Regarding Syria: Christian Zionism’s Win-Win

Does Jesus want a war in Syria?

Ralph Reed @ralphreed
Verse of the day: "Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city, and will become a fallen ruin." Isaiah 17:1

Trolling the Hard-Right-Christian Twitter-sphere in the potential run-up to sending US bombs onto Syria, aside from the uncontrollably diarrhea-afflicted few, there is strange calm. The issues surrounding the current sarin-inspired crisis seem to be as nuanced for End Timers as they are for the rest of us, albeit for very different reasons. While mainstream America pits the humanitarian crisis against a “Do No Harm” principle, the relative silence from the normally abusively vocal Christian and Jewish Zionists is muted. It’s not hard to know why; the easy explanation on this one is that they simply cannot lose.

If the US launches our technologically wondrous computer-directed death missiles on the Assad regime and stockpile, realpolitik knows there with be civilian deaths and its consequent blowback in the form of jihadi recruitment. If we do nothing, we may effectively telegraph to Syria, Russia and Iran a willingness to overlook an egregious crime against civilization.

Most understand and appreciate the difficulty of our essentially no-win position. Most but not all.

For the reasons mentioned above, Christian Zionists like John Hagee see recent events, whichever way they go, as a sure-to-be promising fulfillment of biblical prophecy; the ushering in of the glorious Final Battle where the Saved will be saved and the “unchurched” will get theirs in Hell. Make no mistake, Hagee never fails to pull political strings when it comes to promoting his End Times agenda. And no matter how limited a military response to Assad is, the fact that we respond at all, pretty much guarantees that the Hagee triumvirate of evil – Syria, Iran and Russia – will come together as he sees predicted in the Bible. And rather than push for a missile strike, Hagee dogwhistles his glee in this tweet:

Pastor John Hagee @PastorJohnHagee
He never promised you would never be in battle; but He did promise the battle would be His and you would have the victory every single time!

And if President Obama doesn’t get Congressional approval and he backs down, what then?

Hagee still wins. In Hagee-world, should the US look away from Assad’s use of chemical weapons, it will telegraph to the same three players that there are not now and never will be repercussions for WMD use. In other words, as Hagee sees it, an ounce of poison sent Israel’s or America’s way guarantees a global response of unprecedented technological fury; a kind of man-made End Times.

Either way, Christian Zionists win.

About K. C. Boyd

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K. C. BOYD GREW UP IN OHIO, unaware, for the most part, of the vast array of religions and religious practices that have marked humankind. While earning a BA in psychology in Louisiana, Boyd became aware of the growing number of radical right-wing Christians who were quietly hoping for the world to end so that Jesus Christ would return. When the 2004 election demonstrated that this extreme Christian worldview had found acceptance in right-wing politics, Boyd began a strange and often frightening period of exploration by attending far-right evangelical services and conferences throughout the United States. Concerned about the increasing danger of mixing politics with end-times Christianity, Boyd realized the time had come to expose this reality through the medium of fiction. The result, born of close observation of key personalities, is Being Christian. Being Christian: A Novel is a steamy, pulp-fiction of a read.According to Mikey Weinstein, President of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, “Boyd created a story so riveting that not only could I not put it down, but upon finishing it, I found myself, like an addict, craving more.

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