89. Waiting For Armageddon (2010)
summary from imdb.com:
America’s 50-million strong Evangelical community is convinced that the world’s future is foretold in Biblical prophecy – from the Rapture to the Battle of Armageddon. This astonishing documentary explores their world – in their homes, at conferences, and on a wide-ranging tour of Israel. By interweaving Christian, Zionist, Jewish and critical perspectives along with telling archival materials, the filmmakers probe the politically powerful – and potentially explosive – alliance between Evangelical Christians and Israel…
directed by: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner, Franco Sacchi
Devonna Edwards: I have much comfort in the fact that the rapture is soon. We watched AIDS decimate so much of society. And we look at the poverty that’s in the rest of the world. The wars that are going on and 4,000 abortions a day.
Thomas Ice: I believe that there’s been a major shift in the last 15 to 20 years from basically a culture that thinks about the Bible in a more rational way to more of a mysticism. And that mysticism is post-modernism. That has led to a decline in people interpreting the Bible literally.
Pre-Trib Conference speaker: What is post-modernism? Post-modernism is a world view vying for the hearts and minds of the whole world. Post-modernists have their theological underpinnings in atheism. Everything’s up for grabs. It is? Everything I say. If Derrida were here today, he would agree and then he would say… “or” what? Anybody know his famous statement? “Or vice versa.” Thus post-modern literary criticism claims that words never describe… get this… the objective world. wow… and this is heavy. On one level we can agree that the statement “the train is coming” may convey a multitude of interpretations to different people. But we contend that if people fail to get off the tracks, the result of their interpretation may prove fatal. You talk about foolishness. Look at the results of applying deconstruction to law revealed in the 1973 Roe v Wade case. The Supreme Court justices chose to look at the Constitution as a living document. That is, open to many interpretations. One consequence of that interpretation is that since 1973, over 40 million unborn children have been murdered at the request of their own mothers. Post-moderns are correct about one thing: interpretation is important. Confucious is quoted as saying “When words lose their meaning, people lose their freedom.” However, it’s worse than that. In reality, when words lose their meaning, people not only lose their freedom, they lose their lives.
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from FireDogLake’s Movie Night!:
Too often there’s an urge to paint the tens of millions of Rapture-fixated Christians as quaint but harmless eccentrics who believe that one day a whole bunch of people, including hopefully themselves, will be sucked up into heaven to party with Jesus and eat popcorn while watching as the rest of the unbelieving sinful world suffers the Tribulations, cheering as flesh falls of people’s faces, and fires, hurricanes and other disasters destroy those who don’t accept Jesus as their savior. […] But along with what is expressed as a voyeuristic, holier-than-thou desire to see other suffer for being bad Christians–or non-Christians–is a very creepy agenda, an agenda which has been affecting Middle East policy and global politics for at least three decades. Waiting for Armagedon exposes the Evangelical, Christian Zionist agenda.
Be as afraid as possible.
So much of the language of the right (think Palin and Bachmann) is in code for a desire to rule on behalf of heralding in the End Times, or Armageddon. This is not a joke that progressives should feel disdain for; it’s one that they should regard with alarm.