One Thing President Trump MUST Consider

Posted on November 17, 2016

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By David Ettinger

A Spiritual Wish
The 2016 Presidential Election is over and Donald Trump finished on top. As far as President-Elect Trump the man goes, my greatest spiritual wish for him is that he will come to know Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. I am hopeful this will happen. Though he has led a rather hedonistic life, I believe the weight and soberness of the Presidency, his age, and the fine men and women he will surround himself with will strongly influence him to fall on his knees and seek God in prayer and repentance.

A Little Bit of Doctrine

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Having expressed my desire for Donald Trump the man, I want to express my biblical wish for him; but first, a little bit of doctrine. As one who takes the Bible literally, I take God’s promises to Israel to be binding, continuing, and still in effect. I differ sharply with those who adhere to “Replacement Theology,” the belief that the Church has “replaced” Israel in that all of the Old Testament promises made to Israel have transferred over to the Church. I find such theology odious, ignorant, and dangerous. The Church is not Israel, and Israel is not the Church. They are separate entities, and God is actively dealing with both.

One thing both have in common is that they exist to bring glory to God. The Church does so through proclaiming the riches, reality, and glory of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who came to earth to take away the sins of the world (John 1:29). Israel brings glory to God by her very existence; the fact that the Jewish people (of which I am one) continue to endure through multiple attempts to destroy her is firm evidence that the God we worship is a promise-keeping God who has not cast off His people (Romans 11:1), but has protected and preserved them down through the corridors of time.

One major difference between the Church and Israel is the purpose of each. The Church is the vehicle through which God has chosen to spread the Gospel. In the Old Testament age, israel flagthis was Israel’s purpose (Exodus 19:5-6), but she failed. Therefore God transferred that responsibility to the Church (1 Peter 2:9), as each believer is to “proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” So, though God is still very actively dealing with Israel, it is the Church who for now is the messenger of Christ. However, at the end of the age, God will redeem and restore His Chosen people Israel (Romans chapters 9-11).

A Biblical Wish
It is only natural, then, that I take Genesis 12:1-3 so seriously:

Go forth from your [Abraham] country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you; and I will make you a great nation [Israel], and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.

History has proven the truth of this passage as the vast majority of Israel’s enemies over the centuries have come and gone, while at the same time Israel lives on. I believe one of the major reasons for America’s prosperity over the past 68 years has been our support of and friendship with the tiny Middle East democracy. Until now, for the most part, America has blessed Israel, and in return God has blessed America.

However, I believe the Obama Presidency has proven costly to America. Though the President has passed no legislation indicating abandonment of Israel, it is clear he is no fan of the Jewish state, as his disrespectful behavior toward Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exhibits.

No, Israel is far from perfect. In fact, the vast majority of the nation’s 6 million Jewish residents are nominal in their faith at best, and atheistic at worst. Cultural sin runs through the land as it does in every other Western-style nation. However, this is between netanyahuIsrael and God, and He will discipline her as He sees fit. It is the Church’s job to pray for her (Psalm 122:6).

With all of this in mind, my biblical wish for President Trump is that he will seek healthy, positive, and scripturally-sound relations with the nation of Israel, and that he will pledge to stand by her through thick and thin. Yes, he must navigate the murky waters of the Israeli-Palestinian, Israeli-Iranian, and Israeli-Arab quagmires with as much diplomacy, sensitivity, and wisdom as possible, but he must always seek to achieve what is best for Israel.

I pray that President Trump will be a true friend to Israel, even in the face of ever-growing opposition to and hatred of the Jewish nation the world over, including the U.S.

Praying For Blessing
I ask you to join me in praying for God’s blessings upon President Trump and the United States, with the understanding that much of God’s blessings depends upon our President’s, and our, treatment of God’s Chosen People, Israel. And let us never forget: “And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

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