BARBS OF BRUTAL TRUTH

September 4, 2018

“At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.  And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it; If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.” (Jeremiah 18:7-10)  These verses reinforce the idea that God is directly involved in the affairs of nations (Daniel 4:34-35, 6:26-27, 7:27) - specifically, their rise and fall, and their success or failure.  The passage states that God will build a nation that heeds and obeys what He says (Psalm 33:12), and He will destroy a nation that ignores what He says (Psalm 9:17-20).

The most diligent investigator would be sore pressed to find two people in the U.N. headquarters that believe one word of this political forecast.  In fact, in today’s world, it would be considered to be prejudicial, biased, and even racist.  How unfair of God to declare that He has the singular right to tell His creation how to behave.  Historically, most nations have been primarily composed of certain ethnic groups; if God pronounces judgment on one particular nation He is clearly racist!  You see how convenient it is for political correctness to find a way to blame God rather than adhere to Him.

When the prophet delivered the Lord’s message to Israel their response was “but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart” (Jeremiah 18:12).  After their intentions were made clear a meeting of the news media designed a strategy for follow-up.  “…then said they, Come, and let us devise devices against Jeremiah….come, and let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words” (Jeremiah 18:18).  The remainder of Jeremiah is 90% negative, featuring various prophecies, slanders, name calling and ultimatums delivered to the political and religious leadership of Israel.  Hatred against the prophet achieved such a crescendo that the only solution acceptable to the Establishment was imprisonment.  “Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiah the son of Hammelech, that was in the court of the prison:  and they let down Jeremiah with cords.  And in the dungeon there was no water, but mire; so Jeremiah sunk in the mire” (Jeremiah 38:6).

While few, if any, of Mr. Trump’s supporters are pretending that he is a Jeremiah, there are some interesting parallels.  Even a significant number of Republicans have stated they wished Donald Trump would act more presidential, refined, less barbed and more forgiving.  The problem is, that style of behavior has, for decades, garnered us nothing except endless compromises favoring liberal positions.  Jeremiah was preceded by prophets such as Isaiah who were, as a whole, kinder and gentler in nature and message.  The junkyard dog came as the last voice of rebuke before judgment fell.

The President is neither a prophet nor preacher who echoes a voice from heaven, but he has been a bastion of defense for certain Biblical principles that are under constant attack.  The first that comes to mind is a favored friendship with Israel and a hard line against her enemies.  Just this past week Mr. Trump has said he is rescinding aid to Palestinians who are in the terror business.  Barack Obama’s answer to the problem was boat loads of money delivered to the thugs.

Solomon implemented level playing fields as he initiated trade with other nations.  Mr. Trump has made strong efforts to imitate that philosophy with China, Europe and now Mexico and Canada.  The Liberal interpretation of these efforts is one of disdain, presuming that America deserves nothing more than trail dust.  The Bible advocates nationalism; the anti-Christ will be an internationalist.

All efforts by the administration to secure our borders have been resisted by the Dems.  It takes little intelligence to comprehend their logic---open borders provide more Democrat voters.  Once again, God’s attitude toward nationalism is diametrical to unrestrained immigration.  It is entirely possible for someone ignorant of the Scriptures to advance Biblical convictions and principles. How so?  The Bible is the cornerstone of common sense.

Unfortunately we live in an age when common sense is no longer common.  Therefore, purveyors of it must be extremely aggressive to gain any kind of audience.  In this case, as in the days of Jeremiah, nice guys finish last.

 

 

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