Friday, May 23, 2008

McCain Backer Hagee Said Hitler Was Fulfilling God's Will (AUDIO) - Politics on The Huffington Post
McCain Backer Hagee Said Hitler Was Fulfilling God's Will (AUDIO) - Politics on The Huffington Post: "John Hagee, the controversial evangelical leader and endorser of Sen. John McCain, argued in a late 1990s sermon that the Nazis had operated on God's behalf to chase the Jews from Europe and shepherd them to Palestine."

BHT thinks getting political endorsements from outspoken, Bible believing Christians is a dicey proposition. Some of the messages and explanations in the Bible are normally not welcome to the "world" or those outside the faith. This should come as no surprise. Jesus said if they hated me, they will hate you.

Do I belive that Hitler was used by God to encourage the Jews to move back to the homeland? It does seem to fit the passages mentioned by Mr. Hagee. Our problem is in justifying God's actions, if true, to the loving God from Sunday School. This may be humorous to God, we lowly, ignorant, short sighted, weak beings feeling a need to evaluate God's actions and/or motives. But it may have something to do with what God knows will happen and how He has incorporated those foreseen events into His master plan. Some get so confused on the issue as to retreat into hypothesizing that God doesn't know everything ... this entire discussion gets more complex and slippery as we try to nail it down. All attempts to completely understand it are probably futile.

But something is changing. Christians began to believe (USA Christians) that infiltration into government and places of power was God's will and a sure fire way to transform (some say retain) the USA as a Christian nation. That strategy has produced little fruit and seems doomed (even cursed). Increasing numbers of pastors are speaking against the emphasis on political solutions (we should still vote I presume) and are urging a return to ... something else.

Perhaps Christians need to abandon the political approach to the Gospel and return to the position of being "in the world but not of the world." Maybe we should be less concerned with our worldly kingdoms and more concerned about the kingdom of heaven. If I read my Bible correctly, things are going to get rougher and tougher toward the end. Is that where we are, toward the end?

Who knows, maybe God is creating (or is that foresaw) a clear separation coming between us New Testament Jews and the world. Maybe we will be driven by some new Hitler to return to our true homeland ... The Kingdom of Heaven.

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