Harry Jackson, the pastor leading the effort to roll back gay marriage in DC, published a revealing column in Charisma magazine. He argued that in order to launch a second Great Awakening, he and his fellow fundies must form a "fifth column" within society in order to fight back against attempts to roll back "Christian influence in our nation."
For the church to regain its effective presence in society, we must focus on four major components of political action. First, we need every Christian to become politically active with the party of their choice. For this engagement to work, local churches must accept their role to equip their people to understand a theological frame of reference, so they may interpret the issues facing their nation and local communities from a biblical perspective.As chilling as this suggestion is on its face, it's even more so when you consider that Jackson is a prominent leader in the New Apostolic Reformation, the fascistic offshoot of the religious right that believes it can actually bring about the Second Coming by taking over the world and sweeping out all "evildoers" in their way. Jackson's call for a "fifth column" is as clear an expression as I've seen of the "Seven Mountains" strategy, the philosophy that calls for Christians to infiltrate the seven areas that influence culture--business, media, arts and entertainment, education, family, religion and especially government.
While there are no specific Bible verses that speak to issues like federal funding for embryonic stem cell research or a local proposal to reroute a sewer line through a particular field, well-informed Christians can effectively reason through such issues if they understand what the Bible teaches about human dignity, private property and the role of civil government in a free society. What the church in America needs is a fifth column of believers. The term “fifth column” originated during the Spanish Civil War.
Emilio Mola used the term during his 1936 radio address as he announced there were four columns advancing on the city of Madrid. But they would be joined by a fifth column of supporters inside the city who would undermine the resistance from within. We need to work inside all spheres of our culture to act in fifth-column style, changing our culture from within.
Jackson also calls for Christians to actively support "watchmen on the walls" like Focus on the Family and the American Family Association, be willing to run for office and open up their wallets to further the cause.
Jackson has wrapped his drive to derail marriage equality in DC in the flag of the Civil Rights Movement, notwithstanding that civil rights are not things you can put up for vote. But by effectively calling for his fellow fascists to subvert the system from within, he has effectively lost what little right he had to claim that legacy.
3:57 PM PT: Since this made the rec list, I thought it would be important to underscore that Jackson is quoting one of Francisco Franco's generals in the Spanish Civil War. Pretty revealing that he'd openly quote a guy from a movement that was a kissing cousin to fascism.