, Christians know that God has made the earth sufficiently large with plenty of resources to accommodate all of the people.”

To oppose theocracy is to oppose the irrational thought that places religious conviction above the health of the earth and its people. It is to stand up to fundamentalists who want their view of the world to define our experience of the world.

It isn’t too late to care about the environment, to work towards world peace, and to make strides against disease and famine. If we want to, we can be the force in the world that saves and upholds it for everyone. That is real patriotism.

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8 Responses

  1. Saint Reagan held the “end times” beliefs too.

    I don’t know what it is that causes wingers to embrace this type of world view but, they are uniform in their thinking. Especially, the far-right, religious nutcase wingers.

  2. Simplicity. You don’t have to think when everything is already pre-ordained. No need to grapple with the complexities of life and death when everything fits into a nice movie storyboard. It also pumps the ego, I am right, they are wrong, end of story.

  3. 1 Christopher,
    I think that this worldview is prevalent in those who choose to become wingers, rather than the other way around. In other words, the right caters to this belief.

    2. Rafael,
    There has got to be more to it than that. I think a real study into the formation of “permanent” beliefs would be of great use to the world.

  4. Judgment Day is February 22. God did not give the year. Melanie Stephan

  5. Hi, I came here just for you. This is an important News Update, please read and pass it along. God has made contact. The message is about Revelation. The message is from God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost respectively. It was sent in the Spring of 2006. It is about the meaning of First is Last and Last is First . The message is this: In the morning I go to Heaven. In the afternoon I live my life. In the evening I die, death. What does this mean? In other words this means Birth is Last and Last is Birth. To understand this don’t think from point A to point B. Think of this as a continous circle of life. Birth is First, Life, Death, Birth is Last, completing the circle. God also said that Judgment will be before Birth in Heaven. As birth on Earth is painful so will birth in Heaven. It is possible that this message was delivered by one of God’s Angels in the Spring of 2006. Yes, God has made contact and he sent a messenger. Spread this message along, just like a chain letter. Tell two people. OH, one more thing of interest. Did you know that Mike Douglas died on his birthday. Melanie Stephan

  6. Why would God get specific on the year? The big guy likes to keep things spicy and unprovable I’m told.

    Melanie,
    Why can’t the god who talks to you speak in anything other than cryptic riddles? Why bother giving the day of the year, if he won’t give the year? Why should any of your “News Update” have any bearing on how we act in the world? Isn’t the golden rule enough of a goal and a challenge to move us forward?

    In short, why should anyone believe or act on statements rooted in “God told me so” rather than those founded in reason and reality?

  7. I never thought of the message about First is Last as cryptic. By saying very little God did say a ton in his message. Example: Morning, Noon, Evening. That is one day. The Trinity is saying that your life is one day. Then how long is one day? Then, In the Evening you die. At the end of the evening you go to sleep. When you wake in the morning your in Heaven. Judgment Day. God hinted at the year. Judgment Day is 331 days after you die, I die, or God could have meant to say 331 days after Jesus went to Heaven. When ever that is? So that could be say 331 days, 331 years or maybe 33100 years. The Key is to figure out how long a God day is. I think that it is not in my life time. It was clear that Judgment Day is at the beginning of Spring. Spring is when everything that has been sleeping or dead from winter comes back to life.
    Your next question. The news Update does have bearing. Not everyone remembers the Golden Rule like you do. For some people religion is something that came out of the dark ages. All of the writtings are old, altered and lost in translation. The bible even has contradictions. Now the very first thing that God had to say was “I am not dead” when he made contact. He has not made contact for so long that people have forgotten him and think that he could be dead. I think he wants his message to be Modern and he would like to be thought of occasionally. He also wants to make some corrections and additions. Like what he thinks of Cars, cell phones, rich people and the Romans. Then Jesus also said that someone made some alterations in the Bible. Possibly to suit thier thinking. Jesus said his parents are just like yours and mine. Joseph and Mary are his parents. Catholics calling Mary a Virgin, lie every time they say that. It is an insult to Women everywhere, like they are less than Mary. No one said anything about Joseph’s previous sex life, cause it was probably a man that altered the story about Mary?
    For your last question: Why should anyone believe statements like” God told me so”? I am not sure I understand the question but, Here is my answer. Just,“Use your best judgment”. I think what your asking is that you want proof. There is proof of the above statements about First is Last but it is impossible to show someone on the internet. Then it is impossible to show everyone too. You have to come to the proof. I think God will pick the person that will see the proof. The people that have seen the proof think that it is all coincidental. Also they didn’t see all of it, and they didn’t want to see all of it. A number of people said that they didn’t want to talk about it. Lack of interest. Then one person said that God would talk to me before he would talk to you(meaning Melanie). That meant that Melanie was someone that wasn’t important enough for God to talk to. Some think that God only talks to important people. Maybe the whole story was just to far out into Space for them. Talking about things outside of reality like God are just to strange for people to understand. Who knows. Melanie Stephan

  8. You can read more of what God said to Melanie on this website Non-Prophet, Are you going to Hell? Melanie also gives proof that God talked to her on this site. The proof is in the story of 3 famous people Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin and Nancy Reagan. I hope you get it. God went to a lot of trouble to get his message out. God came back on Aug. 15 with more to say to Melanie. The message is important to him. Just like a Father, he is worried about us.

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