11 August 2011

Forrest Wilder - Rick Perry's Army of God

Today's article is from the Texas Observer.

If they simply professed unusual beliefs, movement leaders wouldn’t be remarkable. But what makes the New Apostolic Reformation movement so potent is its growing fascination with infiltrating politics and government. The new prophets and apostles believe Christians—certain Christians—are destined to not just take “dominion” over government, but stealthily climb to the commanding heights of what they term the “Seven Mountains” of society, including the media and the arts and entertainment world. They believe they’re intended to lord over it all. As a first step, they’re leading an “army of God” to commandeer civilian government.

That's an excerpt from an article that came out a couple of weeks ago. It's worth taking a look at, if only because of what it suggests about the folks with whom Texas governor Rick Perry is aligning himself.

The funny thing about this article is that, to me, none of this stuff sounds that far out of line with what I hear from mainstream evangelicals all the time. I wonder where our cultural index of "crazy" is floating around these days - how much woo are we willing to accept in the name of "defending the kingdom of God" or whatever other term gets applied to it these days?

The emphasis from the New Apostolic Reformation folks on, especially, infiltrating culture and politics, really resonated with me in terms of stuff I've heard from King's College and what I grew up hearing from Focus on the Family, the CCM movement, and so on - my point being that even the stuff Wilder is pointing at as craziness here isn't exactly foreign to the far right in this country (a far right which has a troubling dom/sub relationship with evangelical Christianity).

Read the article, is my point. I'm less shocked or surprised than the author seems to be, but it's still worth a looksee.

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