Fundamentalist Christianity could be defined as a movement stressing the need for Christians to interpret the words of the Bible literally and to adhere to them to the very best of one’s human ability.
It goes without saying that, in our politically correct, ‘anything goes’ world, taking the Bible literally and living one’s life accordingly doesn’t make one popular with a host of people these days, some of whom claim to hold a kinship with Christians. Recently, for example, the Vatican ‘took on’ Christian Fundamentalists, as seen in the opening paragraphs of a Fox News story:
It’s not easy walking through the minefield called Middle Eastern politics, and a Vatican document released Sunday managed to criticize Israel, Egypt, Islam and even Christian fundamentalists.
The 46-page text, “The Catholic Church in the Middle East: Communion and Witness,” will serve as a working document for an October meeting at the Vatican about the Mideast.
The document was made public Sunday, the final day of Pope Benedict’s visit to the island of Cyprus, and reflected the Church’s concern about the flight of Christians from the Holy Land as they leave to look for more opportunities and fewer problems elsewhere.
“The Israeli occupation of Palestinian Territories is creating difficulties in everyday life, inhibiting freedom of movement, the economy and religious life,” the document said. “Moreover, certain Christian fundamentalist theologies use Sacred Scripture to justify Israel’s occupation of Palestine.”
Many Evangelical Christians, especially Americans, have thrown their total and unwavering support behind the Jewish state in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Those of us who take the Word of God literally, the Vatican would have us to believe, are encouraging Israel’s “occupation” of lands that we happen to know belong to none other than Israel! It’s a funny thing how reading one’s Bible can teach you things like that. Perhaps those at the Vatican criticizing those of us who actually do so should try reading their Bibles.
In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:
The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,
And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,
And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.
One need do but a small amount of research to determine that present-day Israel isn’t “occupying” even one inch of soil that doesn’t belong to the descendants of Abraham – if you believe the teachings of the Bible which the Vatican, apparently, chooses not to do.
Just look at all the trouble the Vatican says fundamentalist Christians are causing by believing in God’s Word! By offering our unwavering support of the apple of God’s eye (Zechariah 2:8), namely Israel, in its ongoing struggle against those who want nothing less than to destroy it, we’re creating difficulties in the “everyday lives” of Palestinians. What a sad tale and a tall one it is at that!
Literally thousands of rocket and mortar attacks have been launched against civilian targets in Israel from Gaza in recent years, but steel and shrapnel raining out of the sky inside the borders of Israel? None of them, from the Vatican’s perspective, impacts the “everyday lives” of Israelis. And how cruel it is that fundamentalist Christians aren’t up in arms that Palestinians aren’t permitted more “freedom of movement” by the Israelis. Who knows? If the Palestinians and the terrorist factions they harbor could’ve moved around more freely they could’ve potentially launched hundreds of thousands of rocket and mortar attacks against civilian targets in Israel! Yes, the Vatican thinks Israel and fundamentalist Christians are holding the Palestinians down, but let’s be fair. The Vatican is far from alone in having a problem with those of us who take God at His Word. As seen in the opening paragraphs of a NewsBusters story, there are people who believe the next great task for humanity is to rid itself of us, to “eradicate” fundamentalism:
Author and blogger Frank Schaeffer really, really doesn’t like what he calls “evangelical/fundamentalist” Christians. In the past, he’s suggested that their “hatemongering” was responsible for the “continuing ugliness of the response to President Obama.” And now, in a new blog on The Huffington Post, he’s calling for the “eradication” of fundamentalist Christianity.
“The next great task for the human race is to wean ourselves off literal interpretations of religion. We need to eradicate fundamentalism in all its forms,” Schaeffer wrote. “Atheism is no help,” he later added.
It is no surprise that he feels this way toward Christianity. After all, it flies in the face of liberal ideology, which promotes gay marriage and heterosexual cohabitation before marriage.
Right on cue, Schaeffer used the blog promote the gay agenda, beginning in the fifth paragraph. Killing two birds with one stone he attacked the Church in America and promoted the homosexual lifestyle. Schaeffer praised, “Those of us who have no problem with celebrating the fact that some people are created gay, or that other people live with a girlfriend or boyfriend because marriage isn’t always the best way to relate to a lover” as having a wider circle of acceptance.
Just look at all the chaos fundamentalist Christians are responsible for from Schaeffer’s perspective:
Hatemongering – Even though we stand accused of being rigid in our adherence to the Word of God, we’re not, in the eyes of the world, when it comes to that whole ‘love thy neighbour as thyself’ thing. (Matthew 19:19)
President Obama’s sagging popularity – He’s pro-homosexual, pro-abortion and anti-Israel, all of which flies in the face of our biblical beliefs. We react accordingly, which is a bad thing from the liberal’s perspective. If tomorrow we threw all of God’s precepts out the window, there would never be a liberal policy we didn’t love. This would be why people like Frank Schaeffer would like to see us thrown out the window (of an office near the top of a very tall building).
Sexual immorality remaining taboo – We just won’t let the world become Sodom and Gomorrah without a fight, perhaps because we remember what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis, chapter 19) and take the Lord at His Word, literally, when He says He set those cities forth as “an example” for us. (Jude 1:7)
The further we proceed into the last days, the more those of us who hold fast to a literal interpretation of Scripture and strive to live our lives accordingly are going to be subject to the criticisms and hatred of the world.
In the prophetic future, as we see in Revelation 12:17, Satan and his right-hand man, the Antichrist, are going to unleash their full fury on those who “keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
Their target? Fundamentalist Christians.
Can you see it coming?