Darkness in Pittsburgh
By now you are well apprised of the tragedy that has occurred in Pittsburgh. The rise of anti-Semitism around the world is real—across Europe, South America and in the US and Canada. Where this is leading our world is something most people would just rather not think about, and not to place blame on anyone, but this was the very thought expressed by Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, the Rabbi of Tree of Life in Pittsburgh: “I never thought it would happen here.”
To no one’s surprise the blame game has begun, and some are trying to politicize the whole thing to their advantage: it is shameful. President Trump’s visit to Pittsburgh is entirely appropriate—for the worst mass murder in the Jewish community in US history, it is appropriate, if not incumbent that the President pay his respects. In case anyone has forgotten, despite his personal flaws, Donald J. Trump has demonstrated on several occasions that he is the most pro-Israel President since Harry S. Truman, and arguably the most pro-Israel President in US history.
Yet, we are told by the media that Pittsburgh’s “Jewish leaders” have expressed their desire that the President not come to Pittsburgh, as has Pittsburgh’s mayor, a Democrat, and Pennsylvania’s governor, also a Democrat. The Washington Post ran this headline: “Thousands signed a letter saying Trump was not welcome in Pittsburgh. He plans to visit anyway”, which seems to paint DJT as a cavalier politician insensitive to a grieving community.
Of course, The Washing Post is regularly hostile to the President, so this comes as no surprise. What also comes as no surprise is what you will read in a moment further down in the article (I am a little surprised that they printed this info).
Who are these “Jewish Leaders”? Who are the “Thousands [who] signed a letter saying Trump was not welcome in Pittsburgh”? Do they speak for the Greater Jewish Community?
These ‘leaders’ are from an organization called Bend the Arc, whose mission statement reads:
“Bend the Arc is a movement of tens of thousands of progressive Jews all across the country. For years, we’ve worked to build a more just society. Now we’re rising up in solidarity with everyone threatened by the Trump agenda to fight for the soul of our nation.”
‘Progressive’, as in socio-politically liberal, embracing everything from partial-birth abortion, to homosexual special rights (which if ratified into law could levy a fine of $250,000 for an offender: Dr. Michael Brown tell us more here), to a nation without borders—which means you have no nation.
Here is a little more from WaPo about Bend the Arc: “Bend the Arc was founded in 2012 as an advocacy organization. Three years later, with the help of Alexander Soros, son of liberal philanthropist George Soros, the group launched the first Jewish political action committee focused on dealing solely with domestic issues.”
Ah, ‘Alexander Soros, son of liberal philanthropist George Soros.’ That name does seem to pop up a bit these days. And now you know, as Paul Harvey used to say, “The rest of the story.”
Flashback to 2012
In 2012 I led several HOI (Hope of Israel Congregation) outreach teams onto the streets of Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention. Together we handed out more than 5,000 pieces of Good News literature entitled, “Top Ten Reasons The DNC Should Support Israel” to people including Fox News’ Juan Williams, and Tom Brokaw, and NY Jewish congressman Jerry Nadler.
It was a week of interesting discussions to say the least (not everybody was friendly), and since that time, the Democrat Party has all but turned away from any support of Israel, which is more than a bit strange considering the prominent number of Jewish politicians on the political left. For the upcoming 2020 Republican National Convention, Charlotte should be an interesting place; of course, a lot can happen between now and then.
One other thing about all this: while a large portion of the overall Jewish community in America is liberal (I have Orthodox friends in the US who are embarrassed and bewildered at the liberalism in the Jewish community), I believe that the Jewish community in general is warming up to…not just a conservative point of view, but to…the idea that maybe there is something different about these Christians who support Israel, and the Savior they worship. They know they have friends in true Believers in Jesus/Yeshua. So, don’t let liberal groups like Bend the Arc or J Street discourage you—they may have the power of the media, but they do not speak for all Jewish people.
Remember to Pray
Let me say that I am sorry to be so much about politics in this letter, but I—probably like many of you—believe the spiritual battle is truly raging for the life and soul of our nation. As the Book of Esther shows us, there are such things as ‘Deep State’ operations in governments—and make no mistake: the people of God are the target. But rather than completely immersing ourselves into conspiracy theories, we are called to pray for our leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-2), and against the darkness that is encroaching upon us. Our God—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—is still in absolute control. He laughs at the schemes of the wicked and mourns with His people (Psalm 2:4; Isaiah 63:9).
I was naked, and you clothed me
Which brings me to something you are interested in: His people. Yesterday I was across the street from our headquarters at our Distribution Center, where we provide clothing for new immigrants (“olim”) in Israel.
It was a bit of a ‘mad-house’ as about 25 new Russian speaking olim were crammed into our clothing area, looking through some pretty nice stuff donated by Believers in the UK and the USA. I was thrilled to see young families with children, elderly people, and middle-aged people glad to find some help and to realize there are people who care: most of them are very poor.
It is also moving to see these people obtain their own copy of the Hebrew Scriptures in their own language—many for the very first time. Please pray that G-d will continue to reveal Himself to His people, that the spiritual blindness with be taken away (Romans 11:25; 2 Cor. 3:16).
Thank you for praying for the ministry of CFI Jerusalem, and for your prayers and support of my work here. It is all important, and Jewish (and Arab) lives are being touched with the love of God through his people.
Blessings in the King,
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PPS. Remember to vote next week. 🙂