Fred Clark has posted a new Left Behind post, TF: Loving an America without Americans, at Patheos
This week Fred writes about pp. 402-403 of Tribulation Force.
I will offer this, not in defense of LaHaye, but as context for this scene: When he says he loves Israel but condemns Israelis, he’s expressing the same attitude toward Jews that he regularly expresses toward Americans.
LaHaye’s responses to any questions about America depend on how you frame the question. Ask him about American exceptionalism, or about the faith of the founding fathers, or about St. Reagan’s “shining city on a hill” and he will gush enthusiastically about God’s special, chosen and uniquely blessed land. But if you pose the question in a way that mentions public schools, Social Security, health care or taxes, he will describe America instead as Sodom and Gomorrah, a wretched cesspool of sin, depravity, secularism, licentiousness and atheistic science.
Tim LaHaye loves America, but he hates Americans. And he feels exactly the same way about God’s other chose people.
[Fred Clark, TF: Loving an America without Americans, August 15 2011, posted at Patheos.com]
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