The stupid, it burns: Some Christians are celebrating the government shutdown because it’s supposedly bringing the world closer to the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Earlier this week a caller identified as “Scott” called into the C-SPAN show Washington Journal to proclaim the good news that Trump’s partial government shutdown is “just getting us closer” to the supposed return of Christ.
While talking to host John McArdle, who was accepting public comments about the shutdown, Scott said:
I’m in support of it because I’m waiting for the second coming. We just celebrated the first coming of Jesus, but Jesus is coming back. And as crazy as the government is, it’s just getting us closer.
Now the solution to having a bill pay for the wall, Trump can do this by going after every business in America that got a tax break if they have any ties to any sister, baby companies…that have hired any illegal alien in the past.
We take that tax break back, and we could build us a golden wall across both the Mexican and the Canadian border.
I want it shut down because I can’t wait for when Jesus comes back and gets the righteous real people and takes them to heaven, and then we have a real big mess on this Earth.
At that point host McArdle had heard enough and cut Scott off, declaring “Got your point, Scott,” before moving on to the next caller.
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Commenting on the bizarre if not unexpected exchange, Hemant Mehta, writing for Friendly Atheist, opines:
There are evangelicals who genuinely believe shit hitting the fan is a sign that Jesus is coming to save the righteous. It’s why they’re not particularly eager to fix the climate crisis. It’s why they find joy in unrest. It’s why they look forward to a disastrous government shutdown. Their irrational thinking is preventing them from putting pressure on this president — who has his own separate idiotic reasons to shut down the government — to do anything about it.
Of course Mehta is correct. There are plenty of evangelicals who believe that Trump’s disastrous policies are part of some larger plan to bring about the supposed return of Christ and End Times. Last year conservative Christians cheered after a GOP lawmaker predicted that moving U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem would usher in Armageddon.
Bottom line: After President Donald Trump said that the government shutdown would continue until he receives funding for a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, some Christians are celebrating because the shutdown is supposedly bringing the world closer to the second coming of Jesus Christ.