"The revolutions are fraught with danger for Israel and the West,
but most do not want to face the danger. The word democracy seems
more important than the content of the democracy. Democracy is not
an automatic force for justice."
"I wish I could be more optimistic, but until we see a change in
the hearts of peoples, we will have to support a balance of power
arrangement between blocks of nations and a judicious navigation
of foreign policy that is not given to fantasy. Many of
Islam's top scholars say that democracy is only a temporary
expedient since Allah should rule through a council of top
religious leaders who enforce Shariah law. That law is a disaster
for minorities and for women."
By Daniel C. Juster, Director
Most media leaders have been euphoric over the revolutions taking
place in the Middle-Eastern Arab world. Dictatorships are being swept
away; power is now in the hands of the people! Or at least this is the
officially perceived wisdom of the day. Many are the editorials in the
conservative and moderate newspapers in Israel warning of the great
dangers ahead. Few are such reports in the Western press!
Many political leaders in the West are not in touch with reality. The
head of national intelligence in the U. S. declared that the Muslim
Brotherhood in Egypt is a mostly secular organization. The head of the
Muslim Brotherhood, who has returned to Egypt from exile, is said to be a
moderate according to many Western politicians. In such a context, the
word moderate is stretched beyond any reasonable definition. This
particular leader is an anti-Semite, vilifies the Jewish state, and calls
for a world Islamic Caliphate! It is said that he (that is the
Brotherhood) is almost assured a great electoral influence because his
views are considered absolutely mainstream in Egyptian society. By some
estimates, two million people turned out to welcome his return. Is this
not uncomfortably frightening?
The revolutions are fraught with danger for Israel and the West, but
most do not want to face the danger. The word democracy seems more
important than the content of the democracy. Democracy is not an
automatic force for justice.
Am I defending the dictatorships of the Arab world? No. These
dictators are getting their just deserts because they did not train their
people in the moral and civic virtues that could have led to a true
republican form of government. That training should have fostered
values that have been a key in free societies. They could have moved their
societies toward greater freedom, while still banning parties and
individuals who professed Islamic radicalism, just as Germany continues to
ban the Nazis. In their hearts, these dictators were simply not committed
to the values of human rights, dignity, and political empowerment for
groups affirming true human rights.
Wisdom from the Founding Fathers of the United States
The founding fathers of the United States were very clear on several
crucial axioms for government. First, the vote is only one part of a
republican form of government. They were careful to note that they
did not believe in democracy and associated it with mob rule. They
actually wanted only educated voters. After all, the 51% could vote to
destroy the 49% in a pure democracy. True democracy is mob rule. This is
why the idea of true democracy horrified the founders. Constitutional
checks and balances, the separation of powers into three branches of
government (legislative, judicial and executive), defined rights and
freedoms, representative government and more were seen as crucial to a
republic. In addition, they understood the character of the people as
foundational. For John Adams, this character was formed by
Christianity, and without that character formation, there could be no
lasting free society. Adams said that the form of government he
supported would only work for the kind of biblically rooted people that
populated the colonies.
Alarming Tales of Democracy
So let's look at a few cautionary tales in regard to the call for
democracy: Iran, Gaza, Lebanon and Germany. Many Western leaders backed
the removal of the Shah of Iran, who was slowly westernizing his country.
They welcomed the return of the Ayatollah Komaini. Within a short period,
he overthrew the moderates and, years later, had one of the early prime
ministries, Shapuar Baktiar, a man who stood for human rights, murdered in
France. In the Palestinian territories, free elections put Hamas, a
terrorist group, in power. In Lebanon, democracy has given Hezbollah,
another terrorist organization, enough votes to veto the rest of the
Parliament and to essentially control the government. We should never
forget that Hitler was elected. Why Western leaders and media deny that
this is a likely but not certain scenario is amazing. It is either denial
and blindness or incredible ignorance! Few reported that some of the
revolutionaries chanted that they would march on Israel - all the while
shouting, "Death to the Jews."
The Danger of Our Times
We are now entering a very dangerous time in the Middle East. If Egypt
falls to an Islamic controlled government, in the pattern of Turkey (it
took some years) or Iran, it will be very bad for Israel. Can we be
confident in a people where the majority of women are still forced to
undergo genital mutilation? The backwards nature of many of the people
should not give us confidence in their readiness for democratic government.
People have to first be trained or discipled in human rights.
Justice, Israel and the Arabs
This leads to the issue of justice in the Middle East. Some focus on the
microcosm. They get all worked up over Jewish injustices to innocent
Palestinians. Sometimes the issues are valid and sometimes they are
trumped up. However, if one focuses on the macrocosm, we note that there
are 21 Arab nations and only one Jewish nation in the whole world. Jordan
is predominantly Palestinian, and if a Palestinian state is created in the
West Bank and Gaza there will be two Palestinian majority Arab states.
Whatever one's view of forming such a new state, the macrocosm justice
issue is very clear in the whole light of Jewish history. The Jewish state
must be supported as a foundational issue of justice.
My view echoes that of John Adams. I do not really even trust the long
term prospects in the West for freedom, justice and respect for human
rights because the West has drifted, and is now drifting further, from
its Biblical roots. I certainly do not trust the long term prospects in
countries that profess Islam. I believe that the answer is always and only
in the Gospel. Only coming to Yeshua and embracing His teaching in the
Sermon on the Mount can deliver Arabs from violence, hate and tyranny. We
say that the Gospel is to the Jew first, but there is no greater second
focus for prayer and witness than the Gospel to the Islamic world and
especially the Arab world. This is why our related ministries support, in
large ways, Arab Gospel witness.
I wish I could be more optimistic, but until we see a change in the
hearts of peoples, we will have to support a balance of power arrangement
between blocks of nations and a judicious navigation of foreign policy
that is not given to fantasy. Many of Islam's top scholars say that
democracy is only a temporary expedient since Allah should rule through a
council of top religious leaders who enforce Shariah law. That law is a
disaster for minorities and for women. Only a balance of power
arrangement can limit the potential damage of the dangerous Islamic Arab
and Islamic Iranian expansionism. Containment and eventually defeat
have to be the order of the day. As followers in Yeshua, we need to also
face the fact that the relativistic and multi-cultural West may not have
either the will or the means for a strong stand. We may not see victory
until the return of Yeshua.
Let us pray for our political leaders in the U. S. and the West. Some do
have open eyes and some are speaking out, but they are the minority. May
we yet see these many peoples under the bondage of Islam delivered and
come into the glorious liberty of being children of God in Yeshua.
By Daniel Juster
Dan Juster leads the overall ministry Tikkun International
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16:55 29Mar11 David Cannon -
Thank you for saying it the way it is, Dr Juster! Western
Christians tend to be woolly thinkers who see everything
through rose-tinted glasses. Yes, Hitler was elected, yes the
Shah was replaced by a regime much worse, but that WONT happen
this time - it CAN'T happen this time. Absurd
17:15 29Mar11 Debbie Smith -
Ignorance is not bliss. We should be so blessed to have such
clear thinking in the West. The U.S. is not a democracy, but
a republic. It is too bad we cant seem to figure that out.'
17:24 29Mar11 Gwenda Coleman -
How refreshing to read an article that tells the truth. I
pray that the blinkers will come off peoples eyes and the
truth be revealed in all of this. Come Yeshua we need You.
21:53 29Mar11 Daniel Buffenmeyer -
I feel the same way as Dr. Juster feels. The West seems
particularly naïve about democracy, thinking that
democracy is the means to a free society. The reality is
this: any form of government would work, and work well, if
men's hearts were right before God. A dictatorship,
democracy, or socialist communism would all be efficient
means of government if men had the hearts that Yeshua spoke
about. Let's pray for a return to authentic Godliness
for all men and a circumcision of the heart.
-- Dr Juster replies: I think the checks and balances of a Republic are best, but
you are right on the primary character issue. Indeed, I
would add that when we have a majority with a Biblically
formed character, a republic works well, but when we
don't, we are on a dangerous slide.
04:48 30Mar11 Philip Latham -
A most sobering article, which needed to be written. The
tragedy is that, as Daniel Juster says, we in the West are
fed the impression that "Democratic government" is
inevitably good governmnent when clearly it is not.
07:49 30Mar11 Jeremy Jarvis -
Great article, very true and informative. Thanks so much!
11:51 30Mar11 Christopher & Deborah Welch -
The root of the problem of the American people is their
lack of knowledge. Most don't even know who their
congressman is. They are mesmerized by the Babylonia Beast.
We believe if the America people were educated to the truth
of Islam's agenda (Islamic Caliphate & Shariah law)
they would be emboldened to stand against this real threat
to America and the world. They would become a strong force
to reckon with.
We also believe there is another shadow force in operation,
who are also an enemy of the free world. Their agenda is
to befriend & stand with Islam to defeat and control the
ignorant ones of their eyes. After control/annihilation of
these insignificant ones, they will reckon with Islam.
Here's the real deal, the shadow force and Islam, are
blinded to the fact they are on the same side which is evil
... And a house divided can not stand.
We are holding to the belief that God formed America from
the beginning to be a Light of His perfect Law, and stand
with Israel, especially for this last day. We believe
America is a refuge picture of God and will return to the
belief of John Adams - "Adams said that the form of
government he supported would only work for the kind of
Biblically rooted people that populated the colonies"
[quoted from above]. We believe America is at the door of a
renaissance revival. We also believe we are not alone in
our beliefs, and know that God Almighty wins! We read the
end of the book.
-- Dr Juster replies: One wonders why the radical left supports Islam and China
seems to too as does Russia; but for Chechnia (they sell
anti-ship weapons to Syria). Amazing is it not?!
20:36 30Mar11 Doug Morgan -
The church in America has stood idly by and allowed prayer
and bible reading to be taken from our schools, we allowed
the Supreme Court to approve abortion, we are yielding to
the pressure to accept homosexuality. We have been
spiritually and politically dumbed down.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou
has rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou
shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou has forgotten the law
of thy God, I will also forget thy children. Hosea 4:6
-- Dr Juster replies: Very sad and very true. We are to have a separation of
civil government from Church-Synagogue government, but not
a separation of the State or civil government from God.
Indeed, the civil-State is responsible to God and his law
and should acknowledge it or the State becomes the highest
authority and a tyrant.
01:08 31Mar11 Ruth -
What I understand: In Nebuchadnezzar's statue (Dan.
2:31-33) the bronze represents the 3rd kingdom - Greek. We
are still in the Greek kingdom: our government is
republican; our philosophies are Greek and the church has
always honored Plato and Aristotle; western history starts
with the Greek empire; Roman gods are basically Greek Gods
with different names. The fourth kingdom - is ISLAM. It
is clay and stone. It has at least 10 kingdoms, and the
rulers are/will vie for power. It will blaspheme the
Almighty, and try to crush the Saints. They will try to
change the times and seasons. Keep in mind, both Daniel
and John, do not name the 4th kingdom. If it was the
Roman empire like St. Augustine claims, John would have
said so. The violence of the fourth kingdom made both of
these men (Daniel & John) very ill after witnessing it.
We cannot stop what God will allow. Daniel 2:21,22. HE put
Obama in place - and the USA will join the rest of the world
as they rise against Israel. Zech.12:3.
Scary, I know. But that is what scriptures says is "coming
down the pike". Psalm 20:7 - Some trust in chariots and
horses. We trust in the Name of the LORD our God."
06:21 31Mar11 BD -
The gospel of Yeshua is the power of God. As I read your
article and as the alarm against Islam arises it has made me
consider how such an entity existed with the Roman
occupation of the fist century. Yeshua and the Apostles
conquered through a different arms race. Theirs was lifted
arms to a merciful and compassionate Creator of heaven and
earth whom we serve and worship. Their weapons of warfare
were love, goodness, hope, joy, faith, self control, peace
and humility. Theirs was the determined walk of the three
young men in Babylon's furnace and Esther's
willingness to perish. Without a sword or weapon of this age
they walked straight into harms way. So too did the Apostle
Paul into the angry hands of his own Jewish brethren. So too
do Mesianic believers who live among angry Orthodox Jews.
Islam is not alone in its hatred. It can even be found in
the religious right which can sometimes be all wrong.
Yeshua was high and lifted up and cried out victory as He
breathed out forgiveness toward those who had deserted and
toward those who were Roman and those Jewish leaders who
hated him. This love and forgiveness has reached through the
ancient years of wars and kingdoms against kingdoms to my
heart. The real question is, will those who proclaim the
Name of the LORD be as powerful, mighty, faithful, loving,
forgiving as those 3 young men in Babylon, Esther, James,
Peter, Paul and countless others who died so that the good
news of Yeshua could march on through the ages to my heart?
The question is will I be able to not only stand before
Yeshua ... but can I even face such faithful ones and say I
loved to the end as they did. Do Christians and Jews really
believe in the goodness of the Scriptures as much as Islam
believes in the sword for Allah? The sad truth is, Islamic
jihadists understand the power of the grain of wheat that
dies. But do we? My greatest fear is not Islam, my greatest
fear is my own wicked deceitful heart. The good news is
only and has ever only been Yeshua. He alone is my only
08:01 03Apr11 CH -
Much evil can be done under a "facelift" of "democracy". I
for one am waiting for the Kingdom of God.
17:53 06Apr11 IG
You are sadly correct as I see it. It seems that the malaise
that engulf many people, Christians included, is that the
ones in power are placed there by God. We fail to see that our
guilt for having forsaken God's Commandments and prayer
relationship with Him has resulted in our nation's people
departure from integrity and clear understanding. -
06:56 03May11 Scott Ranney -
Here in the USA it is going to take much more than prayer,
our nation has been on a donward spiral into Progressivism
for 100 years. We are now in a bad economic situation, debt
4 trillion, printing money. Our nation could fall, because
of the dollar collapsing. Oil is priced in dollars, this is
why the gas price is rising. We need the folks in the church
to get into POLITICS!!! The church has been asleep for a
long time. We must speak about the ills in our churches, or
we will lose our country...
Also in this issue of the newsletter:
Eitan Shishkoff: Awakening
Marty Shoub: "I Have Heard The Groaning and I Have Rememered"
Asher Intrater: Law of Perspective
Andrew and Shani: Our Wedding