Jul 28 2012

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to Help Fulfill the “Great Commission”

I was just reading Justin Griffith’s post about the “Pentecostal fans of Newt Gingrich” marriage seminar at Fort Meade, and thought I’d share the latest similar thing to come in at MRFF.

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska (a base that has been on MRFF’s radar for quite a while) is really ramping up the fundamentalist activities this fall, heavily pushing the “convert everybody” meme.

The article on the Elmendorf-Richardson website begins:

When Jesus gave his apostles their final orders in Matthew 28:18-20, he didn’t tell them to make converts who would dedicate an hour of their lives on Sunday mornings to him, provided they liked the style of music being sung.

He commanded them to “… make disciples of all nations… teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”

So, what’s coming to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to get the U.S. military to help fulfill the “Great Commission” from Matthew 28:18-20?

Well, there’s the “Art Of Marriage” marriage program, which is a program of Family Life, a subsidiary of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization that has come right out and stated its goal to turn the military into a force of “government-paid missionaries for Christ.”

Then there’s the “How Shall We Then Live” program by Christian Reconstructionist Francis Schaeffer. The article in the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson says that this program “challenges us to live with a Christian worldview in a world which is growing increasingly hostile toward Christianity.” How bad is this program? Let’s just sum it up by saying that Michele Bachmann said that the reason she got into politics was because she watched the “How Shall We Then Live” video series.

And let’s not forget about getting to the kiddies! Also coming to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson is the Child Evangelism Fellowship, which will be starting Good News Clubs in all the elementary schools on base. As I’ve written about before, Child Evangelism Fellowship is the group whose tactics include targeting “unchurched” children on military bases by stalking their school buses. If you don’t know about Child Evangelism Fellowship and their Good News Clubs, I urge you to read Katherine Stewart’s excellent book The Good News Club.

Just like what Justin just posted about Fort Meade, this crap at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson is at least in part being paid for with DoD contracts. At any base that has a Religious Education Director, that Religious Education Director is paid for with a DoD contract to bring these kinds of programs to their base. Just stop and think about that for a minute. If you pay taxes, you’re paying to bring to our military the very same program that made Michele Bachmann decide that she needed to go into politics to save America from us scary non-Christians!

For much more on all this DoD contract spending to evangelize the military, see my post from last year, “How Much Money Could the Department of Defense Save if it Stopped Trying to Save Souls?



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  1. 1

    …and to think I was actually lobbying to go to JBER for my next PCS.

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    Justin Griffith

    How much the DoD spent on the entirety for rape prevention / reaction programs? Less than that one Spiritual Fitness test alone. Now look at the article Chris mentioned at the end to see that it’s FRIGHTENING how much money is being stolen from the US taxpayers by evangelical charlatans who know how to enter a military contract into the system.

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    “We’re really going to have to delay fielding new camouflage that actually works because we’re short on moneyt. In other news, here’s an expensive site to determine if you make baby Jesus cry!”

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    I’m surprised that they quoted the part of the Great Commission that says “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Most Christians skip that part, for good reason. Probably these folks figure that no one will actually read the gospels to see what Jesus commanded. I did that, collected everything Jesus is reported to have said about what his followers should DO. It is surprising, but it all makes perfect sense once you understand that Jesus believed and taught that the end of the world was imminent, Judgment Day was coming Real Soon, possibly next Thursday, certainly within the lifetime of the people standing there hearing him speak. He told his followers to prepare by busting their asses to rack up as much credit as possible in the limited time remaining. Sell everything you own and distribute the money to the poor, practice strict Nonviolent Nonresistance, follow the entire Law of Moses down to the last iota, abstain from all sin, even in your thoughts, even to the point of self-castration to avoid thoughts of lust. He never says to get married and raise lots of children; he never says to start a business and get rich. He never says to join the military and fight evildoers. He never says to do any Republican thing; his instructions are quite different. I wrote up my collected findings here:

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    The good thing is the ministries mentioned in the article are not very effective. During my fundamentalist days I worked with those groups and they were mostly only good at bragging about how good they are. I think we can take great satisfaction in the fact that at lest from a practical standpoint christians prove the falseness of their beliefs by their hypocritical religions. Unfortunately, from a political standpoints those in the 1% recognize the value of religion in controlling US policy. If the two ever get synchronized the world will be in real trouble.

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