John Hagee believes that America has a one-way ticket to Socialism, which isn’t surprising if you’ve listened to any of his sermons over the past several years. I disagree with his assessment, but that’s not the point I want to make.
Instead, I’d like to observe a strange disconnect in Hagee’s theology.
In John Hagee’s eschatology, the emergence of the antichrist precedes the second coming of Jesus Christ. The latter is viewed as the culmination of God’s plan for humanity, and it cannot be accomplished without the former.
The antichrist must emerge to power, seduce the nations, martyr Christians, unite the governments of the world, etc., etc., before Jesus can return to judge the world and rule with his saints for 1,000 years. That is an unescapable fact, one that cannot be avoided or even delayed.
If America is becoming socialist, and if socialism facilitates the emergence of the antichrist, and if the antichrist is a necessary precursor to Jesus’ return, shouldn’t Hagee actually be excited? Or at the very least, shouldn’t Hagee do everything in his power to avoid America becoming a socialist country?
I just don’t get it.
If Socialism is requisite for the antichrist, and Obama’s a socialist, then Christians ought to be voting for Obama in massive quantities so that the antichrist can emerge more quickly and easily, thus hastening Christ’s return in judgment and victory.