Those first on the scene to provide assistance to a ravished Japan were motivated by compassion and concern for their fellow human beings. But as the dust settles, both literally and figuratively, adherents to the evangelical “shock doctrine” are descending, equipped with opportunism and radicalism. Described by Naomi Klein in her book of the same name, “shock doctrine” refers to the effort to dominate the world through the exploitation of disaster-shocked people and countries.
David Barton, revisionist historian for the Fundamentalist Religious Right and Dominionists, wouldn’t know genuine scholarship if it slapped him in the face (and it probably has). He and his fellow travelers can already be heard in a number of venues, not the least of which is Fox News.
Glenn Beck, with his usual diarrhea of the mouth and constipation of the brain, spouts all manner of “religious” idiocy on a regular basis. Others, like Jan Markell, founder of the messianic Olive Tree Ministry, herald their evangelistic opportunity with statements such as, “We’d all like to think that the nation of Japan would turn and repent as a result of what happened. [While] we know that won’t happen, we know individuals will.”
Markell is never satisfied to allow others their fundamental freedom of religion (or freedom from). The primary mission of her Olive Tree Ministry is assisting local Baptist churches in reaching Jews for Christ; to see those Jews saved, baptized, and actively serving in local Baptist churches.
“Because the Japanese people shun God in terms of their faith and follow idol worship, atheism, and materialism, it makes me wonder if this was not God’s warning to them,” Rev. David Yonggi Cho of South Korea’s Yoido Full Gospel Church, considered to be the world’s largest single congregation, told the online newspaper News Mission.
Dominionist Cindy Jacobs, ruminates that Japan’s disasters were caused by its adherence to “pagan” theologies. “The people of Asia have worshipped the dragon for 5,000 years…Let’s pray that the deep idolatry and the worship of hundreds of idols under the guise of Shintoism, Buddhism, and allegiances to being “sons of the dragon” will be broken and thousands will turn to the Lord.”
Jacobs, Markell and countless others are quite willing to insult the Japanese intellect because they cannot conceive of anything being superior to their beliefs.
While CRASH (Christian, Relief, Assistance, Support, & Hope) can be applauded for bringing in necessary supplies to those in need in Japan following their triple disaster, that’s not all they will be bringing.
Evangelical Don K. Clements writes, “I don’t want to get ahead of God in this matter, but there is certainly the possibility that most of the people living in the affected areas – who already are seeing that their government has not been well enough organized to bring relief to the area, but these folks who love Jesus instead of the Buddha seem to really care – that many of these people and their descendants will come to know the reality of Jesus and through faith become his disciples.”
The Japanese are an extremely well-educated people and, thankfully, there education is mostly secular.
As reported in OpEdNews.com, “Most of the country believes in evolution and looks upon Christian scriptures as allegory and metaphor, as it would any religious system.” And “contrary to the belief of most Christians, Buddhism is not really a religion – at least not in the sense of placing gods or a God at its core. It is quite possible for a Christian to practice many tenets of Buddhism without becoming an apostate. Confucianism is a system of ethics and government. Both of these “religions” make up the bulk of Japanese philosophy and both aspire to the Golden Rule. As for the Shinto religion, it is ingrained into Japanese history and mythology and is coupled with Buddhist philosophy on spirituality.”
The Japanese help each other because it is the right thing to do; it is the human thing to do. They do it without strings attached. They do not do it for the opportunity to propagandize and proselytize. In the Japanese culture, there is no such thing as an evangelical shock doctrine.
Rational people and religious pluralists can only hope that the Japanese will not take the evangelical insult to their intelligence – and their culture – seriously.