Why Fundagelicals Fear Peace

Most Fundagelicals are Dispensationalist. They read the book of Revelation literally and believe there is a planned timetable to the end of the world. Part of the doomsday scenario is the forming of a one world government and a one world religion.

Fundagelicals interpret any attempt at nations working together as part of the end-times conspiracy. Diplomacy, trade agreements, and treaties are all held to be the work of the coming Antichrist. The United Nations is viewed with suspicion because it’s a possible candidate for the one world government that will usher in a period of great persecution.

Churches working together across denominational lines are viewed with suspicion. Ecumenism is one step short of a one world religion. Interfaith dialogue is considered a “sign” of the end times. Recently, wayoflife.org, a Fundagelical parachurch organization, posted the alarming news that Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayeb signed the Document On Human Fraternity For World Peace in Abu Dhabi. The document “invites all persons who have faith in God and faith in human fraternity to unite and work together so that it may serve as a guide for future generations to advance a culture of mutual respect in the awareness of the great divine grace that makes all human beings brothers and sisters.”

This move towards peace is frightening for Fundagelicals. It means the end is near. Christians will be rounded up and slaughtered if they don’t accept this new one world government and religion. The Left Behind series of books by Tim Lahaye and Jerry B Jenkins popularized this dispensational narrative of fear in Christian culture.

What is perhaps most concerning is how the Religious Right has influenced American foreign policy based on dispensational teaching. Attempts to work together towards peace or attempts to work together to end religious wars are sabotaged. The absolute support of the nation of Israel, despite their human rights violations, is part of the dispensational narrative. In a Fundagelical’s mind, Israel and the United States are the two major players God is using to work out the end time scenario. All other nations are evil, and “real” Christians like the American Fundagelicals must fight to stop peace from breaking out.

How strange it is that Christians who worship the “Prince of Peace” are so afraid of actual peace.

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