Thursday, June 05, 2003

False Identity-Peter Sean Bradley rips into Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph, Christian Identity and leftist who want to make Rudolph a hero to the right. That post reminded me to check into what CI believes; it's some of the worst exegesis of the Bible to ever come down the pike. There is heretical, yet long-standing, school of thought called Anglo-Israelism, where the British (and often America as well) are seen as the descendents of the lost tribes of Israel and inheritors of God's blessing; Herbert W. Armstrong gave that view a more-benign airing in his teachings. The CI folks take that theology and give it a skinhead spin, making Adam and Eve the first whites rather than the first people, making non-whites out to be non-human pre-Adamic agents of the Devil. That's far different from what the Bible has to say about the issue. The universal reach of Christ transcends race; verses like Colossians 3:11 "Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all" make it next-to-impossible for me to be cocky about my European ancestors or dismissive of people of non-European descent. This bunch has next-to-nothing to do with Jesus' teaching other than the name on the front door. This is basically KKK doctrine given a spiritual spin. It might appeal to some people who are angry church-going bigots, giving them a quasi-spiritual rationale to justify their bigotry. Their theology is apocalyptic, foreseeing a end-of-the-world race war that many believers want to start right away; thus, CI people can lean easily into racial terrorism. I at first wanted to say that Rudolph's race war isn't mine. I was wrong. It is my war, except that I and other believers stand ready to fight against the demonic forces of CI.

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