Note: It is very rare that I call out people by name in my writings. This is an exception and I think for good reason. One of the most unsettling, faith-shaking events for a believer is when someone we respect leaves the faith. This week we learned that former homeschooler and child-author Joshua Harris not only left his wife, but also has announced that he is departing from the faith. I have already had someone ask me, “How could someone so godly walk away?” This blog is not meant to judge Joshua Harris, but to help you understand how a famous author and pastor could deny the Bible he preached. Here are my points: 1) too young 2) bad mentor and 3) classic narcissism. It is longer than my usual blog.Continue Reading...
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I was watching Wimbledon the other day when ESPP played a 5-minute piece on the majesty of Wimbledon. That God me thinking about Yeshua as King and what the Bible says about procession. It might not sound exciting, but indeed it is. Have a listen.Continue Reading...
Hey Mainstream Media, the chant, “Send her back” is not racist any more than “lock her up” is sexist (Hillary 2016). I don’t condone sentiments like, “go back to where you came from,” and I would never say that to an immigrant. I am an immigrant myself in Israel and would not like someone telling me, because of my faith in Yeshua, to “go back to America.” But unless they are directed at an entire race, they are not racist. So stop referring every 10 seconds to the the racist chant.
In this situation, they are directed at one person and not because of her race or ethnicity. She could be a white male from Macedonia and the sentiment would be the same. The issue is Ilhan Omer’s policies and rhetoric, not her gender, religion or ethnicity.
For “send her back” to be racist, it would need to be directed at her entire race and because of their race. “Send them back because they are black,” would be racist and would be condemned by 99% of Americans (sadly some Americans would embrace it).
Neither is it Islamaphobic (she is hardly a good Muslim, embracing Abortion, even at nine months, and gay marriage) as it is not directed against Muslims. Nor is it xenophobic, as it is not directed against the entire Somali community.
No, the chant is directed at one woman who is anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, pro-Iran; who has referred to illegal aliens as “undocumented Americans” and who wants to fundamentally change our country into a socialist disaster. And recently she said that she doesn’t regret tweeting anti-Semitic tropes, where she implied that Israel controlled congress and has hypnotized the world, amongst other things.
“Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.” —Ilhan Omar
Recently tapes have surfaces where Omar hatred of white men is on display. WHen asked about her response to Islamic terrorism in the US, instead of taking the opportunity to, as a moderate muslim, to condemn the acts, she said:
Our country should be more fearful of white men across our country because they are causing most of the deaths within this country. If fear was the driving force of policies to keep America safe…we should be profiling, monitoring [white men] and creating policies to fight the radicalization of white men.
The truth is the percentage of muslim Americans who are radicalized is light years beyond the percentage of white males who become white supremacist at the level of terrorism. There just happens to be many more white men in America than Muslims, so the fact that the numbers are even close show how out of proportion they really are. When speaking about flat out murder, not terrorism, whites are actually in a minority according to blogger Matt Walsh:
Again, not close. According to the Department of Justice, white people (not just men) commit about 45% of the murders in the U.S. That seems high until you consider that white people are over 60% of the population. Whites are therefore underrepresented in the homicide department by about 15%. Blacks commit a little over 50% of the murders in America, despite accounting for only 13% of the total population. Those are the simple facts of the matter. Facts cannot be racist.
In the interview, the muslim interviewer tried to bring her back to the problem of Islamic terror, and she would not go there. Instead she began to blame terror on American foreign policy. (See for yourself at 5:52)
On the interviewers third tried to get her to address Islamic terror and the rhetoric coming from Imans, she finally, barely, reluctantly said, it “could” be true.
Just yesterday, it was publicized there her BFF in congress, Rep. Rashida Tlaib compared boycotting Israel to boycotting Nazis!
The right to boycott is deeply rooted in the fabric of our country. Americans boycotted Nazi Germany in response to dehumanization, imprisonment, and genocide of Jewish people.
And there is silence on the left. Where are the Jewish democrats?
It would be easy to write off Ilhan Omar, but make no mistake—she is a force to be reckoned with. She is the most dangerous women in America right now because she is so darn cute. The media has fallen in love with her and will defend her at every turn (even as they did her comments about white men). But her policies are dangerous for America.
When God called Abraham to leave his father’s house and birth a new people, He made a seven-fold promise to Abraham. (Gen. 12) As part of that promise, God said He would bless those who bless Abraham and curse those who cursed him. Looking at Abraham’s life, there is no doubt that God honored this:
When Abimelech took Sarah to be one of his wives, God turned His hand against him. But once he returned Sarah to Abraham, he was blessed. During the time that Sarah was in his household (more than just a few days!!), all the women were barren. The minute he released her and blessed Abraham, God opened their wombs.
When Abraham went after four kings with just over 300 men, because they had taken Lot captive, he was victorious. God was clearly faithful to His promise to Abraham. Those who blessed him were blessed and those who cursed him were cursed.
Many teachers, in recent history, have taught that this promise was not merely to Abraham, but to his descendants. This makes sense, as just a few verses down, God (referring to Cannan) says to Abraham (then Abram),“To your offspring, I will give this land.”(Gen 12:7) If the land promised was to Abraham’s descendants, what about the promise of blessing and curse?
Some have risen up to say, “No! That was just to Abraham. It has no connection to future generations! And it definitely has nothing to do with modern Israel.” These people see modern Israel as a coincidence, because in their theology, God is finished with the Jewish people.
Gary Burge, the esteemed New Testament professor at Wheaton College cannot see the connections between modern Israel and Abraham.
“For many evangelicals, the modern state of Israel is a revival of the Israel they read about in their Bibles, but when you build a bridge from biblical Israel to modern Israel, there is an enormous gap in history and theology.
“We have a political application of a biblical idea,” Burge says. “If you reach into the Old Testament and say, ‘God has given the Holy Land to the descendants of Abraham,’ that’s fine. The question is whether the modern state of Israel is that nation that was imagined back in the Bible.”
Burge admits that God gave the land to the children of Abraham, but seems to have forgotten about the dozens of promises that God will restore Israel in the end-times.If that is not modern Israel, then what is it? There are no other candidates! The chances that the Jewish people, after 52 attempted genocides against us, would return to the Land after 2,000 years, are not even betweenslim and none! It is between none and none, as nothing like that has ever happened to any other people group—that is, unless God is orchestrating the fulfillment of His word.
From Abe to Cornelius
Let’s just look at history.
- Rehab protected the Jewish spies and God protected her and her family.
- Ruth refused to return to her own people, uttering the famous words, “Your people will be my people and your God my God,” (Ruth 1:16) and became the great grandmother of King David, is included in the lineage of the Messiah and got her very own book in the Bible!
- The centurion’s servant was healed not only because of his great faith, but because the Jews told Yeshua that “This man deserves to have you do this,becausehe loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” (Luke 7:5) Because they made a case based on his love for Israel, Yeshua “went with them.” (V.6)
- And of course, Cornelius, prayed to the God of Israel, feared the God of Israel and gave to those in need. Being stationed in Caesarea, we can assume that “those in need” were Jews. He was chosen to be the first Gentile to hear the good news!
Probably the starkest case of this principle is Great Britain and the United States. Towards the end of the 19thcentury and during the early part of the 20thcentury, Great Britain had more territory than any other nation. They used to say, “The sun never sets on the British empire.”
However, in the early 1920s, Great Britain decided to take 80% of the land they promised to Israel in the Balfour Declarationand give it to the Arabs, creating Jordan. Then in 1939, as the Holocaust began, Great Britain cut off all immigration of Jews to Palestine. (the name Palestine had nothing to do with Arabs at the time. Read more here.) The sun began to set on Great Britain as the world power.
In 1948, America, under Harry S. Truman, became the first head of state to recognize Israel. That prophetic gesture began a friendship between the US and Israel that has lasted more than 70 years. No one can deny the blessing that has been on the US during that time.
Trump Proves God Right
In May 2017, President Trump, coaxed by aides, decided to delay the moving of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The next few months were brutal for his presidency. After Charlottesville, some even wondered if he would make it through his first term.
But then, he recognized Jerusalem.
He could not get any significant legislation passed, but on December 6th, 2017 he recognized Jerusalem. Just two weeks lateron December 22th, he signed his tax cuts into law with a razor-thin 51-48 win in the senate. The tax cuts have led to one of the strongest economies America has experiences. Unemployment got all the way down to 3.6 percent. God has blessed America again.
Is there a connection between blessing Israel and being blessed? The evidence would suggest so. Now, that doesn’t mean that Israel is perfect; nor does it mean that Israel should receive a free pass if they err. But it means that the nations should recognize that God chose Israel to be a light for the nations and brought forth the Messiah through her, and they should then rightly align with her in blessing, thus, they will be blessed. It is not about Israel, but God’s prophetic order.
Footnote: We could list so many more modern examples, but we try to keep out blog to 1,000 words (not pages!).