According to the Huffington Post, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), son of former Representative Ron Paul (R-TX), appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday morning to discuss Syria and President Bashar Al Assad’s protection of Christians. “I think the Islamic rebels winning is a bad idea for the Christians, and … we’ll have another Islamic state where Christians are persecuted.” Syria is not an ally of the United States. Assad is Muslim; he hates Jews and Israel like everyone else. So why protect Christians, the Jew’s most formidable ally?
What troubles me more is Rand Paul’s isolationism, borrowed from his father. He hates U.S. foreign intervention and aid, which many label “big brother.” Sometimes American intervention is good, as when the U.S. entered World War I in 1917 and World War II in 1941. Isolationism before we entered these wars cost thousands of lives. However, American intervention can resemble imperialism (big brother). I don’t like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and I wish we’d leave.
Yet some countries look to the U.S. and other Western nations to help them fight their enemies or give them food and medicine when needed. We have many allies and we will help them we they need us. America is also the breadbasket of the world. We’ve been feeding some nations for decades. Does Rand Paul want to stop this, so that our allies starve and die? In today’s global economy, such isolationism is childish and selfish! We’re supposed to give, not hold back.
According to The Christian Post, Roma Downey, star of “Touched by an Angel” (1994-2003) and co-creator of “The Bible: The Complete Miniseries” (2013), was invited to a conference in Jordan last week as an ambassador of World Evangelical Alliance. The subject was “The Challenges Facing Arab Christians.” She was the only woman to speak officially. Click here to read her speech. Downey also wrote an editorial for the Washington Post.
Downey heard the plight of Arab Christians, including Syrian refugees, from other conference attendees. She learned that they don’t like what Assad has done, but they want medical and political intervention rather than a war with the United States. They see no future for Syria’s Christians in a civil war.
I sympathize with Arab Christians, wherever they live. Their concern is mine. What troubles me is the propaganda that Downey bought wholesale from Jordan’s King Abdullah. Can Christians and Muslims co-exist and tolerate one another? No. They may have during the Ottoman Empire, but that ended in World War I. Christians and Muslims have been antagonistic for centuries. Christian proselytizing is illegal in most Muslim nations. They also worship different gods. Allah is not Jehovah. Is Islam a religion of peace, since the Arabic word “Islam” means peace? No. Muslims do not embrace Jesus Christ – Prince of Peace – as Savior, Lord, and God (Isaiah 9:6). They proclaim a false peace by forcing conversion to Allah at the sword, i.e. convert or die.
According to Open Doors USA, as a politically stable constitutional monarchy, Jordan provides “a certain amount of freedom for traditional Christians. There is relative tolerance for Muslim-background believers; however, leaving Islam is not officially recognized and public evangelisation of Muslims is against government policy,” reads the entry for Jordan on Open Doors’ website. — The Christian Post
Downey also quoted the poet Rumi about neutral ground. “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there.” The only “neutral” ground where Christians and Muslims can meet is at the foot of the cross. Until Muslims embrace Jesus Christ, they cannot peacefully co-exist with Christians. Truth, not coexistence, is the only path to unity.
Recent events in Egypt should expose the lies of “tolerance.” Obama used the Muslim Brotherhood to topple President Hosni Mubarak, a friend of Egypt’s Coptic Christians. Now Obama wants to help Muslim rebels topple Assad, a friend of Syria’s Christians. I don’t want the latter to be harmed in war or for Muslim rebels to take over! Still, all that matters is what God wants. He controls the nations and he will fight for Israel.
I think the current situation in Syria is mostly about oil, Israel, and weapons. According to OsNet Daily, the oil has run out. OPEC is dry. A new global company is coming, headed by Russia.
Syria represents the crossroads of many important shifting geopolitical roadways that pertain to the global financial structure and commercial systems. Syria is the tipping point for a Grand Global Paradigm Shift. It is the last stand for the Anglo Banker world. … Syria is the last line of defense for the US Dollar and the exalted position of OPEC. Syria is the potential recognized debut of the NatGas Coop in significance.
So what about Israel and weapons? Most people and politicians today under the age of 50 don’t know the history of Syria v. Israel since the latter became a nation in 1948. From that time, most Muslim Middle Eastern nations have wanted to see Israel and its Jews destroyed. They want Jews out of Jerusalem too, a ‘holy’ city to them and Christians. Israel took the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967 and 1973 and some want the land back, even if Syria did sign an agreement.
The Muslim Middle East has been in a 60-year fight with Israel and it includes Syria. She’s been arming Israel’s enemies with weapons for decades but never takes the heat. The allies do – Iran, Russia, etc. Older U.S. politicians understand this alliance. They want to stop the arming of Israel’s enemies. That someone in Syria, probably Assad, has chemical weapons and is using them on citizens is a deadly situation for the Middle East. The UN, EU, G20, and the Arab League all condemn Assad. Obama doesn’t need congressional approval. His stalling has just let Assad hide the chemical weapons. Yet Obama is a friend of Muslims rather than Christians and war won’t solve anything.
Ancient Syria was ancient Israel’s enemy in the days of the prophet Isaiah (chapter 7). Through the mouth of God, Isaiah (700 BC) prophesied that Damascus will be destroyed. “Damascus will cease from being a city and it will be a ruinous heap. The cities of Aroer are forsaken; they will be for flocks which lie down and no one will make them afraid. The fortress also will cease from Ephraim, the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria; they will be as the glory of the children of Israel, says the Lord of hosts” (Isaiah 17:1-3, NKJV). Damascus is the oldest continuous city in the world and has never been destroyed. Joel Rosenberg believes that the fulfillment of Isaiah 17 will prepare the way for the prophesied Gog-Magog war.
Bible prophecy and modern history are vital to understanding international politics! Politicians who don’t study these things are ignorant; their opinions are worthless. My grandfather hated Assad’s dad, Hafez al-Assad (1930-2000, r. 1971-2000), and wrongly thought he was the anti-Christ. Most Christians from my parents’ and grandparents’ generations hate Syria. In the words of one family member, “Something should have been done about Syria decades ago.” Is the current Assad (r. 2000-) like his father? He speaks English and Russian, having studied doctoral medicine in London. His wife is a British citizen. They use western PR companies to enhance their public image. Yet Assad tortures and kills political dissidents. [Source: Wikipedia]
Should the U.S go to war against Syria? Would the cause be chemical weapons, Israel, and/or oil? I don’t have all the answers, but God does. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6). Also pray for Syria’s Christian refugees. Let us be willing to help them whenever and wherever we can with our money, medicine, food, and prayer. Readers can help Syria’s Christians through the Barnabas Fund, which supports Christians in Muslim-majority countries, and the Joshua Fund, presided by Joel Rosenberg.
“On behalf of Syrian Christians and other minority communities, we entreat Western governments to alleviate the suffering of our people by providing urgent humanitarian aid, as our communities are in dire need. The majority have been displaced from their homes with hardly anything to subsist on; most are jobless, homeless, and in danger of abduction and assaults by radical militants. … Christians are being singled out for violent attack, kidnap, torture, sexual assault and murder; their homes have been taken over in violent raids. Christian leaders have been particularly targeted, and numerous church buildings have been deliberately destroyed.” — CSN News
“We can pray fervently and faithfully for peace in Syria, for God’s mercy on that embattled country, for courage and boldness for the Christians there to be light in the darkness, for the spread of the Gospel, for many to come to Christ, for the Church to be the agent of hope and forgiveness and reconciliation. We can send our team into the region to encourage our Arab Christian friends and allies in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. We can fund projects to care for those who are suffering. We can fund projects to get the Gospel to as many people in Syria as possible. We can teach Christians about the history and future of Syria and Damascus. We can also stand with Israel, bless her people — Jews and Arabs — and prepare for another possible war. And we can pray for and encourage other Christian ministries and organizations who are like-minded. In short, we can do what the Bible tells us to do, regardless what the politicians and military leaders do.” – Joel Rosenberg