My father strongly believed that “the hidden treasures within ourselves are far greater than anything found in the ground” and that we all have inside of us the power to innovate, cooperate and muster the willpower and determination that change requires. He believed that we are entering a new era, one of turbulence and uncertainty but more importantly one of profound progress and unrelenting innovation. He trusted that we all have within us a fearless leader marked by courage, ability and a relentless pursuit of peace and prosperity. He knew that it rests with us to uncover the optimism and hope to dream bigger and better and pursue those dreams until they become reality.
Thus comes the central political reality explored in Waiting for Armageddon : that Evangelicals risk creating what the Rev. Barbara Rossing calls "a self-fulfilling prophesy of death and destruction."
This is no small sect. Evangelicals control some 60,000 US radio
stations. They meet in 25,000-member megachurches and sit on school boards
and legislatures across the country. As the Rev. Mel White, former
ghostwriter for Jerry Falwell and Billy Graham and Pat Robertson puts it,
"They are everywhere and they are not going away."
Embedded in its dramatic illustration of the End Times, including a
Christian tour of Israel, Waiting for Armageddon offers an object lesson:
That if people believe their God has revealed the ultimate course of
history, then nothing, not even war, with all its bloodshed and horror, is
to be feared. It's a reality that, whether dealing with the Taliban or the
Jews or the Evangelicals or even Sarah Palin, every leader -- religious or
political -- needs to understand if true dialogue can take place. Because
for a great many true believers, the end of the world is just the beginning.