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The King of Zionism

posted by jfletcher

Each year, various groups and individuals seek to politicize the memory of Martin Luther King, on the national holiday in his honor.

So I will, too.

Perhaps a little-known fact about “MLK” is that he was a strong supporter of the Jewish state. In Israel, he saw hope for the future, and a sparkling democracy — though perhaps still fledgling at the time. His affinity for Zionism still inspires, and in some ways, puts his legacy at odds with some of his “successors/hangers-on” who today identify with the Palestinian narrative.

During the riots in Ferguson, Palestinian Muslim infiltrators (there is no other word) came alongside blacks with the message: “We are all brown-skinned brothers who are being persecuted by a ruling majority.” It was just another brick in the long road of Muslim propaganda, designed to dupe well-meaning, even legitimately persecuted minorities.

Soviet-style propaganda gained traction with “revolutionaries” like Yasser Arafat, who saw the value in duping Westerners, to support his macabre vision for the future…that didn’t include Israel.

The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was not such a person. The Civil Rights icon was a clear-eyed visionary, and his discernment about friends and foes would have been a moral compass for his own followers, had he lived.

Other men forever linked with King include the Kennedy brothers, Jack and Bobby.

Israel exists as a sovereign nation in her ancient homeland, including Jerusalem.

Israel exists as a sovereign nation in her ancient homeland, including Jerusalem.

Both were admirers of Israel; a young John Kennedy visited Palestine in 1939; his brother followed after statehood. They recognized the potential in this new outpost in the Middle East, and both brothers had traveled extensively abroad, no doubt adding to their discernment about the world they would soon lead.

King, in that tumultuous decade of the ‘60s, said of Israel:

“The whole world must see that Israel must exist and has the right to exist, and is one of the great outposts of democracy in the world.”

He also understood the need for Israel’s right to self-defense:

“Peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all our might to protect its right to exist, its territorial integrity. I see Israel as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel means security and that security must be a reality.”

Interestingly, King foresaw a problem that seemingly plagues much of the world today (including, incredibly, some American evangelical leadership):

“When people criticize Zionists they mean Jews, you are talking anti-Semitism.” His attorney, Clarence B. Jones, elaborated:

“Martin… warned repeatedly that anti-Semitism would soon be disguised as anti-Zionism.”

That in fact is where we are today, with even a segment of King’s modern community, clergy, being infected with such attitudes. Note the number of such people today, including folks like Brian McLaren, who will publish tributes to King at the same time they write often of their displeasure with Zionism.

For the record, Zionism is a biblical term describing Israel, the Jews, or Jerusalem, but in modern parlance it is more of a political term. Simply put, it is the game-changing idea that Jews have a right to settle their ancient homeland and remain a sovereign nation.

King understood this, which makes him a man for all time.

Kay Wilson—Choosing Life

posted by jfletcher

Today marks the fourth anniversary of the horrific Palestinian terror attack on my friend, Kay Wilson, and her friend, Kristine Luken. Kay survived, somehow; Kristine, a Christian, did not.

Their attackers targeted them because they were looking to kill Jews. Ironically, Kristine was a person who exhibited Christian love, yet because of mistaken identity, she was brutally stabbed and murdered.

I think, though, that of the many lessons in this story, there are two things that come to my mind:

•Kristine and Kay are the best examples of genuine love between Jews and Christians, who today fight a common enemy. Even in the Holocaust, there were a few Christians — “Righteous Gentiles”—who refused to turn over Jews to the Nazi barbarians. As a Christian, I love Jews simply because I do. There is no other agenda. They are a noble people, often besieged, but personal commitment to them is lasting.

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•Kay Wilson, an Israeli, exemplifies power…the right kind of power. If I may say it this way, Kay symbolizes the good version of The Triumph of the Will. She doesn’t hate, she works for reconciliation and understanding. And she, slight of build and forever wearing scars from her attack, is also tough and undefeated.

Just like the Jewish people.

Below is an account of the day that changed two women forever. Hopefully, it will change many more, for we must understand our enemy and meet him on a multi-front war. Civilization is under attack, but ultimately, as a Christian, I believe Good will triumph over evil.

Here’s to Kay and Kristine!

“ISRAEL CHOOSES LIFE: Four years ago today Israeli tour guide Kay Wilson and her American Christian friend Kristine Luken were brutally attacked with machetes by Palestinian terrorists. During the course of the attack Kay stabbed her attacker with her small knife. She then played dead and despite 13-machete wounds and 30 broken bones, she walked a mile, gagged and bound until she found help. His blood on her knife lead to the capture of a 13-man Palestinian terror cell who confessed to the murder of Kristine simply because they thought she was Jewish.

“Today Kay’s story could have been one of bitterness. Instead, it is one of hope. She now shares her story worldwide as a speaker for StandWithUs:
‘My survival is a testimony to where hatred and incitement leads, yet my survival is also a witness to ‘choosing life,’ which is the mandate of our people. I hope that my story will continue to honour Kristine’s memory and provide a strong and necessary defence of my beautiful Israel.'”

Jesus Unmasked

posted by jfletcher

Jesus Christ…the most famous figure in world history.

According to the apostle John:

“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” (John 21:25)

Yet, for all His fame, the Son of God has been given many identities by scholars and laity alike, down through the ages. For Bible-believing Christians, He is the very Redeemer, the long-awaited Messiah.

For liberals — whose influence in universities, conferences, and publishing has deceived many — Jesus is merely a sage, a powerful teacher.

But nothing more.

I am always wary of new books that claim to reveal the true Jesus. Christ Himself warned his disciples (recorded in Matthew 24) about deception, and the claims many in the future would make as to His identity.

So it is that I’ve happened upon a brilliant new book that presents the biblical Jesus, the only One in fact that really exists. The false Jesus of the “Jesus Seminar” folks, or the one grudgingly acknowledged by other faiths, is not the Jesus who came to pay the penalty for sin, thus paving the way for man’s reconciliation with his Creator.

Todd Friel understands this. The popular radio host and speaker uses his nimble mind to “pull the mask off” Jesus in Jesus Unmasked: The Truth Will Shock You (New Leaf Publishing Group).

I’ve been aware of Friel’s work for some time, and enjoy very much his ability to stick a pin in the balloon of false teaching. It’s why I knew this book would be terrific…and it is that and more.

The host of the almost-comically named “Wretched Radio” offers here an apologetic that helps readers know Jesus Christ, and if they already know Him, the book is a masterful apologetic for reaching those who need Christ’s singular healing message.

Jesus Unmasked

In Jesus Unmasked, Friel reveals the true Jesus Christ step-by-step, going back to the days He walked the earth:

“With hindsight, it is easy to judge people for being confused about Jesus. Knowing the whole story allows us to wonder, ‘How could they not know that Jesus was the fulfillment of hundreds of Old Testament prophecies?’

“Perhaps they would have known that Jesus was indeed the Messiah who came to be the Savior of the world if they had just known their Old Testament better.”

Here, Friel puts his finger on a large problem: the overall lack of biblical knowledge, which is no better in our day. In fact, it might be worse, as poll after poll indicate that a thorough understanding of the Bible is uncommon in 21st century America.

Frankly, what makes Jesus Unmasked so appealing, so gripping, is Friel’s intellectual case that pierces the heart. In other words, he makes it relatively easy for readers to deduce exactly Who Jesus Christ is, and can be for the individual who believes.

As Friel states, Jesus is either myth or Messiah.

No middle ground.

Rewarding the Innovators

posted by jfletcher

Untold News, an Israel advocacy group based in New York, is making headway explaining the marvelous innovations produced by the Jewish state. To add a fine point to the popularity of the Untold News platform (now with more than 350,000 “likes” on Facebook), founder Marcella Rosen has announced that the group will hold an awards dinner to honor innovators on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at the Harmony Club in New York.

“We will offer a $10,000 cash award for each recipient,” Rosen says. Untold News will also send the recipients on a short media tour to Philadelphia, Boston, and New York City. “We plan to do this annually,” Rosen adds. The awards will recognize inventions of the last year.

Untold News features stories about Israeli achievers who excel in improving technological, agricultural, and medical fields. Whether it’s fish farming, desalination, or providing world-class medical care regardless of a patient’s background, Israel provides hope for millions around the world. These stories serve as a dramatic counterweight to the negative portrayals of Israel from international media.

Rosen feels the awards dinner will serve as a further spotlight on stories unknown to much of the general public. She is excited about the focus on innovators.

“Criteria are that they improve the human condition and have a ‘wow factor,’ and have a global impact. In each case, there are two applications: from scientific institutions and universities. Those interested in applying for consideration should get a dean or professor to endorse their nomination. Each applicant also must be an Israeli citizen.”

The two categories — science and technology — promise to focus on “up-and-coming” innovators. Rosen also emphasized that applicants must be able to speak English well enough to be interviewed by media.

“We want to celebrate the inventors and we want to get press coverage, to see how Israeli has impacted lives,” Rosen says. “People really aren’t aware of this and Israeli is such a valuable partner to the US.”

Ten nominees will be selected, and the names will then be sent to a jury. A single meeting will produce the winners.

The jury will be made up of prominent American academics, businesspeople, and others. To date nine have signed on:
• Joel Citron, venture capitalist, CEO, Tenth Avenue Holdings
• Dr. Barry Coller, Chief Medical Officer at Rockefeller University
• Alisa Doctoroff, President, UJA
• Margie Fox, Chief Creative Officer at Devries
• Heidi Jacobus, CEO of Cybernet Systems
• Eric Kandel, Nobel Laureate and professor at Columbia
• Morris Offit, CEO of Offit Capital
• David Schizer, just stepping down as Dean of Columbia Law School
• Tony Tether, former head of DARPA ($3 billion US government department to expedite scientific progress)

Those interested will find applications on the Untold News website — www.untoldnews.org.

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The King of Zionism
Each year, various groups and individuals seek to politicize the memory of Martin Luther King, on the national holiday in his honor. So I will, too. Perhaps a little-known fact about “MLK” is that he was a strong supporter of the Jewish state. In Israel, he saw hope for the future, and a s

posted 10:24:46am Jan. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Kay Wilson—Choosing Life
Today marks the fourth anniversary of the horrific Palestinian terror attack on my friend, Kay Wilson, and her friend, Kristine Luken. Kay survived, somehow; Kristine, a Christian, did not. Their attackers targeted them because they were looking to kill Jews. Ironically, Kristine was a person who

posted 11:49:49am Dec. 18, 2014 | read full post »

Jesus Unmasked
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posted 11:21:27am Dec. 15, 2014 | read full post »

Rewarding the Innovators
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