Ok, so maybe the government shutdown IS “the end of the world.” At least as far as some Tea Party leaders are concerned.
Yes, seriously. No, this is not a joke.
This eye-opening analysis comes from Rev. Morgan Guyton, a pastor in Louisiana:
I wanted to do some research into the theological roots of Senator Ted Cruz, the standard-bearer of the Tea Party Republicans behind the shutdown… It turns out that Ted’s father, Rafael Cruz, is a pastor with Texas charismatic ministry Purifying Fire International who has been campaigning against Obamacare the last several months. He has a distinct theological vision for what America is supposed to look like: Christian dominionism.
Here’s Christian Zionist charismatic pastor Larry Huch, a year ago, when he was introducing Sen. Cruz’s father as a guest preacher at Huch’s “New Beginnings” megachurch:
But here’s the exciting thing… The rabbinical teaching is… that in a few weeks begins that year 2012 and that this will begin what we call the end-time transfer of wealth. …It’s said this way: that God is looking at the church and everyone in it and deciding in the next three and a half years who will be his bankers. And the ones that say here I am Lord, you can trust me, we will become so blessed that we will usher in the coming of the messiah.
Here’s how the Rev. Guyton distills the current state of Cruz’s theology:
The reason governmental regulation has to disappear from the marketplace is to make it completely available to the plunder of Christian ‘kings’ who will accomplish the ‘end time transfer of wealth.’ Then ‘God’s bankers’ will usher in the ‘coming of the messiah.’ The government is being shut down so that God’s bankers can bring Jesus back.
OK, take a minute to breathe here. Remember that most Christians (including, particularly, Rev. Guyton) don’t believe that bankers can bring Jesus back. (Most Christians take a very different message from the Bible. Remember my post “The Republicans Make an Offer on Sequestration”?)
But it’s a very enlightening perspective on the current federal crisis.
Prepared for even more enlightenment? Read Rev. Guyton’s post on “The God of No Compromise and the Government Shutdown.”
[For evangelicals], the word ‘compromise’ has always been a bad word. It means to allow non-Christian values and influences to corrupt your devotion to Biblical truth. … a stormtrooper evangelical Republican must categorically reject any idea that is generated by a Democrat because accepting it would amount to a compromise of worldview.
This need to “categorically reject” Democratic ideas helps explain why the right-wing Heritage Foundation so adamantly opposes Obamacare. If you’re a policy geek, you might remember that the Heritage Foundation actually proposed the individual mandate, back in 1989. But now that’s a Democratic policy… Sen. Cruz believes it’s a reason to shut down the government.
It also helps explain why – no matter how hard President Obama may try to “compromise” – his attempts to “meet in the middle” are always going to be rejected. Read “Translating from TeaPartyese: What ‘negotiate’ really means.”