Christian militia group that burst into the news when federal authorities arrested them for plotting crimes against the government...a truly frightening thought. Christians? Wasn't Jesus the one who said to "love your enemies," and to "turn the other cheek?"
Scriptures can be twisted, and the lesson this Christian militia group leaves with us is this: We must watch our lives and doctrine closely.
In my novel, American Midnight, small groups of Christians take up arms, plot, and prepare in case the need to fight back should arise. The novel explores the psychology of how a Christian might slip into so militant a stance towards government authority? And even worse, what effects their actions might have on all of Christendom.... In a cultural landscape ripe with tension, how will a secular, relativistic culture begin viewing systems of belief who won't budge because of their adherence to absolute truths.
In American Midnight the government begins flirting with the idea of building an American utopia, and the church digs it's toes in against the cultural shift towards relativism. But then there is the small group of militant believers who threaten to draw the two together and make the situation explode...