Friday, January 21, 2005
The Burning Bush
Robin Cook has written a critic in the Guardian of Bush's inaugral speech .
Reading the transcript of Bush's speech I was disturbed by the Messianic quality of his words:
By our efforts we have lit a fire as well, a fire in the minds of men. It warms those who feel its power; it burns those who fight its progress. And one day this untamed fire of freedom will reach the darkest corners of our world.
Compare Bush's words with this text I have taken from an American Christian site
The first act is the vision of the burning bush, and is accompanied with the divine call of Moses to deliver Israel out of the cruel bondage of Egypt (Exod. 3). The symbolism of the bush, burning with fire but not consumed, was significant of the fact that the burning judgments of God never destroy anything that is pure and good. The oppressions of Egypt could not consume Israel; the wrath of Pharaoh cannot harm Moses. God’s people are imperishable. This idea may be traced in many subsequent revelations. God Almighty is a consuming fire. He burns up what is worthless and perishable; but “the remnant according to the election of grace” shall never be destroyed. God’s fires of trial only purify and make them more conspicuous and wonderful. In connection with this symbol we read the verbal revelation to Moses of the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God who calls himself I AM WHO AM, and who assures Moses and the elders of Israel that he will smite the land of Egypt and lead his people forth with a mighty hand.
Since about half the population of the United States are religious nutters this marriage of religion and politics adds an extra dimension to American foreign policy. Since much of Bush's vision of overcoming the "Democracy Deficit" is aimed at the Middle East who knows what signs conservative Protestants will find in American Foreign policy.
One only has to look at this Rapture Site to see how crazy these people are, particulary amusing was this link to Operation Blue Beam evidently a way the forces of darkness would trick the Chosen with a false rapture.