Restoring Courage, Night 1: Courage to Love

I watched all two hours of the show live last night, and I was impressed. If this is a taste of what the three succeeding nights will be like, they will have been well worth the entrance fee.

It is good to see love for a people and place that God loves. And, it is absolutely true that God does love Israel, and He loves the people of Israel.

If you’re Jewish, that means YOU.

Here’s a link to the description of last night’s show on The Blaze. Here are a couple excerpts from the article:

As the sun eased it’s way into the Mediterranean horizon Sunday evening, Glenn Beck greeted an enthusiastic crowd of over 3,000 at the Caesarea Amphiteater: “Welcome to the land of milk and honey!”

Beck’s week of “Restoring Courage” events began with a religiously themed evening entitled “The Courage to Love.”

John Hagee was the last speaker before Glenn concluded the show, and The Blaze reports one of his comments here:

“We have come tonight to say to the people of Israel, you are still the apple of God’s eye, you are still the chosen people, you are still the covenant people, you are still cherished by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

But, John Hagee made another one statement that I also liked, and it’s one that has been true for me for more than 30 years. He made the connection to JFK’s stand with West Berlin during the Cold War, when he identified with Berliners by saying Ich bin ein Berliner (I am a Berliner). Pastor Hagee went on to say the same, but in context with Israel, in the language of Israel: Ani Yisraeli (I am Israeli).

It’s apparently a reiteration of his speach before CUFI (Christians United for Israel). Here’s the section that I liked most:

Almost 50 years ago, President Kennedy flew into the divided city of Berlin at the height of the cold war. He flew there at a time when West Berlin was a tiny outpost of freedom surrounded by communist tyranny.

He flew there at a time when West Berlin was surrounded, hounded, boycotted, and hungry.

He flew there to send a strong message of solidarity and resolve to the brave West Berliners.

Here is what President Kennedy said in that place at that time:

“Two thousand years ago the proudest boast was Civic romanus sum – I am a Roman citizen. Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is Ich bin ein Berliner – I am a Berliner.

“All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and, therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words Ich bin ein Berliner.”

We need to remember those words now more than ever.

Today, I stand in the capital of the greatest nation on earth, the United States of America, at a time when Israel is a tiny outpost of freedom and democracy in a sea of tyranny.

I stand here as Israel is surrounded and hounded, boycotted and threatened. I stand here with a strong message of solidarity with you, my Jewish brethren, the apple of God’s eye.

At this difficult juncture in our history, permit me to say something to you straight from the heart. Please know that what I say now is a sentiment shared by millions of Christians across America and around the world.

Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is “Ani Yisraeli – I am an Israeli.”

All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Israel. Therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words Ani Yisraeli – I am an Israeli.

When international bodies ignore the world’s genocides, massacres, and racism to attack Israel, we proudly proclaim:

Ani Yisraeli – I am an Israeli.

When college professors teach lies about Israel and students loudly call for Israel’s destruction, we proudly proclaim:

Ani Yisraeli – I am an Israeli.

When hateful protesters try to shout you down, we proudly proclaim:

Ani Yisraeli – I am an Israeli.

When flotillas filled with militants seek to turn Gaza into an Iranian port, we proudly proclaim:

Ani Yisraeli – I am an Israeli.

When the world condemns Israel for defending its citizens from thousands of missile and mortar attacks, we proudly proclaim:

Ani Yisraeli – I am an Israeli.

When terrorists threaten to kill Israelis, we proudly proclaim:

Ani Yisraeli – I am an Israeli.

When madmen threaten to destroy Israel, we proudly proclaim:

Ani Yisraeli – I am an Israeli.

When Israel’s allies grow weary of fighting tyranny and oppression and seek an easy out that ultimately brings danger closer to our own door, we proudly proclaim:

Ani Yisraeli – I am an Israeli.

Israel and America share the same love of freedom.

Israel and America share the same passion for democracy.

Israel and America share the same Judeo-Christian values.

Israel and America share the same love of life.

Israel and America share the same enemies.

Israel’s enemies are our enemies.

Israel’s fight is our fight.

If a line has to be drawn, then let it be drawn around both of us – Christians and Jews, Americans and Israelis.

We are one. We are united. And we will not be discouraged and we will not be defeated.

In the end – when the last battle has been fought – the flag of Israel will still be flying over the ancient walls of Jerusalem.

Israel will prevail.

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What a great speech.

(By the way, I have just come to the horrifying revelation
that ‘speach’ is no longer a word in English.
This is what happens when you leave your country.
They change the language on you!
I am feeling persecuted today. -JL
)

Now, there was one sour note in the program, and it has been one that has cropped up a few times elsewhere in Glenn’s programs. Glenn is upset that Christians don’t welcome him as a brother. So, let me try summarize how I see this.

From an external perspective, Faith is about confidence in… and belief of… truth, and that truth generally comes from a book. I say ‘generally’ because I admit to the possibility that truth can come from direct inspiration from God. However, I have yet to see any ‘truth’ that doesn’t come from a book… that is true – in terms of faith.

So, if truth comes from a book, any change in that book can make that book untrue. And, that change can be an addition, a subtraction or a modification. For instance Christianity came along and added what we call ‘The New Testament’.

Jews call it wrong, and that is completely natural and understandable. To the Jews, Christianity has ‘added’ to the Tanach (‘Old Testament’) and corrupted the meaning of that Tanach.

We Christians say the same thing about ‘The Book of Mormon’. Mormons have added to the Bible and thereby corrupted the meaning of the Bible.

The Truth, as I understand it, comes from the Bible, and my faith says that the Bible is True. Any change of the Bible cannot be true and therefore disagrees with my faith. If you disagree with my faith you are a part of a different family of faith, and I am only allowed to call someone a brother or sister if they are in my family. You cannot be a member of two families. (Although, feel free to come for a visit and a bite to eat!)

It is really as simple as that.

Glenn, I love ya’, but I can’t call you a brother.
And, it makes me unhappy to say that.

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By the way, I haven’t forgotten about the book Aftershock. I did finish it on Saturday, and I’m going to do a writeup today. In fact, I will start that in a few minutes.

See you then.