Happy Independence Day to Israel from a Reformed Baptist
Today is the day that Israel celebrates their National Independence as back in 1948 they signed their Declaration of Independence led by David Ben Gurion. Congratulations to Israel, may you always be courageous, strong and free. May those who seek to oppress you and destroy you be resisted and shamefully fail. May the USA always be your closest friend and partner. May the God of the Bible watch over you and bring about a revival so that you would come to your Messiah, Jesus Christ.
One of my early childhood memories is of the Six Day War in 1967. Later, as an adult I read about the war and as a military officer, deeply appreciated the skill and valor with which it was conducted.
Then there was the 1972 Munich Olympics attack on the Israeli athletes and the following 1973 Yom Kippur War. President Nixon’s finest hour was in giving the Israelis much deserved help, and even though they had been surprised, they turned the tables on the Egyptians and Syrians and won that war. I was in Jr High School when that happened and formed the opinion then that Jews make excellent soldiers and Arabs…not so much. That opinion has not changed in the ensuing 36 years and who knows how many wars.
Growing up Baptist and being a Bible believing Christian (the two are not synonymous) I have always believed the Bible stories about the ancient Jews and Israel and just naturally had a love for Israel and Jews. The whole antisemitism thing eludes me, it makes no sense. The Jews have been a very peace loving, productive and educated people since…forever. As a child I read a lot of WW2 history and saw pictures of the concentration camps. My father was a Soldier in the American Army in Germany in the War and saw with his own eyes a death camp. It was wise of General Eisenhower to order as many Americans as possible to view the camps to understand what we were fighting for.
In these perilous days, the West must wake up and realize that Islam is spreading aggressively and brings only oppression and poverty, spiritual enslavement and evil. Israel is surrounded by those who hate her for no reason. It is our joy and duty to stand with her.
None of this means that I support the Jewish religion. While I can deeply respect the Jewish faith (as opposed to Islam which i hold in utter contempt) and consider the Jews my spiritual cousins and forefathers, I do believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah and is the Son of God. I believe that salvation can only come through God’s grace through faith in Jesus, the crucified, resurrected Lord of lords and King of kings. Therefore, all who do not repent of sin and trust in Christ die and go to hell. I know that offends a lot of people, but hey, you better worry about offending a holy God. And besides, God’s offer of salvation is to all men everywhere and he commands all to repent and believe. I still respect the Jewish religion. How is that possible?
The American system is built upon the Judeo-Christian world view. We Christians need to understand that our New Testament Faith is strongly rooted in what we call the Old Testament, otherwise known as the Jewish Bible, the Torah, the Law and the Writings, the Scriptures. Guess what? The Old Testament is the Word of God and has not changed. Like the Jews I love the Law and Moses, King David, Father Abraham, Isaiah and the other prophets. Jesus was Jewish. All the apostles were Jews. I look forward to a day of revival when the Lord gives an abundance of his sovereign grace to Jews and many millions come to Christ. Until then, I still consider them my cousins and friends. I will stand with them against the forces of darkness.
Name the two most hated countries in the world? America and Israel. We must stand together.
In my Sunday School class last Sunday (we are going through Genesis verse by verse for the last two years and are just now in ch.12) we saw Gen. 12:1-3
12:1 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Notice verse 3 “I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” This blessing by God upon Abram was certainly fulfilled in Abram’s life with the many blessings he experienced. Yet some of it was not experienced by Abram. He remained a sojourner and the only land he owned was the cave he bought as a grave. Eventually his descendants received the land, lost the land, received it back, lost it again, and then, in 1948 received it back again. That is no accident of history. God did that. And clearly the blessing to all families of the earth is fulfilled only in Jesus Christ.
But that part about God’s blessing those who bless Abram and cursing those who curse him…I think that is still in effect today. Germany tried to exterminate the Jews and God used the US of A to rain down death and destruction upon them. They have fought outnumbered in many wars and have won all of them. This verse, Gen.12:1-3, is one major reason I think America ought to always support Israel.
And Obamasky is changing that. POTUS is bowing to Arab muslim kings, making nice with all the muslims everywhere and will likely try to sell out Israel. America beware.
Now, a word to those who might think my comments about Islam or muslims is across the line. I do not care one bit about a person’s race or skin color. Culture, religion, thoughts and heart motives I do care about. People will try to say all religions are the same, just different roads up the same mountain. That is non-thinking condescending garbage. Religious ideas have consequences in behavior and culture and eternal destiny. There is nothing good when I look at Islam and muslim culture. If an Arab, Iranian, Indonesian repents of islam and becomes a Christian, great! I want that. I do not care if he is Arab or whatever or if he is white, black, olive or brown.
I do not see much good in American secular atheists either, for that matter. Especially if they are demoncrats and libtards. Ideas have consequences and I have about as much use for a white American socialist as I do for a muslim islamofascist from Yemen. Nor am I real tolerant for white, redneck, racist bubbas who hate fellow Americans because they are black. Racist bubbas like that need to repent and follow Jesus.
Now, all that being said, as long as the muslims in America and the libtard socialists are reasonably peaceful and law abiding I can cooperate and respect them as individuals and even like them. I have had muslim friends and libtard friends, gay friends and atheist friends. Friendship, respect and cooperation are called for. But don’t ask me to agree with or respect their wrongheaded ideas and religions.
The bottom line for me is that everyone should get respect, and be treated decently, and loved in the Christian sense. But when it comes to ideas- warfare baby! I will try to convert you by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. And if you are Catholic I will try to convert you to being a Baptist.
Oh, and I expect the same from you. If you are muslim, Catholic, Buddhist or atheist, I will listen to you respectfully as you try to convert me. But give me my turn. We can argue back and forth in a civil manner.
Back to Israel (boy was that a rant). Happy Independence Day. Keep your powder dry and your head held high. Your race has been a blessing to the whole world and this is one gentile who loves you and wishes you the very best!
And blessings upon your new PM Benjamin Netanyahu!