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Ron Paul’s Israel Problem by Chuck Baldwin

Posted by soldierservant on January 16, 2008

Great article! A good reference was a recent post you from Cutting
Edge Ministries
that exposed all three world wars as a design to bring
about the new world order and the third war will be so bad that people
will beg for the antichrist to bring peace from it. Why would anyone
want to let it get to that point? Anyone that is a total warmonger now
is clearly under the control of Satan because this is his plan. Any fool
can see that Iran is tied in with China and Russia, to which we would
not stand a chance against. Like I said so many times before that fools
rush to their own death. There seems to be very little discernment when
we have popular preachers like John Hagee preaching from their pulpit
that Jesus is not Christ. If this kind of blasphemy goes unchallenged
then we are in serious trouble. Ephesians 5:11 says to have nothing to
do with the unfruitful deeds of darkness but rather expose them. Any
preacher that denies the lordship of Christ is not a mere discrepency,
but lies from the pits of hell. Don’t mean to get superficial but why
would anyone listen to a arrogant obese glutton like Hagee in the first
place? Someone doesn’t get that huge from nothing. Looks like he is
guilty of one of the seven deadly sins. The way he is going it looks
like he will explode. God’s word says that He will destroy those who
destroy His temple (our bodies). These preachers will not get away with
their blasphemy and mockery. If people would just repent and get right
with God now we won’t have to go through what Germany did in the
holocaust, but then fools never learn. This nation will get what it
deserves, either way. The Bible is also clear about bribery, blackmail,
and all sorts of corruption as damnable. Bush is up to his eyeballs in
it. There is no way he will escape. Neither will those who continue to
lockstep with him. The Bible also makes it clear that you will reap what
you sow. If you sow the seeds of war and destruction then destruction
you will reap. Why do you think this country is going so far downhill?
Because we are reaping, like it or not. You know where you can go if you
don’t like the rules God set up. No illigitimate children will be
allowed in God’s kingdom. If your righteousness does not surpass that of
the pharisees, who worshipped wealth and killed Christ and his
disciples, you will not enter in. Only a fool rejects wisdom. I guess it
will remain to be seen but by the next elecion we will know for sure if
we are a nation of fools
.

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If evangelical Christians are hesitant to support Ron Paul’s candidacy
for the Republican nomination for President, two reasons are usually
proffered: he does not support Israel, and he wants to bring the
troops home from Iraq.

Unfortunately, many (if not most) of today’s evangelical Christians
have bought into the whole neocon warmongering mentality. Somewhere
along the way, evangelicals have forgotten the historic Christian
understanding of “just war,” not to mention our Savior’s promise of
divine blessing upon peacemakers. They have allowed President George
W. Bush and his fellow warmongers to hijack the legitimate use of
defensive war and turn it into a commitment to aggressive and
preemptive war.

If the United States continues on its current path of aggressive,
preemptive war, incessant nation-building, empire-building, and
globalism, our country will collapse. If history teaches us anything,
it teaches us that no super-power can long survive global warfare. The
economic, moral, and spiritual strain on the nation would be more than
it could long endure. In other words, Bush’s war doctrine has put
America on a crash course with disaster, and evangelicals are
downright foolish to go along with it.

Ron Paul is anything but a pacifist. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran,
for goodness’ sake. He believes in Ronald Reagan’s “Peace Through
Strength” philosophy. He believes in a strong military. He believes in
defending the United States. That is not in question.

Obviously, however, Ron Paul rejects nation-building, empire-building,
preemptive war, and globalism. By the way, this is something the
Republican Party also used to reject before George W. Bush came along.
And please understand, this is something that the vast majority–and I
mean vast majority–of the American people also reject. If the GOP
nominates a pro-Iraq war, pro-attack Iran, pro-preemptive invasion,
pro-aggressive war candidate, they can kiss the November elections
goodbye. The American people (except for the most fanatically loyal
Bush supporters) are sick to death of American soldiers and Marines
dying for Mideast oil, million-dollar Halliburton contracts, and
“surrender-your-liberties

-because-we-are-at-war” dribble. However, it
is evangelical Christians’ misunderstanding of Ron Paul’s position on
Israel that seems to be the most problematic.

To be sure, not all believers agree on the subject of Israel.
Christians are divided between pre-millennialism, post-millennialism,
and even amillennialism. For the most part, pre-millennialists (such
as me) believe that God will yet fulfill the Davidic Covenant with the
nation of Israel. Post-millennialists, on the other hand, believe that
the Church, which is the Body of Christ, is the complete fulfillment
of God’s promises to Abraham and David.

Regardless of one’s particular view of Eschatology, believers should
be united in their support for protecting the sovereignty and
independence of these United States. If this were really true, the
vast majority of believers would enthusiastically support the
candidacy of Ron Paul, as there is no one in Washington, D.C., who
more faithfully defends the integrity of America’s sovereignty and
independence. The problem is, some Christians seem to give more
loyalty and support to the government of Israel than they do their own
country’s independence and freedom.

In this regard, it is incredible to me how evangelical pastors and
leaders can continue to associate with–and support–radical Israel
apologists such as John Hagee. His ranting about Jewish people having
a special covenant with God and needing not to come to the Father
through Christ–and even that Jesus never claimed to be Christ–is
nothing short of blatant apostasy.

Whether one believes in a future Davidic Kingdom or not is immaterial
to the preservation of America’s freedom and independence. If God
intends a future place and purpose for Israel, He is certainly capable
of fulfilling that place and purpose. He will not need your help, my
help, or Ron Paul’s help. I know that is shocking to the pride and
arrogance of many evangelicals, but it is true nonetheless.

Does that mean that an American President should deliberately inflict
harm upon the State of Israel? As long as they do not inflict harm
upon us, no. No more than he should deliberately inflict harm upon any
nation that does not inflict harm upon us. A free and independent
nation–not to mention a nation whose roots are grounded in Christian
philosophy–should seek only that which promotes peace and prosperity.
Of all people, Christians should understand this. Ron Paul does
understand this.

Accordingly, Ron Paul rightly wants to return America’s foreign policy
to the established and historic principles of its founding documents
and sentiments. That means free and fair trade with all and entangling
alliances with none. Not even Israel.

My dear Christian brethren, let’s get real: America’s policies toward
Israel have not been a blessing to her. They have been a curse. George
W. Bush and most other Presidents during the last 40 years have
treated Israel like the proverbial red-headed step-child.

For example, America continues to furnish Israel’s enemies with three
times more aid and assistance than it does Israel. Three times. Is
that being a blessing to Israel? America gives unflinching and
magnanimous support to militant Muslim governments such as Saudi
Arabia. There is no nation in the Middle East that has harbored,
trained, supplied, and supported more terrorists than Saudi Arabia. Is
that being a blessing to Israel? In addition, every time an American
President wants to meddle in Middle Eastern affairs, he insists that
Israel give up land for peace. President Bush is doing that very thing
anew and afresh at this very moment. Is that being a blessing to
Israel?

Let me assure the reader (if he or she needs assurance) that Israel
knows how to defend itself. In fact, Israel has over 300 nuclear
weapons. Israel has enough weaponry and nuclear capability to take out
any threat to its sovereignty that any Arab nation–or group of Arab
nations–could mount against it.

Herein lies another problem: it is a heavy-handed, dictatorial,
do-as-I-say foreign policy from Washington, D.C., that prevents Israel
from defending itself. Before Tel Aviv can do anything, it must come
hat-in-hand to Washington for permission.

If Iraq was a legitimate threat, Israel could have taken out Baghdad,
Saddam Hussein, and his entire army with little difficulty. The same
is true right now with Iran. If Iran is a legitimate threat, Israel
could launch whatever attack is necessary to defend itself. It should
not need Washington’s permission. Israel is a sovereign nation. It
should have the right to defend itself as it deems necessary. Frankly,
it is none of Washington’s business. The truth is, Israel’s perennial
precariousness is a direct result of Washington’s constant
interference.

Ron Paul would put an end to Washington’s deleterious and insatiable
appetite for nation-building and entangling alliances. The result
would be a stronger Israel and a more stable Middle East. Not to
mention the lack of resentment and hatred that results from the
worldwide perception that America is an arrogant and bullying country.

Furthermore, Christians need to understand that Jewish interests are
not always harmonious with the interests of Christianity or the
interests of the United States. Israel certainly did not act in a
friendly fashion when it attacked the Navy intelligence ship, the USS
Liberty, in 1967. That attack was the second deadliest against a U.S.
vessel since the end of World War II. The attack also marked the
single greatest loss of life by the U.S. intelligence community. 34
U.S. servicemen were killed and 173 were wounded in that attack. In
addition, Israel is often found to be engaged in espionage within the
United States. Should America turn a blind eye to such activities? Of
course not.

Beyond that, Hebrew Christians are still pretty much regarded as
second-class citizens in Israel. There is no freedom of religion for
Christians in Israel. I have spoken at the only two Baptist churches
in Israel (at that time): the First Bible Baptist Church in Jerusalem
and the Bible Baptist Church in Bethlehem. The vast majority of the
churches’ members were Palestinian or Arab; they were not Jewish. Most
of the opposition to Christianity in Israel comes from Jews not Arabs.

Evangelical Christians in the United States also need to seriously
consider the impact of America’s actions upon the Christian
missionaries throughout the world, but especially in the Middle
Eastern world. There are numerous Christian missionaries throughout
the Muslim states. Ask any of them and they will tell you that
America’s meddlesome foreign policy makes their job harder–not
easier.

What I am saying is that Ron Paul’s position on Israel is not
problematic for Israel’s future security or prosperity. And neither is
it problematic for America’s future security and prosperity. In fact,
Ron Paul’s foreign policy is compatible with both historic American
principles–not to mention constitutional government–and with deeply
regarded Christian principles. The real problem is that many
evangelical Christians have themselves lost their appreciation and
understanding of these principles.

chuck@chuckbaldwinlive.com

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