Washington (CNN)Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday further strained an already tense relationship with President Barack Obama.
And a number of top Democrats — including Vice President Joe Biden, whose job description includes the title President of the Senate — didn’t attend.
At least 50 Democratic House members and eight senators who caucus with the Democrats said in recent weeks they wouldn’t attend the speech, many in protest to a move that they say is an affront to the president.
A full list of the Democrats who confirmed they missed the speech follows below.
My comments follow:
On March 3, 2015, the Prime Minister of Israel spoke to a joint session of the congress of the USA. The purpose of the Prime Minister’s speech was to express his concern for the safety of Israel, as it relates to the danger and threats of Iran to Israel. Those threats may very well be of great concern also to the USA and other non-islamic nations of the world. Our nation’s leader, VP, Secretary of State, and fifty-eight democrat members of congress chose not to attend that meeting, which creates a legitimate question, as follows: “Do those democrats “bless Israel?” God’s Holy Word speaks very clearly about those who bless His chosen people, Israel, and those who curse His chosen people.
Genesis 12:3 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
3 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 shall be blessed.”
Deuteronomy 7:6 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
6 For you are a people holy to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on earth to be his people, his treasured possession.
There are many news articles that discuss:
Iran’s spoken threat to destroy Israel.
Iran’s holding fifty-two Americans hostage for 444 days.
The response of Muslims to the beheading of 21 Christians, and other acts of radical Islamists.
There are also articles that relate to the US Secretary of State meeting with Iranians instead of being present with the Congress when the Israeli Prime Minister painted a very clear picture of the threat that Iran poses to our two nations.
There is also great concern over the president using executive orders to circumvent the constitution.
Links to those stories are provided at the bottom of this post, as well as to the speech that was delivered to our Congress by the Israeli Prime Minister.
Consider the video of the priestly blessing, that follows. When you view that video try to distinguish between the world’s view of Jews, as opposed to the truth of the character of the people of Israel. It is clear to the minds of most fair-minded people, that Jews do not hijack airplanes or take innocent people hostage and hold them for ransom. Neither do Jews behead people. Instead, Jewish doctors treat the wounds of radical Islamists who are captured by Jewish military forces.
Numbers 6:22-27 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Priestly Blessing
22 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them:
24 “The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
26 The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”’
27 “So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”
The Priestly Blessing – 2010 Passover In Jerusalem
Those of us who know the God of “Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” should pray for the leaders of our nation, who have no knowledge of the importance of the Jews, or who are indifferent or hostile to the significance of the Jews in the mind of God. We should not pray for them to continue with their lack of respect and support of the nation of Israel. Instead, we should pray that they will come to saving faith in Jesus, as their Lord and Savior, and that they will seek a Godly leading of our nation. It is very clear that our nation is being led by people who show no personal and intimate relationship with God.
John 17:3 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
3 And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
Philippians 3:10 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
1 Timothy 2:1-3 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Instructions concerning Prayer
1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
As a nation that was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, and the Bible as a source of laws, it is important for us to elect presidents and members of congress who understand and hold to biblical truth. Consider the example of Joshua, who became the leader of Israel after Moses died.
Deuteronomy 34:9 The Message (MSG)
9 Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. The People of Israel listened obediently to him and did the same as when God had commanded Moses.
There is a statement about Joshua that any elected leader should hold important to their way of daily living and providing leadership for our country.
Joshua 24:15 “…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
In order for a Godly president to lead a nation in a wise and Godly manner. it will be necessary for that president to take the counsel of wise, mature, and older people who have demonstrated such aspects of leadership in the past. In our world today, it is important for a president to make decisions that relate to military, national, international, and governing matters. Unfortunately, our president had no such experience before he was elected to office. Scripture has an example that relates to this situation. After Solomon, King of Israel died, His son Rehoboam became the King of Israel. 2 Chronicles, Chapter 10 discusses the situation, as follows.
vs 4. The Message (MSG)
Jeroboam and all Israel went to Rehoboam and said, “Your father made life hard for us—worked our fingers to the bone. Give us a break; lighten up on us and we’ll willingly serve you.”
vs 6-7.The Message (MSG)
6 King Rehoboam talked it over with the elders who had advised his father when he was alive: “What’s your counsel? How do you suggest that I answer the people?”
7 They said, “If you will be a servant to this people, be considerate of their needs and respond with compassion, work things out with them, they’ll end up doing anything for you.”
vs 8. The Message (MSG)
“But he rejected the counsel of the elders and asked the young men he’d grown up with who were now currying his favor, “What do you think? What should I say to these people who are saying, ‘Give us a break from your father’s harsh ways—lighten up on us’?”
vs 10-11. New English Translation (NET Bible)
10 The young advisers with whom Rehoboam had grown up said to him, “Say this to these people who have said to you, ‘Your father made us work hard, but now lighten our burden’—say this to them: ‘I am a lot harsher than my father! 11 My father imposed heavy demands on you; I will make them even heavier. My father punished you with ordinary whips; I will punish you with whips that really sting your flesh.’”
vs. 19. The Message (MSG) Israel has been in rebellion against the Davidic dynasty ever since.
Our nation will always need a leader who has mature judgement and who will be surrounded by those who are much wiser. Let us pray for such a person to ever be present in our nation’s Capitol. Let us always vote for candidates who have shown in the past that they hold to the same principles, as did Joshua. If a candidate for office can not answer questions that relate to faith in God, and Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, that person should not receive our vote. We will not be electing a “national pastor,” but we will be electing a president who should hold to the truths of God’s Holy Word when signing laws into force or appointing judges to federal benches. Lord, please help us.
Please check out the following links. There is information that should be of great concern for all people who are seeking Godly truth in their lives.
Iran’s Threat To Destroy Israel
Iran Held Americans Hostage For 444 Days
The Meaning Of Allah Akbar
Democrats Who Missed The Speech Of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Speech Of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Before US Joint Session Of Congress
U.S. Secretary Of State Missed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech Before US Joint Session Of Congress
Executive order. The president may not may, change or delete laws of that have been enacted into law by the congress of the United States and signed into law by any president, past or present. Consider the following text that was taken from Wikipedia. There are 535 members of congress; they draft laws. The president signs laws into action.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
President May Avoid Congressional Involvement In Deal With Iran
United States Presidents issue executive orders to help officers and agencies of the executive branch manage the operations within the federal government itself. Executive orders have the full force of law when they take authority from a legislative power which grants its power directly to the Executive by the Constitution, or are made pursuant to Acts of Congress that explicitly delegate to the President some degree of discretionary power (delegated legislation). Like both legislative statutes and regulations promulgated by government agencies, executive orders are subject to judicial review, and may be struck down if deemed by the courts to be unsupported by statute or the Constitution. Major policy initiatives require approval by the legislative branch, but executive orders have significant influence over the internal affairs of government, deciding how and to what degree legislation will be enforced, dealing with emergencies, waging 72-hour length strikes on enemies, and in general fine-tuning policy choices in the implementation of broad statutes.
Basis in United States Constitution
There is no constitutional provision nor statute that explicitly permits executive orders. The term “executive power” Article II, Section 1, Clause 1 of the Constitution, refers to the title of President as the executive. He is instructed therein by the declaration “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed” made in Article II, Section 3, Clause 5, else he faces impeachment. Most executive orders use these Constitutional reasonings as the authorization allowing for their issuance to be justified as part of the President’s sworn duties, the intent being to help direct officers of the U.S. Executive carry out their delegated duties as well as the normal operations of the federal government: the consequence of failing to comply possibly being the removal from office.