God/Jews for Jesus to Palin: Terrorism is God’s Judgement on Jews

I’m desperately trying to find non-Sarah Palin subjects to delve into, and given that this one only tangentially involves her, maybe this is my way out. Two weeks ago, David Brickner, founder of Jews for Jesus, was invited to speak to Palin’s congregation by her pastor, Larry Kroon. Or rather, according to Kroon, the message was so important that God arranged to have Brickner speak to everyone there, including Palin:

But above everything, I want you to understand—when God set that date, August 17th, 2008, David Brickner in Wasilla Bible Church—God wanted to say something to us at this time in our congregational life, to us corporately and to us individually. And God has brought you here to hear it. David?

What did God arrange for everyone to hear? That the violence and death in the Middle East is God’s judgement of unbelief against Jews and other non-believers in the region:

“But what we see in Israel, the conflict that is spilled out throughout the Middle East, really which is all about Jerusalem, is an ongoing reflection of the fact that there is judgment.

Judgment is very real and we see it played out on the pages of the newspapers and on the television. It’s very real. When Isaac [Brickner’s son] was in Jerusalem, he was there to witness some of that judgment, some of that conflict, when a Palestinian from East Jerusalem took a bulldozer and went plowing through a score of cars, killing numbers of people. Judgment — you can’t miss it.”

And here we are again. To non-believers, or even believers who don’t think that Christianity is the One True Ideology, these beliefs are about as morally repugnant as one can get. If violence and tragedy are a form of “judgment” upon humanity, then we’re talking about nothing less than spiritual terrorism. To many conservative Christians, on the other hand, these ideas are the quite logical implications of their beliefs.

So when this sort of rhetoric hits the mainstream, what happens? Fairly often, politicians seeking mainstream approval will seek to distance themselves from the full implications of such statements, without getting into the theological details (What do you deny about the Biblical basis of such statements? Where did they go wrong?). If this becomes an issue for Palin in particular, I have little doubt that we’ll be hearing a lot more about theological uncertainty and humility.

But isn’t it time we started to confront these beliefs directly, instead of briefly shying away from them whenever they are cast in an uncomfortable spotlight? Countless Americans really do believe that it is God’s will that bulldozers crush people to death, that shrapnel would tear apart markets. And worse. Many, including all of Palin’s known spiritual advisors, believe it just and warranted that the majority of humanity will endure eternal suffering merely for having the wrong set of ideas in their heads at the moment of their death.

There isn’t a nice middle ground here. Either these sorts of conservative fundamentals are true, or these views are absolutely and unequivocally morally abhorrent. To worship and glory in such ideas is simply grotesque.

It might well be reasonable to say that we cannot know the mind and purposes of God, and so we should be unwilling to say whether this or that is righteous judgment. That position can warrant some respect. But people like Bricker aren’t saying that: they are going all in on the idea that death and destruction are worthy parts of God’s plan, with all blame falling upon the victims. Humble christians simply cannot toe the line of denying Bricker’s theology, but then failing to pass judgement on his open endorsement of atrocity. Either you’re with humanity, with more humane and loving ideas of God, or you’re with this image of a vengeful God. One can’t be for God, right or wrong, and still claim to have any principled moral code or feeling.

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9 Responses to God/Jews for Jesus to Palin: Terrorism is God’s Judgement on Jews

  1. >>That the violence and death in the Middle East is God’s judgement of unbelief against the Jews and other non-believers in the region:

    http://witnessed.wordpress.com/2008/07/29/the-2-promised-returns/
    http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2008/07/15/israel-and-palestine/

  2. aos says:

    Isn’t it about time we just considered the god idea as a bug in the system? Time to debating about versions of god and just realize that any which way it is a bad concept. Over time I have come to think that god is not only a bad idea but a tragically impoverished concept incapable of encapsulating the world’s wonder. This is a remarkable world; let’s stop hiding it in the god box.

  3. aos says:

    Sorry…should have reread more carefully…meant to say….Time to stop debating….

  4. bshelley says:

    God’s judgment of the Jews was in AD 70. What we see today is ongoing consequences of rebellion to God’s truth. That is not limited to those who are physical Isreal. Thanks for the thoughts. God bless.

  5. Bad says:

    Judgement… consequences…

    Same exact language as used by terrorists when justifying their own acts.

    But most people with a moral backbone agree that there is simply no excuse for planning, endorsing, allowing, or even turning a blind eye towards violence and murder against ordinary civilians as a means of “teaching them a lesson” or “sending a message.”

    It’s too bad that you have a deep, blackened hole in your moral soul whenever it comes to what you think God is.

  6. 2lesbosgoinatit says:

    okay 2 breaking stories:

    National Enquirer is investigating 2 stories:

    1. Palin tried to force her daughter to marry
    2. Palin had extramarital affair

    And, Peggy Noon and other GOP pundits have open mic – what do they really think about Sarah Palin

    Great site here by the way – you had an automatic link to my site and thought I’d check it out!

    hugs,

    one lesbo

    http://www.2lesbosgoinatit.wordpress.com

  7. Lily God says:

    The reader will remember, concerning our drawing nigh to God, the position of the Christian is entirely changed from that of the Jew. Lily God

  8. Bad says:

    I can’t put any stock in the NE: stopped clocks may be right twice a day, but they’re wrong 368 minutes a day.

    Then again, many conservatives seem to think that the fact that media didn’t run with the John Edwards on the word of the NE is proof of a giant conspiracy to protect Democrats and that the NE should have been taken seriously. So they’re not in the best position to complain about it being just a dirty tabloid now.

  9. God says:

    IT SURE IS!! I LOVE THEM BUT I LIKE TO KEEP THEM ON THEIR TOES OR ELSE THEY GET SOFT.

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