“Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.” (President Donald Trump, December 6, 2017)
President Trump fulfilled an important promise (and recognized reality) when he announced that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital and then officially opened the U.S. Embassy there on May 14, 2018.
Unfortunately for decades our Presidents promised to do this while campaigning, but none kept their promises after gaining office. Seventy years to the day after the State of Israel was declared in 1948… finally a president did what needed to be done in opening the US Embassy in Jerusalem.
Israel is one of America’s strongest allies, and President Trump is showing that he is supporting them as he promised to do. My regret is that it took so long for a US President to take such a significant stand. The fact that he took this stand gives me hope.
Is Israel important to America? A better question may be whether Israel is important to God. The Bible states plainly God’s views regarding Israel and other nations, “I will bless those who bless you, and the ones who curse you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3)
If one does not believe the Bible, then these words have no meaning, but if one believes it, then the meaning is clear. We must support Israel and stand with her. Doing so brings hope and blessings, and failing to do so brings curses.
I want to be on God’s side, and if that means Israel’s side, then that’s where I want to be. If my president stands there also, then that makes me a more hopeful American and citizen of the planet.