Friday, June 18, 2010

"Kingdom Coming"

"Kingdom Coming" is the name of a book written by Michelle Goldberg, a young, talented writer who styles her view of the world as that of a secular Jew. The main that Christian Evangelical churches are as much into politics as preaching; more perhaps.
Here are a few selected quotes that should give any SDA reason for concern...and hope. "One of the most crucial current questions for progressives is how to preserve that embattled legacy [those who framed a godless federal constitution] without further alienating their overwhelmingly pious fellow citizens. The stakes are high. Those who aren't Christian--or who aren't the right kind of Christian--can never be full citizens of the country the Christian Nationalists want to create. The birth of the Christian nation means the destruction of the pluralist beacon that inspires the often anguished love of liberal patriots. America is not yet close to becoming a theocracy, but it is in danger of turning into a place where only conservative Christians really belong." [pg. 30.9-31.3]
The following statement was released by the Family Research Council in 2000 in response to a Hindu-priest-offered invocation before Congress: "Our Founders expected that Christianity--and no other religion--would receive support from the government as long as that support did not violate peoples' consciences and their right to worship. They would have found utterly incredible the idea that all religions, including paganism, be treated with equal deference." [pg. 32.2-32.4]
George Grant, in his book The Changing of the Guard: Biblical Principles for Political Action wrote: "Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ--to have dominion in civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness....World conquest. That's what Christ has commissioned us to accomplish. We must win the world with the power of the Gospel. And we must never settle for anything less...Thus, Christian politics has as its primary intent the conquest of the land--of men, families, institutions, bureaucracies, courts, and governments for the Kingdom of Christ." [pg. 30.9-41.5] [Original source; George Grant, The Changing of the Guard (Ft. Worth: Dominion Press, 1987), pp. 50-51.]
Most probably you've heard of George Barna, a respected evangelical pollster. Of Barna, Goldberg writes "By his measures, almost 40 percent of Americans are born-again Christians, but only 7 percent are true evangelicals. Among both cohorts, there is substantial support for amending the United States Constitution to make Christianity the country's official religion--66 percent of evangelicals endorse the idea, as do 44 percent of other born-again Christians. [pg. 9]
Unknowingly and fascinatingly, Goldberg is chronicling the unfolding of a prophetic scenario Adventists have warned of for more than one hundred years.
Some may wish to read this book so I post this "warning" (smile); though an excellent writer with command of style and vocabulary, she writes "sneeringly" and with a sharp pencil. Here are the details on the book: [Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism. (W.W. Norton & Company, New York, N.Y.) 2006].
Sabbath is Coming! e.c.

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