Happy New Year! I’ve been a little quiet of late, working on final edits for my novel and some other things behind the scenes at home and with the websites linked above.
This story, though, is too good to ignore:
The Israeli government is planning to give up a large slice of land to American Christian evangelicals to build a biblical theme park by the Sea of Galilee where Jesus is said to have walked on water and fed 5,000 with five loaves and two fish.
A consortium of Christian groups, led by the television evangelist Pat Robertson, is in negotiation with the Israeli ministry of tourism and a deal is expected in the coming months. The project is expected to bring up to 1 million extra tourists a year but an undeclared benefit will be the cementing of a political alliance between the Israeli rightwing and the American Christian right.
That’s the key. I’m slow to catch on, but I’ve finally realized that Robertson and others like him are dominionists, nominal Christians who believe that we need to literally take over the world in Christ’s name. By any means necessary, as evidenced by his call for the assassination of Hugo Chavez and his involvement with some darker intelligence and diamond-running projects connected to his Operation Blessing flights in and out of Africa.
Look, this theme park idea is ridiculous. It’s about money and power, not about glorifying our Lord and savior. The connections between powerful dominionists such as Robertson and the conservative wing of Israeli politics is significant. It’s been driving American foreign policy for years.
Israel has a right to exist. We should not, however, confuse the nation-state of Israel with God’s chosen people. Israel’s foreign policy goals are not commands from God Himself.