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April 28

The Candidates and Israel

By Jim Fletcher

Writing for RaptureReady is a blessing for several reasons. One is that I get feedback from Bible-believing Christians! It is as I suspected: there are still many discerning, Bible-believing Christians left out there.

I’d like to ask upfront this week for feedback on this question: How many Bible-believing Christians do you know?

A simple question, but an important one as we steam faster into the future.

I ask this because our world is so fascinating and fun and frightening — all at the same time. (Fun because, for example, I can take my exuberant, three-year-old niece for ice cream.)

In her recent Pennsylvania primary win, Hillary Clinton was preferred over Barack Obama by 61 percent of those who attend church at least once a week.

Have we come to this? We live in a time when a thoroughgoing Leftist is now mainstream? When evangelical Christians openly claim that Hillary Clinton is preferable to Obama? We’re being softened up like a lazy, unfocused heavyweight champion.

The reason I think this is relevant to Israel is that Israelis and Americans are debating just who would be the “best” president with regard to the Jewish state.

Hate to be a downer, people, but my answer to that question is: none of them. Not even John McCain.

Although I think McCain “gets” the war on terror, his campaign rhetoric vis a vis Israel is like that of every other president since Lyndon Johnson, that is, pretty empty.

All candidates pledge their undying loyalty to Israel, during a campaign. Or at least when no one can hurt them anymore, as when Bill Clinton famously said at the end of his term that if necessary (notice that parsing), he’d get in a ditch and fight and die for Israel.

Of course he wouldn’t. Just like Hillary Clinton wouldn’t “obliterate” Iran. Just like George W. Bush wouldn’t move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Et cetera.

Even her thirst for power hasn’t tempered Hillary Clinton’s ingrained liberalism. She was shaped by the ‘60s, her youth group mentor Don Jones, and liberal professors. She is who she is.

But, most of us are saying that we don’t have a good choice this election, aren’t we? All the more reason to get into the Bible, so that we can see how to best live our lives. As Betty Davis once said, fasten your seatbelts.

One of my uncles, a Southern Baptist deacon for decades, twice voted for Bill Clinton. I struggled to understand this and, after a couple conversations, gave up trying to understand. He cited the economy as the chief reason he voted for the Man from (No) Hope.

What about Clinton’s Leftist views on social issues? What about the chronic lying? The immorality?

Didn’t matter.

Exit polls after Hillary Clinton’s Pennsylvania win also indicated that 68 percent of those who voted believe Obama is honest. Look, I’ll get hammered for this, but I just don’t believe that he is. I think he is like almost all politicians running for president: power hungry, arrogant, and disingenuous. I cite the campaign evidence, such as his daily spin on the Jeremiah Wright sermons.

All this matters to Israel, because the Miracle on the Mediterranean still thinks she can count on her allies. Such as they are. As Americans’ knowledge and love of the Bible slowly sinks, Israel gets squeezed a little more. From a human standpoint, realistically, Israel can rely on herself. That’s it. I believe that America has gotten to the point where its support for Israel is pragmatic at best. If it’s good for us, okay. If not, well, we understand Arab concerns. We oppose the “occupation.” We advocate for a Palestinian state.

What to do, then? What Bible-believing Christians have always been able to do — pray like mad, cling to the good, and be wise as serpents.

Despite some of my commentaries, I am not pessimistic. God proves Himself every second of every day, through Bible prophecy alone.

But as we move toward the conclusion that God has for us, we need to understand where we are. Over a decade ago, Chuck Colson wrote a column entitled “Quoting the Bible Isn’t Enough,” in which he urged us to understand that merely invoking the Bible in our rotting culture today will too often yield results that disappoint us. Is he arguing that the Bible has lost its power? On the contrary. Colson understood that the culture is openly hostile to Scripture. That was not true in 1944. It was not true in 1887. You get the idea.

Even FoxNews today pushes stories about sex scandals, UFOs, and mediums. So, as Israel increasingly has no choice but to acknowledge her God, we also must ask for discernment to navigate through this period of history.

I once dialogued with a mainline pastor who finally set out for me his views on the Bible in a paper he wrote; quoting a portion:

“The functional purpose of the Bible is to endorse and enrich the intuitive awareness of God in the human spirit. This is fundamental and it dictates the final principle of how the Bible is to be used. Even if there are proved 1,000 or more mistakes in the linguistic, cultural, historical or scientific areas of the Bible, it would make no difference. If the Bible performs its intended functions, it is in its highest sense, “The Word of God” to persons. Just because there are spots on the sun we don’t refuse its light. The re-study of the principles of Bible interpretation is now necessary because every new generation must do this to make the principles its own dynamic belief.”

Whew. The entire paragraph is diabolical, clumsy, and fundamentally flawed. The last sentence, though, is the real doozy. It is the old liberal mantra that the Bible can mean whatever you want it to mean, in any era. The only absolute is that there are no absolutes, as someone once noted.

Many of you have written to me that there is a hardening of positions in the Church regarding Israel. This is directly due to our lack of confidence in the Bible, incredibly a reality because we rely on the biases of men who hate God with a passion. And I’m talking about scholars in the Church. We err if we think men will save Israel.

Whoever winds up in the White House will insist that the United States is thoroughly committed to Israel’s security, all the while undermining Israel’s security by implementing the incredible failure known as the Peace Process.

My old hero, the late Princeton scholar Robert Dick Wilson, well understood the attacks on the Bible. Wilson would have been pro-Israel, among other things. In a 1924 paper entitled “The Prophecies of Daniel,” Wilson dealt with the critics who claim that the book is not predictive prophecy at all, but a simple history book. He understood that the erosion of discernment in American culture was well underway. How wonderful, then, that the Lord raised up this man, who ended his paper with this:

“They [Bible critics] make a golden image of their own reason and imagination and command that all men should bow down and do homage, in pain of being cast into the fiery furnace of their own professional contempt and be branded as bigots and ignoramuses. But the church of Christ will never bow down to this image, and God will deliver it from all evil and in the fiery furnace of the world’s criticism there will always be one like the Son of God to save it from all its foes. In the case of Daniel, Daniel is with us and Christ is with us.”

That, my friends, is why we ultimately shouldn’t worry about mediocre politicians. As the world spins out of control, indeed the Son of God is with us in the furnace, as Wilson so eloquently put it.

We are not relying on an election to save us.

Jim Fletcher is a member of the executive committee of the National Christian Leadership Conference for Israel (NCLCI); he can be reached at