Monthly Report: April 2016
Adar II – Nisan 5776
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Adar II – Nisan 5776
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A WORD FOR AMERICA IN 2016
“Return to your Calling”
By Ron Cantor
I believe God desperately does not want to judge the United States. The Lord takes no pleasure in judging any nation, and though many might disagree, I believe there is a special calling on America. The U.S. is unique in so many ways. We are a country that broke away from an oppressive king to create, what I believe to be, the greatest democracy in history. Just as Israel has a calling—and I believe every nation has a calling—America has a calling.
You have probably never heard of Alexis de Tocqueville. He was a French sociologist and political theorist who was sent to America in the early 1800s and became obsessed with why this burgeoning new democracy was working so well. He documented his study in a widely quoted book “Democracy in America” (1835).
In a nutshell, his conclusion was freedom and equality:
“Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”
This was the beauty that was America. We were once the world’s leader. We have inspired other democracies. We stood up to the enemy in WWI. We defeated Hitler in WWII. We acknowledged and challenged the Cold War. And we overcame 9/11 to take on Radical Islam—at least for a while.
God raised up the U.S. at a unique time in world history to keep order. Our country was founded on a covenant with God! Our Declaration of Independence and Constitution have endured to insure freedom for every U.S. citizen.
The artist Jon McNaughton writes:
On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed. It had no less than five references to God. The third reference states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.”
Those who represented our future nation specifically point to God as the giver of our rights. The fifth mention of God is in the last paragraph where it states, “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”
We all know the seven most famous words of Patrick Henry, but read the whole quote:
“An appeal to arms and the God of hosts is all that is left us. But we shall not fight our battle alone. There is a just God that presides over the destinies of nations. The battle sir, is not of the strong alone. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, GIVE ME LIBERTY, OR GIVE ME DEATH!”
Once a colonist, Isaac Potts, who had sided with the British, caught George Washington crying out to God for victory in the midst of the war. “‘Such a prayer I never heard from the lips of man. I left him alone praying.” Potts felt the power of this prayer and ran home and told his wife, “We’re on the side of George Washington. I’m changing, I’m changing sides because we’re going to win this.”
When Washington was trapped and all seemed lost, he told his men that they would cross the East River. As dawn came, the British ships would surely see them. But a fog descended upon Washington and his men and the revolution continued. Those present all record in their journals that the fog was not on the Manhattan side or the Long Island side, just over them. Yes, God had a plan for America. According to award-winning author, Timothy Ballard, one of the founding fathers, John Witherspoon, a Presbyterian minister prophesied, “We will win this war because the Grand Artist will utilize the elements.”
In the 20th century, we were called to stand up against communism and the Soviet Union. Through Ronald Reagan, the USSR was bankrupted as she sought to keep pace with America in the arms race. You see, this is our call, but our present president calls it American arrogance— something for which we need to apologize. He has sought for the past seven years to move us away from that all-so-important calling, and instead become just like everyone else. But when the U.S. is just like everyone else, everyone else suffers—as we are now seeing all over the world.
Our first president warned in his first speech, if we stray from the path of God, we should not expect God’s blessing.
“Since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained. And since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.”
This coming election and the nomination of the next Supreme Court Justice could be the difference between revival and judgment on America. I don’t want to pretend that a right-wing president would necessarily bring blessing on the nation. Yet when I look at the moral and spiritual decline America has endured during the last seven years, I can’t imagine where we will be in seven more years without a change of direction.
In order to pray for our nation, we must first face head-on where our political leaders, artists, pop icons together with scientists, judges and professors have taken this nation as they turned their backs on the One True God.
Ron Cantor is the Congregational Leader of Tiferet Yeshua congregation in Tel Aviv and has worked closely with Ari and Shira for many years. He is the author of Leave me Alone, I am Jewish—his testimony; Identity Theft and the forthcoming The Jerusalem Secret. You can read his eBook, The 15 Most Important Facts… about the Israeli Palestinian Conflict for free, by going to www.roncan.net/15Facts. Learn more about Ron at www.MessiahsMandate.org.