In an under-the-radar interview that aired on CNN Friday night (Oct. 19), conservative talk show host Glenn Beck asked Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee about current events in the Middle East. Then came the payoff question about Armageddon, and Huckabee delivered the ministerial money shot for values voters everywhere:
BECK: You're a biblical guy. You're a preacher. Do you believe we are possibly facing "End Times" scenarios with any of the events that we're seeing?
HUCKABEE: You know, every generation has thought that they were, and we could be, but we don't ever act like, "OK, this is it," so we just sit back and coast and ride it out until the end. We always act as if it could be today, but we also plan as if it could be 100,000 years from now.
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This is crazy, like televangelists Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell openly blaming 9/11 on God's wrath toward gays and feminists.
Huckabee claims "every generation" thinks biblical Armageddon is imminent, as if it's normal. Maybe for doom and gloom preachers. The term has its metaphorical use, but since the Enlightenment people haven't gone through life thinking it, and certainly not our leaders.
FDR led the nation through economic depression and world war by being positive: "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Ronald Reagan explained that his famous riff about a "shining city on a hill" was decidedly about our future here on earth, not in the heavens. Al Gore doesn't falsely pin the rap of global warming on theology's head.
Huckabee, on the other hand, looks at the world today and flatly states that "we could be" facing the biblical grand finale, and so we "act as if it could be today," while we also "plan as if it could be 100,000 years from now."