Jesus Is Just Like Hitler, But In A Good Way

1 comment January 15th, 2009at 07:50pm Posted by Eli

Wow – I’m pretty used to conservatives comparing progressives to Hitler, but not this particular progressive:

Towards the close of his nearly one hour speech, Pastor Warren asked his followers to be as committed to Jesus as the young Nazi men and women who spelled out in mass formation with their bodies the words “Hitler, we are yours,” in 1939 at the Munich Stadium, were committed to the Führer of the Third Reich, a major instigator of a World War that claimed 55 million lives….

Though Warren’s speech was in the idiom of Christianity, he did not seek to inspire his Saddleback audience with examples of great religious leaders who have changed history through persuasion or other nonviolent approaches. Rick Warren looked to 20th century exemplars of vision and dedication but not to Mohatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, or any other religious leaders.

Pfft.  What did King or Gandhi ever conquer?  As you will see, this question is less facetious than it sounds.

With more than a hint of admiration in his voice, pastor Warren described how in 1939 in a packed Munich Stadium before the leader of the Third Reich, young brown-shirted men and women spelled out in formation, with their bodies, words in German which read “Hitler, we are yours.”

“And they nearly took the world, ” pastor Rick told the stadium crowd. He moved on to quote another inspirational example from the 20th Century, Lenin, who said ‘give me 100 committed, totally committed men and I’ll change the world.’ Once again Warren observed, “They nearly did.”

Having cited dedication and zeal of young Nazis and the efficacy of Bolshevik Revolutionaries, Warren moved on to describe how the sayings of Chairman Mao, printed up in the “Little Red Book”, had helped propel the revolutionary fervor of the Chinese Red Guard who had carried out the violent, anarchic revolutionary spasm known as the Cultural Revolution.

Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, and Communist China, great success stories all.  It just doesn’t get much more inspirational than that, does it?

With those examples fresh in his audiences mind, Rick Warren instructed the crowd of his thirty thousand to hold up pre-printed signs, within their programs, white letters against a red background, that said “Whatever it takes.”

Looking out at the crowd Warren enthused, “I’m looking at a stadium full of people who are saying, ‘whatever it takes, God’.

I’m surprised he didn’t invoke Malcolm “By any means necessary” X.  Not evil or crazy enough, I guess.  Plus that whole not-conquering-anybody thing (yes, I’m getting to that).

As Warren explained to a Dallas gathering of 12,000 Baptists, charismatic and nondenominational evangelicals in May of 2005, “spiritual emptiness” is an acute disorder characterized by aimlessness, fear and lack of purpose, afflicting non-Christians, that arises in the absence of a personal relationship with Jesus; “Billions of people live without Jesus Christ. Billions of people don’t know God has a purpose for their life,” Warren told his Dallas audience. “Egocentric leadership”, the second greatest cause of world problems according to Rick Warren, is due to a lack of ‘servant leaders’ who model their behavior after Jesus.

Yes, good thing we don’t have that problem in a Christian nation like the good ol’ U.S. of A.

Having defined the paramount world problems as, in essence, the fact that evangelicalism has not fully converted everyone on Earth into Christians, Rick Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. plan squarely addresses that dire need — for the Christian belief system to envelope the globe.

During his Anaheim speech, Warren revealed that he’d received a message from God to seek more influence, power and fame. God, Warren narrated, led him to Psalm 72, “Solomon’s prayer for more influence… in Psalm 72 [Solomon] says ‘God, I want you to make me more influential. God, I want you to give me more power. I want you to bless my life more. God, I want you to spread the fame of my name through other countries.'”

…But he only wants God to enrich his life for our benefit, so he can take over the world and make it a better place.  This is where Hitler and Mao had it all right, and King and Gandhi had it all wrong.  After all, the only way to change the world is by ruling it, right?

(It took all my willpower not to title this “Jesus Is Just All Reich With Me,” but I felt that it didn’t quite capture the depth of Warren’s idiocy and insanity.)

Entry Filed under: Religion,Republicans

1 Comment

  • 1. Rachel  |  June 7th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Sick.

    Remember that the Crusades and the Inquisition started with the same sort of foaming at the mouth style of rhetoric. Those spiritual tyrants had personal aspirations of power and control, conveniently using God to intimidate the masses, just as their current counterparts do. Another reason never to mix religion and politics. Warren, Dobson, Robertson… these guys are dangerous.

    Nothing is more frightening than a spiritual leader demanding unquestioned loyalty by claiming “God told me to”. No rational parent should willingly allow their child to be indoctrinated by this sort of thing.


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