Politician's Using The Scriptures To Deceive
Politicians Using the Bible Deceptively
John Kasich's Word
Kasich: 'The Lord Doesn't Want' Americans Putting Up Walls And Turning Away The Caravan"
Mr. Kasich said this recently as reported by Daily Wire. He's not the only politician who has recently declared God's wants, God's will, or what God's words mean.
This is one of the reasons that it's so important that Christians have a good understanding of what God's word actually says. Jesus said, "My sheep know my voice..." When we, as believers hear a false statement, we know it. We hear what is being said, and we judge it by what God's word says.
It is foolishness to assume that everyone loves our nation, and that everyone who comes into the USA is our friend.
In the scriptures, Israel had many enemies. They were not only taken into captivity by the Babylonians, they were in several battles, and they were also occupied by Rome during the time that Jesus Himself walked this earth.
Paul tells us to rightly divide God's word. Rightly dividing doesn't involve removing scriptures completely. Rightly dividing gives us a full picture of every situation we, as believers may face.
When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, every single answer He gave began with, "It is written." That is a clear message to all of us that we should also know God's word, so that we can also answer during times of temptation, just like Jesus did.
Why Israel Was Carried Away into Babylon
The Bible tells us that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Searching the scriptures prayerfully for the answers to all our questions, involves the entire Bible.
Most people are familiar with the story of Daniel and the lion's den, which took place in Babylon after Israel had been in captivity there for many years.
Earlier in the scriptures, God had given a clear warnings about the outcome the nation of Israel would face if they walked contrary to His instruction. (Leviticus Ch. 26) very clearly shows the circumstances that led to their own captivity.
A Look At Some Of The Benefits Of Abiding in God's Word, And Consequences Of Walking Contrary To God
Leviticus 26:4 Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.
Leviticus 26:16 I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
Leviticus 26:5 And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.
Leviticus 26:17 And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.
Leviticus 26:6 And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land.
Leviticus 26:19 And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:
The Return to Israel
Israel's Captivity, And Return To Their Homeland
Israel had spent many years walking contrary to God, and this resulted in worse and worse conditions right up to the nation of Israel being taken into captivity.
God used King Cyrus to free the Israelite people from Babylon and to restore the temple in their homeland. The book of Ezra Ch. 1, 1-10, gives the details of the decree made by King Cyrus.
Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Ezra 1:1-2
Further on into the book of Ezra, the people had finished laying the foundation of the temple and they rejoiced. They had a lot to rejoice over!
And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid. Ezra 3:11
Building The Wall
Many years after Israel had been invaded by the Babylonians and taken into captivity. God used King Cyrus to set them free.
King Cyrus had no idea that the true living God was using him for a great purpose.
The book of Isaiah goes into the prophecy about king Cyrus long before he went to battle with Babylon.
Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut: Isaiah 45:1
There is a very important statement in the above verse. Notice that God opened up the gates of city so that they would be invaded and lost in the battle that King Cyrus led.
The bible has much to say about cities that have, and do not have walls.
God compares our walk in Him in the same way that he describes cities without walls.
Proverbs 24:30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Proverbs 24:30-31
When we abide in God's word, there is a hedge of protection, (or a wall) around us that protects us from our enemies.
When the nation of Israel abode in God's word, the cities were walled. When they walked contrary to God, not only did their walls crumble, but so did their nation.
In this world there has always been wars, battles, and deceit. God's word calls for kinds, without a doubt. But God also tells us to walk in wisdom, according to His word.
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Proverbs 4:7
As with the case of politicians trying to manipulate people and using God's word to do it here is the solution.
It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. Psalms 118:8
"Even Heaven has walls, gates, and strict vetting." ~Donald Trump
"Hell is the only place with open boarders." ~Several Believers