WHAT'S NORMAL LEADERSHIP?

June 10, 2019

 

 The White House announced on June 7th that an agreement had been reached with Mexico to curb the flow of Central American immigrants.  It is abundantly clear that President Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on Mexican goods clinched the deal even though the majority of Congress was not supportive.  RINO Republicans ran like the weasels they are for any cover they could find, so as not to be identified with a decision that would hurt our “friends.”  That kind of language is weak, shameful and repulsive.  What kind of friends would purposely allow our border to be under constant threat and attack?  Based on past performance, the previous administration would have offered Mexico a 747 full of cash just like they did Iran --- how is that working out?  To those who have the sense to seek cover from the storms of insanity, bold leadership is a well of refreshment.

If the media and Dems were ever to consult the Bible, (which they never will) they would discover that Mr. Trump is well within the boundaries of normalcy compared to some of God’s heroes.  Nehemiah was commissioned by God to lead the effort to rebuild the destroyed walls of Jerusalem.  The purpose was not only to provide protection against military assault but also to mitigate social decay that would come about through “cultural and religious diversity.”  When the time honored standards of separation were ignored, Nehemiah became so incensed that he resorted to physical altercations:  “In those days also saw I Jews that had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab:  And their children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews language, but according to the language of each people.  And I contended with them, and cursed them, and smote certain of them, and plucked off their hair, and made them swear by God, saying, Ye shall not give your daughters unto their sons, nor take their daughters unto your sons, or for yourselves” (Nehemiah 13:23-25).  A study of American history demonstrates long periods of time when immigration was slowed to a trickle.  One stated advantage was allowing the previous wave to be thoroughly assimilated into the country and culture before allowing a further surge.  Once again, the wisdom of those gone before exceeds a modern, college educated Congress.

The prophet Ezekiel would have been deemed by any certified shrink to be crazy, nuts, bi-polar, etc., etc.  In chapter three he was commanded by God to physically eat a portion of a book (called a roll) in preparation for confronting Israel with their lack of response to truth.  In chapter four he was instructed to take a large tile and portray the city of Jerusalem on it.  He was then told to lay siege against it with a miniature fort, battering rams, and army camp, etc.  This was concluded by Ezekiel laying on his side behind an iron pan for 390 days.  Then he was to switch sides for another forty days.  This was a divine announcement that judgment was coming.  The final object lesson shows up in chapter five when the prophet is told to shave his head and beard and then:  “Thou shalt burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled:  and thou shalt take a third part, and smite about it with a knife:  and a third part thou shalt scatter in the wind; and I will draw out a sword after them”  These were tweets done in public to send an irrefutable, strong message.  CNN was having convulsions.

When Moses came down from the mount with the Ten Commandments, he found Israel engaged in idolatry and debauchery.  The end result was an order of execution that took the lives of 3,000 men.

The crushing blow came to the establishment in Malachi, the last book in the Old Testament.  Chapter one is directed toward the swamp, criticizing their fake religious attitudes and distortions of truth.  Chapter two adds insult to injury:  “And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.  If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the Lord of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings:  yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.  Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it.”

The first examples are the actions of God’s appointed leadership, but Malachi simply rehearses the Lord’s own words.  Donald Trump is regularly accused of being indignant, crude, insane, unimpressed and insulting, but in the light of Scripture he is actually pretty tame.  It may be that the real problem is not the president but the sensitive, thin skin of his opponents.  They love to engage in criticism but recoil in great pain and anxiety when the pushback comes.  “Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom”  (Proverbs 13:10)

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