January 14, 2019

Several conservative television and radio programs have repeatedly played former broadcasts of Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama advocating a wall on our southern border.  Now they are all opposed to it in spite of local law enforcement and the Border Patrol who endorse it.  In 2009 Mrs. Pelosi told us a wall was necessary, but presently she insists that it is immoral.  Isn’t social evolution marvelous…in ten short years Mother Nancy has “manufactured” a whole new definition of morality.

In the year B.C. 446 only a small number of Jews were in the area of Jerusalem.  This assemblage had experienced Babylonian and Persian captivity but were allowed to return to the land of their nativity.  After arriving, they encountered a variety of great difficulties and opposition from the local Palestinians.  Word of their affliction reached the ears of Nehemiah who, although a Jew, was an important confidant to the Persian king.  The reason given for the dilemma was “the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.” (Nehemiah 1:3)  The narrative continues:  “And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven.”  Nehemiah’s prayer is recorded in the next seven verses including confession, repentance and petition.

In short order the God of Heaven answered the prayer which resulted in Artaxerxes commissioning Nehemiah to lead a troop back to Jerusalem for the purpose of rebuilding the wall.  “When Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved them exceedingly that there was come a man to seek the welfare of the children of Israel.” (Nehemiah 2:10)  When Nehemiah finally confronted the “Palestinians” here (along with Mohammed’s ancestor “Geshem the Arabian” (Nehemiah 6:1), he had a security guard of federal troops (vs.9). Now the “Arabians” were helpless. They would have to do their own suicide bombings without appealing to the king for help.

“But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and said, What is this thing that ye do?  Will ye rebel against the king?” (2:19).  The key words in the passage are scorn and despised which was the reaction toward “us,” not the wall.  The Scriptures make it abundantly clear the wall was necessary, it was God endorsed, and it was not immoral unless, of course, Mother Nancy says it was.  The hostility was directed at those who sought safety and protection that a wall would afford. Those who fail to observe the similarities between then and now offer nothing to further discussions.

“Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him, and he said, ‘Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down their stone wall.’” (Nehemiah 4:3) Once again, familiarity rings the bell.  Not only has the wall been declared immoral, but it has been deemed ineffective, not by the boots on the ground, but by politicians who live behind the security of their own walls.  Bible history often provides living prophecy:  “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done; and there in no new thing under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)  This verse and the preceding five verses are the source of a poem written by the Greek Epicurus around 290 B.C., more than 600 years after Solomon wrote it.  Epicurus didn’t have anything original to contribute at all, but he did have enough sense to realize that the Word of God explained the ways of the world very accurately.

When the adversaries “heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth, and conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it” (Nehemiah 4:7-8).  Putting the pieces of progression together demonstrates that the opposition was not predicated upon political negotiations or common sense but upon pure hate against the persons leading the building effort.  Resistance to a barrier on our southern border is an identical situation.  The Hate Trump Olympic Committee led by the liberal media and a handful of politicians are willing to forsake a necessary safety precaution for the American public in order to fuel the fire of hatred.

Aaron Burr was once the vice-president of the United States.  When he and Jefferson were dead-locked in the House of Representatives for the presidency, it was the influence of Alexander Hamilton that led to Burr’s defeat for the presidency.  Again in 1804, it was Hamilton who wrote letters disparaging the character of Burr, which played a prominent part in Burr’s defeat for the governorship of New York.

After these two overthrows Burr was filled with hatred toward Hamilton.  He eventually killed his political adversary in the tragic fatal duel on the shores of Weehawken.  But the pistol shot which took the life of Hamilton also took the political life and national reputation of Aaron Burr.  Long afterward, he confessed that it would have been wiser for him to have taken the sensible view that the world was big enough for both Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton.

In the words of former ICE Director Tom Homan:  “I would say, Nancy Pelosi, you need to love your country a little more than you hate this president.”  Booker T. Washington summarized it well ---“I will not permit any man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.” 

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