March 6, 2018

As expected, the media is having not one cow but an entire herd over Mr. Trump’s intention to place a tariff on steel and aluminum from other countries.  There is a growing need for some cowboys to relocate these "cows" before the streets of Washington and New York are totally blocked with barnyard residue.  If Obama had made the same announcement, it would have been deemed necessary and brilliant, but under the present administration we can only expect negative repercussions.  The number one example given, which is intended to thrust the dagger in the heart of Middle America, is a one cent price hike for beer cans.  Please pass the smelling salts.

The fear mongers are hyper-ventilating over a potential trade war, all the while ignoring the fact that we have been in one for decades.  The evidence is painfully obvious when one surveys all of the items in our everyday lives manufactured in China.  The winners and losers of trade are determined by who sells more than they buy.  On both accounts China is the winner; for our liberal friends, it is called a trade deficit, which by all statistical accounts has the U.S. in the red (no pun intended.)

None of this should come as a great surprise in the light of the fact that when campaigning the President called attention to the uneven trade playing field in virtually every speech he made.  The larger principle is an effort to provide more well-paying American manufacturing jobs - which by design places the nation in a position of greater dominance.  Therein lies the rub!  For a multitude of reasons we have previously explored, the Left would much prefer our country to be reduced to a state of mediocrity.  In their eyes attempting greatness is the mortal sin, with the notable exception of the Oscars and other endeavors of self-promotion.  Is it possible for greatness and humility to be compatible?  Even some in the media admitted both virtues were found in Billy Graham when they eulogized him.  No greater example has ever walked the earth than Jesus Christ -who was the focus of Billy’s preaching.  Can those two distinct merits be characterized in a nation?  An examination of God’s Word reveals answers that are absent in Harvard’s five foot shelf of classics.

During the reign of Solomon, Israel reached a zenith of economic power unsurpassed by any other nation in 6000 years of human history.  What more evidence in needed than  “and the king made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones, and cedars made he to be as the sycamore trees that are in the vale, for abundance” (I Kings 10:27).  He placed a tremendous emphasis on building, manufacturing and developing resources such as mining and timber.  Even Hollywood has been fascinated with the hopeful discovery of Solomon’s mines.

International trade played a significant part in the economy (see I Kings 5:1-12; 9:26-28; 10:10-14), but it was guided by supernatural wisdom:  “And the Lord gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him:  and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and they two made a league together” (I Kings 5:12).  The peace was predicated upon a level playing field to the satisfaction of both parties.  Equality in trade continued to generate incredible wealth:  “Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold.  Beside that he had of the merchantmen, and of the traffick of the spice merchants, and of all the kings of Arabia, and of the governors of the country” (I Kings 10:14-15).  Does it require the wisdom of Solomon to understand that when you buy more than you sell, it doesn’t take long for things to be upside down?  Congress doesn’t get it, but those of us who work for a living do.

“Judah and Israel were many, as the sand which is by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking, and making merry.  And Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the river unto the land of the Philistines, and unto the border of Egypt:  they brought presents, and served Solomon all the days of his life” (I Kings 4:20-21). The passage is a direct forerunner of the Millennial reign of Christ.  “The son of David” is present, He is on the “throne of David,” and He has the land grant that God gave to Abraham (Genesis 15), plus “peace on earth” all His days  (I Kings 4:24). This is the “Golden Age” about which the Greek philosophers talked, but could never produce.  Its anti-biblical counterfeits are Camelot, the Fifth Kingdom Monarchists, the Triple Alliance, the Holy alliance, the League of Nations, the United Nations, the Ecumenical Councils, the Treaty of Westphalia, and the ridiculous “Armistice” of November 11, 1918, which did not last twenty-one years.

No one with a lick of sense is pretending that America is “thy kingdom come” or that Donald Trump is Solomon, but it surely would be worth our while to investigate and imitate the most successful kingdom in history. 

After a visit to explore the rumors of Solomon's success, the Queen of Sheba’s assessment was:  “Happy are thy men, happy are thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom” (I Kings 10:8). 

For over 300 years the weary have come to our shores searching for happiness; only in recent times have they arrived for nefarious purposes.  What would Solomon do?  (I Kings 9:20-21)

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