Why We Should Pray For Israel

Why We Should Pray For Israel

As I am writing this blog article over Thanksgiving weekend here in America, that nation of Israel is literally on fire right now.  While the reports are still coming in, what we do know is that the fires that are raging in and around Haifa were in fact acts of arson.  Thousands have been evacuated and over 700 homes have been destroyed.  We really need to say some special prayers for Israel right now.

That leads me to the point of this blog article, which is, why should we as believers pray for Israel?  Is this something that we are biblically commanded to do?  Also, why does it even matter?  The reason why I am writing about this is that I am seeing an alarming trend among believers of having an indifferent to an “I don’t care” attitude towards the Jewish state.  If you are a believer reading this article, I strongly encourage you at this very moment to pray to G-d for understanding about this subject, and not react with emotions, but with the spirit and wisdom of our L-rd Yeshua.

First, is praying for Israel something we are biblically commanded to do?  The simple answer is a resounding “yes”!  The bible says in the book of Pslam 122:6:  “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.  May those who love you be secure.”  This is a clear example that not only should we actually pray for Israel, but that by doing so, we ourselves will be safe and that G-d will be pleased with us.  Jerusalem is the city where G-d Himself chose to establish His physical presence here on Earth in regards to the Holy Temple.

Staying on that subject for a moment, there will be a new Jerusalem that will come down from heaven as we read in the book of Revelation 21:1-2.  Therefore, we must understand that Jerusalem now, and the Jerusalem to come, is the holy dwelling place of G-d Almighty and His Son Yeshua.  The very name of the city means “peace” (from root word shalom) and since He is the Prince of Peace, why would we not pray for the nation of Israel as a whole and the city of Jerusalem?

Another reason to pray for Israel, is that by blessing Israel, we in turn will be blessed.  In Genesis 12, G-d tells Avraham, “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you.  And in you all the families of the Earth will be blessed.”  That’s pretty clear cut.  When we pray for Israel, be it for peace, for protection, for prosperity, we are in fact blessing Israel.  G-d says Himself that when we do we will be blessed as well.  Who does not want to be blessed?

To answer “Why does it matter?” I believe it has already been answered.  However, lets address this from another perspective of those who choose not to bless the nation of Israel.  Clearly the alternative is that if we are not blessing Israel through our prayers, our speech, and our conduct, then by default, we are cursing the nation of Israel.  In this modern era, the most noticeable way that I am seeing in terms of not blessing Israel is an apathy or indifference towards the Jewish state.

That indifference comes about with attitudes like some of the following things I have heard people say.

“I look at it this way.  I’ve got no business over there.”

“Well, there will be a new Jerusalem.”

Probably the most shocking is, utter silence from believers on the topic of Israel.  I have asked for people that I know, who are believers, to join with me in praying for the peace of Israel, or maybe bring up the topic of Israel and literally will hear nothing but silence.  What is clear from such behavior is that they do not care.  They do not see the need because honestly, many believers in Yeshua think that it was the Jews that killed Him, and thus, while they will not admit it outright, there is an undercurrent of resentment to downright hatred of the Jews.  That type of resentment or hatred has a name: antisemitism.

These are bold statements to make, and I have had some people tell me, “anti-Semite” is a strong word.  Comments such as these are typically a way for someone to shame the person who said it, because the person hearing it thinks it’s offensive to say.  What they do not realize or recognize is that anti-Semitic behavior or rhetoric is itself offensive.  Therefore, if someone is acting in an anti-Semitic way, what else is one to call such a person?

Back to the subject at hand, according to G-d’s own Word, if a believer has an indifferent or apathetic attitude towards Israel, then it is a sin pure and simple.  We need to search our own hearts and ask G-d to deliver us from the deceptiveness of antisemitism, which masks itself in replacement theology.  Such theology we see today is the complete absence of mentioning that our Messiah is Jewish.  One person I heard recently state that Yeshua is not human anymore.  If that is the case, when He ascended into heaven as a resurrected human, He stated that He would “return in a like manner.”  One has to ask, if He is not human, then what form is he coming back in exactly?

This is a way that different denominations over the centuries have divorced G-d’s people from their Hebrew roots of their faith, and as such, makes it easier to essentially cast Israel aside as a lost cause.  Many believers today are under the impression that they are the chosen people of G-d alone, because “the Jews had their chance, but killed Jesus.”  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Many Jews today are starting to embrace Yeshua as the Mashiach (Messiah).  In fact, in Israel today, it is the only country in the Middle East where Christianity is growing.  One wishes we could say that about America, the so-called “One Nation Under G-d.”

Finally, believers need to understand that, according to scripture, they are Jewish themselves.  Romans Chapter 2 is very clear on the subject.  Also, there are verses about believers being grafted into the olive branch, but that we are not the root, so we should not boast.  Boasting is not just about walking around saying how great we are in the general sense of bragging, but that also includes thinking that we have somehow supplanted the Jews as G-d’s chosen people.  There is nothing in scripture that remotely suggests that G-d has ever broken covenant with the Jews.  While the Jews in their storied history have rebelled many times against G-d, G-d Himself never broke His promises with His people.  So when believers choose not to bless Israel, in essence, they are being anti-Semitic, which is to be anti-Christ, and the latter of course, is the most egregious.

Speaking from personal experience, when I started making Israel a party of my daily prayers, there was a change.  I am a happier person, and most certainly I have been blessed many times over which lines right up with scripture in Genesis 12.  Moreover, getting in touch with the Hebrew roots of my faith in Yeshua, which will inevitably lead back to the land of Israel, has enriched my study of the Bible, in that, I am understanding more deeply what G-d’s Word has to say.  Blessing Israel is a commandment and as such if we are to call ourselves believers in Yeshua, then we must comply when Yeshua said Himself:

“If you love Me, you will keep My Commandments.”

Let us all know continue to pray for Israel and to bless the land and the Holy City of Yerushalayim.  If you have never included Israel and our Jewish brothers and sisters in your prayers, I encourage you to start today.

 

Shalom 

2016 Year In Review

2016 Year In Review

 

 

The date of this article is December 31, 2016, and once again, we are closing in on one year, and about to start another.  This past year has been, in my opinion, one of the most roller coaster years that I can ever remember.  To be perfectly honest, 2016 cannot end soon enough and for a myriad of reasons.

Of course, the biggest event of this past year was the Presidential Election.  Back in February when the Iowa Caucuses were underway, Donald Trump seemed like a long shot for the Presidency.  In fact, Ted Cruz won the Iowa Caucus and handily so.  However, from that moment on, the “Trump Train” was running at full speed and steamrolled all the way to securing the GOP nomination.  From that moment on, Trump would become the scorn of the Democrats, establishment Republicans, and even people like myself who thought that Trump was just not really the best choice.

The November elections came and went, and Trump by all accounts, won in a landslide in terms of electoral votes.  In just a little over two weeks from now, Donald Trump, a man that I grew up reading and watching in the news, and only knew as a flashy, rich businessman, is going to be President of the United States of America.  Although I did not vote for the man, looking back on the current administration’s year and their actions, I have nothing but sheer hope for 2017 in the changing of power in Washington D.C.

This past year was also one filled with profound violence, and especially towards our law enforcement officials.  Right here in the Lone Star State of Texas, it hit home especially hard when 5 police officers were gunned down during a protest in Dallas, TX.  I can still remember the profound sadness that gripped the entire nation to see such lack of regard for human life.  However, I remember the amazing response from this nation as we saw legions of police officers from all over the country attend the funerals of the fallen officers.

They came from large cities and they came from little towns where the police force may only consist of a few officers.  Nevertheless, they came to pay respects to a brother in arms, men they had never personally met, but knew them because they shared a common occupation, and the hazards that go with it.  I then watched as ordinary citizens put signs of support on their vehicles, businesses also put signs in front of their establishments showing their solidarity with police, and I read countless stories where police agencies had businesses and private citizens bringing to the station food just to say “thank you” and to let them know that “we got your back.”  In retrospect, it was one of the saddest, yet finest moments of 2016 in this writer’s opinion.

Being that this is a blog that focuses on end time events, we must give attention to the profound evil that swept across this land in terms of moral breakdown.  That breakdown that we all witnessed was the pressure from the homosexual community to accept those that identify as “transgendered.”  This movement, and that is really what it is, is predicated on the notion that an individual can simply one day wake up and declare that they are the opposite sex in the face of biological evidence to the contrary.  As part of that declaration, the gay community demands that everyone accept that decision up to and including allowing such individuals to use dressing rooms and bathrooms of the gender that they identify with at that particular moment.  We have seen that culminate in parents, if you can call them that, allowing children as young as 2 years old, telling them that they are the opposite sex, when in fact they are not, and they just simply allow the child to, “express themselves.”

A few decades ago, they would have been locked up for child abuse.

Finally, 2016 ended with the coup de gras, with President Obama’s hostile, and downright anti-Semitic policies towards Israel.  Specifically, an abstention vote in the UN regarding a resolution that would divorce the Jewish people from their ancestral homeland sent the message that this President, and his drones, absolutely and without a doubt, hate the Jews.  What is sad is that there are many in his administration that are Jewish themselves, but sadly, in name only.  Relations with Israel are now at an all time low, and that is sad considering that it was the USA that first recognized Israel as a viable state.

As stated earlier, 2017 will start with the changing power during the Presidential Inauguration in mid January.  Many people are placing their hopes and dreams on the shoulder of President-elect Trump and the GOP controlled Congress, and many of those are born again believers.  However, we as believers need to be cautious in 2017 and not place our faith in men.  As men and women of G-d we need to commit ourselves to deep and faithful study of the Word of G-d; studying to show ourselves approved unto Him.  Only through prayer, supplication, worship, fasting and bible study can we overcomes the struggles that lie ahead in the coming new year, as well as being prepared for the good times that will come our way.

My greatest hope and prayer for my readers this year is that you draw closer to Him, and seek His face in all things.  May Yeshua Hamashiach bless you and keep you throughout 2017.

 

Shalom

All Pretense Removed

All Pretense Removed

In this world today, a lot of people like to walk around with a certain pretense of being neutral, or even helpful, despite evidence to the contrary, when working to resolve conflict.  This has been more revealed over the last eight years with the Obama Administration’s attitude and posture towards the nation of Israel.  At every turn, this Administration stated out of one side of their mouth the President’s unwavering support for Israel, out of the other side of his mouth, doing everything to work against the Jewish state.

This finally culminated in the absolute atrocity that occurred in the United Nations on Friday.  The UN Security Council brought forth a resolution demanding that Israel halt all settlements in Judea, Samaria, and East Jerusalem.  14 member states voted in favor of this, which is almost not that shocking since any Jew, or anyone with common sense for that matter, knows the UN is a body full of anti-Semites.  However, what was shocking was that the United States, a member of the Security Council, chose not to exercise its veto power against the resolution, and instead abstained.

For many years the United States has stood shoulder to shoulder with Israel in the UN, vetoing any resolutions that outright attack Israel’s sovereignty, such as this recent resolution.  However, what took place yesterday was and is unprecedented with US silence in the form of a vote of abstention.  However, that silence is quite deafening because it sent a loud and clear message to Israel.  This administration is 100% against them, and this final act shows the level of contempt that Barack Obama has for the Jewish people.

The US Ambassador to the UN tried to offer an explanation that was utterly pathetic by stating that the United States has long considered “settlements to be an obstacle to peace.”  This of course is nothing but sheer hogwash that the Obama Administration is spewing.  This President from day one in the White House, has demonstrated through his words and his actions that he is no friend to Israel or Jews anywhere.

This has been demonstrated by the following actions of this administration:

  1. Obama stated just a merely two years ago that Israel should return to it’s pre-1967 borders, effectively making Israel impossible to defend against attack from enemies which surround her.
  2. Has repeatedly treated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with utter contempt.
  3. While making statements that the United States was against Iran obtaining nukes, secretly for years was negotiating with Iran, a state that sponsors terrorism worldwide, a nuclear arms deal without including Israel on the talks. Effectively, they left Israel in the dark on a matter that directly affects them.
  4. Has refused time and time again to recognize that Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel and always has been. (Note: other Presidents have done the same.)
  5. Has stated himself that settlements in Israel, a land that belongs to the Jews and always has belonged to them, are an obstacle to peace.
  6. Punctuated the previous point by abstaining from a UN Security Council Resolution calling for the ending of settlements in Israel.

If anyone, up until yesterday, still believed that this President was united behind and stood with Israel, you should now have a different point of view based on the evidence that is plainly in front of the whole world to see.  Barack Obama is not, and never has been, a supporter of Israel, but instead has been the exact opposite.

He started his administration 8 years ago, by making it his first priority of going on a Middle East apology tour and pandering to Islamic states.  While Israel deals with terror threats and in the last 18 months, daily knife attacks on it’s citizens, settlements, not terrorism, is what Obama thinks is the obstacle to peace?  This again, comes from the man who cannot bring himself to utter the words “Islamic terrorism”, but instead prefers a more Muslim friendly, “extremism”, when referring to terrorism at the hands of Muslims.  Thus, as I have stated in the past through actions and words, Barack Obama is an anti-Semite.

All pretense is now removed at this point.  For anyone to continue to try and credibly assert that the Obama Administration is and has been pro-Israel, and thus, pro-Jew, then to put it bluntly, they are fools at best, and liars at worst.  Only die hard leftists would defend this President on the topic of Israel, and that is because they are mindless drones.  Furthermore, any Jew who continues to think that this President is in any way supportive of Jews, then most likely, they are Jew in name only, which sadly is the case amongst a large number of Jews in America who are leftists.

The Torah is very clear on the subject of Israel in the book of B’resheet (Genesis) 12.  “I will bless those that bless you, and curse those that curse you..”  Abstaining from a vote, that is to say, taking a pass on standing up and in solidarity with Israel, is not blessing Israel, it is cursing Israel.  Thus our nation, according to G-d’s law, will come under judgement from Him for this and other past cursing of Israel as mentioned earlier.  Thankfully the President-elect, Donald Trump, has stated unequivocally, the opposite attitude towards Israel.  We should all hope and pray that he follows through with such promises of support.

In previous blog articles I have called the President an anti-Semite, and I have endured criticism for making such remarks.  Criticism in the form of comments like, “Anti-Semite is a strong word”, or, “it’s ridiculous to all the President that.”  However, as stated near the beginning of this article, there is a clear, and well documented pattern of behavior from this President and his administration towards Israel that can only be summed up into that word “anti-Semite”.  If those reading this article choose to continue to believe that he is not an anti-Semite, then you already know my thoughts about your position.  For those of you just now coming to the light and seeing through the lies, the deception, and frankly, the hate towards the Jewish people, I welcome you to the fold, and pray that you continue to seek HaShem (G-d) for answers and develop your love for Jews even deeper.

 

Shalom

 

America – Land Of The Crybabies

America – Land Of The Crybabies

This past week was a wild one to say the least.  On Tuesday evening, many of us stayed up and watched as the Presidential Election started to unfold in ways many of us, especially the media, did not expect.  By the time 2:30am CST rolled around the next morning it had been settled.  Donald Trump, a man with no political experience, and who has never served in the military, had won the 2016 Presidential Election.

As per previous elections, the winner, Donald Trump, made a very magnanimous speech claiming victory, while at the same time calling for both political sides to bind up our wounds, set the bitterness in the past, and work together, because that is the only way anything is going to get done.  It was quite honestly in this writer’s opinion, his best speech to date.  On the opposing side, the following morning Hillary Clinton, noticeably dejected and it seemed, on the verge of tears, offered her concession speech.  She also called on Americans, especially the ones that did not vote for Trump, to give the man a chance to govern.

Almost immediately after Hillary’s speech, we started to hear news reports of protests.  People taking to the streets to admittedly, exercise their Constitutional right to peaceably assemble and protest the election of Donald Trump as President.  Many students at several college campuses across America, were apparently emotionally upset at the results.  To wit, many of them were having “cry-ins” at their schools as a form of protesting.  One professor of economics at Yale University sent an email to his students stating that if they were that upset with the results of the election, that they could be exempt from the midterm.  You read that right.  Cry-ins and exempt from midterm exams because they were emotionally distraught that Hillary Clinton did not win the election.

As of the writing of this article, the protests are starting to spread to more cities, and are increasing in numbers.  Some of the interviews with protestors are frankly, chilling.  One man interviewed said this of Republicans, “Some of you are just going to have to die.”  That’s right folks, because someone disagrees with who got elected, those who elected the man, need to die.  That is tolerance from the left.

Other protestors that were interviewed spun the same arguments that have been going on since day one of Trump’s campaign.  People called him a fascist, a racist, anti-immigration, and a whole host of other outrageous accusations.  However, the media who were interviewing these people never asked the hard questions like, “Why is it that you say that?”, or “Why do you feel that he is a fascist?”  I will address this in just a moment.

What we are witnessing with all these protests, cry-ins, etc is what happens when you baby a generation of children.  This is what happens when you give out participation trophies, medals, and ribbons to everyone so that their feelings are not hurt.  This is the inevitable effect when you tell every child they are winner, even when they have lost at something.  In other words, what we are witnessing is the result of what happens when you coddle a generation of children away from the real world.  You in turn get a generation of teens and young adults that feel entitled and that their feelings supersede any laws, rules, and rights of others.

I said earlier that these people had a Constitutional right to peaceably assemble and protest.  However, these people are not doing that.  Flipping over vehicles, setting them on fire, assaulting people in broad daylight, simply because they disagree with who someone voted for, or the result of the election did not go their way, that is not peaceably assembling.  Of course, we are again talking about millennials, i.e. the “coddled generation”, many of whom do not even know what the Constitution contains.

Here is a message to any millennial out there reading this:   

Welcome to the real world where you can’t always get what you want, so stop being a crybaby, man up or woman up, and act like an adult.  America, and yes, the rest of the world owes you nothing.  You do not get a participation trophy just for living.  There are winners and losers in this world, and those of us who understand this have all been winners at one time, and yes, losers at other times.  When we lose, we don’t like it the same way you don’t, but the difference is, we don’t throw a tantrum like you are doing right now over a legitimate election process that has long existed since before you and any of us were ever thought of.  To be clear, you are beyond acting ridiculous, but rather, acting like spoiled brats.  Get over the election results, and more importantly, get over yourselves.

Now a message to the parents out there reading this article:

Please take a long look at these protests.  I implore you to look at the behavior of these young adults, because this is exactly what happens when we teach a generation of children that their feelings are more important that the rights of others.  Demanding that your child get a participation trophy, when your kid’s soccer team came in dead last in the league, so that they do not feel bad, will eventually lead to this spectacle that you are witnessing.  Also, telling your child that they can be anything they want to be in life is lying to them.  Not everyone is going to be a pro football player.  Not everyone is going to be an astronaut.  We as parents are to pay attention to our children and encourage them in what they are really talented in, and not give them false hope in areas where it is clear they do not have the “right stuff.”

Throughout these protests, we need to understand why they are growing.  That is because the media is giving these protestors an inordinate amount of coverage.  Why is that you may ask?  If you were watching CNN, MSNBC, even Foxnews, you saw so-called “impartial” journalists visibly upset over the election results.  At CNN, one reporter kept fishing for ways for Hillary Clinton to possibly have a way to the White House, even when it was beyond clear that no such path existed.  One reporter, Rachel Maddow, actually had an on-air meltdown.  To sum it up, the media got this election wrong, they have been in the tank for Hillary Clinton since day one, and they, like the spoiled brat millennials protesting, are upset at the result.

Therefore, they are giving these protests a lot of press coverage.  Think about it, they are protesting what I said earlier was a legitimate election process.  While these protestors are calling for Trump not to be put in office, something that Constitutionally no one can stop from happening, the media gives them air time.  It is there way, the media, throwing a tantrum like these brats.  They are already working to sabotage the President-Elect’s administration long before he takes the oath of office by drumming up civil unrest.

The best thing that we can do as citizens is to not be afraid to call this for what it is.  That is, spoiled brats throwing a tantrum.  A bunch of crybabies that did not get their way.  We do not say that to provoke people, but rather, to speak the truth.  These millennials, and even older generations of Americans, have been living in a land where people literally avoid or get visibly upset at truth.  Yes, millennials do not know what this is by and large, and their realization of what reality is will not come overnight.  However, there is no reason that we should continue to tiptoe around them so that their feelings are spared.  That is not to say that we should be hateful and ugly, because we should not.  What I am saying is that the shielding from the real world needs to end, and it needs to end immediately.

One thing that I am confident about this generation of emotionally fragile people is that in the coming years, the light bulb will turn on.  These young adults in college will graduate from their safe-zones and they will need things like a real job, a place to live that is not their parent’s house, a car, health insurance, and to be able to cook something for themselves that does not involve the words “Hot Pocket” or “Ramen Noodles”.  When they get their first paycheck and see all those deductions that the government likes to take from them, it is at that point that they will realize that maybe, just maybe, all those “mean conservatives” were right about that whole, “You should be able to keep more of your money” type of thing.  There will still be some Kool-Aid drinkers that will never see it that way, but then again, those people do not contribute much to society with degrees like “gender studies.”

At this point, all we can do, as those of us living in reality, is to speak the truth to these people (protestors).  Never stooping down to their level, which usually involves political points of view punctuated by the F-word.  Instead, articulating what form of government we have, and that the rights of others do not end where your hurt feelings begin.  Stop being a bunch of crybabies America.  It’s embarrassing, and the whole world is watching you.

 

Shalom

You Have A Choice Tuesday, So Why Not Vote For Real Change?

You Have A Choice Tuesday, So Why Not Vote For Real Change?

 

As of the writing of this blog, we are just two days away from Election Day in the United States.  Tuesday, November 8, 2016 is a date that will long be remembered in the annals of US History.  This Presidential election season in many ways started as far back as 2014 and has dominated the headlines ever since then.  Many are tired of it all and just want it to end, and then there are those that even when it comes and goes, it will not be over for them.

I am 43 years old and I have seen many Presidential elections come and go.  However, this year’s election has been one of the most tumultuous and frankly, nasty elections that I have ever witnessed.  The field of candidates from either major party have all fought with one another on the issues, but the personal attacks were outrageous.  Of course, who can forget the “small hands” comments from Senator Marco Rubio, and also Donald Trump calling Ted Cruz, “Lying Ted Cruz”, as well as making disparaging remarks about his wife.

On the Democrat side, we saw a fierce fight as well that honestly was not very well covered by the liberal media.  That is because the liberal media does not want to show the world it’s hand, in that, there are just as many people disenfranchised in their party as there are in the GOP.  We now know that there was an active campaign at the DNC level to deep six the campaign of Bernie Sanders, and that was accomplished through the use of Super Delegates.  While I totally disagree with what Bernie Sanders stood for, which is basically communism, having your campaign sabotaged by your own party that you are running under is underhanded.

The Presidential debates have been lack luster to say the least.  Very little discussion on the issues and nothing but personal attacks.  However, since the final debate, we have seen a swath of hacked emails from the group Wikileaks that shows exactly what was going on in the Clinton camp when she was Secretary of State.  Essentially, every assertion she made before Congress under oath has been proven through her own emails as being a lie.  Also, as of yesterday, it has been proven that the Clinton Foundation received 1.1 million dollars from the country of Qatar, a state that sponsors terrorism, and she never reported like she stated she would.  This woman is a liar of the first order, and what is worse, she does not care that she lies or what you think as long as people vote for her.

On the other side we have Donald Trump, who is a successful businessman and charismatic to say the least.  His style of speech literally shook the GOP’s foundation to its core in that he showed himself as a man that could not be bought or persuaded by the establishment members of the party.  However, Trump’s campaign is much like Obama’s was in that, there are a lot of platitudes and a lot of promises, but when pressed for details, people like myself are still waiting for answers.

He has conducted himself as a bully, using slanderous speech both in person and most notably his Twitter wars have been nothing short of a spectacle of thin skinned behavior.  We have leaked audio from several years ago speaking of women in a disgusting sexual fashion.  To his credit he has apologized for that, but when considering his past which has mostly been of a playboy type of behavior, it sort of falls on deaf ears, especially people like myself.  However, the most egregious thing that I have witnessed from this candidate is his shameless pandering for votes from the evangelical community.  He has spun himself as the greatest thing for evangelicals, and as I have previously written on this, been no shortages of so-called evangelical leaders rallying believers to vote for this man.  Again, a man who says he has never asked G-d for forgiveness.  Let that last part sink in a bit.

Speaking from the perspective of a believer in Yeshua, neither of these candidates is acceptable nor qualified to be President of the United States.  Both are morally corrupt, both clearly show that lying is totally acceptable to either of them in order to obtain whatever they desire be it votes, money, and power.  If we are to use the words of Yeshua who said, “by their fruits (actions) you will know them.”, which our L-rd is telling us how we will know if someone is a believer in Him, most assuredly both of these candidates show they are not followers of Yeshua at all.

So who do we vote for as believers?  I have heard many people say, and mostly evangelicals, that we have to vote for Trump, because the country will be worse if Hillary Clinton is elected.  Many try to use the Supreme Court argument that the next President may be appointing as many as 3 additional Justices along with the empty spot left by Antonin Scalia who died earlier this year.  They of course use the point of view that Hillary is just “so corrupt” while at the same time ignoring and dismissing the faults of Donald Trump like his womanizing past, his foul mouth, and his racist leanings.

There are plenty of candidates out there running for President of the United States, but you may not hear or see anything about them on the local nightly news, on the front webpages of major news networks.  These are referred to as “third-party” candidates and they are just as serious about running for the highest office in the land as those in the GOP and DNC.  One of those parties that I happen to support is the Constitution Party.  I encourage all believers to goto www.constitutionparty.org and read up on the candidate Darrell Castle and what their platform is.  You will find that is is a constitutionally conservative party that hold true to the Bible and it’s teachings.

Of course there are the naysayers out there that state, “voting third party is throwing your vote away”, or my favorite, “a vote for anyone else but Trump is a vote for Hillary.”  Both are silly and frankly insulting statements to make.  Why should honorable men and women feel forced into voting for men and women who are dishonorable?  The answer is they should not and they do not have to.  Ask yourself this question, “Has voting for men and women into office, be it Congress, local city councils, and President of the United States, who continue to not keep their word once in office changed anything?”  If you answered no, you might be on the path to recovery.

The fact is as believers, we need to take a serious step back and look at who we vote into office.  Are we voting based on “being on the winning team”?  Are we voting the way we do because that’s the way our parents voted?  Are we voting for a political party because we consider it the “lesser of two evils”?  What we should be doing is voting for candidates for office by lining them up with the Word of G-d.  Do we pray and seek Yeshua for answers on who we should vote for?  If the past century, and this current one that we are in are any indication of what that answer is, the resounding answer is “no.”

I have stated this before in previous blogs and I will say it again, continuing to vote for the “lesser of two evils” is still choosing evil.  Continuing to vote men and women into office who clearly demonstrate that they are not men and women of their word, i.e. liars, is not representing us.  In fact what we are doing is shooting ourselves in the foot.  That is why we have legalized abortion in this country.  That is why we have arrived at the point where grown men who declare they identify as a woman, can walk into a restroom with women and young girls, and have lawmakers endorse what they are doing as a “right” instead of calling it what it is, which is perversion.  This is why our nation has endorsed the gay lifestyle to the point of accepting it as “normal” even putting it on equal ground as allowing homosexual marriage.

Of course through all of this we have believers wringing their hands with concern about the direction this nation is heading from a moral standpoint, and all the while voting for men and women who show zero fear of G-d themselves.  These same people chastise other believers that have the audacity to bring up the points that I have mentioned in this blog as to why we should stop voting for these immoral people.

Imagine the change we could bring about as believers if the evangelical community of America were to stand up and say to our leaders, “Enough is enough.  We are tired of your empty promises, your lies, and your double talk.  We elected you to office to represent our views and to stand up for what is right, what is moral, and what is just.  If you refuse to hold to your word, if you refuse to hold to the truths of the Word of G-d, we will show up en masse and vote you out of office.”  I am quite certain that organizations like the GOP would see this as a bluff.  But imagine for a moment what would happen when we as believers actually follow up that threat with action, by not voting for who they tell us to vote for?  The political avalanche that would ensue would be newsworthy to say the least, and quite possibly, would bring about the death of such a party.

That leads me to the final point which is, maybe it is time for the GOP to be consigned to oblivion?  The GOP, by and large, is supported heavily by evangelicals, but again, they have not represented us at all in decades.  There is no real change happening within the halls of the Republican Party.  Therefore, on this Tuesday, why not cast your vote for real change?  Imagine if a write-in candidate beat out members of both parties?  It would make worldwide news overnight, but more importantly, it would send a strong message to Washington, and to all 50 states that the “silent majority” is silent no more.  Or you can vote for either of the two major parties, and we can have another 4 years of the same song and dance that has droned on for decades.  The choice is yours.

Shalom

The assault on the church

Our modern society has brought forth many things that many of us, including myself, never imagined would be discussed openly, much less practiced and or accepted as normal.  However, this is a different era that we are living in.  The 21st Century has been a total roller coaster for the last 16 years from a morality point of view, and shows no signs of slowing down.  When churches stick to biblical teachings about morality, they come under immediate attack.

The latest attack recently came to Dallas, TX when a gay man recently posted a letter to his Facebook page castigating Watermark Church in Dallas for revoking his membership because he was gay.  The letter went viral almost instantly, and within 24 hours, it made the local network news, and within a few days, local columnists were ripping the church to shreds as being “hateful” and as one columnist addressed it, “that church did not deserve you anyway.”

As part of this man’s Facebook post, he posted an actual image of the letter that Watermark sent him revoking his membership in the church.  Oddly enough, the entire posting was celebrating a one year anniversary, in this man’s view, marking one year to the date that they had revoked his membership.  I will address the timing of this later on.

Immediately after this story broke, Watermark Church posted a statement regarding their decision to further clarify what took place.  However, this did not stop local Dallas Morning News columnist, Jacquielynn Floyd , from publishing an opinion article making false statements that the church dismissed him from formal membership through a letter only.

Had Mrs. Floyd actually done some journalistic research, or maybe have reached out to Watermark directly, she would have seen their statement where they reiterate the same things in their formal letter to him.  To wit, that they had met with him in person on numerous occasions to discuss his views on homosexuality, and that it was not consistent with following Yeshua.  However, clearly this did not matter to the media and thus Watermark has had to endure relentless attacks from the media and of course the outcry on social media has been nothing short of horrific.

However, I do not want this blog post to be about one gay man’s rebellion against G-d, but rather to address the bigger issue going on here.  That is, when a church sticks to sound biblical teaching, it comes under immediate assault from our rapidly turning liberal culture.  Also, this attack is not just the collective outrage of people who are by and large, biblically illiterate, but more so is a calculated attack by persons being used by the devil.

In the case of the Watermark controversy ask yourself this:  Why did this man wait an entire year after the event to post what happened online?  What was the purpose of posting it in the first place?  Some will say that maybe in his view he is celebrating some liberating moment, which is how the viral posting portrays itself.  However, the purpose of the Facebook posting by this man was clear, and thus, ties in to the overall point of this blog.  That is, the only purpose for bringing this up a year later was to purposely slander a church, it’s leaders, and it’s members as being a group of hate-filled Christians.  It was and is a deliberate attack to destroy a church.

It was designed to target people who would be “outraged”, because those same people are by and large uneducated about how the church works according to the Bible.  They themselves are living outside of a church.  It is kind of like someone who knows nothing about the sport of football trying to tell a football’s coaching staff how to coach.  It’s silly.

However, this is part of a growing trend against churches, and I fear, is just the beginning of more attacks against the body of Christ.  Last year in Houston we saw a mayor and city council that demanded that local pastors turn over sermons and speeches in the wake of the trans-gendered bathroom controversy.  This was pushed back by the community of believers, but nevertheless, the waters were tested.  What is happening is that a church in this modern era that does not accept sin, is deemed hateful and will pay a price.

Unfortunately, what is coming down the pike are major legal battles for churches.  Just last year when President Barack Obama was addressing people at a DNC event, he stated that should gay rights come in conflict with religious beliefs, religious beliefs will lose.  That is a powerful statement coming from the highest office in the land.  So if you hold biblical beliefs sacred in your heart and teach that to your congregants, and someone attending your church is offended, I can clearly see the path where churches will be brought in front of judges being sued.

What we as believers need to be doing is getting deeper into G-d’s Word.  The reason for that is we need to have scripture ready on our lips to quote whenever the attacks come, be they against our churches, or ourselves as believers.  The Bible clearly states, Do all you can to present yourself to God as someone worthy of his approval, as a worker with no need to be ashamed, because he deals straightforwardly with the Word of the Truth. 2 Timothy 2:15  You see, G-d’s Word tells us right here that we as believers should not allow ourselves to feel ashamed when we are holding firm onto G-d’s Word, which comes through diligent study.

The Bible also states that in the Last Days that “scoffers will come”.    These are going to be people who are looking for ways to discredit not just the church, but G-d’s Word is what this verse refers to.  The enemy’s ultimate goal is to distort and lead people away from the love of G-d.  He does this because he hates us, humans, because we are G-d’s creation.  We were made in the image of Him, so every time the devil looks at us, he sees the face of the One who ousted him from heaven.  That is why he makes people believe that they can be gay and still a Christian, or an alcoholic and a believer, or whatever you care to insert.  Those people then are used unbeknownst to them as agents of the enemy when they attack churches.

Therefore it is up to us as believers to not just sit back and be the silent majority, but to take a firm, but loving stand for our L-rd and for His Word.  I believe that Watermark has accomplished this in stellar fashion, but to those whose hearts are far fallen, it does not matter to them that they are following the tenets of faith that the Bible teaches.  This is disregarded, because in this dispensation of time the word “no” is a mystery to them, because many people have rarely encountered it.  We as believers know about the word “no” from our Father in Heaven, because just as a parent corrects their child of undesirable behavior, so does our Father correct our behavior through His Word out of love for us.

We as believers, now more than ever, need to lift up one another in prayers, as well as our church leaders and ask G-d to give them strength and direction during these troubling times.  We also need to intercede for those who are being used of the devil that they will come to their senses and turn away from sin before it’s too late.

 

Shalom

 

October Surprise

October Surprise

Definition:  October Surprise – any political event or news story, that is orchestrated or apparently orchestrated in the month before an election in the hopes of affecting the outcome.

 

We have just completed the first full week of the month of October 2016.  Many were speculating that there would be an October Surprise for either candidate.  However, as of the writing of this blog, I do not think anyone could imagine the type of blowback that would occur with a Donald Trump October surprise.  That event took place on late Thursday into Friday of this past week.

If you do not know what that event was, I will summarize.  A recording was released of a conversation that Donald Trump had while making an appearance on a soap opera in 2005.  His mic was “hot”, meaning that it was turned on, and someone was recording.  Without going into the gory details, Trump made some very disparaging comments about literally sexually assaulting women, and that he could get away with it, because he’s famous and that women would let him do such a thing.  I have dressed things up nice and neat here, but suffice to say, his comments were vulgar and highly demeaning towards women in general.

As you can imagine, the media has been having a field day with this.  It is now Sunday and this has dominated the news cycle for going on 4 days now.   Trump has come out an apologized, if you can call it an apology, but the damage has been done, and continues to spread.  So far some prominent Republicans have pulled their endorsements of Trump, such as Senator Mike Lee, Senator Jason Chafffetz, Senator John McCain and most likely there will be more to come.  The fallout is so bad that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan cancelled any appearances of Trump at any of his events, and the Republican National Committee has issued a “stop” message to any and all persons working on any victory project for Trump.

The damage is so bad that some Republican lawmakers are calling for Trump to step down, and for the RNC to initiate an emergency process to insert a replacement candidate.  At this point, we are 31 days away from election day, and we have a major political party in such turmoil that they are wanting to replace their nominee.  I have been following politics since I was a young child and I can tell you that I have never witnessed an election year like this one.

Now when all of this unfolded, the Trump apologists went into overdrive defending their candidate.  As I listened on Friday to the radio talk show hosts, many of them took the line of reasoning like this:  “Well Bill Clinton actually cheated in his marriage multiple times.”, or, “Bill Clinton is more depraved because he actually committed a sex act in the Oval Office with a White House intern.”, and finally my absolute favorite, “Guys says things all the time that they don’t mean.  It’s locker room talk, nothing more and nothing less.”

All of these excuses are exactly that.  They are excuses and pathetic ones at that.  What is disheartening to me as a believer is that in the days since this story broke, I have had conversations with believers about this and many of them are also trying to make moral equivalencies in terms of who is least bad of the two candidates.  Many of them attempt to make the point that, “we are all sinners and who are we to judge?”  Of course there are still some believers that are holding the line of, “We are not electing a pastor, we are electing a President of the country.”  These all may sound well and good, but they are 100% flawed in their line of reasoning.

First, the whole “lesser of two evils” is a ridiculous school of thought in the first place.  Choosing the lesser of two evils, a person is still choosing evil!  As I stated previously, some try to compare the transgressions of Hillary Clinton as being worse than anything that Donald Trump has ever done.  This latest scandal they have harped on that even more.  The problem is, voters and especially the evangelical crowd, are totally dismissing the fact that Trump for the better part of his life has been a womanizer, which means sexually immoral.  This goes directly against the Word of G-d, and yet they continued to support him.

Trump has also stated with his own lips that he has never asked G-d for forgiveness.  Yet somehow he is a Christian according to Paula White, because she said she led him to the L-rd and can vouch for him.  Again, we are to take the word of a woman who is a pastor by profession that divorced her husband and then married a man who is a rock star.  In other words, she is no different than he is when you get down to it.  Yet believers have totally accepted his newfound conversion despite the fact that one of the key acts that a new believer must do to be saved is to confess one’s sins to G-d and ask Yeshua to forgive oneself for their sins.

As for the whole position of, ”it’s locker room talk”, while it may be true that guys may try to act like a big shot and say all sorts of things, the bigger issue is what is the condition of the heart to say such things in the first place?  In other words, a person who truly turns their lives over to the L-rd is supposed to resist even the mere appearance of evil.

Now people are saying this happened 10 years ago before his conversion and that we have all done things in the past we are not proud of.  True, I have done many things in the past that I am not proud of as have millions of believers.  However, the difference between us and Trump is, we genuinely asked Yeshua to forgive our sins and Trump to this very moment has not.  I know that the “rainbows and unicorns” type Christians will not like to hear this, but according to the Word of G-d, Trump is not saved.  That’s not my opinion, that is what is clearly written.

Romans 10:10 – For with the hear one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

From the very early days of the election season I made it very clear that Trump was of seriously questionable moral character.  I have mentioned more times than I care to count how many so-called “evangelical leaders” have literally set aside the Bible to support Trump, because they subscribe to the whole lesser of two evils type doctrine.  Some have even dismissed his behavior by saying, “We are not electing a pastor, we are electing a President.”  Funny how morality is thrown out the window for the highest office in the nation, and arguably, the most powerful seat in the entire world.  One would think the opposite would be true.

The reality is this about America.  We are no different than the nation of Israel was right before the Babylonians invaded.  G-d repeatedly warned the nation to return unto Him by sending prophet after prophet telling Israel to truly repent, turn away from other gods, and follow the G-d of Avraham.  They did not listen, and finally the judgment came.  Some have stated that if Hillary Clinton were to get elected to office, that her Supreme Court appointments could affect generations to come in a very negative way.  I do not doubt that is the case, but we also must consider that none of us truly know what type of person that Donald Trump would appoint to the Supreme Court despite some of the names he’s floated out there in recent weeks.

If America is to return unto G-d, and it takes the election of a deplorable person like Hillary Clinton to make that happen, then so be it.  I would rather have the nation 4 years from now experience a massive revival of their relationship with the L-rd, and have a referendum of our politicians the likes that this nation has never seen, than to continue this same old song and dance of elections that we have had literally for decades.

Finally, for who think there are no alternatives to vote for, that is simply not true.  There are third party candidates out there running for President.  Do they have a statistical chance of winning?  The answer is no.  However, if enough people, especially believers in Yeshua, were to say “enough is enough RNC.  You have lied to us.  You do not represent us and we are pulling our support.”, and to throw their votes behind honorable men and women who truly fear G-d and respect the Constitution of the United States, then we might actually get people into office who truly represent our values and will work for us.

Our nation really needs prayer at this moment.  As of the writing of this blog, we are literally 30 minutes away from the second Presidential debates.  At this point, I cannot imagine what is going to take place tonight.  All I can do is sit by and watch it unfold just like any of us will do so this evening.  May G-d have mercy on this fallen nation, and may we collectively repent of our sins, so that He can heal our land.

 

Shalom