By Bryan Fischer
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By all sober accounts, John Kerry’s deal with Iran is a
diplomatic disaster, since it does not require Iran to give up anything
substantial while we in turn lift sanctions and unfreeze $8 billion in Iranian
assets. Meanwhile, American pastor Saeed Abedini continues to rot in a hellhole
of an Iranian prison. This deal represents, in John Bolton’s words, “abject
surrender” on the part of the United States.
The Wall Street Journal referred to this deal as “Iran’s
Nuclear Triumph,” since Iran is not required to give up any uranium-enriching
centrifuges or control of its enrichment stockpiles and does not have to shut
down it’s plutonium reactor.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has made it clear that this
decision is “historic” in the worst possible sense of that word, and a “bad,
bad, bad deal” which Israel will never be able to accept. Israel has made it
clear that it reserves to right to respond unilaterally to Iran’s growing
nuclear threat, making it obvious that they know that they are being abandoned
by a former ally.
Why should we, as a Christian nation, reject this deal and
stand with Israel?
There are many reasons for the United States to support
Israel. One is our longstanding history as a nation with the Jewish people.
Judaism has always been - until this recent flood of Muslim immigrants -
America’s second religion, after Christianity.
Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, which is
reason alone to stand with her. She has been a staunch ally of the US since the
earliest days of her modern founding, and simple friendship and loyalty dictate
that we return the favor.
And unlike the Muslim nations which surround Israel, Israel
does not want to destroy the United States.
The sober truth is that the vast majority of Muslims in the
Middle East are interested only in a one-state solution to the Israeli problem:
a Muslim one with Israel wiped off the planet, gone. Palestinian school
children today study maps of the Middle East on which Israel does not appear.
It would be the height of folly to believe any single thing Muslims say about
living in peace with Israel. They do not want to live in peace with Israel,
they want to obliterate her.
But beyond all these quite sound reasons to stand
unapologetically with Israel against the UN and against the Palestinian threat,
there is one additional, overriding reason.
We should stand with Israel because God does.
God made a profound promise to the father of the Jewish
people, a promise which he has never revoked and which is still in effect
today. “I will bless those who bless
you, and him who dishonors you I will curse” (Genesis 12:3).
God here declares one simple, abiding truth: he will deal
with the nations of the world as they deal with Israel.
A nation which stands with Israel will receive a blessing
from God. A nation which stands against the Jewish people - think Germany here
- will rest under a curse.
You can argue all day if you’d like about whether the United
States is a Christian nation. The evidence is indisputable that it is, but one
thing that no one can dispute is that the United States has been kind to the
biological and spiritual offspring of Abraham.
It has been the friendliest place on earth for the followers
of Christ, who according to the apostle are “sons of Abraham” (Galatians 3:7).
And the United States has historically provided a safe place, a haven, for the
physical descendants of Abraham, who have been able to freely practice their
faith here and enjoy the prosperity and possibilities this Christian nation
affords to all people of good will.
So if someone is looking for a reason for America’s security
and success, he needs look no further: God has blessed America because America
has blessed the sons of Abraham.
And there is yet one more reason to support Israel. America
owes the Jewish people a lasting debt for preserving for us the “oracles of
God,” as Paul describes them in Romans 3:2.
The Jewish people zealously protected, preserved, and passed
on the very words of God as recorded by the ancient prophets and historians in
Israel. Our faith as a Christian nation is rooted in Jewish soil. No Judaism,
Abraham is our father in the faith, the Ten Commandments our
guiding principles for both personal and public morality, and the Jewish
prophets of old still a source of inspiration. (You can ask Martin Luther King,
Jr. about that.)
Nobody pays attention to the ancient code of Hammurabi any
more, but the ancient code of Moses has always provided moral and public policy
guidance for the American people and still does today. The 55 framers of the
Constitution cited the Bible more often than any other external source in their
writings and speeches, with a full 34 percent of all their citations coming
from the pages of Holy Writ. (The next most frequently cited source clocked in
at eight percent.)
The bulk of these citations are from the book of
Deuteronomy, which records the public policies and laws God gave to ancient
Israel, and which served as an inspiration and guide for the Founders as they
established American law and jurisprudence.
Ten Commandments monuments can be found today in city after
city in the United States, and copies of the Decalogue once hung on the wall of
virtually every classroom in America and can still be found in courtroom after
courtroom, including the United States Supreme Court. For the preservation of
that abiding standard, the Jewish people are to be thanked.
Our Messiah, the one we regard as the Savior of the world,
walked this earth as a Jew and practiced the Jewish faith. Simple regard for
the person of Jesus commands respect for the faith he himself followed and the
people to whom he belonged.
Paul says quite plainly that the Gentile world owes Israel a
debt which it is morally bound to repay.
Speaking of the Jews, he says, “For if the Gentiles have come to share
in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in
material blessings” (Romans 15:27). Indeed, Paul says we “owe it to them.” Hard
to get much clearer than that.
Israel is preciously short of friends these days. The Jewish
people do not, for the first time in our history, have a friend in the White
House. So they must be able to count on the friendship, loyalty and support of
the American people. Let’s make sure we do not let them down.
noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect
the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)