Rapture Ready

July 26, 2007

I recently noted that preacher John Hagee was leading another meeting of Christians United for Israel (CUFI). I suggested that the rhetoric at the meeting would probably result in some of the same problems as last year, which I critiqued in a column last year for Ethics Daily. The piece was entitled "The John Hagee Filter."

The best report of this year's meeting is a very insightful and worthwhile video shot by Max Blumenthal at the CUFI meeting. It is entitled "Rapture Ready: The Unauthorized Christians United for Israel Tour" and includes interviews with many participants. It is only ten minutes and is quite interesting.

2 comments

  1. What I find most amusing about Max's transparent video is in the fact that he mentions that thousands came to see Hagee, but Blumenthal chose a very select portion of the "flock" to interview for his piece.

    Anyone who knows Blumenthal's point of view on matters of organized religion, the Christian Right and Republicanism/Conservatism, would expect this from him, and he did not fail to be predictable.

    Maybe Max can now show you an edit of more footage, with the doctors, lawyers, small business owners, teachers, scientists and the literally thousands of others who were there who were not speaking from an uneducated perspective and who were not doing interpretive dance in the aisles, and show that there is a movement of people who do not subscribe to "the rapture" and just believe that god's-will will be revealed one day, and until then, our lot is to work together for a common goal of survival.

    Max forgot to include Hagee's comment while holding his friend Rabbi Aryeh Sheinbaum, an Orthodox rabbi from San Antonio when asked about eschatology, "we both know that one day when we're dancing in the streets of Jerusalem together, one of us will have to seriously reevaluate our beliefs."

    That said to anyone else listening, that while Hagee is indeed a Christian and holds to the belief in Christ, he does acknowledge that maybe he does not know everything and that God's design is still truly unknown.

    Max, an honest reporter would try to stay honest, but one with an agenda will always only find the facts that support his ends.

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  2. Wow! It took you just three minutes to find this post and write all of that (or copy it from some other post where you had already commented).

    For more insights, how about you check out the writings of New Testament scholar Ben Witherington here.

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