Evangelical missionaries are still marching all over the planet, spreading what they claim to be Jesus´ teachings.
I know. I was one of them. One of the starry eyed Evangelicals who are willing to sacrifice home and hearth to venture into unknown territories. I went to all the local missions conferences I could go to. I took a seminary degree in Cross-Cultural Ministries. I jetted over to Asia and tried my hand at converting the natives.
There was a huge problem though. The Evangelical missionaries and their supporters world-wide are promoting the wrong religion.
¨Wrong¨ in the sense that Jesus Himself would never have preached or sanctioned such a religion. It is the complete opposite of what He taught. It is a co-opted religion that turns the American Dream into spiritual reality. It promotes Western rather than Biblical values.
Why are people worldwide turning to Christianity? Because they love Yeshua the Messiah? No, but because they want to be like Americans. They want a high paying job. A huge SUV. A beautiful house. If the US can do it, and if it´s Christianity that is the reason for their success, then bring it on, people think. Because the good Christian makes a great capitalist. The core of Western Christianity is the same root of Western civilization: the love of money, i.e., personal gain.
Western Christianity is all about what we can get, and how good we can feel. The ultimate in good feelings is to believe that God loves and forgives us. We have a ticket to Heaven in our hot, little hands. And when the shit hits the fan, and things start to collapse around the world, not to worry, Christ will rapture us into the sky, leaving behind all those sorry SOBs who have to put up with the Great Tribulation.
Christianity, at heart, is escapist. It neglects, avoids, negates, ignores reality. It´s a good drug to help us overcome our anxieties. Christians drone on with the usual phrases: “Don´t worry, Jesus will take care of it all. God´s will shall be done. Things will work out.”
Despite the fact that the planet is dying, and we humans may only have a few decades before we´re wiped off the face of the earth.
Despite that fact that Fascism is taking over the West and other nations, as human rights are cancelled or simply and conveniently forgotten by the rich and powerful.
Despite the fact that if Jesus Himself were here, He´d damn well roll up His sleeves and do something about all the shit we´re in.
Christians are on the opposite team. They oppose Jesus´ work. They are working for dark forces that scheme to overcome people and nature, to turn everyone into a cog in the machine of Progress, of Development, of Mammon-Worship.
It´s called Babylon. It started with Adam and Eve´s greed, continued with their firstborn´s murder of his younger brother and then followed with his establishment of cities that climaxed in Babel. The latter morphed into Babylon, the System of control, that has been oppressing people for millenia. And now we have the Great Harlot, the Western Capitalist System which woos the masses of the world.
Not all Christians are in bed with Babylon. I´m reading a book called Serve God, Save The Planet: A Christian Call to Action by Dr. J. Matthew Sleeth. Sure, there are the faithful few who have remembered that their religion is not a tool for gain, but an opportunity to give.
And yet, most Christians are on the Gravy Train, pumping the American Dream, and worshipping a Christ who is a figment of their imaginations.
There´s always time to wake up, Christians and everyone else. And the time is now. Heed my words.