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Who doesn’t love a good dose of Debbie Downer? So when I saw that Rachel Dratch made an anti-gun commercial I gave it a watch. Not only was it not funny, it was stupid (to borrow a phrase from DT) and misleading. The premise of the ad is that Rachel, a mom, is doing everything she can to keep her kids safe. But when she goes out to eat, the restaurant is loaded (get it) with white men with all kinds of weapons, from shot guns to assault rifles. And this scares her kids. One guy, who we are to assume is drunk, even clumsily knocks over his loaded shot gun—at a pizza joint.

  1. I have never been in a restaurant that even closely resembled that scene. Gun-owners tend to be highly responsible when it comes gun safety. I have never seen even one shotgun in a restaurant in my life.
  2. When kids in Israel (where I live now) see a hand gun on someone’s waist in a restaurant they feel safer. They know that that person is trained and willing to risk their life to protect others from terrorists.
  3. In my congregation, knowing that we have enemies who may seek to harm us, it makes me feel more secure knowing that one of our pastors has a handgun as well as the guard at the door.

The problem with guns in America is not legal gun owners, but criminals. However Dratch’s pitch for “Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Sense in America” misses the mark badly as it takes aim at responsible gun owners and is silent on drug violence, inner city shootings and mental health issues. You can’t tackle the real problem because it is politically incorrect—so let’s aggressively attack a fake one.

I think it is safe to say that when large numbers of American Jews, particularly non-orthodox, secular Jews, make Aliyah (move to Israel) the end is near. For most American Jews the idea of living in Israel is laughable. But what this one leader in the video below rightly identities is that Israel is becoming the only safe haven for the Jewish people. Indeed our father Theodore Herzl became a Zionist only when he saw unbridled anti-Semitism against a French officer who was banished to Devil’s Island. Herzl concluded 40 years before the Holocaust that the only safe place for the Jewish people would be our own country.

Jeremiah spoke of two ways the Jewish people would come home.

“But now I will send for many fishermen,” declares the Lord, “and they will catch them. After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks.” 

Fisherman are those like Herzl and this women in the video below, pleading with Jews to come home to Israel. Fisherman pull. However, if that doesn’t work the hunter’s, the anti-Semites, will drive the Jewish people back to Israel. As horrible as radical Islam is, God will use it to bring the Jewish people home.


Courtesy of
Aish.com

The promise clear and is coming to pass before our eyes.

Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, `Give them up!’ and to the south, `Do not hold them back.’ Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth. —Isaiah 43:5-6


“I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number. I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing,” declares the Lord. “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The Lord Our Righteousness. —Jeremiah 23:3-6

Should Believers Judge Trump?

Ron Cantor —  January 28, 2016 — 8 Comments

Yesterday I wrote a blog about Donald Trump. It has been shared nearly 10,000 times between my site and Charisma. And as I predicted, many Trump supporters responded with the Biblical admonition, DO NOT JUDGE! In fact, I am 100% convinced that there will be some who chide people for judging the antichrist when he appears.

However, sadly, the ‘Do not judge’ passage is one of the most misinterpreted passages in the Bible. God never forbade all types of judging. Good judgment when choosing friends is commendable.  Imagine if some drug dealer wanted to hang out with your son or daughter and in response to your prohibition the drug dealer yelled at you, “You’re judging me!” Well, yeah. We judge when looking for a spouse, when choosing a doctor or when choosing a congregation.

We Judge All Day, Every Day

The fact is that we make judgments of people all day long. An employer interviewing a potential employee will judge that person based on their experience, temperament and other qualifications. If the potential employee does not get the job, he doesn’t accuse the potential employer of judging him—he came to be judged.

If we read Yeshua’s comments in context we can see his meaning:

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

People use this passage to condemn all forms of judgment, but Yeshua here is referring to the hypocritical, looking down on others, type of judging. For instance, if I said, “I don’t go to that congregation. It’s dead. The leader isn’t a good speaker. The people are not friendly.” That is the type of judging Yeshua was referring to. However, if I said, “I don’t go to that congregation because I prefer a more energetic expression.” That too is judging, but not looking down on someone or saying that my way is better—it is just my preference.

Politicians

If there is one group of people that has asked to be judged more than any other group, it is politicians. The minute someone jumps into the ring to run for office, he is asking to be judged if he or she is worthy of the office. How can we not judge Donald Trump—or Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio for that matter. This is precisely what voters are supposed to do. When a Supreme Court justice is nominated he or she must endure a hellish vetting process and then he or she is judged by 100 senators. While the process is often political, the idea is crucial. You can’t just allow someone to be on the Supreme Court who hasn’t been throughly vetted.

Donald Trump is asking to be the leader of the free world and some people dare say, don’t judge? That is the height of irresponsibility.

What About His Faith?

I wrote yesterday that Trump is not a Christian. Some take offense at that. Who are you do judge what he believes or doesn’t believe? That’s a valid question. Personally I don’t think that my president must be an evangelical believer. I would prefer it, but it is not a litmus test. For Trump, the issue was that he appeared to be pandering to voters by touting his supposed Christian faith. So it is essential, since he has made his faith part of his campaign, that we seek to discover if he is genuinely a Christian. If he had not claimed to be a Christian, it would not be an issue.

In this video, he speaks in a way, that seems to me, to be insincere—that is my duty as a voter—to discern…yours as well.

Reporters doing their job (and probably skeptical, as I was, that Donald really knows the Bible) quizzed him and he refused to come up with even one verse. Now, given that most believers have a favorite verse and would gladly share it with others and that Donald Trump has an opinion of everything and everyone—it is unimaginable that if he had a favorite verse, that he would not want to share it. We must conclude he was lying when he spoke of his love for the Bible and pandering to Iowa evangelicals.

Here he quotes a non-existent verse to show how the Bible has shaped him. If the one verse that you finally quote, after weeks of people asking you, is actually not a verse, you have a real problem. The only place google finds these words “never bend to envy” is on an obscure website where the author writes it next to his title, “Proverbs 23: Never Bend to Envy”. Trump must’ve assumed it was part of Proverbs 23.

Mr. Trump also stated publically that he is not sure if he has ever asked God for forgiveness. That is the very first act of a believer—to ask God for forgiveness. When Frank Luntz (who Trump now refers to as a fat slob) asked him the question, he paused to think. Come on friends, we are allowed to use common sense. If I asked you that same question, would you pause and think…hmmm… or would you immediately say, “Of course, everyday I ask for forgiveness!”

Understand, I don’t care if Donald Trump is a Christian or not (of course I long for him to be one, and to enjoy forgiveness and eternal life—but in terms of his campaign, I don’t care), what I care about is (a) is he lying to us and (b) is he pandering to evangelicals to get their vote.

In closing, no, we should never look down our noses at people or be like the Pharisee who looked at the tax collector and thanked God that he was not like him, adding that he fasts twice a week and tithes (Luke 18:11-12)—which in his eyes made him better. That is the wrong type of judging.

Yet the same Bible warns us to beware of evildoers and false prophets. If we don’t make a judgment, we cannot come to the right conclusion of these people. The Bible warns us of deception—you can’t resist deception without judging. A chunk of proverbs is about staying away from fools. Psalm 1 tells us not to hang out with the wicked, sinners and mockers—how can we identify them if we can’t ever judge?

Not only can we judge politicians, we must if we are going to make an informed decision. Let’s save the “Do not Judge” admonition for the appropriate context. Okay?

 

I woke up at 4AM unable to sleep. I have been wrestling with a nasty head cold. I turned on the news and there was breaking news. Donald Trump was bowing out of the final debate because of Fox News made fun of his temperament (quite funny) and will not ban the unfair Megan Kelly from the debate panel.

Fat Pigs and Slobs

Trump labels her as unfair, because she asked him a 100% legitimate question. Remember.

Mr. Trump, one of the things people love about you is you speak your mind and you don’t use a politician’s filter. However, that is not without its downsides, in particular, when it comes to women.

You’ve called women you don’t like “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.” Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks. You once told a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who was likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?

Trump was clearly offended. How dare Megyn Kelly—a woman!—ask him about stuff he actually did say and write. If anything, Kelly was preparing him for similar attacks that will certainly come up in a general election.

Too Politically Correct?

Trump responded by saying that the country is too politically correct.

Well I certainly agree, but I see politically correct actions as things like gender neutral bathrooms or forcing a photographer to work a gay wedding. Trump, seems to think concern over him calling women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals,” is being politically correct. Indeed he took to twitter (here are a few) to blast Kelly, whom he had previously praised as an excellent journalist. Overnight, she became “stupid,” “a bimbo,” “unprofessional.”

And now, he is seeking to hold Fox News hostage, by canceling his ratings generating appearance on tomorrow’s debate. I will be shocked if he really doesn’t show up—and gives his opponents carte blanch to mock him as the toddler he is. More than likely this is a ploy, maybe ingenious, to get people to keep talking about him. Look, I am sick, and yet he’s got me pecking away at my keyboard when I should be resting.

Evangelicals, Please Listen

But here is the issue that I simply want everyone from Sarah Palin (and her rock n rollers and holy rollers—what was that?) to Willie Robertson, from Pastor Robert Jeffress to Dr. Jerry Falwall Jr., to understand: Trump is a not fit to be president!

Trump, a man who has never asked anyone for forgiveness (including God), would target reporters critical of him. He would bully anyone who stands in his way. For all his talk of making deals, all I see is an angry, vengeful, man who goes to twitter at 3AM to call people “fat slobs, buffoons, idiots and losers.”

Arafat’s Media Tactics are Trumps

And now he is afraid of Megyn Kelly. If he is seeking to bully the media now when he has no real authority, imagine what he’ll do in the Oval Office? Certain reporters will get access; others banned. That’s just how Arafat insured good press. Every reporter in the West Bank knows the rules, bad press equals no access. And this is simply unconstitutional.

While I understand, as Falwell said, many are not looking for a pastor, but a president, Trump is no leader. He is a brilliant showman/salesman with the moral character and principles of a chameleon. We need righteous men and women in power.

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan. (Prov. 29:2)

Are we not groaning now under President Obama?

Unique in So Many Ways

Indeed he would be like no president before him.

  • The first to be married three times, cheating on the first two (and probably the third).
  • The first whose wife appeared nude in a magazine.
  • The first to boast of his sexual proclivities, claiming to have had sexual relations with some of the “top women in the world.”

This is who you are supporting, Sarah Palin?

  • He will be the first that has owned casinos with strip clubs.
  • To proudly proclaim that he will seek revenge against his personal enemies “as viciously and as violently as you can.”[i]
  • His wife will be the first first lady that has posed for lesbian porn.[ii] (The footnote goes to the quote—not the porn!)

And with that last bullet in mind, do you really think for a minute that Trump opposes gay marriage?

Dr. Falwell, Pastor Jeffress, he is not the man you think he is. He is a salesman who will say exactly what you want to hear. And if you oppose him in the future, you will no longer be the great leaders he tells you that you are today, but you will be twittered to death as “stupid”, “losers”, and “fools” whom he never liked in the first place. He will call you pandering liars, hated, disgusting and more. Get used to it. That is his M.O..

Donald is not Christian

He does not read the bible devotionally, but collects bibles. He can’t quote a favorite verse. His pastor is the late Norman Vincent Peale! First of all Mr. Peale is known far more for his “positive thinking” motivational books and speeches than he is for being a pastor, and secondly, he has been dead for 20 years! He was 95, and I am going to go out a limb, and suggest he wasn’t pastoring Donald at that time. Who is his current pastor?

(You may be tempted to say, we can’t judge. Yet that’s what an election is! A time to judge each candidate based on their words and actions.)

When he announced that he was a Christian he said, “People are so shocked when they find out.” Maybe that is because of the multiple affairs, the over-the-top personal attacks, or maybe because he later went on to explain why he doesn’t ask God for forgiveness:

“I am not sure I have [asked for forgiveness]. I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don’t think [I’ve ever asked forgiveness]. I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don’t bring God into that picture. I don’t.”

Is it not troubling that man who has cheated on at least two former wives has never asked for forgiveness—from God or them? There is no such thing as a Christian who doesn’t ask God for forgiveness.

A Better Option

Here is the point. That is another man in the race who:

  • is not afraid of Congress,
  • stands up to bullies,
  • is actually a committed evangelical believer,
  • holds the views that has made Trump the forerunner in the race—
    • destroy ISIS,
    • confront radical Islam,
    • tear up Iran deal,
    • repeal Obamacare
    • deal with illegal immigration—

Plus, unlike Trump he will stand with Israel as a principled issue, whereas Trump will stand with Israel, unless the Arabs make him a better deal.

Yes, he is the ultimate dealmaker. Don’t make a deal with the devil. I am voting for Ted Cruz.

NOTE: I rarely ask people to share my stuff. The buttons are there. They can share if they want to. However, today, with so many evangelicals supporting Trump, if you agree with this blog, please share it. Thanks.

 

 

[i] http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/05/politics/evangelicals-donald-trump-questions/

[ii] http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/08/14/glenn-beck-has-an-honest-question-for-hannity-limbaugh-and-coulter-i-really-want-to-understand/

Imagine that you are simply working at a grocery store and you hear screams? Two terrorists with knives seek to get in the grocery store to harm you and others, after they have already stabbed two women.

According to Motti Shalem, who worked at the grocery store at the time of the attack, “the two terrorists came from the direction of the fence, and must’ve breached it and got in. Then they stabbed a woman on the sidewalk, and another at the parking lot, and then tried to enter the store. Me and another guy pushed them back with a supermarket cart, and then they ran, and were shot by the security guard.” (ynetnews.com)

Tragically the 23 year old Shlomit Kreigsman succumbed to her wounds, and died yesterday.

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Meanwhile the the E.U. is probably more concerned that the security shot the terrorists.