Well, the Olympics are over, but the sad truth is that many countries in the world hate Israel and Jews so much, that it could not help but spill over into the Olympics. We document the story of Or Sasson, the Israeli Bronze medal winner in Judo, and his first round opponent, Egyptian Islam el Shahabi. After the match Sasson reached out his hand in respect, as is traditional in Judo, and Mr. Islam acted as if he would catch AIDS if he made contact.

The ELCA, not to be confused with the star of Frozen—that would be Elsa—has taken a brazen stand against Israel. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America has voted to divest from Israel and encourage the United States to pull all support until Israel leaves what they call “Palestinian Lands”. I take just over five minutes here to explain that there is no such thing as “Palestinian lands”. M apologies to Methodists everywhere for my mistake at the end 🙂

It is interesting, but I was told by a former leader of an ELCA church, that while they were voting to marry and ordain homosexuals, a tornado blew that tore off the steeple of the church!

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Yesterday, knowing that no matter what I wrote, some would misinterpret my blog as an endorsement of Hillary Clinton, I expressed concern over the enthusiastic excitement over a non-repentant serial adulterer. I wondered how we could have been so condemning of Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair and wink at Donald Trump’s escapades with married women.  Only a few actually answered the question, and that is because this issue is deeply emotional. Some lashed out at me, other’s praised the blog. I bless everyone who commented and take no comments personally! 

Some defended Trump as having a changed heart. Some said he was the lesser of two evils. More than one said, when you have two evils, you choose none. And others asked why I don’t write a blog about Hillary Clinton. One reason is that very few HRC fans read my blog. But, here we go…

So there is no confusion, here is my blog about Hillary Clinton. To be clear, I have spoken often about her crimes and lack of qualifications to be president.

Lying

Newt Gingrich was correct in saying yesterday, “[Hillary] lies about lying and now she lies about having lied about lying.”

  • She lied to the American people when she said that there was no classified documents on her server or that she never sent or received them.
  • She lied to us when she said she used one device, as the FBI said she used multiple devices.
  • She lied when she told us that she did it out of convenience, not wanting to carry two devices (most people realize that you can have 100 email addresses and still just one device) when it is clear that she did it to have secret communications.
  • She said work-related emails were returned to the State Department, but apparently admitted to the FBI that that was not true.
  • She lied to the families of the four victims in Benghazi, saying that it was a protest connected to a video, when she knew it was a terrorist attack.

Her Treatment of Women

Secretary Clinton claims to fight for women, when in fact she attacks the reputation of the women with whom her husband has had affairs—such as Juanita Broderick who accused Bill of raping her or Paula Jones, before whom he exposed himself. Mrs. Clinton, who said every victim of sexual abuse needs to be “heard and believed,” called Monica Lewinsky, “narcissistic loony toon”. When his longtime affair with Gennifer Flowers came out, she attacked Ms. Flowers and called her ‘trailer trash’.

After the Gennifer Flowers story came out during her husband’s ’92 presidential run, her response, according to Carl Bernstein, was to throw herself into efforts to discredit Flowers and to try to persuade horrified campaign aides to bring out rumors that Poppy Bush had not always been faithful to Barbara. (source)

Yes, she looked to spread rumors about a man who genuinely loves his wife.

Mrs. Clinton took an active role in seeking sworn statements from those who had accused Bill of sexual harassment or of having an affair with him, before his 1992 race for the presidency.

During Clinton’s campaigns, Hillary Clinton ran her own “war room” against the so-called “Bimbo Eruptions” … The name given to the endless list of women who were harassed, assaulted, and even raped by Bill Clinton. Hillary’s job was to discredit, smear, and ruin the lives of these women who happened to speak out about her husband’s shameful treatment of women. (source)

And now we hear that in one of her first cases as a lawyer, she got a rapist off and accused the 12-year-old victim of making up stories.

Her Time as Secretary of State

And then there is her competence. When she became the most powerful diplomat in the world, as secretary of state, she had an opportunity to prove herself worthy of the presidency. The world looked very different just eight years ago. Since then hundreds of thousands of people have been murdered in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Yemen, Libya and other counties.

Since she took office:

  • There has been a civil war in Syria whereby 300,000 people have been killed and more than ten million have become homeless refugees.
  • ISIS was formed when the US troops left Iraq in 2011 during her tenure.
  • She naively brought her counterpart in Russia actual button that said in Russian and English ‘reset’. Since then, Russia has attacked Ukraine and taken
    Hillary Clinton gives the Russian Foreign Minster a "Reset Button"

    Hillary Clinton gives the Russian Foreign Minster a “Reset Button”

    Crimea and is now seeking an alliance with Turkey. Russia went into Syria to support their client and our enemy, the Butcher Bashar Assad. Just today Russia announced that it will have fighter jets in Iran. This new alliance Russia/Iran/Syria/Turkey/Yemen is all but Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38-39)

  • In Benghazi, we helped Libya defeat their own dictator at Hillary’s insistence and now ISIS is all over Libya. We failed to protect our ambassador and three others who were murdered, and then Hillary and her team lied about it for more than a week, blaming it on a video. She has all but called Patrica Smith, whose son died in the attack, a liar. Obama calls Libya his biggest failure and it was the brainchild of Mrs. Clinton.
  • All the while she continued to attack Prime Minister Netanyahu, ‘a friend’, once dressing him down in 2010 after a Biden visit to Jerusalem and described herself as the ‘designated yeller’ at the Prime Minister.
  • She was the cheerleader for anti-Mubarak forces in Egypt, and stood by and watched as the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic terrorist organization won the election. When General El Sisi saw that the MB was Islamo-fying the nation, he stepped in. Her boss, Barack Obama—to this day—resists El Sisi.
  • And of course we cannot forget that Hillary got the ball rolling with Iran.

Okay…pretty clear, right? Hillary will be a horrible president! Ron is no fan!

Creating Trump in a New Image

Having said that, I have no problem with people voting for Trump as the alternative. But don’t be deceived. Trump is no angel. He has been ruthless over the years. As I said yesterday, he has brags about his sin. He has little self-control. He gets easily offended and jumps on Twitter in the middle of the night, giving ammunition to his enemies. His mouth routinely gets him in trouble and though aides and reportedly family members have begged him to tone it down, he loves the roar of the crowd and just can’t help himself. Whether he is asking the Russians to find Hillary’s emails or suggesting that the wife of the fallen solider was quiet because she is a Muslim or that he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and you will still support him, he feeds his opponents with fresh content.

Indeed, I agree with his policies far more than with Hillary’s. And if he can stay on message, like he did yesterday in his speech on foreign affairs, he may recover in the polls. But it seems to me that many have recreated Donald Trump into the image of who they desire him to be—not who he really is.

  • They don’t see him as a adulterer, but a family man.
  • They don’t seem him as a ruthless bully, willing to crush anyone who gets in his way; he is a shrewd businessman.
  • They are not bothered that he recently said that he doesn’t ask God for forgiveness or that his favorite verse is ‘an eye for an eye’ (A verse that Yeshua seemingly updated to ‘turn the other cheek’ [see Matt 5:38-42]), they see him a brand new believer—based on no evidence whatsoever, other than the word of a disgraced televangelist/prosperity preacher.

At the end of the day, I certainly prefer Trump over Hillary, but I would never leave him (or Bill Clinton for that matter) alone in a room with any of my daughters.

I have a question for folks who think Trump is a great candidate. In the 90s when Bill Clinton, another serial cheater, was caught with Monica Lewinsky, there was an argument. Most on the left said, it doesn’t matter how he conducts his personal life as long as he is a good president. Those on the right, including me, said, “Character Counts”. Remember? That was our mantra. We believed that:

  1. Tolerating such behavior would have a trickle down negative moral effect on the nation. (And it did—we now have gay marriage and men in the women’s bathroom!)
  2. If someone cheats on their wife, they will cheat on the country (and look how the Clinton’s have gotten crazy wealthy off America, making $28 million in 2014—as the corrupt Clinton Foundation continues to sell favors to criminals and corrupt nations).

So, if character does count and you were tough on Bill in the 90s, how can you enthusiastically support a man who brags about cheating? Some may say that this behavior was in his past, but he has never expressed regret or asked for forgiveness (his words, not mine). Here are some of his quotes:

“If I told the real stories of my experiences with women, often seemingly very happily married and important women, this book would be a guaranteed best-seller,” —The Art of the Deal

“I’ve been so lucky in terms of that whole world [of sleeping around]. It is a dangerous world out there—it’s scary, like Vietnam. Sort of like the Vietnam era. It is my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave soldier.”— on sleeping with women who could have STDs, “The Howard Stern Show”

He criticized a real Vietnam hero for “getting caught” while he compares sleeping around and not getting an STD as his “personal Vietnam”.

“You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.” —Esquire, 1991

“She’s really cute, I have to tell you, she’s really bouncy, really cute, She’s about 5-foot-1. Do you like girls that are 5-foot-1? They come up to you know where.” —Trump on Eva Longoria, “The Howard Stern Show”, 2005

And lastly from a 62-year-old Donald Trump, looking back on his ‘amazing’ life…

“Oftentimes when I was sleeping with one of the top women in the world I would say to myself, thinking about me as a boy from Queens, ‘Can you believe what I am getting?’” — Think Big: Make it Happen in Business and Life, 2008.

Now, if you say, “I am voting for him because the other option is Hillary. I will pull the lever and hold my nose.” Okay. I can respect that. But what troubles me is the religious leaders—some who crushed Bill Clinton for his cheating—that are now enthusiastically supporting Trump such as Jerry Falwell, Jr., Robert Jeffress, Pat Robertson and two of America’s leading moral voices, James Dobson and Gary Bauer.

So, my question is this: If you were a “character counts” guy or gal, like I was, in the 90s with Bill Clinton, how can you justify unreservedly supporting Trump as if he a role model? I am honestly eager to hear your answer either below or on Facebook—because I am genuinely dumbfounded.

My position? I love the USA. I think both of our candidates are horribly flawed. I am praying and pleading with God that somehow, someway I will not have to choose between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Obviously I can’t vote for Hillary. But as a father to three girls how can I vote for a sexual predator like Trump?

You say, “to not vote is a vote for Hillary,” Technically it is a half of a vote. If I voted for Hillary, that would be a vote for Hillary. Or maybe, just maybe, there are times when not voting is an act of intercession, asking God to intervene. As a lifetime voter; someone who believes strongly in going to the ballot box, I am not willing to say that the God’s destiny for America depends on electing Donald Trump. God is bigger than that. And maybe for this one time, a non-vote is plea to heaven for God to pour out revival on our country.

But if I do decide to vote Trump, I will need to send Bill Clinton an apology for criticizing his character in the 90s.

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Footnote: Often people respond to critics of Trump by quoting Jesus saying “Do not Judge.” First, that it taken out of context. Jesus is referring to hypocritically looking down at people when you have worse sin in your life. Secondly, when you run for President, you are asking people to judge you. That is what an election is. Third, why is no one saying “Don’t judge Hillary?” Is it okay to judge her, but not him?

Another comment I read a lot is “Nobody’s perfect.” It is not about being flawless, but about choosing someone who brags about breaking the 10 commandments.

Some have pointed to the woman caught in adultery to say that we should not be so tough on Trump. First, she was told to “go and sin no more”. Second, she was grateful for Yeshua’s forgiveness. Third, she was no asking me to vote for her to be president.  

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Many year ago I discovered the secret to having your prayers answered. I am sure I was not the first to make this discovery. In fact, if I was a better student of the Word, I would have figured it out earlier. But once I did, I let nothing hold me back! Let me share it with you.

First we have some amazing promises in Scripture.

“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:13-14)

“For this reason I say to you, whatever you pray and ask, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24)

At first glance most people get these passages wrong. One well known teacher taught, these promises are just like a blank check that Yeshua has signed. We just need to fill in the amount and cash it. Indeed, many prosperity preachers misuse verses like these to appeal to our most selfish desires.

Be Honest, It doesn’t Work!

Let’s be honest. If I pray right now in the name of Yeshua for a million-dollar house (albeit in Tel Aviv that won’t buy much) it is not going to happen. If I ask God for a yacht, using the name of Yeshua like it is the New Covenant equivalent of “Abracadabra”, it is not going to work.

There two reasons why. First, everything we receive from God is supposed to come from and through a loving relationship with him, not through executing a formula. And the second reason, which is what we want to focus on today, is issue of God’s will.

Let Your Will be Done

God is very strong-willed. He is not manipulated by our will. He has a plan for us and indeed He delights in blessing us. But Yeshua is not a Santa Claus to whom we present our list of goodies. Nor is He some genie sent to grant our wishes.

All these promises were given with the holy assumption that we are praying as Yeshua taught us to pray: “Let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  The children of God, those who have received mercy and the gift of salvation, are assumed to not misuse God’s generosity for their own selfish desires, but use the name of Yeshua to pray down God’s will.

Faith or Manipulation?

The underlying theme of the New Covenant is that we are dead to ourselves and alive to God. So, when a preacher uses biblical promises to appeal to carnal desires (often in an attempt to get you to give him or her something) he or she is using manipulation and is in error.

Conversely, when we are praying in agreement with God’s will, nothing can stop us. For this reason, I try and pray every day, “God let your will be done in my life as it has been preordained in heaven.”

 

God’s Will is not Weak

In the past the Lord has revealed to us His will regarding certain positions in ministry. I simply prayed, “God, if this is Your will, no one can stop you.” In my first position in ministry, as a $4,000 dollar-a-year youth leader, there was fierce opposition. This was before I understood these principles. Despite having the confidence of the senior leader, one eldership couple aggressively opposed the idea of me functioning as the youth leader. They felt they should have be in that position.

I panicked a little—I really wanted to be the youth leader and was pretty sure it was God’s will. But there was no reason to panic. God’s will prevailed and in short order the other couple left the congregation. It was during this time that another youth leader, Greg Zetts, said something powerful that has never left me: “God’s will is not some weak membrane that can be easily thwarted.”

I have learned over the years there is no reason to panic. If it is God’s will, He can do it. My job is to agree in prayer with HIS WILL as Yeshua taught and do nothing in the flesh to try a make it happen.

We have a Part to Play

While God’s will is strong, we do have a part to play in battling to see it come to pass—why else would Yeshua ask us to pray that way? But we do not battle using manipulation, selfish ambition or jockeying for position—no, we battle in prayer and fasting.

Just a few weeks ago a friend called me. The Lord has placed him in a new position in ministry, but there were those resisting him. I said to him, “This is easy, we simply will pray for God’s will and battle in prayer.” We prayed with authority and faith that everyone with wrong, selfish desires over this ministry would walk away and that only those God had called to be in it would remain.” I talked to him a week later and the change was amazing. Those who were opposing him were no longer.

Prayer and Fasting for God’s Will

Several years ago when Elana and I returned to Tel Aviv after serving several years in Jerusalem, we were not sure where we should be. I prayed and fasted, asking God for HIS PLAN. Out of the blue, Ari Sorko-Ram called me asked us to return to Tiferet Yeshua—the congregation we were a part of when we first moved to Israel. The next day I was hungry—for the first time in five days. We had our answer.

That led not only to several years of fruitful partnership in media ministry with Maoz Israel but eventually to me leading the congregation for three years—one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. But we didn’t want any of it unless it was God’s will. Once we are willing to get our will in line with God’s, the sky is the limit.

Praying for the Right Order

Another friend inherited a ministry where one of the board members had an opposite vision of his. I said to him, “You can’t coexist. One of you needs to resign.” I started praying for him that God’s will would be done on that board. One week later he told me that without any pressure or ultimatums, the other board member suddenly resigned!

No Witchcraft!

To be clear, we are not talking about praying for bad things to happen to other people. God forbid! That is witchcraft! We are talking about praying for God’s perfect will for all involved.

We can have God’s will, once we crucify our own. And God does want to bless us! I do believe in prosperity. As we are faithful, God wants to bless us with every kind of blessing, whether a home to live in or a promotion at work. God loves to bless. But He doesn’t want to give us more than we can handle. All we need to do is just look to the entertainment world to see how getting rich quick can destroy you (Lindsey Lohan, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber). Asher Intrater once said that the reason he doesn’t play the lottery is because God doesn’t bless that way. God gives wealth little by little or else it will destroy us.

Wealth gained by fraud dwindles,
but he who gathers by labor increases it. (Proverbs 13;11 TLV)

So here are the keys…

  1. Conquer selfish desires.
  2. Ask God to show you His will—His perfect desire.
  3. Begin to boldly proclaim His will and take hold of him in prayer and fasting.

Then we can ask for “anything” in His name and He will do it, because we would never dream to ask for something that is not according to his will.