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Obama is a Muslim

Obama is a Muslim
I read a blog post recently stating all the “facts” that point to President Obama being a Muslim; his “Islamification” of his staff and the belief in Islam of others in sensitive positions in the government. I don’t know what shocks me more–the post and its allegations, if true, or all of the radical, hate-filled responses against Obama and all who would proclaim Islam! The question may well be which radicals are the biggest threat to the spiritual security of the US.

The US may be in danger from the manifestation of the Islamic rhetoric, but the crucible of such action is centered in Israel and its surrounding Islamic neighbors. True, the US is called by Muslims the “big Satan” but Israel, “little Satan,” is the first focus of Muslim wrath. The US may be in line for Islamic venting, but the parade starts with Israel.

A possible scenario, however, could involve the US as an initial, diversionary target. We would be so distracted by such an assault, there would be a leadership paralysis in making a response to a contemporaneous, unified Islamic action against Israel.

A mitigating factor in the seeming inevitability of the Islamic threat is embedded within Islam itself: the Suni-Shite conflict. This is an older hatred by far in the world of Islam than that toward the US. I think they will have to duke it out before there can be a unified Islamic effort against the US. Not to say there won’t be random terrorist attacks, but to sustain an attack and occupy the US would take tens of thousands of organized, disciplined troops.

But all that is to say the original concern I expressed was about the radical, hate-filled responses to the post. These diatribes were against the president and any who professed Islam. Regardless of the threat scenarios, will hate save our nation? I do not think so. In all the history of the world hate has never won. What would the opposite of hate be? Is it possible there is a constructive love approach,? What would it look like?

I am not suggesting the idolatrous, perfidy of Islam be disregarded. Yeshua did not excuse the Babylonian and Greek pagans whose philosophies had pushed God’s people and especially their leaders from the perfect path of Torah. Neither did Yeshua demonstrate outrage at the Roman occupiers of Israel with their false religion and the associated deities. No, he did not rail against them, but he earnestly and ardently sought out those of the household of God to change; that they not be occupied with the cares of this world, its blasphemies and idolatries. He sought to define a love that exceeded personal wellbeing—a sacrificial love.

Yeshua, the Living Word, taught Torah, convicting all who would listen on how far short they had fallen. For the moment forget about some of the seeming minutiae of Torah and concentrate on just two of the directions (commands) Yeshua taught were of utmost importance: love the Lord with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself. If you love God with all your heart how can you hate the individual He loves? Does the Word not say He would that ALL might be saved? And, that He so LOVED the world that He gave…?

This is where I am right now–but open to amendment. For what course of action does a love agenda call? First, the preparatory call would seem to be for one of personal sanctification. How can I love if I have hatred within me? How narrowly is hatred defined? Is it not even the closing of my heart to a person? For if I close my heart to someone, I am closing it to God. Then (and this introspection is not a one time event) I can offer intercessory prayer for fellow believers (where the Word tells us judgment will begin) and finally intercession for the nations—the people and their leaders (regardless of their pagan identification). There is a power in love I can’t even imagine. Has the world even seen a release of that power? The fuse was lit by Yeshua and His ultimate identification on the cross with love, but the explosion has not yet occurred—must we wait for the millennium?

Is Obama a Muslim? Was Nebuchadnezzar a Babylonian? The heart of the king is in the Lord’s hands, so our basic trust must be in God, not in “kings.” God works in mysterious ways, but His ways work. And His way is love.

Day of Atonement–Yom Kippur

We observed Yom Kippur from sundown Friday, October 3 to sundown Sabbath, October 4. Part of our prayer and intercession considered the following:
Satan’s Plot
It’s interesting that the original prejudice against the disciples of Yeshua came from the unbelieving, ungrafted-in Jews principally led by the practitioners of Judaism. The Gentiles initially were not the problem. Remember Yeshua’s words, “render unto Caesar….” The Romans initially did not have any problems with the followers of Yeshua–it was again the ungrafted-in Jews (rightly or wrongly) who were creating the problems. My premise is that the whole doctrinal conflict between the Jews of Judaism and the Jewish followers of Messiah was a finely crafted,satanic plot to begin to separate the followers of Yeshua (Jew and Greek) from their Hebrew (not Rabinic/Pharisaic) roots. Then with Paul’s effective ministry the grafted-in Gentiles slowly became a majority of those in Yeshua’s vanguard. With Paul’s passing and the leadership shifting away from its First Century founders, self-serving heresies started coming into the movement. All the while there’s enough satanic junk on both sides to widen the gap. Anti-Gentilism and anti-Semitism become the vogue. Even though the ungrafted-in Jew has missed Messiah, he has not missed the blessing of keeping Torah (even faultily). This favor of God ironically fosters more jealousy, hatred, division and persecution. So who do you hate for the sin of the other? I would suggest the battle is not against either people group, “for we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Eph 6:12). The Messianic can be a bridge of reconciliation recognizing the problem and not fostering it, but being part of the solution. I believe many Christians are unknowingly closet Messianics and are waiting to be loved into understanding.

The Seed of Abraham

I had been meditating on what it really means to be of the seed of Abraham and to be his descendant by faith.  And then one day the phrase, “one new man,”  from Ephesians 2:15 caught my attention. Was I missing something in what I currently knew about this new creation that was neither Jew nor Gentile? I knew Yeshua had radically re-created me more than four decades ago, and He continues to renew me: spirit, soul and body.  So what was God saying to me today about this new creation? And what was its connection to the seed of Abraham?

Rather than getting a direct answer to my question, my thoughts turned toward other questions: What does it mean that all Israel will be saved? Who really is “all Israel,” referred to in Chapter 11 of Romans as the grafted-in branches of the olive tree, both wild (Gentile) and natural (Jew).

When defined in the context of One New Man? I recalled that Apostle Paul says the natural heritage is not the definition of the true Israel: “For they are not all Israel who are of Israel.” (Romans 11:26b) “All” Israel can only be construed to be those who have a heart change by coming to the Father through the Son. All Israel that will be saved is the one new man, the seed of Abraham, who was made righteous by faith. This new creation will have more than the heritage of either a Jew or a Gentile — he will be a sort of  super chosen, spiritual species. I find the significance of this one new man is dawning on me in the context of the true Israel that will be saved. Continue reading The Seed of Abraham