Okay. The State of the Union Address has finally come and gone. You can breathe now. I know you were wondering to yourself, What is this president going to say? You were concerned that he was going to turn this moment into a slug-fest, an opportunity to spew the divisive verbiage that people have come to know him for. And make no doubt about it, there's plenty for him to take a shot at: the ongoing investigation into the Russian collusion allegations, the lack of support for the construction of a border wall, and more. But interestingly enough, that wasn't the case, at least, not entirely.
I'm not going to bore you with a play-by-play analysis of the President's speech; but rather, I want to get to the simple issue of whether or not the President's agenda is biblically supported or not. So let's dive in.
First, and foremost, the President hammered the point of America's economic improvement as a result of him taking office. If there's anything that should certainly take centerstage, it's the economy. After all, people who are starving don't care about politics or anything else - they simply want to eat and provide for their families. In the Bible, prosperity is a part of the covenant package God offered to those that honor and obey Him. In Deuteronomy chapter 28, we find God's promise of wealth and prosperity to the Israelites as long as they obeyed His Commandments. On the flip-side, God promised curses to them if they disobeyed.
The prosperity and poverty of a nation is directly tied to its adherence of God's divine laws. In fact, that doesn't just apply to nations; it also applies to individuals. How many millionaires and billionaires follow the biblical principles for success who don't even go to church or practice religion? Most, if not all of them do. I've read many of the top books on success from Think and Grow Rich to Carnegie's How To Win Friends and Influence People to The Power of Positive Imaging, and one thing all of these books have in common is their heavy reliance on biblical principles - all of them outright quote the Bible, utilizing it as a major source in their understanding of wealth and prosperity.
So, is America's current economic prosperity the result of biblically-based practices being put into place by the current President? (Yes, it is true if you check the facts that unemployment is at an all-time low, employment is up, companies are returning to America, and America is leading in the race for energy independence. But is this because of President Trump?) The answer is an astounding . . . YES! Before you throw your computer against the wall and rage against what I'm saying, be objective for a moment and consider the following: Improving the economy was a no-brainer. If you want to increase jobs, empower businesses, both big and small. How do you do that? Well, first you cut the amount of money they have to pay out in taxes so that they can save more of their money and spend it on their businesses. Secondly, you ease regulations that restrict them from being able to do business and make money. By doing just these two things alone you cause businesses to flourish and thrive; and when businesses thrive, they are in a greater financial position to hire others. That's how job creation is done. Every businessman and businesswoman knows this. Socialism, on the other hand, is about higher taxes and more government control over businesses and individuals. In Socialism, the goal is to overtax businesses, the wealthy, and the middle-class, thereby punishing people for being innovative and making money, and then use the money that was "stolen" from these hard-working individuals by the government to "give" to the have-nots.
Plain and simple, what President Trump is doing is biblical because rather than "steal" the money belonging to those that worked for it, he is creating a fair system where the workman who is "worthy of his wages" can keep his wages. All through the book of Proverbs, we find warnings of things that will bring poverty, and among them are laziness, greed, the unwillingness to listen to wise counsel, addiction to substances such as wine and alcohol (and drugs), and an addiction to pleasure. So, while people gripe about the abundance of poverty levels in certain locations, it's important to note that some matters are a matter of the heart. God promises to provide opportunities for us to succeed, but walking into those opportunities is up to us as individuals. He'll lead us to the river, but He won't force us to drink.
Needless to say, we are NOT prospering because of Obama policies. President Obama had 8 years in office, how come his policies didn't work for him? It's because they were designed to create Socialism in America, which aims to increase taxes, make more people dependent on the State (a glorified welfare system), and give the government more control over the private sector. So consider that lie debunked.
(The Bible is against Socialism and is in favor of the Trump policies as evidenced by these verses: 2 Thessalonians 3:10, Ephesians 4:28, Matthew 6:2-4. Regarding verses like Acts 2:44-45 and Luke 3:11, the Bible emphasizes that the giving must be voluntary, meaning the ecclesiastical authorities didn't have the right to "take" money from the parishioners; they had to rely on the generosity of the parishioners, which was the result of the Holy Spirit softening their hearts. In essence, God desires to bless us with abundance so that we can give generously and freely.)
Much thanks to President Trump for boldly declaring that America "will never become a Socialist nation."
We're all familiar with the immigration crisis. Thousands of people are attempting to enter into this country illegally, that's the problem. That's a big problem according to Romans chapter 13, which tells us that government and laws are ordained by God and must therefore be followed. Of course, the Bible does make a distinction between godly laws and unjust laws - unjust laws are meant to be broken. But what laws are considered unjust? Unjust laws are laws that violate God's moral laws found in His 10 Commandments. They are laws that mandate that we support and participate in anything God considers evil.
Now, with that being said, is it evil to stop a man, woman, or child from entering into the United States of America illegally? Of course not. Again, before you throw your computer up against a wall, consider this: We're all immigrants in the truest sense of the word, that is, if you're not a Native American. But in 1776, when this country officially gained its independence and became a nation, we became a nation of laws; a people identified not by ethnicity, but by a set of laws that dictate a way of life. Black, White, Native American, Asian, etc., our laws dictate that things such as murder and stealing are crimes. Respecting other people and their property is a way of life in America. The Civil War was fought to uphold this principle, allowing those who were enslaved the freedom to pursue a life of happiness. (Nothing is easy and will be handed to you, but the opportunity exists, and that's what counts.)
In the Bible, when God led the Israelites into the Land of Canaan, He established laws that would create a way of life for the Israelites. These laws are found in the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. You'll find laws concerning property ownership, employment, the preservation of life, self-defense, and more. Now, just like today, God warned the Israelites over and over again not to mistreat "foreigners" (Exodus 22:21, 23:9; Deuteronomy 24:14; Leviticus 23:22, and more). God even stated that foreigners who decided to claim Israel as their land and were born in the Land of Israel were to be treated as citizens, being given land as an inheritance just as the citizens (Ezekiel 47:22). God's instruction to the Israelites was to be good, honest, and fair to foreigners. But note the term "foreigners" (or "stranger" as translated by some translations). The implication here being that the "stranger" is not a full citizen of the Land of Israel, entitled to all of the privileges afforded to the Israelites themselves. For example, foreigners/strangers were forbidden by God offer their animals as sacrifices during worship (Leviticus 22:25). Furthermore, foreigners/strangers were forbidden by God to operate in the highest offices in the land, namely the Levitical priesthood. In Ezekiel 44:1-9, God condemned the Israelites for "admitting foreigners, uncircumcised in heart and flesh, to be in my sanctuary, profaning my temple when you offer to me my food, the fat and the blood" (vs. 7). So, by remaining a "foreigner" rather than joining yourself as a citizen of the land, that meant you were restricted from operating in positions of authority over the citizens (the equivalent of public offices today). Also, foreign "indentured servants" ("slave" is a mistranslation) weren't required by law to be freed automatically upon the 7th year of servitude; they could be passed down to future generations as an inheritance. Even still, they were protected by God's laws against cruelty and could still purchase their own freedom should they desire to.
Aside from the fact that God still drew a distinction between those where were citizens and those who were foreigners/strangers in the land, the biggest line in the sand was this: If a foreigner was going to dwell in the Land of Canaan, they had to commit to following God's Commandments as a requirement. Should the foreigner/stranger choose not to follow the laws of the land, they would be driven out immediately as revealed in Exodus 12:49.
Now, the big issue here, again, is ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. Clearly, the Bible isn't against immigration, but it clearly condemns illegal immigration (entering a country or land illegally, without permission). For example, when the Israelites were "invited" by Joseph to come and live with him in Egypt during the time of drought in the Land of Canaan, notice that Joseph had to get Pharaoh's permission first before bringing his kinfolks into the land (Genesis 46:28-34). The Israelites were granted permission by Pharaoh to enter the land of Egypt and take up residency in Goshen. Had they snuck in or tried to barge their way in, they would have been met with resistance and treated as foreign invaders and dealt with swiftly with the sword, and Joseph might have lost his position as the second most powerful man in the land of Egypt.
Exodus 12:49 reveals that any foreigner looking to gain entry into the Land of Israel in the Bible had to enter in legally; they had to observe and agree to the laws of the land in order to be granted entry and allowed to reside. As God revealed in Ezekiel chapter 44, allowing "strangers" into the land with their false gods was a violation of God's covenant, and this brought the judgment of God upon the land. The law of God dictated that in the Land of Israel, only one God was to be worshipped. Idolaters were not allowed in. Likewise, according to the Exodus 12:49 and Romans 13 principle, anyone attempting to break the law to enter into the country should not be given sanctuary or be allowed to remain here.
So, yes, the Bible does support President Trump's stance on immigration. (Interestingly enough, Trump's position was exactly the same position as that of President Obama's (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVuuzTJBE5Y, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_pXL_Fth7U) and Senator Hillary Clinton's (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lps-As9djiw, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxASD4jHgCk, https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/1194817098972/hillary-clinton-on-immigration.html).
What about the illegal child immigrants in cages? Well, consider these photos:
In case you're thinking these pictures were taken recently, they weren't. Actually, these photos were leaked by a member of the Obama administration by mistake. They forgot to check the date on the photos - these photographs were taken back in 2014, during the Obama administration. President Obama was holding immigrant children in "cages" during his presidency, but no one made a fuss.
How hypocritical of the liberal left! Criticize President Trump for "keeping children in cages" but give President Obama a free pass for doing the same thing.
Anyway, the problem isn't as simple as one might think. Figuring out whether or not the adults certain children came with are their actual parents or gang members, human traffickers, or complete strangers trying to use these kids as tools to cross the border - and then they'll abandon the kids once in the states or sell these kids to sex-traffickers - is a daunting task, one that takes time. It's unfortunate, but so far, it's the only solution to dealing with illegal border crossings containing children being "used" by adults. The goal being to find out who the adults accompanying them are. Once they're validated as the authentic parents, then they're reunited and sent home.
Borders and Border Walls
Again, in Ezekiel 47:21, God established borders in the Land of Israel; He divided up the land according to each tribe. One of God's laws in the Bible dealt with property lines (Deuteronomy 19:14, 27:27). So, clearly, there was a distinction between other people's property and a clear commandment not to trespass. The prophet Nehemiah was given permission to return to Jerusalem to . . . restore the city's walls (rebuild them). In the Bible, walls were not evil; they served to establish property barriers and restrict the entry of un-welcomed guests. With that being the case, President Trump's proposal to build a wall protecting the southern border is not unbiblical; actually, it is no different than what God advised the ancient Israelites to do.
Now, to me, this is a no-brainer. The Bible is 100% supportive of the President's stance on the issue of abortion, especially late-term abortions. In Leviticus chapter 18, God condemned the act of abortion, which was widely practiced even in the ancient world. There, God instructed the Israelites not to make their "children pass through the fire," which referred to the Canaanites' practice of murdering newborn babies by burning them alive. The god, Molech, whose name was mentioned here, is known as the god of abortion. Women felt relieved that they could dispose of their "unwanted burdens" while feeling as if they were doing society a great service and favor by procuring Molech's blessings for their sacrifice. The rhetoric is similar to that shared in every Planned Parenthood clinic where clinicians mislead women into thinking murdering their babies is a way of serving and benefiting society while freeing themselves of the "burden" of responsibility.
What disturbed me - and undoubtedly, disturbed the heart of the Heavenly Father - is that the democratic women who were present at the SOTU (all dressed in white) sat stone-faced when President Trump condemned "murdering" a baby after it has been born. They uttered no praises as the President stated that all children, those inside the womb and those outside of the womb, are created in the "image of God" and that the sanctity of life should be upheld. The hardness of these women's hearts reveals the coldness of the liberal left towards life, humanity, and God. They put me in the mind of stone-cold killers, murderers who will just as fast cut your throat than say "hello". And after cutting your throat, they'll sit down and have a hot cup of coffee as if nothing happened.
Divine judgment hangs over the nation that takes pride in the bloodshed of the innocent (Leviticus 18:24-30, Numbers 35:33), and it hangs over the heads of every individual who carries out this practice (Proverbs 16:16-17, Revelation 21:8).
Furthermore, every individual who endorses and agrees with this wicked practice (and all other wicked practices) will likewise suffer the flames of hell according to 2 John 1:9-11. Just agreeing with evil will make you an accomplice of evil according to that passage of Scripture. So be careful who you vote for and throw your support behind. Your soul depends on it.
I can't stress this enough! The main reason, I believe, we are prospering as a nation today is because President Trump has aligned himself with the Nation of Israel - he relocated the US Embassy to Jerusalem as a show of support for Israel. This anger the Palestinian authorities, but the President didn't care. He may not be the most morally upright man in the country, but he has enough wisdom to follow a key biblical principle for success and prosperity:
“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” - Genesis 12:1-3
"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they that love thee shall prosper. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will say now, peace be within thee. For the sake of the House of the Lord our God I will seek thy good." – Psalm 122
“At the time of those events,” says the LORD, “when I restore the prosperity of Judah and Jerusalem,
I will gather the armies of the world into the valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will judge them for harming my people, my special possession, for scattering my people among the nations, and for dividing up my land.
They threw dice to decide which of my people would be their slaves. They traded boys to obtain prostitutes and sold girls for enough wine to get drunk."
– Joel 3:1-3
According to the Bible, when you stand with Israel, God will prosper and bless you. On the flip-side, when you fight against Israel and attempt to "divide" their land (take the land away from its rightful inhabitants, the Children of Israel, the Jewish people), then God will bring judgment against your land. President Trump has set America up for the blessings, favor, and prosperity of the Lord.
I shutter to think about what this nation would be facing today had the Obama agenda (the plan to take the Land of Israel away from the Jewish people, which he tried to do through the United Nations, even giving billions of dollars to Iran and Hamas, Israel's sworn enemies whose ultimate desire is to wipe the Jewish race off the face of the earth) been allowed to continue. We'd be facing a serious thrashing from God Himself right now.
The big rebuttal from the left regarding President Trumps SOTU speech was that he didn't address guns, climate change, and racism. Well, regarding "manmade" global warming, I'm sure the recent weather patterns have left doubts in the minds of many Americans. Also, this issue is one shrouded in obscurity. The scientific community is divided on the issue. Some see it as a normal cycle, and have pointed to the fact that global warming patterns have appeared on other planets where there are no fossil fuels being burned or carbon dioxide being emitted into the air by humans (or humanoids). One thing is for sure: the globalist community is not confused about their goals for the manmade global warming theory. They want sustainable communities (or population control) and to give more power to the United Nations over nations through Agenda 21. For the globalists, the climate change issue is their key to total control over nations. I cover this in great depth in my book "Exposing The Great Deception".
Concerning guns. Well, liberals seem to always point the finger at guns whenever a mass killing occurs. Of course, guns are usually used, but is gun-restriction the key? Well, take Chicago for example. Chicago has the strictest gun laws in the country, and they also have the highest murder rate in the country. The majority of the murders committed there are committed by criminals using unregistered guns. Restricting gun ownership won't stop criminals from getting their hands on guns - they're forbidden from owning guns already. What this will only do is serve to prevent law-abiding citizens from legally owning guns to protect themselves and their families. Also, rather than merely looking at the gun issue, why are liberals talking about the psychiatric drug problem. As we've seen recently, many of the mass shootings that have taken place occurred at the hands of those who were on psychotropic drugs. What about that correlation?
Like President Trump stated, those who are fight to create "open borders" are the filthy rich who currently live in "gated communities with armed guards." Tell these hypocrites to get rid of their bodyguards and armed guards protecting their places of work and communities, and lead by example before attempting to impose gun-restrictions on everyone else.
As the Bible notes in the book of Judges chapter 6 ("the Song of Deborah"), disarming yourself during wartime is the most idiotic thing one can do. We live in a fallen world, one filled with violence and evil. God gives us a right, even a mandate, to protect ourselves and our families. In Numbers chapter 33, self-defense was considered a privilege.
So, basically, the issues of climate change and guns, although absent from the SOTU, are issues that have been addressed repeatedly. The problem with them is there is little legislation will accomplish in these circumstances. You can't change a murderous heart using legislation - and restricting guns won't solve that problem either as I just explained. Furthermore, you can't stop hatred and racism of any kind using legislation. Actually, let me backtrack for a moment. One of the things President Trump has be vocal about lately is making it a requirement that the Bible be a part of the curriculum in every public school. If that were to happen, if children were to be introduced to the concept of God, of heaven and hell, of eternal blessings and eternal damnation for sins and crimes against God and humanity, I'm pretty sure this will greatly curtail the murderous impulses and bigotry in the hearts of many Americans. It will cause them to think twice about being bitter, unforgiving, hateful, lustful, prideful, arrogant, rude, unkind, inconsiderate, greedy, lazy, spoiled, entitled, and acting on their sinful impulses considering that they know they'll face the divine judge in the end. It will remind every would-be murderer, rapist, thief, criminal, liar, human trafficker, and more that just because the eyes of man don't see them, that doesn't mean they've gotten away with anything - the eyes of God sees them, sees the condition of their hearts, and witnesses every act they commit in the dark.
Oh, and the belief in the right to murder babies and homosexuality as civil rights issues, read the Bible and get the facts straight. These are not civil rights issues. Sexual orientation, according to Leviticus chapter 18, is a choice. You say it's a genetic predisposition. Well, the Bible says we're all "born into sin," hence the need for both the revelation of who God originally designed us to be before the fall of man and the need for God's divine power to keeps us from giving in to the temptations of our sinful nature. All of us are born with sinful proclivities; therefore, none of us are exempt from the need for God's power and grace. Rather excuse sin, understand what the Apostle Paul meant in Romans chapter 8 when he talked about "delighting after the law of God in the inner man".
If that's not enough for you, read 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. That should explain it.