Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Better dead than Red?


Once upon a time, Christians mixed politics and religion. Fortunately, we are beyond such foolishness these days...

This is from Billy James Hargis' 1966 sermon "Political Planning for Victory over Communism" (that's right, this is a sermon):

I am a Christian conservative today because only conservatism in the United States espouses the philosophy of Christ... The liberal churches today preach a social gospel. This is misnamed; it's really a socialist gospel. Or, in the common vernacular, they preach the gospel according to Martin Luther King instead of the gospel according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John....
I believe the Bible is inspired, I believe it's God's word, I believe in heaven and hell, I believe in God and Satan, I believe in right and wrong, I believe God gave us America [emphasis not added], I believe America was God's greatest nation under the living Sun and the ideal of governments, and I believe the only hope to maintain freedom is this orthodox christian traditionalist viewpoint....
Then you have the anti-communists who say "I would rather be dead than Red" and I'm one of those that say that... I would rather see my children destroyed and my life destroyed, and my wife's life destroyed in a nuclear bombing, than the thought of them having to live under a communist slave state. This wouldn't be living, this would be hell on earth and death would be merciful!...
Now my friends, if you don't think that.. world government is the goal then you had better become convinced on that one point or you will not be an effective conservative because it all hinges on that. This is their goal: world government, as fantastic as it sounds....
I have lived through liberalism since the days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and I have seen my country go bankrupt economically, and I've seen our churches become apostate; and I've seen our schools emphasize internationalism instead of nationalism and even turn against the faith of our fathers. I've seen this country in the name of progress become a bankrupt -morally and economically- republic and its not even a republic any longer. I'm afraid that we have the seeds of a dictatorship in Washington, D.C., today, and I'm concerned and I have a right to be concerned and as long as I live I will express that concern....
As I have already told you in Ezekiel and Revelations both, the Anti-Christ builds a world government and a world church. It's built on compromise and appeasement; it's built on surrender of convictions, not on orthodoxy, not on principles.... You don't achieve ecumenical unity without compromise and compromise is evil!... Internationalism, liberalism, welfare statism, Marxism, fascism, communism, Nazism are nothing but an attack upon man's correct relationship with God. It is concealed atheism....
Don't talk to me of liberalism! It is a double standard, Satanic hypocrisy!... The only people I ever met in my life that I think are worth knowing are those little ol' Bible-believing Christian people who love the Lord and who love America and they're willing even in their feeble way to the best of their ability to give their lives to the defense of both. They're the only people I want to know, and they're the ones I want to hold my hand as I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death.


From Irwin Unger's The Times Were a Changin', pg 97-98

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