This week has been a week of much watching as President Donald J Trump and his wife have flown from country to country on a very busy tour of the Muslim, Jewish and Christian lands of Saudi Arabia, Israel and Rome. Much has been said about his trip, the words he has spoken, the reception he has received and the beauty of his lovely wife.
As an ardent Christian Zionist, I’ve watched almost all of the trip with a need to know and hear, for myself, as he has delivered addresses at each of these locations. I’ve listened to the addresses, I’ve printed them out and read them and, in a couple of cases, I typed a verbatim of the address just to make sure I don’t present false or erroneous information to my audience. I was particularly interested in the speeches in Saudi Arabia and Israel, for all the apparent reasons.
In Saudi, he was very clear in his call on the Islamic states to rise up against the terrorism that is coming out of Islam. His speech was poignant with many references to stop the killing, even saying, “Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person, and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith. Terrorists do not worship God, they worship death.”
Again and again he called for the terrorism to stop and enjoined the Muslim nations there, listening to his speech, to join in the fight against jihad, terrorism, and senseless murder. He was strong. He was pointed. He was clear. President Trump said, “Drive them out. Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy land, and DRIVE THEM OUT OF THIS EARTH.” No confusion on these statements.
He spoke of his journey saying, “We must practice tolerance and respect for each other once again –and make this region a place where every man and woman, no matter their faith or ethnicity, can enjoy a life of dignity and hope. In that spirit, after concluding my visit in Riyadh, I will travel to Jerusalem and Bethlehem, and then to the Vatican – visiting many of the holiest places in the three Abrahamic Faiths. If these three faiths can join together in cooperation, then peace in this world is possible – including between Israelis and Palestinians. …”
This is a long shot and a gutsy statement. He has stood strong and non-apologetic against some of our strongest challenges. Time will show how serious those listening to his speeches are regarding cooperation and what price they are willing to pay to stop the terrorism.
Then, I received an email from a friend who was angry over a speech by a Christian man who considers himself to be a prophecy expert. The man, JD Farag, was taking exception to President Trump’s speech, saying, “I have to say that I’m not surprised. And, I’ll explain why I say that. Trump spoke as Presidents before him spoke and in so doing, he profaned and even blasphemed the true and living God by implying that Jews, Christians and Muslims worship the same God. I make no apologies for saying that and I also make no apologies for what I’m about to say. But Trump’s speech is wrong on every level and it’s very grievous. And what’s even more grievous, if this weren’t bad enough, is that most Christians haven’t got a clue.”
“Here is the fact of the matter,” Farag continued. “He is seeking to unite Islam, Judaism and Christianity vis-a-vis the dividing of Jerusalem. That’s why he is in Saudi Arabia today. That’s why tomorrow he leaves for Israel. Then after Israel he goes to Brussels – or he goes to the Vatican to meet with the Pope. And then after that he goes to Brussels where he’ll meet with NATO.”
From there Farag continue to build ‘his case’ against President Trump and the tour that he is on, going so far as to use a headline put out by Fox news as another cause or reason for damning this trip. I will admit, I did not listen to all of Farag’s dialog – I could only stand it for about seven minutes then I was through.
While listening to President Trump’s speeches one thought consistently went through my mind and that was, ‘speak softly and carry a big stick’. The Muslim world that had gathered in Riyadh had done so for two reasons: the were listening to an American President with backbone that was more than willing to back up what he said; and, they are in dire need of uniting against the terrorist called ISIS that are backed by their archenemy, Iran. They are worried about their own country’s survival. This is a case of the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
Do I expect there to be world peace. No, I don’t. The Bible doesn’t say that unless President Trump is the man of peace and I don’t think he is. He is giving the world a chance to stop Islamic terror, plain and simple. Will it work? I don’t know. But I do know that we have lost a lot of Americans to terror beginning with the bombing of our barracks in Beirut, Lebanon in 1983 and on from there to the World Trade Center in 2001, and untold number of soldiers in the following wars. IF this works, then God bless him. If it doesn’t then there will be no choice but to use the big stick.
As to Farag and others like him, I’m so sorry that they cannot get past themselves to take an non-biased look at this. I agree, from a biblical standpoint, the peace thing won’t work but that doesn’t mean, in any way, that President Trump is willing to divide Jerusalem. That is a curse that needs not to light. That is a lie!
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