Apocalyptic Christian Theology’s Role in Government Shutdown

bachman-end-times-350The Republican Party is out in full force at the Value Voters Summit in Washington D. C., serving up the traditional menu of “family values” and anti-government rhetoric. My personal favorite quote so far of the convention is Dr. Ben Carson’s assertion that “Obamacare is, really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery…it is slavery, in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government.”

I’m also sure that anyone who was enslaved in America or anywhere else would disagree.

It’s this kind of loaded rhetoric, of course, that’s holding the Elephant hostage. The Bully Pulpit of The Values Voters Summit has always been a place for Republican “luminaries” like Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Tim Scott, Sen. Rand Paul and Dr. Carson to declare their allegiance to conservative religious values of limited government, opposition to reproductive rights, and Ayn Rand capitalism.

What’s different this year is that the government is closed, and the hard end times, apocalyptic political theology promoted by Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News and countless other groups has finally pushed the party over the edge of reasonableness. Moreover, the political leadership and the religious leadership are interchangeable. Both are holding fast to their political theology that amounts to: destroy Obamacare at any cost, including Armageddon.

Many have written in the last few days about race being at the core of how the Republican Party came to this governmental impasse. Apocalyptic Christian Theology is just as much a part of this change. While pundits try to figure out if we are headed for financial destruction, faithful end time believers of the Republican Party have already decided that Armageddon is happening. Rep. Michele Bachmann claimed in an interview with Jan Markely on her radio program “Understanding the Times” that “We are to understand where we are in God’s end time history.”

Bachmann isn’t the only one who thinks the end times are nigh. Rick Joyner beat Bachmann to the punch on his show “Prophetic Perspective on Current events,” in which he surmised that America’s only hope during the shutdown is a military takeover. In a follow-up to his October 1, 2013 show, Joyner said in Prophetic Bulletin #81 that “American Democracy is failing, and we are headed for Martial law”

anthea butlerModerates of the Republican party must face a hard, crushing fact: the “religious right” fringe of the party that they relied on for votes has become the center of the Party. In fact, the Republican Party is a new religious movement: A religion that relies on a Jesus that says affordable health care is wrong, being poor is your own fault, and that anyone who says otherwise doesn’t believe in Freedom, the founders, or the American People.

Toss in limited government and states rights, and you have the foundation for a fundamentalist religion that has America sitting on a precipice. The government shutdown may be averted, but the ramifications of Republican Religion will be with us for years to come.

Anthea Butler
Religion Dispatches

Friday, 11 October 2013


  1. dusty says

    People with little understanding of science can and will believe anything including religious belief that demands a suspension of intelligence and rational thought, welcome Michelle Bachman and friends.

  2. Teresita Dussart de la Iglesia says

    For the apocalyptic Christian teologogy been poor is bad, for the peronist Pope, instead been poor is good. One has actually to be proudly poor. None of this approach is good. Seems increíble in this century to have to deal with the bigotry factor as a adjustement variable.

  3. harry wood says

    The problem is not that such a law “affordable healthcare” was passed. It was the way it was done. There is a normal order for bills to go through both houses. It is done on the floor of each house with additions from committees. Members can hear other members speak for and against the offered law. The members can offer suggested changes to the offered law and listen to responses nays and yeses for changes.
    This law was passed without proper review, it was in many cases done in small groups writing various parts, and voted yes or no on the completed bill on the house floor without any offer to make changes. No surprise that the parts do not fit together to make a whole bill.
    We have what we have, an abomination, such that the parts of the law do not fit together to form a complete and workable law.
    Why did the DEM speaker do it this way? I really do not know, but it seems that was the only way to pass a health bill without GOP input and that may have been the reason.
    As for the writer, wake up and see the world.

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