Rushdoony's Great Beast
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Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 09:37:33 AM EST
Christian Reconstruction founder R. J. Rushdoony wrote in his book, THY KINGDOM COME, saying the great beast spoken of in the book of Revelation is government.  Though Rushdoony did not share eschatological views with religious right kinsman Tim LaHaye, he did share a common attitude toward government.  LaHaye's writing, much like modern end of times spokesman Jack Van Impe, lace their seminars and books with theories about secret organizations at work to take the world to Satan.  You can check out my review listed in Wikipedia about Pat Robertson's catch all conspiracy book ONE WORLD ORDER.  Rushdoony said the Christian view of history was that of conspiracy.
I  am hearing a new history revision coming from modern radio and religious right prophets I had read about before in earlier journals from the movement.  Earlier versions of the religious right in the U.S. believed that FDR invented a governmental failure in his New Deal.  Some right wing preachers at the time referred to it as the "Jew Deal".  I grew up with the dogma that Roosevelt set into motion government regulations and programs that helped lead us out of the Great Depression.  What I am hearing repeated now is the New deal was a farce. It did not do anything but harm the  nation according to a new host of talk show leaders in my region.
     Black people like Star Parker and J.C. Watts have found a welcome mat in the GOP for advocating that LBJ's Great Society ruined Black people.   Watts claimed it was a great failure.  What this crowd finds troubling about LBJ, (besides civil rights), was the use of government to pass out shares of revenues and demand business  hire some groups.  The fact that both these causes used government to get into business was viewed as an intervention that would lead to no good.  The use of government to react to the "myth" of global warming is seen as a role government will use to harm the country.  Jon Hagee's son believes global warming myths are a plot to eradicate Christians used by Al Gore much like Hitler harmed Jews with government.
     The theory that the nation's government is the great beast warned about in Scripture, means that feeding it only makes it bigger and meaner. This helps lay a foundation for understanding why many religious right speakers have found a receptive audience attacking recent government bailouts. Their solution for economic problems seems to always take the road of less government.  Giving tax breaks means less government and thus a smaller "beast".
     Rushdoony's  anti-government ideas have been passed along to Rick Warren, whether or not Warren realizes it.  When Rick warned that government only ruins people it seeks to help, the same old theory was rewarmed and advocated.  Changing these types opinions on FDR not only means changing their view of history, it also entails changing their interpretation of the Bible.



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Growing up with fundamentalist parents I heard many stories like those mentioned in this article. It was even rumored that FDR committed suicide because of shame at betraying the West at Yalta. It all seems ridiculous. As far as I can determine the United States isn't even mentioned in Revelation. Seems fundamentalists see the country they live in as the center of the universe.

Definitions -
Fundamentalist: Religious person advocating a strict set of "thou shalt nots."
Legalist: What one fundamentalist calls another fundamentalist with a more extreme set of "thou shalt nots."

by offbeatjim on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 10:11:08 PM EST

Theodore Roosevelt
"The government is us: we are the government, you and I."

So if we follow Rushdoony and his disciples then we are the Beast. Gotta love them Calvinists.

by Frank Frey on Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 12:53:04 AM EST

What I meant to say was that if we follow the logic of Rushdoony and his disciples.

by Frank Frey on Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 12:54:25 AM EST
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As someone who's suffered injustice and abuse under the policies brought about by conservative thought, I find your "slip of the tongue" to be highly accurate.

As any walkout/walkaway can testify- far more damage has been done to them by the (whatever you want to call them- fundamentalist, dominionist, religious right, whatever) churches than by the government.  At the same time, I know a LOT of people who have been helped by affirmative action and the other policies so hated by those churches.   These people also NEEDED the help- it's not fun experiencing hardship because of race or health (and many of the Native Americans I know have experienced severe poverty at one time or another- including us and for those reasons.)

The churches???  A slap on the head and condemnation when that didn't fix everything.  I've also been THERE.

What I find ironic is that when I was a member of the Assemblies of God cult, they constantly preached against the "new world order"... so much so that after I walked I always suspected that they actually were wanting such a thing.

So it was ironic and not unexpected that with the NAR movement, they themselves are trying to bring about the very thing they preached against 25-30 years ago.

by ArchaeoBob on Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 01:26:48 PM EST
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ArchaeoBob,  

Thanks for the snort! It was indeed perhaps a "freudian slip" of the tongue.;-)

by Frank Frey on Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 05:25:40 PM EST
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It is a strange mix in which these super patriot-types wave the flag with such fervent emotionalism yet hold to such theories about a government that is evil incarnate.

by wilkyjr on Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 09:39:45 AM EST
...when you throw in doses of triumphalism, millennialism, and for some groups outright racism.

by Frank Frey on Wed Mar 11, 2009 at 12:11:53 AM EST
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by trog69 on Wed Mar 11, 2009 at 05:10:30 AM EST
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