This is a political post. I don’t plan on turning this into a political blog, but I have been taking a renewed look at politics recently in light of some verses I’ve reread.
There are a great many candidates in the race for the republican party. Many of them take a good stand on many things. Most of them are off on things. As I look at the field and do my research on the subjects, candidates, and what our nation needs I have come to support Ron Paul. I believe that he offers something no one else does — an authoritative stance based solely on the constitution. This appeals to me as I base all authority in my life on the Scriptures. Having a source of authority different from myself and my personal opinions is huge. The difference between us of course is one is infallible, while the other is written and made by men.
The Constitution could and does have errors in it. Judging the constitution in the same way as one might look at Scripture would be a major mistake, but it is still a point to be commended that he holds to something other than himself.
He seems to be well educated and intelligent. He is a strong economist. He is for states rights. He seems to have a good plan to turn the country around and hes bold enough to actually do it. He is honest. This is huge for me since many people that go to Washington do not do what they say. If I can’t trust the guy telling me, then it doesn’t matter how good he sounds.
He seems to be right on so much, but there is a slight problem — foreign policy. His policy has many benefits to it. Looking at it from a constitutional stand point, he is probably correct. Viewing it from a security standpoint, I think that he may very well be on about that as well.
My problem is the consideration that his policy would no longer have the US as a firm supporter (were we or are we now?) of Israel. Now, there are national, and global reasons to support Israel as well. They are the only country over there with the same form of government and drive for freedom. They are like us in many ways, etc.
I want to consider the Biblical implications of no longer supporting Israel. How big an issue is this? Is it worth getting someone who is off on it if they are right on everything else? Is this the issue that would really remove God’s blessing from us, and though everything else turns around, we get cursed? Is this really a non-issue that we have looked at incorrectly for years? I don’t know that I have all the answers. I’ll give you what I do have though.
“Blessed is he that blesses thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.”
This proclamation is first given to Abraham in Genesis 12. After, Isaac blesses Jacob this way. Later, Balaam proclaims the same thing when he blesses Israel. This last is important since the others are spoken directly to individuals rather than about the nation as a whole. The blessing was meant to continue past the individuals of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and to the nation. Several questions bear asking as we examine these verses.
Does this blessing only apply to the nation of Israel in the OT? This seems unlikely as there is no time frame or condition put upon the blessing. It is given to Israel, and though Israel at times was not a nation, and then was once again humanly speaking, in the eyes of God, it is still Israel, His people, and so the blessing still applies.
Should we only bless Israel when Israel is doing right as a nation? This one is more interesting and an easy “way out” if we are looking for a reason to not support Israel. Israel has rejected the Messiah. They have refused the promised Seed that they had been waiting for. But, consider that in the OT, any nation whom God used to punish Israel for sin was still judged for harming Israel. Israel deserved it, and God punished them, but those that dared to touch Israel were punished because that was the people of God. Those that cursed Israel were cursed. Those that bless Israel were blessed. So, we cannot abandon the blessing because of Israel’s morality.
What exactly constitutes blessing? This one is harder to pin down. Certainly what President Obama is doing has not been blessing. But looking back on our country, I wonder how much we have ever actually “blessed” Israel.
In 1922 Congress passed a resolution to support an established nation of Jews. When Israel became a nation, we were the first to recognize that. Since that time, we have supported them verbally, though through many of their conflicts we have done nothing else. We have helped with economic stability and food, but France provided the majority of their weapons for several decades. The Arab nations considered us fair to deal with until 1967 when we sided with Israel. Now they hate us. LBJ was a strong supporter of Israel as President and took us from the place of moderate support to wholehearted support. In ’68 we began the policy of giving Israel more qualitative military support than the nations around it though we still provided the other nations with weapons. With over 40 more years of history to cover, I will stop here.
What constitutes blessing? We supply them and their enemies with weapons and funding. We supply them with more than any individual country around them, but combined we supply their enemies with more than we do them. Are we trying to bless and curse them at the same time? Ron Paul (RP) is probably correct that the main reason the Arab nations hate us is because we support Israel, but looking at what we do, I wonder if that is something that can stop. It appears to be something that happened several decades ago that will not be forgotten and even if we do what RP suggests (drop all support for everyone) they will still hate us. But does that mean we have stopped blessing Israel? Are we no longer cursing them by supplying their enemies?
Paul derives some amazing things about Israel that I believe are often over-looked. In Romans 15:26-27
“For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.”
It is the duty of Gentiles to support the Jews in material things, because we are indebted to them for our salvation. Wow. That is not opinion. That is Paul by the Inspiration of the Holy Spirit. In what way does this duty connect to the blessing that we should give, and then will receive?
It appears to me that the best foreign policy for any nation is to operate in complete agreement with Israel and give no support to any of their enemies. No one takes that stand.
Second, if we remove support from everyone over there, US and Israeli economists have predicted that a stronger Israel will arise from that.
Third, if we remove our support of everyone, Israel will come out on top. I tend to think our current support of Israel constitutes little blessing, but our support of the Arab nations might constitute a greater curse. By removing all, we put ourselves in a neutral position.
Fourth, no one else (that I know of right now…and this could change) has a plan to strengthen our ties with Israel in regards to our funding of the Arab nations. Cain (and possibly others) is definitely more friendly verbally and in some decisive matters, but I don’t know that it is enough “blessing” to differ from the past several administrations, which seems pitiful to me.
Finally, where does this foreign policy argument rank among top political concerns? Well, it should rank very high. Our nations blessing or cursing can be found here. It is an abnormality in this dispensation since most promises we have are individual today, but the blessing of Israel can be a national thing. But, though it ranks high, it seems no candidates have a clear sense of how high it should rank, and thus they are all close to the same opinion, RP being on the weak end.
Is he so far to the weak end and another to the strong end that it discounts the big lead he has on them in other areas? For me, I’m honestly struggling. I like him and his stuff, but this is huge. If Israel gets attacked, he is not going to help them. Now that isn’t a big difference than other presidents who have done nothing, but is that something we can avoid? Possibly. If Israel goes on the offensive, he will do nothing, when in the past we have intervened to tell them they can’t do this or that. So that’s better for them. It is a double-edged sword.
We are in the last days. And though scholars and pastors have for decades guessed how “the end” will go, we really don’t know. It could very well be that RP wins, institutes his policy, Israel gets overwhelmed and we do nothing and the tribulation comes in with America not being destroyed or attacked or anything. We could get the best person for our country and still be a major factor in the end of this dispensation.
Of course, I’m of the opinion that without RP we will most likely crash as a country and be in a depression worse than the first one. This could have the same affect on the tribulation or not. Either way, I see us having little hope.
My head says there is little difference between any of these guys on whether or not we are really blessing Israel or cursing Israel. It says that Ron Paul is a neutral, while most other people try to play both sides. But my gut says that Cain will be a true strong supporter of Israel.
I’m conflicted, and I’m sorry to leave it that way. Hopefully there was some information here that was helpful to someone.