|The opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem marked a historic and Biblical moment for Israel on the 70th anniversary of the Jewish State’s independence.
CUFI’s Founder, Pastor John Hagee, was honoured to give the benediction at the opening ceremony of the US Embassy in which he thanked the Lord. We have included a transcript of the prayer below, or you can also watch it by clicking here.
As people around the world were watching the opening on TV news or on the internet, some broadcasters, including the BBC, decided to “split screen” by showing the ceremony at the same time as showing the riots that were developing at the Gaza border. The media deliberately tried to draw comparisons between the special ceremony taking place with dignitaries in the secure compound of the new US embassy and the appalling scenes of Palestinian protesters, all full of rage, anger; some injured; all with a backdrop of black smoke billowing into the sky . The contrast could not be more stark. If someone had any objection to the US embassy move before, the broadcasters did their best to turn attention away from the historic occasion and fuel anger even further.
The media not only used the tactics of contrast and distraction, but also deliberately misled viewers by sourcing the terrorists themselves, Hamas. Where the media went with their narrative, many politicians followed.The narrative being carried was not the truth, but that which Hamas wanted the world to believe.
However, when an Hamas official told Palestinian TV on Wednesday that 50 of the 63 killed by Israel were members of the terror group, the same media kept quiet. Three more were members of Islamic Jihad meaning that 85% of those killed at Israel’s security fence were terrorists.
This is the truth that the media and politicians have chosen to ignore. Yet there are those that if presented with the TRUTH are prepared to change their opinion. One of these people was Nick Boles, Conservative MP for Grantham and Stamford. He tweeted this,
“Yesterday I criticised Israel’s handling of the protests at the Gaza border. I should not have been so quick to judge,” said Boles, “We now learn that the 50 of those killed were Hamas terrorists. Israel had an absolute right to defend itself against such attacks.”The Tory MP’s U-turn should be applauded. His integrity led him to admit his misjudgement and shows how opinions can change when presented with the truth.
Mr Boles should have waited for facts to emerge before criticising Israel, but this illustrates how powerful lies and deception really are. Whilst there are those that know the truth and reject it, there are many that are sincere in their assessments, yet are not hearing the truth.
Perhaps we know friends and families that are this way inclined, or even brothers and sisters at our church that hold negative views towards Israel, because they are hearing only one side of the story. Perhaps we have people on our Facebook friends list that are only reading one narrative. Yet every time you share the truth, the narrative of lies suffers another blow.
The same can be said for the Biblical truth that forms the Christian basis for standing with Israel. In the same manner it is the truth found in the Word of God that is able to counter the lies that are misleading so many against Israel. It is this Bible truth that convicts, the same truth that must be spoken if we are to see people change their hearts towards Israel and align their thinking with God’s Word. In Ephesians 6 is the “belt of truth” that holds together all other armour. It MUST be preserved if we are to remain effective in battle.
Proverbs 12:17: “He who speaks truth declares righteousness, But a false witness, deceit.”
We can be encouraged today, that our standing for Israel is not in vain. We must continue to share the truth and pray that more leaders like Mr Boles will realise they were wrong. The lies must be challenged. For Zion’s sake, we must not remain silent.