The new American President, Donald Trump,
has been inaugurated. Attitudes at my job ranged from very negative doldrums to positive exuberance. In my head, I kept asking, ‘but, is this good for Israel?’
As a US Army veteran who undertook this Hebrew roots transformation, my understanding of myself and Israel have been radically transformed such that my view of this election and the last couple years of American policy have changed considerably. My guiding thought, regarding American politics, has been, ‘but, is this good for Israel?’
Some years ago, even before I began asking the really hard questions of Scripture, I found myself coming to a place where I could no longer pledge allegiance to the United States of America. Not that I do not love this country, but I could no longer write a blank check of allegiance to a nation that was, and continues to be, so involved in immoral activities and actions, both here and abroad.
More recently, as I further understand who Israel is and who I am in relation to her, I find that my heart and desire is only for a tiny strip of land in the middle east and the people who love and care for it. And so, relating to many/most parts of my life, I ask, ‘but, is this good for Israel?’
No doubt, I am optimistic as I see Trump’s choices for Cabinet members. He has arguably surrounded himself with the most pro-Israel team in American political history. As this team was being assembled in the last month against the backdrop of Obama’s final lame-duck jabs at Israel, both directly and through the UN, I witnessed a calendar that was interminably slow in its march toward January 20, 2017. Still, I am only cautiously optimistic.
Scripture promises that all nations will gather against Israel. That includes the United States. Therefore, if we have a ray of light, a glimmer of hope in America, it is only for a season, but for how long? Many voices, both in Jewish and in Christian circles, have trumpeted that our new president is a type of Cyrus. As such he may help rebuild the Third Temple, he may help restore the exiles to Israel, he may…. Who knows. Cyrus was very much a friend to Israel, but only for a season.
Many will let their guard down and relax thinking that all is now well, but such is not the case. This narrow window of opportunity means we need to lean forward in the saddle and be vigilant as we seek what steps the Father would have each of us take for the benefit of His people and His Kingdom.
Rabbi Jeremy Gimpel, on the eve of the Inauguration, gave a short, but rousing, talk that shares perspective for these days and how we should be thinking if we are the people of God. I highly recommend it.
In the near-term, things look positive to America and her standing with Israel, but we have not changed in our export of vices and blood sacrifice (abortion). Judgment will come. For now, we have a window of opportunity. Let us be about the building of the Kingdom.