posted on Nov, 10 2008 @ 12:14 PM
What words come to mind when you hear the word “Christian?” Are they love, compassion, and charity? Or are they words like hate, intolerance,
and control? Unfortunately, for the true “believer in Christ Jesus,” the latter tends to crop up more than the former. Why is that? How is it
that the name of Jesus Christ, once a name revered by mankind has become so hated among so many?
The United States has experienced religious and cult hucksters throughout its history, from Cotton Mather and his Salem witch burners to Billy
Sunday, Father Charles Coughlin, Charles Manson, Jim Jones, David Koresh, Marshall Applewhite, and others. But none have ever achieved the kind of
power now possessed by a powerful and secretive group of conservative politicians and wealthy businessmen in the United States and abroad who are
known among their adherents and friends as The Fellowship or The Family. The Fellowship and its predecessor organizations have used Jesus in the same
way that McDonald’s uses golden arches and Coca Cola uses its stylized script lettering. Jesus is a logo and a slogan for the Fellowship. Jesus is
used to justify the Fellowship’s access to the highest levels of government and business in the same way Santa Claus entices children into
department stores and malls during the Christmas shopping season.
This article is an extremely long read, yet it is imperative for anyone who calls themselves Christian. Too often, when people call religion “mind
control”, we are so quick to respond with excuses or reasons why this isn’t so. But they are right! Now is the time for Christians to wake up
and take a stand. This is how Nazis and Fascist have gained control of America. These are not you grandparent’s Christians.
Journalist, columnist, and television commentator Bill Moyers recently wrote that “for the first time in our history, ideology and theology
hold a monopoly of power in Washington.” Ever since Abraham Vereide, a misguided immigrant to this country who brought very un-American ideas of
Nazism and Fascism with him in his steamer trunk, the so-called “Christian” Right has long waited to take the biggest prize of all – the White
House. Moyers correctly sees the Dominionists or “End Timers” as being behind the invasion of Iraq. He cites the Book of Revelation that states,
“four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates will be released to slay the third part of man.” Such words may have their place in
Sunday School and in church halls but using such thinking to launch wars of convenience or religious prophecy have no place in our federal and
democratic republic. Moyers also rightly sees fundamentalist thought behind Bush’s “faith-based initiatives” and the rolling back of
This is not the Christianity of Christ and His disciples, but a bastardized version where the Bible is being interpreted by man rather than The Holy
Spirit. Pastors stand in pulpits and make outlandish claims and their parishioners feel justified in their hate, greed and selfishness. It is a
militant version of Christianity that validates actions by misusing the Bible.