Freshman Kentucky Senator and Tea Party favorite Rand Paul made news this week by favoring cutting the United States’ annual $3 billion in foreign military assistance to Israel. This wasn’t, by any means, the only spending cut Paul would like to see occur in in these difficult economic times but it’s the one spending cut the United States can not afford to make, both from a logical and Christian perspective.
As Egypt burns and blood flows in its streets due to anti-government rioters and government forces clashing in an ongoing conflict, the outcome of which is unknown at this time, what a lot of onlookers outside of Cairo are failing to take notice of is what is fueling that nation’s unrest (in part at the very least) – an anti-American, anti-Israel sentiment.
Established in 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood is the world’s oldest and “most influential Islamist movement” according to Al Jazeera. Many members of the Brotherhood are now embedded within the Egyptian government, having been elected to office using the Brotherhood’s slogan “Islam is the solution” on many of their campaign posters. Noteworthy in the news, an Associated Press report from Amman, Jordan indicates the Brotherhood is promising that “unrest in Egypt will spread across the Mideast and Arabs will topple leaders allied with the United States.”
The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hammam Saeed, said the following recently,
“The Americans and Obama must be losing sleep over the popular revolt in Egypt. Now, Obama must understand that the people have woken up and are ready to unseat the tyrant leaders who remained in power because of U.S. backing.”
Make no mistake about it, if Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s government is removed from office and a new one forms largely influenced by the Muslim Brotherhood, it will be anything but good news for the United States of America.
In an area of the world where radical Islam has its roots and those roots are digging deeper and deeper into the halls of governments across the region, not to mention that Iran is well on its way to possessing nuclear weaponry, the last thing the United States of America can logically afford to do is cease to support the one government, people and military power whose loyalty to the United States is not the least bit in question. I’m speaking of Israel and the Israeli people, of course.
Scripture is crystal clear in presenting loyalty to Israel as a recipe for the success of a nation. The nation that blesses Israel will be blessed while the nation that curses Israel will be cursed.
Genesis 12:3: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
While it could be argued that the United States spending money aiding Israel at a time when the U.S. economy is anything but robust isn’t the equivalent of cursing its lone trustworthy ally in the troubled Middle East, I’m not so sure personally when a solid argument could be made that money spent on Israel is better spent than on some other ‘priorities’ our government currently believes to be important.
An example of wasteful government spending from a Christian perspective? A lot of tax dollars are going to be spent in the upcoming months training/indoctrinating everyone in our armed forces that what God has forbidden, namely the homosexual lifestyle, is to be viewed as perfectly normal and acceptable. Does anyone other than me find it ironic that those serving to protect our nation from the kind of fiery destruction that befell Sodom and Gomorrah are now being asked to do precisely what led to God’s wrath falling upon those cities? It’s a recipe for disaster – and our government is paying for it if you believe God’s Word.
The bible indicates that the practice of the homosexual lifestyle is abomination in the eyes of God. Before I get any hate mail, let me make the biblical position clear beyond refutation by stating that those who commit the sin of practicing the homosexual lifestyle aren’t an “abomination” in the eyes of a loving God, it’s the sexual misconduct involved in its practice that draws His ire. It’s the act of “lying” (having sex) with a man as though they are a woman that’s a sin in God’s eyes according to Leviticus 18:22 and believing otherwise, governmentally funding the teaching of others that it isn’t a sin? We can’t afford that as a nation.
Not only does God disapprove of the homosexual lifestyle, He makes it clear through His Word that embracing the sin of homosexuality as acceptable is dangerous for a nation. Let’s look at how clearly this is stated in scripture.
Leviticus 18:22-25: Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination. Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it [is] confusion. Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.
If we take God at His Word, our government is happy to spend its resources on placing our nation at risk of having our lands defiled to the extent they threaten to vomit us out yet some on Capitol Hill struggle to see why blessing Israel is a good move, one God has told us is never a mistake. But what do I know, right? We’ve got that whole ‘separation of church and state’ thing to think about. Thus, there is ‘no room at the inn’ for God’s opinion to be weighed on matters of this nature. God help us! Oh that we could return to a time in our nation’s recent past when God’s will for us as a nation was still a priority! That’s right. It has only been during the generation of most of us alive today that the United States has clearly demonstrated that it is forgetting its God – the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Whenever I hear it debated why the United States’ influence around the globe is wavering, I’m never at a loss to understand why. None of us who believe God’s Word is true should be.
What the U.S. can afford
While there is little to no chance Senator Rand Paul’s suggestion that we cut foreign military assistance to Israel to help reduce our government’s deficit spending will be deemed acceptable by either political party, particularly during this moment of unrest in the Middle East for reasons stated earlier, his suggestion that we do so is symptomatic of how our nation has lost its way of late, potentially beyond hope of repair.
If I could give our leaders in Washington one piece of advice that they would hear and take, I would tell them to be as pro-Israel as possible. As surely as God is seated on His throne, the best investment the United States can make at this point in human history when we are clearly in the last days, many signs in the world around us indicating that Christ’s return is near at hand, is to act in Israel’s best interest, to bless the apple of God’s eye (Zechariah 2:8) to the full extent we possibly can as a nation. At this juncture in our nation’s history when we have strayed so far from God’s will on multiple fronts, it is our best and, perhaps, only hope of remaining a viable world power this side of the Rapture of the Church.