Monday, August 07, 2006

Catching Up

When I'm away for several days the mail piles up both at the office and at home. Fortunately, my assistant was able to weed through most of the mail at the office before she left (she's on a mission trip to Kenya for a couple of weeks). But the mail at home was massive. My wife subscribes to her hometown newspaper, I subscribed to The Wall Street Journal and we get the local newspaper. That's three different newspapers a day that were waiting when we returned.

It's impossible to read every article in each newspaper when the pile is that high. We usually find ourselves skimming the headlines and reading only the articles that catch our eye. I found one in the July 27 issue of The Wall Street Journal.

The headline said "Holy War" and the article was about John Hagee and his organization, Christians United for Israel. The article stated that Mr. Hagee, a Texas preacher, is the leading figure in the Christian-Zionist movement. According to the WSJ article, the Christian-Zionist movement has an "evangelical political philosophy" that is "rooted in biblical prophecies and a belief that Israel's struggles signal a prelude to Aermageddon." Hagee gathered 3,500 evangelical Christians to a rally in Washington to "cheer Israel and its current military campaign." Both President Bush and the Israeli prime minister sent words of appreciation to Mr. Hagee during this recent gathering.

Mr. Hagee has 21 books in print and the latest one Jerusalem Countdown has sold nearly 700,000 copies since Strange Communications released it in January, 2006.

What do you think about the positions supported by CUFI? Are the current events in the Middle East a precursor to Armageddon?

The WSJ article also discussed the political influence Mr. Hagee's organization has in Washington politics. I've advocated for Christians to become involved in politics in previous posts in this blog, but is there a line to be drawn somewhere? Should Christians be lobbying the president and members of congress to more fervently support Israel?

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