The United States is quickly becoming a different place. Many of the things we took for granted just a few short years ago may no longer be true.
Here’s one: Bipartisan support for Israel in the United States Congress.
Recently, the Senate passed a bill. It’s called “The Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act.” The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) notes that the bill, “contains critical pro-Israel provisions.”
According to AIPAC, “These provisions… pledge security assistance to Israel and clarify that state and local governments have the right to counter boycotts of Israel.”
The bill passed by a vote of 77-23. All but one Republican voted for it, along with 25 Democrats.
At first, that sounds like US support for Israel remains strong and bipartisan. But let’s look closer.
Of the seven Democratic senators who have indicated (or declared) that they will run for President in 2020, six voted “no” on this bill.
Only Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota voted “yes.” “Nay” votes were cast by Senators Cory Booker, Sherrod Brown, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren.
In the past, all of these candidates have expressed some degree of support for Israel. All of them say they personally oppose the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
So why are they now afraid to put their names on the line?
One reason could be the growing strength of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in Democratic circles. The ACLU is supposedly non-partisan. But it is, in fact, a major power-broker within the Democrat Party and the ACLU consistently fights anything that might weaken the BDS movement.
Apparently the six Democratic senators who voted against Israel fear the ACLU more than they fear their Jewish constituencies.
But the ACLU is not the only voice against Israel in Democratic circles.
Believe it or not, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is the rock star of the Democrat Party. Few politicians have garnered so much attention so quickly. Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee has called Ocasio-Cortez, “the future of our party.” (That probably says more about the current state of the Democrat Party than it does about the young Representative’s potential for the future.)
A member of the Democratic Socialists of America, Ocasio-Cortez has denounced Israel’s “occupation of Palestine.” She called Israel’s defense of its border with Gaza a “massacre.”
Though she has admitted that she is “not an expert” on the Middle East, it apparently doesn’t matter. Democrat Party stalwarts and leaders are jumping on the bandwagon to support every proposal she throws out. Apparently they fear the Millenials that idolize her more than they fear the rank and file members of the Party.
But she’s just one of the rising stars of the Democrat Party that are increasingly casting Israel as the Middle East’s central villain.
Ilhan Omar is the new Representative from Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District. Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, she is a Muslim and is undeniably (and arrogantly) anti-Semitic. She once tweeted: “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”
When she was a member of the Minnesota legislature, she openly supported the BDS movement. Then, during her campaign for Congress, she claimed to be against BDS. Now that she has been elected and seated, she is once again for BDS.
In the recent past, Omar indicated that she believes that because Israel identifies itself as a Jewish state, it cannot be a democracy.
Just last week, an Omar tweet implied that Jews are bribing Congressmen in order to get them to support Israel. That’s the old trope that outsider Jews control governments with their massive, but hidden, wealth.
When Republicans and Jewish Democrats complained loudly, the House Democratic leadership finally scolded her and demanded she apologize. Which she did. Sort of. Then quickly went back to her insinuations.
As an indication of where the Democrat Party is headed, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has placed Rep. Omar on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. This radical rising star is now in a position to help mold US foreign policy.
Last week, Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry released a report called “Terrorists in Suits.” The report exposes more than 100 links between terrorist groups and leading BDS organizations.
It shows how the terrorists are exploiting “social justice” organizations around the world, especially those associated with the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement.
Writing in the Jerusalem Post, Liat Collins says, “Connecting the dots, you can trace a line from ‘terrorists in suits’ to terrorists in suicide vests.”
4il.org is a quasi-official intelligence website in Israel. It notes how prominent terrorist organizations are “utilizing a network of NGOs (non-governmental organizations) promoting boycotts against Israel as an additional tactic in their ultimate goal of dismantling the State of Israel.”
It continues, “The report documents how boycott organizations and terrorist designated organizations raise finances together, share the same personnel…. Contrary to popular belief, these officials have not abandoned their support for terrorism, but, instead, continue to maintain organizational, financial, and active ties with terrorist groups.”
And now we know that the young Democrat Party stars who are “the future of the party” support these “Terrorists in Suits.”
Also on this week’s program, I will discuss a disturbing trend in the church world. Actually, it’s a trend I warned about almost 50 years ago in my book, The Late Great Planet Earth.
I had in mind two converging and complementary trends: One toward apostasy and the other toward modern ecumenism.
When I say “ecumenism,” I am not referring to traditional ecumenism, such as Baptists communing with Catholics. I’m talking about Muslim imams preaching in Christian pulpits. Or church women’s groups inviting Wiccan priestesses to speak.
I’m talking about so-called Christian ministers participating in rallies with Satanists, such as the rally at the Arkansas state capitol when Satanists were protesting the installation of a Ten Commandments memorial.
There are churches in America whose primary goal is to show everyone how open-minded they are. But when they do that, they abandon the true message of the Gospel. And Peter articulated that true message succinctly. He said, “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12 NASB)
Jesus Himself made it even clearer: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” (John 14:6 NASB)
If a minister or denomination rejects these essential Christian doctrines, then unity with non-Christians becomes easy. Throw away the core doctrines of the Gospel, and you can embrace everything else.
And that’s what we’re seeing today. The meteoric rise of humanism. The embrace of all-inclusive Hinduism by many of our cultural and academic elites.
It comes from the same mindset that uses the now-popular terms, “your truth” and “my truth.” That implies that truth varies for different people. That is a lie from Satan.
From that perspective, imagine how attractive it is to find a religion that says, “Don’t worry about it. Everyone’s right. We will all go to heaven!”
Thousands of years ago, Bible prophecies warned that these attitudes would characterize the last days of the Age of Grace. 1 Timothy 4:1 says, “The Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons.” (NASB) 2 Timothy 4:3 warns, “The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires.” (NASB)
Folks, that time is here.
Don’t be fooled by the smooth, soothing words of Satan from the mouths of many of the religious leaders of our day. Stay in God’s Word. Stay prayed up. And stay alert and sensitive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. If we depend on Him, He will help us stay firmly planted on the rock of truth and we’ll not be misled by the whims of the moment.