It is wonderful to have a public figure openly speak positively about Christianity. People need to learn that there is no deliverance from sin or blessing outside of entrusting ourselves to Jesus, who died for our sins and was raised up for our vindication in God’s judgment.
Sadly, when Michele Bachmann opens her mouth, people learn that Christianity is just another Nostradamus hoax or Mayan calendar myth.
I was glad that Bachmann correctly pointed out that the US government is arming terrorists. It is telling that the Huffington Post reporters only spent a moment mocking her warning about the end of the world and most of their efforts to try to defend the White House arms shipments. Their rationalizations are absurdly naïve. Even if there was some careful way to keep the Al Qaeda invaders from getting the weapons, the media has already reported that we are arming the alleged moderates only enough to bring them to a stalemate with the extremists. So the US policy is admittedly to keep the “radical elements” in play. Some “war on terror”!
But the point gets lost over the prophesying that Bachmann presumes to do.
“This happened, and as of today, the United States is willingly, knowingly, intentionally sending arms to terrorists, now what this says to me, I’m a believer in Jesus Christ, as I look at the End Times scripture, this says to me that the leaf is on the fig tree and we are to understand the signs of the times, which is your ministry, we are to understand where we are in God’s end time history.”
America may have been a nice step in governmental and economic history, and it may now be failing in some way (though I suspect Bachmann is taking a naïve view of other incidents in our past). So what? The fall or corruption or apostasy of the United States of America is not the end of world history. The Bible never mentions the United States in prophecy and it certainly does not tie the end of the world to its demise. I’m glad Bachmann trusts in Jesus Christ but I wish she would do some basic study of the Bible before spreading errors and associating them with Jesus.
As a Christian American, I hate what is happening in our government and culture. But why should that affect that fact that Christianity is exploding in growth in the global South. It is spreading tremendously in China. Why shouldn’t this indicate a new start for the spread of the faith? Why would world history come to an end just because of Obama and Kerry? They don’t have that power.
Jesus gave the church the commission to go and disciple the nations (Matthew 28:18-22). That task has not yet been completed. The US sponsoring terrorists isn’t a signal that Jesus has changed his mind about what he wants for the world.
If you have been taught similar misunderstandings about Biblical prophecy, I suggest you read Gary DeMar’s Crash Course in Bible Prophecy, Left Behind: Separating Fact From Fiction, or Last Day’s Madness.