In our day it’s all too easy for Christians to get caught up in the opinions of secular media pundits who espouse their views concerning citizenship and government. Since this topic can create so much emotion and confusion, some Christians shy away from political involvement or even refuse to vote.
Joining Jim with expert analysis on these cases was Mat Staver. Mat is a constitutional attorney as well as founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel. Mat has argued before all levels of court including landmark cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He’s an author and the speaker on the radio programs, ‘Faith and Freedom’ and ‘Freedom’s Call.’
Elements of the secular media have been critical of President Trump’s speech from Mount Rushmore in celebration of Independence Day. He pulled no punches as he presented historic highlights from the lives of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, while also warning of an attack on our liberty. He described this attack as a ‘new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance.’
There are those who to this day deny the existence of Israel with both Jews and Arabs claiming divine legal and historic rights to the land. While the debate has continued, we’ve seen some map makers refusing to label Israel, Iran has pledged to wipe Israel off the face of the earth and the U.N. has issued more resolutions against Israel than any other nation.
So the question remains. Israel: Whose land is it anyway?
Joining Jim for discussion concerning this issue was Chris Katulka. Chris is the assistant director of North American Ministries with Friends of Israel. He’s host of the radio program, ‘The Friends of Israel Today.’ He also serves as a speaker, writer, and blogger for The Friends of Israel and writes for ‘Israel My Glory’ magazine. The Friends of Israel is a worldwide Christian ministry communicating biblical truth about Israel and the Messiah, while fostering solidarity with the Jewish people.
Chris believes this debate goes back to early biblical times, specifically when God promised the land to Abraham in Genesis 12. He noted that even the prophet Joel talks about the idea of nations that have the desire to divide up God’s land.
As the conversation progressed, Jim had Chris comment concerning the following:
–Israel claims to have the divine deed to the land. Chris noted Genesis 15 where Abraham enters the land but realizes he’s missing descendants. This is where God undertakes an ancient ritual. This takes the promise of chapter 12 and moves it to the level of a covenant.
–There are those who claim that Jesus fulfilled this and he is the true Israel and therefore he replaces ethnic Israel. Did Jesus come to earth to become Israel or to become the King of Israel? Chris explained that if you look at what the prophets promised leading up to Christ, such promises never involved eradicating Israel. Instead, they always involved the restoration of Israel for the benefit of all the nations of the world.
–What about those who believe national Israel has no future role in God’s plan?
–What about the Jews and their belief that they have historical ties to the land, that they’ve had a continuous presence in the land and have bought the land. Is this correct?
There’s much more that Chris brings to the discussion and you can hear it all when you review this vital Crosstalk broadcast.
Although 2020 Pride Month is officially over, the LGBTQ+ agenda continues to make strides across the nation. Joining Jim with a recap of what’s going on with this agenda was Peter LaBarbera. Peter is the founder and president of Americans For Truth about Homosexuality.
Here’s a selection of headlines that Jim presented for comment by Peter:
–The Somerville, Massachusetts, City Council is granting polyamorous groups rights held by spouses in marriage such as the right to confer health insurance benefits or make hospital visits.
–The hoisting of the homosexual pride flag over U.S. embassies.
–The U.S. Supreme Court redefining the term ‘sex’ to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
–The CVS drug store chain adding a cosmetic line for men.
–The Black Lives Matter movement embraces a radical sexual agenda under the guise of fighting racial discrimination.
–Ramifications from an Idaho law that biological boys who identify as girls are barred from participating on female sports teams.
–The Walt Disney Company is among the children’s outlets that celebrated pride month during June.
–The U.K.’s trade minister announced that doctors will soon be banned from prescribing puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to children who are younger than 18 to protect them from irreversible choices.
–A pro-trans surgeon who specializes in gender reassignment surgery said that men should be allowed to have wombs implanted in them if they want to give birth to children.
Review this broadcast and hear Peter’s comments on other stories along with input from Crosstalk listeners.
William Federer is the compiler of several books and computer programs detailing the Christian roots of our nation, and the continuing acknowledgement of our religious heritage by leaders from colonial days through the present.
This Crosstalk program features excerpts from a message he delivered at a VCY America Rally in April, 2001. Even though delivered before the events of 9-11-2001, the insights he presents are still relevant today.
In this message, William Federer outlines a number of areas where the founders not only allowed Christian influences in the design and development of the United States, but how they actually insisted that without that kind of foundation a republic such as ours could never be successful.
The original message was much longer that could be included during today’s program. Those ordering this Crosstalk program on CD will actually receive the entire message from that rally.
In addition, the message is available in DVD video form, which also shows many of the quotations mentioned, plus pictures of many of those men quoted, created from a program developed for use on home computers.
This past Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that required abortion doctors and abortion centers to abide by the same requirements that other surgical centers need to abide by in the state. An exception was carved out on this point for abortion centers. The opinion was 5-4 as Chief Justice John Roberts sided with liberals on the court.
Unfortunately what doesn’t seem to get discussed publicly today is the idea that most of America’s founders believed in the concept of the sin nature of man. They also knew that not since the ancient Hebrews built their republic that lasted 380 years, had there been a nation that built a republic. So the founders knew that in order for the American republic to endure, the people had to keep a strong spiritual foundation.