I rarely share religious articles, since I know many or even most of my readers aren’t religious, but I think this one is so important I couldn’t let it pass by. I also think the truths described in it are things we all need to remember in these confusing and dark days of our nation, regardless of your belief system. If nothing else, they will help keep you sane.
I’ve been growing increasingly disturbed and even upset by what I see happening not just in our government, but in many of our churches, especially evangelical churches. The Founding Fathers were wise to demand the separation of church and state, not because they were all atheists (they weren’t), but because when religion and state merge, they tend to corrupt each other. It’s not just government being protected from religion, but also religion being protected from government. As long as churches stayed out of politics, they tended to stay true to the teachings of Christ. But something dark and unsettling is happening within Christian evangelism and it’s way too serious for us to ignore, because, Christian or not, it affects all of us.
Dominionism is a growing movement within evangelism that claims to be Christianity, but is more like what would happen if Christianity was turned inside out and stood on its head. It’s an authoritarian, intolerant, unloving, unforgiving, punitive, and sociopathic belief system which seems to be equal parts Old Testament biblical law and Ayn Rand’s philosophy of selfishness. It’s the Prosperity Gospel with an angry, narcissistic, and unloving God. Christian dominionism is not actually a religion at all — it’s a fascist political movement which is to real Christianity what the Taliban or ISIS is to Islam, and like the Taliban, it hides its anti-woman, anti-gay, white supremacist, violent, and oppressive ideology behind a facade of “Christian” religion.
We are close to a rewriting of the Constitution (Constitutional Convention) by these sick control freaks. The Republican Party and Trump’s cabinet in particular are infested with these zealots. They cannot be reasoned with. They will not compromise. They will not back down. There is nothing they won’t do to achieve complete domination over all of us and of the planet. Their doctrine dictates that doing evil things is okay as long as the end result (Christ’s return and the rapture) is achieved. These people believe they are prophets and apostles who have been anointed to be earthly rulers and have been given permission by God to oppress and abuse the rest of us who are not part of God’s ruling class. There’s nothing biblical or remotely Christian about any of this.
The dominionist movement is aided and abetted by the Koch Brothers and other oligarchs (both American and Russian) who aren’t religious themselves but whose insatiable lust for even more wealth and power dovetails perfectly with what dominionists want (complete control). If they ever do gain full control over our government or are able to rewrite our Constitution, we’ll be living a real life Handmaid’s Tale. The Kochs, Mercers, and other oligarchs working in cahoots with the dominionists will be either be exempt from the oppressive and draconian laws the rest of us will be subject to, or they can just skip off to another country.
As I said in the first paragraph, I’ve been getting upset about this abusive belief system and the threat it poses to my freedom and my life, and the lives, rights, and freedoms of the people I love. Some days I feel like they really are going to win and I start to get anxious and depressed. So I’ve been praying a lot about it.
The following article feels like an answer to my prayer — a reminder of what it really means to be Christian in these times and what is expected of us (because it’s easy to get confused these days with all the misinformation), and at the same time a manifesto against the heretical perversion of Christianity called dominionism. I feel strongly that if Jesus were here sitting next to me, these words would be exactly what he’d say to me.