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Christian dominionism in the shutdown

Christian dominionism in the shutdown

United Methodist minister Morgan Guyton on the shutdown in Red Letter Christians:

On the eve of our government shutdown, I wanted to do some research into the theological roots of Senator Ted Cruz, the standard-bearer of the Tea Party Republicans behind the shutdown. I’m interested in understanding what account of Christianity creates the “no compromise” crusade that the Tea Party has become known for. It turns out that Ted’s father Rafael Cruz [pictured above] is a pastor with Texas charismatic ministry Purifying Fire International who has been campaigning against Obamacare the last several months. He has a distinct theological vision for what America is supposed to look like: Christian dominionism.

The article also appeared in The Blog on Huffington Post.


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Chris H.

Nothing to envy, since TEC is still considered one of the richest denominations in the country and is still the denomination of the rich and powerful, perhaps not Republican anymore, but not the church of the poor.

Evangelicals are certainly louder than others, but hardly the only church that has ever had or has power. Other than a few celebrities like Warren, the news pays far more attention to TEC than its numbers alone warrant. If it’s wrong for Evangelicals to try and influence the gov’t, why do so many TEC bishops etc. do the same? How much would TEC save if it got rid of its lobbyists? TEC just doesn’t like to appear pushy over anything but abortion and gay rights anymore, but it still has power. Then there’s the quote from St. Francis ending with, “…if necessary use words”. Unfortunately many take that too much to heart and since it’s perfectly possible to be a humanist/atheist and do good deeds, the people around them never figure out Christ is involved at all.

Chris Harwood

Gregory Orloff

“My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). History has shown us that when the Church is at “the top” vis-à-vis worldly power, her spiritual energy is sapped and she is at her weakest. The Episcopal Church has plenty going for it: the Baptismal Covenant, the Book of Common Prayer and a clear-sighted, heartfelt commitment to the practice of Luke 6:31. There is nothing to envy in the evangelicals’ grasping for the worldly wealth and political power that Christ Jesus refused and rejected when tempted by the devil in the desert.

Paul Woodrum

Wow! Why didn’t we Episcopalians think of this? Maybe we could have stayed on top or at least somewhere in the middle rather than sinking to the bottom.

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