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Friday, May 27 2005
Jon Kennedy, webmaster

The 'truths' in Marc Alexander's letter

Concluding the discussion of dominionism, we now turn to the "truths" of Marc Alexander's letter in Monday's Barre Montpelier, Vt., Times-Argus newspaper. I put "truths" in quotation marks to denote "truths so called" because though the substance of this portion of his letter may be true, the context suggests that he's completely misreading the meaning of what he's quoting. By way of comparison: On Thursday, 1.5 million "reborn Christians" in Sao Paulo, Brazil, marched for Jesus and their spokes-pastor told the media, "The purpose of this march, and of all the other ones we have organized over the years, is to conquer Brazil for Jesus Christ." If Brazil's Presidente had shared Alexander's view of dominionists (for that pastor was as surely a dominionist as anyone is) he would have called out the army to counter-march against the evangelicals.

Alexander says (in the indented paragraph) that in describing dominionist Christians the Rev. D. James Kennedy has preached:

As the vice-regents of God, we are to bring His truth and His will to bear on every sphere of our world and our society. We are to exercise godly dominion and influence over our neighborhoods, our schools, our government our entertainment media, our news media, our scientific endeavors in short, over every aspect and institution of human society.

In his warning about the threat posed by these dangerous and he probably thinks, deranged, Christians, Alexander implies that the Rev. Dr. Kennedy was advocating a Christian takeover of American civil institutions and entities by force, coercion, or imposition of their superior "rule" (dominion) over the unassuming unwashed masses in our neighborhoods, schools, government, entertainment and news media, and everywhere else. But in the context of the Gospel, taking dominion is declaring and worshipping Jesus Christ in any corner of the world. It is more akin to saying "peace, goodwill toward men" as Christians do to everyone everywhere every Christmas, than an armed incursion.

But this is how suspicious the fringe members of the liberal party, like Alexander, are of our evangelical Christian President Bush and his "taking us into war on false pretenses" (all of which is a figment of their imaginations rather than a realistic look at our country's long-debated and measured response to the terrorist attacks on us). They see a conspiracy of the Chrisitans who "elected" Bush to conduct a holy jihad, as though Ann Coulter's hyperbole ("invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to Christianity") represents either the government or any Christian religious movement based in any degree on the Gospel.

Dominionists do advocate claiming territory for Christ, but not at the expense of or any imposition upon any of our unbelieving or different-believing neighbors. We advocate working out what it means to be Christians and bring to bear a biblically consistent worldview in any of those areas of life Dr. Kennedy mentioned, but through no coercive actions. We believe that it is through the hearts of individuals, one by one, that society will be revived and renewed and that only when God chooses to move in enough hearts in enough strength to bring nationwide or societywide repentance and seeking after the better Way.

But even this, I'm guessing, scares the Harper's Magazine readers like Marc Alexander nearly out of their skins.

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[This] is the message we need to press home to our friends and to our impressionable kids. They need to know that everyone embraces one philosophy or anothera worldview that defines his or her conception of the world, of reality, and of human life. These beliefs are woven into moviesoften in subtle ways that viewers miss. That is why it's so important that we teach our kids how to find the worldview message in every film.

Chuck Colson,  
founder, Prison Fellowship  

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