By Dr. Andy Woods
Sugar Land Bible Church
Will My Candidate Support Israel?
(The Word on Politics)—Last week I interrupted our series because certain abortion laws were being challenged. You can read about it here. We now continue in our series asking the important questions, "how do I know if the person I am voting for as he or she pursues public office properly represents a biblical worldview?" How do I determine who, among the various competing political candidates, better reflects biblical values?
For purposes of organization, these issues can be categorized under the following headings: economic issues, social issues, and foreign affairs matters. My previous post in this series ended the topic of social issues. Having completed our discussion of economic and social matters, we now examine the topic of foreign affairs.
With each issue I have included some parenthetical Bible verse references in order to demonstrate to the reader that these preferences are not uniquely mine, but rather are derived from the pages of God's Word. While these issues are often irrelevant to the thinking of modern man, they are extremely important to God.
Foreign Affairs Matters
Because the concept of the individual nation state originated with God in the wake of the first globalist power grab at the Tower of Babel (Gen. 10:32; 11:1-9; Deut. 32:8; Isa. 2:4; Acts 17:26; Rev. 22:2), will the candidate favor submitting the political freedom and sovereignty of national governments to electorally unaccountable trans-national or international political entities all in the name of global governance?
A related issue involves national borders. Since God has established national entities and their existing borders (Gen. 10:32; 11:1-9; Deut. 32:8; Acts 17:26), will the candidate enforce our borders or will he instead leave America vulnerable to domestic terrorist attacks through a porous border policy? Does the candidate favor a pathway to citizenship for those who have entered the country illegally? Although legal immigration is part of the rich American tradition, amnesty, on the other hand, grants citizenship to those who have never sworn allegiance to our American Constitution. They have never vowed to protect and defend America against all enemies, both foreign and domestic. Because of the avoidance of mandatory national training required of all legal immigrants, such illegal immigrants often know very little of America's unique and exceptional heritage and culture. Moreover, if someone enters the country illegally, what confidence can we really have that they will abide by, as well as obey, all of America's other laws?
In addition, God has promised to bless the world through national Israel (Gen. 12:3b; Isa. 42:6; 49:6). Consequently, He promises to bless those who bless Israel and conversely vows to curse those who curse her (Gen. 12:3a; Joel 3:2b). Therefore, another important foreign policy question entails whether the candidate favors reducing Israel's existing and defensible borders toward indefensibility in exchange for the illusory promise of peace from Israel's sworn enemies? Such a "peace process" and "two state solution" makes Israel more vulnerable to aggression and attack by her surrounding hostile neighbors whose very charters in many instances call for Israel's eradication and annihilation. After all, it is Satan's ambition to eradicate the Jewish people and state (Rev. 12:1, 13-17, cf. Gen. 37:9-10). Thus, a candidate’s view on Israel largely tells me whether He is cooperating with God's agenda or the devil's.
(To Be Continued...)
- Who Should I Vote for in the 2016 Elections? (Series) • BPB (Andy Woods)
- Why Should Christians Be Involved In Politics? • oneminuteapologist
- Coming World Government • SpiritandTruth.org (Andy Woods)
- Beware of Happy Talk on Immigration • Heritage.org
- Is Today's Israel Still Chosen by God? • BPB (Tony Garland)
- Israel fears Barack Obama leading Mid-East towards catastrophe: Report • Economic Times