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Upon leaving a Rosh HaShanah observance on Monday, I was given a book by Don Goldstein entitled “I have a Friend Who’s Jewish, Do You?”  This is a fascinating little book and can be obtained at http://www.prophecyrevealed.com/friendbook.htm.  I was especially amazed when I read the section about the natural disasters that occurred in the United States at the various times our country tried to force Israel to give up part of their land.

One particular occurrence involved Hurricane Katrina.  Under President George W. Bush, Jr., the United States became involved in a land for peace deal during the Israel-Palestinian conflict in 2001.  Between August 17-23, 2005, Israel conducted its disengagement evacuation and eviction of 9,000 Jews from the Gaza Strip, creating the largest eviction of Jews in Israel’s history. 

The same day this eviction ended, Tropical Depression 12 quickly turned into Hurricane Katrina, causing massive devastation to the Gulf Coast.  This resulted in America’s largest natural disaster and displacement of approximately one million Americans.  Coincidence?  I don’t think so!

As I watched the news concerning the massive immigration of Syrians into Europe, I thought about what I had read.  European governments and the United States were so eager to make an agreement with Iran, in part for economic reasons.  It is my understanding that some leaders have already visited Iran to discuss trade.

As these governments are looking for economic prosperity due to markets opening up for them in Iran, G-d has other plans.  Isn’t it ironic to see that very shortly after this Iranian agreement was approved, thousands upon thousands of immigrants are headed to Europe?  The monetary advantage these countries thought they would benefit from will be totally destroyed when they have to care for these people.  In addition, these countries’ cultures will be turned upside down as the immigrants bring in their distinct way of life and beliefs.

As much as man has tried, he cannot harm G-d’s people, Israel, and get away with it.  Neither can he make friends with Israel’s enemies and not suffer the consequences.

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I’m not a really a political junkie, but I do enjoy watching the presidential coverage and am excited to see how the candidates will do in the next debate.  At first, Donald Trump really got my attention as well as thousands of others, since he brings up issues everyday people are concerned about.  However, after listening to him describe his spiritual beliefs, I can no longer support him for president.

In a recent interview with Anderson Cooper, Mr. Trump stated, “I try and lead a life where I don’t have to ask God for forgiveness.  Why do I have to ask for forgiveness if you’re not making mistakes?  I work hard, I’m an honorable person.”  He also stated, “I guess that is a form of asking for forgiveness” when he took communion; although, he did admit that he had never asked for forgiveness from God.

As a follower of my Messiah, Jesus Christ, these statements certainly got my attention.  I was under the impression that the only person who had never sinned was Jesus.  Obviously, I have never read the Book of The Donald.

According to I John 1:9-10 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

I do not doubt Mr. Trump’s love of the Bible, the Church, and G-d.  I do believe, however, he has a skewed understanding of what sin is and what asking for forgiveness looks like.  Sin is not “making a mistake”.  Sin is doing anything that is offensive to the Creator of the universe, the Lord G-d Almighty.  G-d gave His plan for humanity to live holy, moral lives when He gave the Torah to Moses at Mt. Sinai.  Even the Christian church obeys many of these teachings given to Moses (although they often deny it).

Sin doesn’t have to be something big, like murder, theft, incest, etc.  It is as simple and “innocent” as gossip, little white lies, worshiping anything other than G-d such as money, power, reputation, etc.  It is inconceivable to me that Mr. Trump never makes even one of these little “mistakes”.

Let’s imaging that Mr. Trump has an employee who has made a “mistake”.  Picture said employee coming into Mr. Trump’s office, sitting down in front of his desk and slowly opening his briefcase.  The employee carefully brings out a small cup, a bottle of grape juice, and a saltine cracker.  While bowing his head, the employee pours a small amount of juice into the cup, then gradually eats the cracker and pensively drinks the juice.  Slowly, the juice and cup are placed back in the briefcase, the employee looks up, smiles broadly at Mr. Trump knowing he has been forgiven of his mistake, and happily leaves Mr. Trump’s office, secure in the knowledge that he has been forgiven and still in good standing with the boss.  I don’t think so!

I can imagine there would be quite a few words being spoken, most of them being from Mr. Trump.  The employee may be lucky just to get demoted if not hear those famous words, “YOU’RE FIRED!”.

Fortunately for us, G-d doesn’t do that to us, but He does expect us to “say” we have sinned and ask for forgiveness, which He freely gives when we are truly repentant.  We can’t just go through a ritual without any admission of guilt and receive forgiveness.

America needs godly leadership, both in the White House and Congress.  It is my prayer that as we all get ready to vote, we will ask G-d to give us wisdom when we go into the voting booth next November.

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I keep hearing people say, “Why does President Obama constantly talk down the economy?  He needs to offer encouragement and hope to the American people.”    I believe he is doing this to gain support for his (or should I say Nancy Pelosi’s) Stimulus Plan. 

Let’s say you come to me saying you have a horribly sore throat and I tell you, “Yes, I can see your throat is red.  It’s pretty minor though.  Take this terrible tasting medicine and you’ll feel much better tomorrow”.  You’ll probably think to yourself, “Well, my throat does hurt, but man, that stuff sounds gross.  I think I’ll just suffer a little while longer and my throat will probably feel better in a day or two”.   However, what if I tell you, “Your throat is horrific looking.  You may have a deadly disease.  This is terrible tasting medicine, but if you don’t take it, you may be dead by next week.”  After hearing this, you’re going to be more inclined to take the yucky stuff instead of just waiting the sore throat out.

This is what’s happening now.  President Obama doesn’t want us to feel hopeful quite yet.  If we did, we wouldn’t be  so inclined to accept this massive spending plan that will cripple our country and place our children and grandchildren in “slave labor” to the government.  He wants to make sure we are thoroughly convinced that this is the only way out of the predicament we are in.  After the majority of the people can see no other solution than his, then he will begin bringing us back to hope.  But first he must convince us that we need this course of action.  Unfortunately, he has a lot of convincing to do, so it may be a while before we hear “the sun will come up tomorrow” from Obama.

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For those of you who are still undecided about which candidate to vote for, let me give you another perspective to consider.  They both have interesting plans for our country that may appeal to you on an economic, safety, environmental, and energy level.  These are all “if I’m elected” plans and, of course, Congress will have its own say on what is really done.

But I digress.  How can we judge the man?  The actual person, not the plan.  Plans can change (“The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry”.  Robert Burns), but it is much more difficult to change the character of the person.

The Bible instructs us not to judge others so that we will not be judged (Luke 6:37) .  However, we are told that we are to judge a person’s actions, their “fruit” (Matthew 7:15-17).

As you consider these two men, think about this:  Do these men support the moral standards that you are endeavoring to live by?  What do they support in the way of the sanctity of marriage only being between a man and a woman?  What is their view on the rights of the unborn?  Do they believe that we should  continually give handouts to those who are capable of working, but choose not to?  Do they feel people should be responsible for their actions (overextending their credit then looking for someone – the taxpayer – to bail them out of their predicament) ?  Do they feel our country should stand up for its right to protect itself or “just get along” with everyone else in the world? 

God instructed the Israelites not to make treaties with the countries around it as they were going into the Promised Land so that they would not adopt their pagan beliefs (Exodus 23:31-33) .  Our country has adopted many of the beliefs of the “world”, such as idolizing wealth, power, honoring man’s viewpoint rather than God’s.  We are beginning to lean toward wanting “peace at any cost”, wealth redistribution (socialism), and denying any responsibility for our actions.

Neither of these candidates is without faults.  They are only human as are we.  But, there are definitely vast differences on several issues involving our country.  As you cast your vote, you are endorsing the major plans of the person you are voting for.  If you were to stand before your God to give an account of who you support, could you in good conscience, explain why you voted for someone who may endorse a plan of action that is in total disregard of what your  God’s standards are?

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