Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The glory of Jesus (according to Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins)

In a section of Head and Heart dealing with the brutal worldview of Dispensationalist fundamentalists and their casual acceptance of 9/11 as God's deserved wrath and eager anticipation of nuclear war, Gary Wills provides this charming passage from Glorious Appearing, one of the books in LaHaye's apocalyptic "Left Behind" series.

Rayford watched through the binocs as men and women soldiers and horses seemed to explode where they stood. It was as if the very words of the Lord had superheated their blood, causing it to burst through their veins and skins.

Tens of thousands of foot soldiers dropped their weapons, grabbed their heads or their chests, fell to their knees, and writhed as they were invisibly sliced asunder. Their innards and entrails gushed to the desert floor, and as those around them turned to run, they too were slain, their blood pooling and rising in the unforgiving brightness of the glory of Christ ...

The riders not thrown leaped from their horses and tried to control them with the reins, but even as they struggled, their own flesh dissolved, their eyes melted, and their tongues disintegrated. As Rayford watched, the soldier stood briefly as skeletons in now baggy uniforms, then dropped in heaps of bones as the blinded horses continued to fume and rant and rave. Seconds later the same plague afflicted the horses, their flesh and eyes and tongues melting away, leaving grotesque skeletons standing, before they too rattled to the pavement.
Wills recounts that after Jesus returns, he "slays millions by the power of his words, staining the hem of his robe crimson as he wades through the oceans of blood he sheds."

This isn't just fiction to these folks. They:
1.Expect that this will happen
2.Believe that this is how a god worthy of worship and devotion should act.

In other words, you must interpret the Bible the way they interpret it, or that's what you have coming to you.

American fascists, indeed.

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