Anti-Semitism in Our Time - Soapbox Rewind
*NOTE* Charlie normally writes a new soapbox on Monday, but we flipped the script this week so a post on his 82nd birthday went up in place of a rewind on Friday, so we're running a rewind today. In light of the tragic massacre in Pittsburgh, here's a soapbox of his from 2014 on the worldwide problem of anti-Semitism. - TeamCDB/BW
I know there will always be prejudiced people for as long as there are human beings inhabiting this planet. There will always be small-minded individuals who will consider themselves to be a cut above a segment of the population and look down on them with disdain, sometimes harboring feelings deep and dark enough to motivate them to persecution and even bodily harm.
I know there are ancient vendettas and tribal grudges that can last thousands of years and make enemies who can't even remember why they hate each other.
I know there are families who pass along racial prejudice like a family heirloom, indoctrinating their children with the same hate virus that was passed down to them by their forebears.
But, in all that makes common sense, you would think that the day of institutionalized prejudice in the Western World would have taught it's evil lesson and moved on, relegated to a few dark pages in the archives of history.
In the Eastern European nations, amongst a population who lived for decades under the iron heel of the old Soviet Union fenced in, held back and terrorized by secret police, a people who - by all logic - should appreciate the rights and dignity of all people, anti-Semitism is raising it's ugly head.
The same kind of collective thinking that lead Nazi Germany into decades of suppression and persecution and eventually to ruin is, if not yet pervasive, has been gathering support and is becoming a political issue of national prominence.
In Hungary there is a political party that calls itself Jobbik that is openly anti-Semitic - and as Hitler did in the 30’s - is trying to blame the economic and other woes of their nation on the Jews, accusing them of being agents for Israel and America, spying and looking for opportunities to destabilize the country.
It's unbelievable that in the twenty-first century a political party that bases so much of their platform on hate and prejudice could be expected to garner enough of the vote in the next election to become a political force.
Maybe it's not so far fetched as it would seem to rational people as the last pages of history will be played out in Israel when the forces of the world align themselves against the Jews and gather in the valley of Megiddo – known in Greek as Armageddon - to march into Jerusalem and put an end to the "Jewish Problem" once and for all.
That is when the human race will finally be convinced for all time that mortal man cannot fight against Almighty God. The Bible says that God Himself will fight for Israel, and the result will not be pretty as blood runs to the level of a horse's bridle and millions of dead bodies lie in the Jezreel Valley as roughly 85% of the army of millions is destroyed by the hand of the God who promised Abraham that "he who blesses you, I will bless, and he who curses you I will curse."
Since God's word never changes and His promises stand forever, there will be nations judged by the way they treated Israel and what bothers me most of all is wondering where the United States of America stands on Israel under the leadership of Barack Obama.
With Vladimir Putin on the rampage, China growing stronger every day, the idiot who rules North Korea and the Islamic nations feelings toward Israel, could this not lead to some loose alliance among the power hungry to come against Israel en masse?
And no, my cherry picking friends, I am neither a prophet nor a soothsayer and I am not predicting that this is going to happen. I am merely pointing out, that in my admittedly layman's understanding of the Holy Bible, such a happening would not violate the scriptures.
Things can happen so swiftly these days, just think, Putin was hosting an Olympics and, Crimea was not a part of Russia a couple of months ago and there were not Russian troops on the Ukrainian border.
I just want the world to know that I love my Jewish brothers and sisters and pray daily for the peace of Jerusalem and detest the anti-Semitism abroad in the world today and there's one thing I know.
There will always be an Israel, maybe battled scarred and war weary, but there will always be an Israel.
I have that on the Highest Authority.
What so you think?
Pray for our troops and the peace of Jerusalem.
God Bless America
— Charlie Daniels
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