WHEN WE INSTRUCT OUR CHILDREN IN HATRED

Battle of Jericho (biblical)
Depiction by Julius Schnoor von Carolsfeld (1794-1872) (from here)

Cal Thomas has a column that got me to thinking. Here is the key to that column.

Here’s the danger for President Trump. The Quran allows Muslims to lie to “nonbelievers” in pursuit of Islam’s goal of an earthly kingdom ruled by their religion.

An example occurred last week when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met at the White House with President Trump. Abbas said, “Mr. President, I affirm to you that we are raising our youth, our children and grandchildren, in a culture of peace.”

That is a flat-out lie, as even a cursory Google search or visit to the Palestinian Media Watch website proves.

Do the Palestinians instruct their children to detest non believers, even to lie to them and kill them? As Thomas said, it is easy enough to look up. Google Do Palestinians Teach Their Children to Hate? The mainstream press does not like to talk about it, but even The New York Times has occasionally carried a story. Here is one from 2013, To Shape Young Palestinians, Hamas Creates Its Own Textbooks. Apparently, Hamas was not satisfied with what it got from the Palestinian Authority.

Textbooks have long been a point of contention in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in which dueling historical narratives and cultural clashes underpin a territorial fight. And they are central examples of what Israeli leaders call Palestinian “incitement” against Jews, held up as an obstacle to peace talks newly resumed under American pressure.

Beyond their take on Israel, the new texts are also a salvo in the war for influence between the rival Palestinian factions: Gaza-based Hamas and Fatah, which dominates the Palestinian Authority and the West Bank. They reflect a growing gulf between the 1.7 million Palestinians living in the densely populated Gaza Strip and the 2.5 million spread among the West Bank’s cities and villages. (from here)

How seriously should we take this sort of thing? We have an excellent point of reference, our own American Civil War. In the South, children grew up learning to approve of slavery. In the North, children grew up believing slavery wrong. Most in the North may have thought the Negro inferior, but they refrained from believing Negroes should be enslaved. Considering that the whites in the South did not want to enslave the whites in the North, the conflict that eventually ensued between the North and South grew extremely violent. One can only imagine what that war would have been like if all the people in the North had been Negroes.

So what does Christianity teach about race and culturally based hatred? This is a question that confuses many Christians.  In its May 4, 2017 broadcast, If God Is Good, How Could He Command Holy War?, Derek Thomas examined the issue for Renewing Your Mind. His subject was the Book of Joshua and the Holy War (or herem) God declared against the Canaanites. In the Book of Joshua, the Hebrews execute God’s command to move into the Holy Land and kill the Canaanites.

The Victory of Joshua over the Amalekites by Nicolas Poussin (1594–1665) (from here)

When we read the about the destruction of Jericho, we usually marvel at the miraculous collapse of the city’s walls, but what happened after that?

Joshua 6:15-21 New King James Version (NKJV)

15 But it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. On that day only they marched around the city seven times. 16 And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: “Shout, for the Lord has given you the city! 17 Now the city shall be doomed by the Lord to destruction, it and all who are in it. Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent. 18 And you, by all means abstain from the accursed things, lest you become accursed when you take of the accursed things, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it. 19 But all the silver and gold, and vessels of bronze and iron, are consecrated to the Lord; they shall come into the treasury of the Lord.”

20 So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. 21 And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword.

What does Derek Thomas point to in the Bible to justify utterly destroying all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword?

Genesis 15:16 New King James Version (NKJV)

16 But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.

God had decided iniquity of the Amorites was complete.  Because the answer is unsatisfying, Thomas grieves over this.  Yet Thomas did not finding the answer unsatisfying for the reason some might expect. When Thomas considered himself and the rest of us, sinners all, what is remarkable is that God has any mercy to spare for any of us.

There but for the grace of God, go I. — John Bradford (1510–1555) (from here)

We are not worthy of God’s grace, but we can choose to receive it. Fortunately, when Jesus died on the cross and rose on the third day, He established a new covenant. Instead of destroying unrepentant sinners, we now spread His Gospel.

So what about Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his lies? As best we can, we need to help the Palestinians understand the truth. The Allah that he and his fellow Muslims worship is an invented god.  What too many Muslims worship is war, not peace. Only with Jesus can have peace.

Gustave Doré, The Death of Agag. Agag was executed by Samuel as part of God’s command to put the Amalekites under herem (1 Samuel 15). (from here)

PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU’S SPEECH BEFORE CONGRESS

The video above is from Speaker John Boehner’s YouTube channel.  Frankly, I think Boehner has been an awful Speaker of the House. However, I give him credit for inviting Netanyahu to speak before Congress.

Check out Invitations at Keith DeHavelle. As usual, Keith does a good job of putting events in their proper perspective.  So I will just add this observation:

Whether our sacred Dear Leader was informed or not of Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress is a side issue of little consequence. We should not be conducting our foreign policy just to soothe our Dear Leader’s feelings and to prevent him from having temper tantrums.

What will Iran do with a nuclear bomb? The evidence indicates, based upon their current and past behavior, they will used nuclear bombs to intimate, bully, and attack other nations, particularly Israel and us. Yet our Dear Leader seems have no intention of trying to stop Iran from getting the bomb when it seems quite likely that he could stop Iran.

To defend his nation, Benjamin Netanyahu is willing to go anywhere, speak to anyone, and do whatever is required. What we should be worried about is why our president and our leaders in Congress refuse to behave with the same dedication and loyalty to their country. (from a comment I left here)

If Obama had not made an issue out of his supposed right to approve Netanyahu’s speech before Congress, no one would have even noticed that that was a problem. As it is, because Congress is a separate and coequal branch of government, Obama does not have any right to approve the people who speak before Congress. Hence, the ruckus Obama made over the speech just proved to be yet another grab for power, an effort to silence opposition.

WHY IT IS TIME TO SET ASIDE OUR APATHY AND DISGUST AND VOTE!

  1. voteOur national debt is approaching 18 trillion and we have over $127 trillion in unfunded liabilities.
  2. Supposedly, with growth at 3.5 percent, our economy is zooming, but much that growth is due to the reduction of oil and gas prices.  That reduction is due to new technology that Obama just finally got around to supporting. Meanwhile, in the name of about Global Warming (never shown to exist) , Obama and the Democrats continue warring against coal.
  3. The news on “immigration reform” is that we can expect President Obama to issue another one of his unconstitutional executive orders.

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called on President Obama to issue a “bold” executive order that would stop the deportation of millions of illegal immigrants, including farm workers, families of people allowed to remain in the country under the administration’s “Dream Act” policy, and many others. (continued here)

    Why do the Democrats want all those illegal immigrants?  Well, now we have question. Could non-citizens decide the November election? With enough “non-citizens,” in the next election that question could go away. 80 percent of non-citizens vote Democrat.

  4. With respect to the Ebola virus our leaders have a schizophrenic policy. When they come from West Africa after treating people with Ebola we don’t quarantine civilian health care workers, but our military personnel? Well, here is our Dear Leader’s scientifically incomprehensible explanation

    Q    Are you concerned, sir, that there might be some confusion between the quarantine rules used by the military and used by health care workers and by some states?

    THE PRESIDENT:  Well, the military is a different situation, obviously, because they are, first of all, not treating patients. Second of all, they are not there voluntarily, it’s part of their mission that’s been assigned to them by their commanders and ultimately by me, the Commander-in-Chief.  So we don’t expect to have similar rules for our military as we do for civilians.  They are already, by definition, if they’re in the military, under more circumscribed conditions.

    When we have volunteers who are taking time out from their families, from their loved ones and so forth, to go over there because they have a very particular expertise to tackle a very difficult job, we want to make sure that when they come back that we are prudent, that we are making sure that they are not at risk themselves or at risk of spreading the disease, but we don’t want to do things that aren’t based on science and best practices.  Because if we do, then we’re just putting another barrier on somebody who’s already doing really important work on our behalf. And that’s not something that I think any of us should want to see happen. (from here)

  5. The Obama administration has the situation in Iraq and Syria under similarly scientific control, Foreign jihadists flocking to Iraq and Syria on ‘unprecedented scale’ – UN.
  6. In spite of (or because of?) Obamacare, our health care costs are rising faster than our wages. And those rising health care costs hit low income workers harder.
  7. And so forth.

In this coming election, we have the need to throw the bums out more than we have had in decades. The people we have in charge right now don’t even bother to concern themselves with the Constitution. Instead of serving us, they think their job is to deliver the goods (our goods) to their campaign donors.

So what should we do? We should vote Republican.

Of course, many will complain there is very little difference between Republicans and Democrats, but that is not entirely true. If we check their voting records, we will find that even RINOs don’t vote exactly like Liberal Democrats. Republican did not vote for Obamacare, for example. Nevertheless, we cannot count on power-hungry RINOs to repeal awful legislation like Obamacare or to cut taxes and spending. Therefore, we must plan ahead.

Why aren’t Republicans and Democrats more concerned about running our country properly? That is our fault. Too many of us don’t participate in either the Republican Party’s or the Democratic Party’s nomination process. Instead, we let special interests fund the candidates they want and get them nominated. And surprise!  Surprise! What the special interests want are crooked politicians.

Therefore, on the day after Election Day, November 5, 2014, we need to do three things.

  1. If the guy we voted for is a RINO, we need to send him a polite note. We need to congratulate him on his victory, and we need to explain just exactly why we voted for him. If he starts do something else, like trying to pass an amnesty bill for illegal immigrants, we must make it clear we will work to get rid of him in the next election.
  2. We need to start participating in the nomination process. Until we start nominating Republicans who are serious about limited government, we are going to get RINOs who are only just a little bit less crazy than Democrats about taxing and spending.
  3. We need to pray. Whatever God’s Will for the future may be, we need to be doing what He would have us do.

POSTS WORTH READING — September 27, 2014

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From time-to-time we must catch up with what others are writing. Such is one of those times for me.

News/Editiorials

  • 200,000 in Va. may lack proper ID needed to vote (www.washingtonpost.com) – This story now begins with this correction.

    Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that 450,000 voters lack proper identification to cast ballots in Virginia. The correct number is 200,000.

    The title of that article changed too, of course.

    The problem is the usual scary newspaper headline and the lack of emphasis on the plain fact nobody knows how many eligible voters lack a valid ID.

    If we actually read the article, we find out that nobody will be denied the right to vote, but everyone has to have a photo ID, and those are available for free.

  • Rand Paul’s coherent foreign policy (www.washingtontimes.com) – Senator Rand Paul has not supported most of our nation’s recent military actions in the Middle East. Nevertheless, he supports bombing ISIS. Is he being consistent or pandering to the polls. This is an editorial that argues Paul is being consistent. I particularly thought this quote relevant.

    In his Heritage Foundation speech, Mr. Paul accepted the conventional view that the West was not in a conflict with Islam itself, but rather with radical elements within Islam. He added: “The problem is that this element is no small minority, but a vibrant, often mainstream, vocal and numerous minority.” Whole countries, he noted, adhere to certain radical concepts of Islam, and the Muslim peoples are animated by powerful political sentiments born of a long history of frustration and passion. “Radical Islam,” he declared, “is no fleeting fad, but a relentless force,” one that makes up for its military weakness “with unlimited zeal.”

    One thing I have slowly come to understand is that we cannot trust what anyone says about anyone else. Is Senator Paul a foreign policy radical? Well, depending upon our own viewpoint he may seem like one. However, what any politician’s critics say about him is going to be distorted. Inevitably, our own biases intrude. So before we judge Senator Paul’s stance on the issues, we need to listen to the man first. We must compare what he says against our own point-of-view, not someone else’s. Therefore, I recommend Senator Paul’s Heritage Foundation speech.

Blogs

  • I support Jeanine Lawson for Brentsville District Supervisor (pwceducationreform.wordpress.com) – Republicans will be choosing their nominee for the special election to replace Brentsville District Supervisor Wally Covington on October 1, 2014 (see Brentsville Special Election). This post is a well-considered endorsement of Jeanine Lawson.
  • Polling for Marriage (familyfoundation.org) – Polling in support of same-sex marriage is decreasing.  That’s good news, but I especially enjoyed this quote.

    Accusing someone of being on the wrong side of history says nothing about whether he is on the right side of the argument. It is a mere threat, and a somewhat hollow one. History is an arbitrary enforcer. (from here)

  • Shak Hill 2014 (jatticus.wordpress.com) – The guy Republicans nominated as their candidate for the Senate here in Virginia, Ed Gillespie, is not catching on yet. I suspect the voters are still yawning, trying to finger out the difference between an Establishment Republican and Senator Mark Warner. Since there are real differences, we would be better off with Ed Gillespie, but I sure wish we had nominated Shak Hill. However, no matter who runs against Warner, it seems we are going to have some funny business. For some reason, my antivirus software seems concerned about the safety of Gillespie’s website, but it has no concerns about Mark Warner’s campaign website. Are some users reporting Gillespie’s website as part of a phishing scheme? Could be. Is it a political dirty trick? Democrats would never do that sort of thing, would they?
  • This Parallel Between LBJs And Obamas War Plans Will Terrify You (nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com) – Black or white President Obama is first and foremost a politician, and he behaves like Liberal Democrat politician. Therefore, we can expect him to manage military operations like previous Liberal Democrats. Hence, while some people were hoping that the Obama administration would do something about ISIS, others just wished the White House and Congress would give our military forces the resources they need and then let them do their job.
  • Christianity and Progressivism (level-head.livejournal.com) – This post springs from a post I wrote, WHY ARE POLITICS AND RELIGION LOST SUBJECTS IN AMERICA? The post makes some interesting observations, and the commentary that follows it is very interesting too.