Tonight on The Hal Lindsey Report
Not since British troops burned the White House has a foreigner's presence in Washington caused such a commotion!
When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to town and spoke to a joint session of Congress, you'd have thought the Ayatollah himself was striding Pennsylvania Avenue hurling insults and threats at America, not the leader of our closest and strongest ally in the Middle East or maybe in all the world! (Hold it. I think Ayatollah Khamenei may have been more welcome among the Washington elite!)
Of course, I understand why the Administration, from the top down, felt uncomfortable, even angry, that Bibi was here. The presence of truth tellers always makes truth deniers uncomfortable.
That's why Jesus said that in the last days the world would hate His followers -- because they represented the Truth and the world hates the truth!
So those who didn't want to hear the truth about Iran and the consequences of its impending deal with the United States just left town or stayed home. President Obama held a video conference with EU officials. They discussed Ukraine. John Kerry headed to Europe to press forward with the Iran capitulation. Joe Biden decided to take a Latin American tour.
Harry Reid attended and Netanyahu wished him a speedy recovery from his recent gym injury. Nancy Pelosi was there, but pulling applause from her was like pulling teeth from a chicken. When she did stand with the other Congresspersons, she often turned her back on the Prime Minister to make comments to those seated behind her.
Later, Pelosi admitted that the speech practically moved her to tears. In her words, she was "near tears" because she was "saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States" caused by Netanyahu's remarks. She said she was weepy because of his "condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran...."
Not surprisingly, Ms. Pelosi missed the whole point or chose to ignore it. Prime Minister Netanyahu does not underestimate America's "knowledge of the threat posed by Iran." Instead, he doubts the Administration's concern about it and its resolve to confront it. And he most assuredly doubts our leaders' wisdom, realism, and courage.
Another group of Democrats who refused to attend said they did so because they thought the Prime Minister's appearance was a political stunt. So they pulled a political stunt in return.
Folks, I'm not making this up. If I could, I'd be picking up Oscars in Hollywood!
And remember the whole stink about Netanyahu accepting the invitation to speak over the objections of the White House? Turns out that wasn't true at all. In fact, the whole thing was a "crisis" manufactured from the ground up by the White House. Of course, you didn't hear that in the Mainstream Media, but you'll hear about it on this week's Report.
The bottom line is, as Mr. Netanyahu succinctly stated in his address, "The greatest danger facing our world is the marriage of militant Islam with nuclear weapons. To defeat ISIS and let Iran get nuclear weapons would be to win the battle, but lose the war." And that's something the Administration does not want you to hear!
To understand why Israel is more concerned than President Obama about Iran's acquisition of nuclear weapons, we must remember why the phrase, "Never again!" is so imperative for the Jewish people. After millennia of suffering and surviving in hostile nations by being clever and compliant, the Holocaust and its slaughter of two-thirds of the Jews of Europe profoundly changed something in the Jewish mind.
The declaration, "Never again!" began to be heard on the lips of Jews and their sympathizers around the world. They pushed hard for the homeland promised to them by the League of Nations in 1922 and deeded to them by God Almighty since time immemorial. The Seder prayer, "Next year in Jerusalem!" took on a more urgent and literal meaning.
And now that they have achieved a place of sanctuary, the nation of Israel, they are determined that it will not be destroyed by another Holocaust -- one inflicted by a militant Iran with nuclear weapons atop missiles they already possess!
And you know what else? God Himself promised that once the Jews have assembled in their homeland in the last days, "Never again!" will they be driven from it. Further, God promises to curse those who attempt to do so.
So it's no wonder that true men and women of courage and vision are disturbed when the leaders of the most powerful nation the world has ever known decide the way to fight existential, mortal threats like ISIS is by smart tweeting and aggressive Facebook friending!
Once again, folks, I'm not making this up.
There is one solution and one solution only -- the truth. For our government, that means acknowledging the true nature of the threat, admitting that Israel is not the culprit, and recognizing that confronting the problem will require action, not appeasement.
For Christians, telling the truth means explaining clearly, without pride or hesitation, the infinite superiority of the Gospel of Jesus Christ over all other systems of thought or theology.
So, I suppose Prime Minister Netanyahu's message to America can be applied to Christians as well. Boiled down, it's "Act, don't acquiesce!"
Don't miss this week's Report here Sunday.