John Hagee with Benny Hinn: Praying for War in the Name of Jesus
Over 40,000,000 American Christians are influenced by what we call, "Angry Evangelicalism," better known as Christian Zionism. Christian Zionists like John Hagee and Benny Hinn wear a mantle of righteousness but often ignore the teachings of Jesus and invoke their will in the name of Jesus, ignoring declarations of Jesus like..."Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God," "Love your neighbor as yourself" and, even "Love your enemy." No wonder so many people dislike and loathe Christians. Show this 4 minute video to your Christian Zionist relatives and friends and ask them "Who Would Jesus Bomb?" Just to prove to yourself that things have not changed much in over a hundred years, watch the video production of Mark Twain's "War Prayer."
What was the date that John Hagee was on the Benny Hinn show praying? Because I noticed that on your clip, Hagee has grey and black hair, but if you go to Hagee’s home site today, his hair is entirely grey. Is this a recent broadcast? Or did you pull video from years prior, when the U.S. and the British went to Kuwait to assist in their liberation during Operation Desert Storm? I also noticed that on the Benny Hinn show clip you start at Hagee’s prayer without letting us see the subject matter they were discussing prior to that, and you interrupt the prayer to go on to something else, so we don’t know the conclusion of the prayer… though he prays specifically for U.S. and British forces.
WHTT Answer: The video clip I found did not list the date of the Hinn broadcast. You can view it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BEMu8aYv64 It appears that the broadcast was made before the Iraq War in 2003. However, John Hagee has publicly called for a preemptive strike against Iran as early as 2007. For confirmation of this watch the The Bill Moyers Journal of 10/7/07: http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/10052007/profile.html Regardless of what war Hagee was praying for, the real question to Mr. Hagee, who claims to follow Jesus Christ is, “Who Would Jesus BomB?” Any 10 year old would tell you that Jesus would not want to bomb anybody. Jesus even told us to love our enemies.
So, what’s your agenda? Are you loving your enemy… who appears to be Mr. Hagee? You took clips of Hagee from 2003 (or earlier) and 2007 and threw them out on the internet as if they were Hagee’s current responses to events happening in the world today, which they are not. That’s deceptive. Hagee and Hinn were praying for the safety of our troops which were embarking on a war our President had already determined upon. What Hagee said on the Bill Moyer Journal, was “we support Senator Joseph Lieberman, that it’s time for our country to consider a military preemptive strike against Iran if they will not yield to diplomacy.” I don’t agree with preemptive strikes against dangerous countries who hate us, and who have said they would like to see a world without the United States and Israel in it, just because they’re building nuclear capability, but I’m sure many people would. I think to make the case for fairness, we have to let them bomb us first, don’t you? Then we can safely bomb them back- if they haven’t completely destroyed our military capability with their own bombs- without people accusing us of war mongering. Wait… we can bomb them back, can’t we? Or does loving our enemies mean we can’t protect ourselves?
Our reply: D. Bell has listened to Hagee’s prayer to derive the interpretation he wants to get out of it. Hagee clearly states, starting at the 1:34 spot in our video: “Father, in the name of the Lord Jesus, I pray for our President tonight. I pray that you would give Him the wisdom of Solomon to lead this nation into war against the enemies of righteousness….” This seems, in our opinion, contrary to what Jesus taught: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Mat. 5: 9). How can Hagee’s prayer be construed as being an example of peacemaking? The arguments here by D. Bell remind us of the very learned, seminary professor who gave a talk at our church, about how the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were “just” wars. He used his keen intellect to quote verses from the Bible to “prove” his point but he failed to weigh the teachings of Jesus in the balance. We’ve obviously struck a nerve with our video, judging by the number of “likes” (108) and “dislikes” (40) and over 170 “Comments” with over 17,000 views in 122 countries, just over a week after posting the video on YouTube. The alarming thing to us is the demographics of the US viewers of the video. The older we get the less likely we are willing to change our opinions or our core beliefs. Some of us get down right cranky as we age. Only 5.7% of the US viewers were under the age of 35. In Australia: 10.9%; things were a little better in bellicose UK: 8.5%; and, hooray for New Zealand at 37%. On the other hand, 72.9% of the viewers, who liked the video, are probably not as inclined to go to war with Iran to protect Israel, as the 27.1% who disliked it. Sadly, the military-industrial complex, as President Eisenhower described it in 1960, seems to always have its way, as evidenced by the US addiction to serial wars since then. The likes of John Hagee, Benny Hinn and a host of other “Christian” leaders, who have supported and prayed over our serial wars, have distorted what Jesus taught us and caused millions of people to reject Jesus. Thanks for taking a potshot at the messengers who normally are ignored. You have made our day.
Who would Jesus bomb? Who is Jesus? Is Jesus fully God? Has he acted in full agreement and accord with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit since before the creation of this world? John 1:1-14, 5:39, 8:58, Colossians 1:16-19, Hebrews 1:1-3, Isaiah 45, I John 5:7. So, then who would Jesus kill? Did he not flood the entire earth and destroy all but 8 people because of wickedness (Genesis chapter 6)? Did he not command multiple wars in the Old Testament, and the complete destruction of certain peoples (example: Numbers chapter 31)? God is sovereign in all the world and he will accomplish his will among the people of the earth, whatever that may be, Daniel 4:30-37 and Jeremiah 27:4-6. I don’t see that Jesus ever said anything against war, per se. In Luke 14:31, Jesus used an illustration of war to make a point about something else, but he did not address the rightness or wrongness of it. In Matthew 24:6-7, when talking to his disciples about the end of the world, he said, “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass…For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom…” When Jesus said “Blessed are the peacemakers…” I think he had an attitude of the heart related to meekness in mind (see his other “blessed are the…” comments), not political activism concerning how we relate to foreign countries. He also said, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” Matthew 10:34.