Ted Cruz plays King of the Mountain

“If it hadn’t been for the church, we wouldn’t have the country.”

– Evangelical revisionist historian David Barton, claiming, in 2011, that the Constitution purposely incorporates Old Testament principles to reenforce the Christian beliefs of the Founders

“The Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons. They [the Freemasons] go against God. You cannot serve two masters.”

– House stenographer, Dianne Reidy, in an outburst from the dais during the vote to reopen the U.S. government, October 16, 2013

Rulers are elected, inaugurated and anointed. There’s holy power imbued in the one who wears the crown. After all, the millennia of primogenital Western monarchies are all geared to the unification of God and Kingdom, and being the one who stands at the walls of Jerusalem to open the gates for Jesus. And that’s just who Michele Bachmann, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin and other extreme politicians envision themselves to be – paving the way to God’s glory, through His strongest kingdom on Earth, the United States of America.

For those who endorse this pantheon of false prophecy, Sen. Ted Cruz is the anointed one. He is the one they have chosen to be the head of the Kingdom of Government, one of Seven Mountains of Influence they believe they must rule. The other six are business, media, arts and entertainment, education, family and religion. As David Barton described it, “if you can have those seven areas, you can shape and control whatever takes place in nations, continents, and even the world.”

While that might just sound like a political philosophy and not necessarily the Machiavellian plan of a secretive group of extreme Christians, Barton put it more plainly:

“Now that’s what we believed all along is you got to get involved in this stuff. Jesus said ‘you occupy ’til I come.’ We don’t care when he comes, that’s up to him. What we’re supposed to do is take the culture in the meantime and you got to get involved in these seven areas.”

Still, there are others in this movement who think just to occupy and wait isn’t enough. They want to hasten Judgement Day, which they characterize as bringing God’s “mercy.”

“I think the process of mercy,” evangelist David Lane told a right wing radio host, this past summer, “looks like probably car bombs in Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Des Moines.”

KingTed copyBoth Barton, a former Vice Chairman of the Texas Republican Party, and Lane were two of the many participants in a laying-on-of-hands, prayer ceremony in Des Moines, this past summer, where Cruz was prayed for as “the heritage of the servant of the Lord.”

That heritage, say observers like writer Bruce Wilson, includes a ministry where, according to Cruz’ evangelical father, Rafael, “it is through the kings, anointed to take dominion, that that transfer of wealth is going to occur.”

The Senator’s success as a young lawyer in the 2000 election Supreme Court fight, in getting George W. Bush elected, or “anointed” by SCOTUS, argues Wilson, led to Bush’s establishing a Faith Based Initiative, where “billions of dollars” from the U.S. treasury were “funneled” to some of the largest Evangelical churches in the country. To the dominionist pastors who pray for Ted Cruz, that is the fulfillment of the “transfer of wealth” prophecy.

“We need to rejoice, Maranatha, come Lord Jesus, His day is at hand,” said Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) in an interview with a Right Wing, Christian radio show, earlier this month. She was referring to President Obama approving aid to some of the Syrian rebels fighting Bashir al-Assad, because, to her, “the leaf is on the fig tree and we are to understand the signs of the times… we are to understand where we are in God’s end times history.”

This holding of being “in God’s end times history” is the driver of the extreme Right’s political agenda, evidenced in its Dominionist leaders.

When the reports of Christian extremism began to come out during the 2012 Republican presidential primary season, the participants dismissed it as a conspiracy theory. Like other conspiracy theories, the one about the End Times only has as much power given to it as those who believe in it allow. And these guys really believe in it.

It has become, for them, an ideology, one that crosses the boundary dividing Protestants and Catholics. “My God,” exclaimed Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, in an interview with New York magazine, “Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the Devil?”

Scalia asserted to the reporter that “of course” the Devil is “a real person. Hey, c’mon, that’s standard Catholic doctrine! Every Catholic believes that.” But is it right for a Supreme Court justice to use that doctrine of faith as part of his Constitutional ideology, where he says, for example, that the “democratic right” of religious people to despise gay marriage trumps any ability of a court to “mandate” marriage equality?

Perhaps that is what the pope meant, the other day, when he warned of the danger of such “rigid” thinking.

Their “ideology does not beckon,” Pope Francis said in his daily Mass, last Thursday. “And when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought…

“But it is a serious illness, this of ideological Christians. It is an illness, but it is not new, eh?”


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