Predicting the End is Bad for Conservative Politics

I’ve visited this subject in past articles, but the subject bears repeating. How is it that the homosexual community of less than two percent of the population is winning politically while Christians who make up nearly 30 percent of the population are being disenfranchised?

There are a number of reasons. First, many Christians are taught that politics is dirty, Jesus didn’t get mixed up in politics so why should we, there’s a separation between church and state, we’re not supposed to judge, we can’t impose our morality on other people, God’s kingdom is not of this world, Satan is “god of this world,” the Christian’s citizenship is in heaven, and other myths and half truths.

Then there’s the continued claim that we’re living in the last days. There’s a long history of last days or end-times hysteria. Millions of books have been sold assuring an eager public that the end is right around the corner. As a result, Christians have self-disenfranchised. They’ve taken themselves out of the fight based on what I consider to be a misreading of the Bible on the topic of prophecy.

Pastor Robert Jeffress is senior pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. His new book is titled Perfect Ending: Why Your Eternal Future Matters Today. On the one hand, Pastor Jeffress writes about being “both salt and light in this present world.”  He says in his interview with the Christian Post, “We’re not going to prevent the ultimate destruction of this world, but I think we can delay it by pushing back against the evil that’s in the world. And the reason we want to push back, and give this world more time, is so that we have an opportunity to share the Gospel with more people.”

This all sounds well and good until we find out that Jeffress, like so many Christians who write and speak on prophetic subjects, doesn’t give the world much time. He is schizophrenic. On the one hand he says we should be salt and light, but on the other hand the end is near and all the signs are in place for the rise of antichrist.

Liberals love it every time some preacher writes about how the end is near.

Jeffress says that President Obama “is paving the way for a future world dictator.” He doesn’t know that. Obama is a petty Marxist who’s bolstered by the ineffectiveness and cowardliness of his political opposition. Let me be clear: The main reason a guy like Obama becomes president is because many Christians have not been involved politically. There is no way an Obama becomes president of the United States if more Christians were engaged politically.

Too many Christians are waiting for an end when they will be taken off the earth just before all hell breaks loose in an event called “the rapture.” It’s the basis of the Left Behind series and the 1970 prophetic blockbuster The Late Great Planet Earth. Don’t you think that nearly 45 years of this type of theology has had a negative impact on how Christians think and act politically? I do. I’ve observed it for more than four decades.

If history is any indicator, we’ve had numerous – probably hundreds – of antichrist candidates. In the 20th century alone we had Benito Mussolini, Aleister Crowley, Joseph Stalin, Francisco Franco, Adolf Hitler, John F. Kennedy, King Juan Carlos, Henry Kissinger, Mikhail Gorbachev, Prince Charles, a revived Adolf Hitler, and even Ronald (6) Wilson (6) Reagan (6).

Who in the 1970s would have thought that the atheist Soviet Union would collapse or that there would be 100 million Christians in China?

Yes, things are bad, but they are not so bad that there can’t be a reversal. Who would have thought that Germany and Japan would recover as they did after the devastating effects of World War II?

Much more could be said on this topic. You can read my views in my book Last Days Madness at www.AmericanVision.org

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