Moses spoke these words to the most powerful nation on the earth at the time. If you remember the context, Moses was speaking for the Lord. His people were the Israelites. And the Pharoah had enslaved them.
I don’t wish to get overly sentimental or religious in this post. But I do wish to emphasize a few points about the Jews or Israelites.
First, go read Isaiah 49. This is a powerful chapter of not only redemption but of the redemption of the state of Israel. The Lord is quite clear that he “owns” Israel and no one will ever be allowed to enslave them.
We argue, philosophically, that men are naturally free. Then so are the Jews. We argue that men have a right to bear arms, to speak, to govern themselves. Then so are the Jews.
As the “international community” meets to decide the fate of the Jews, let us remember that they are our equals, not superiror, not inferior. If we are a Christian nation, then let us ask ourselves, shall we follow the Golden Rule as taught by our Savior? Shall we do unto others as we would have them do unto us?
Suppose it was not Israel but the USA fighting for its very survival. Rockets, thousands of them, rain down upon our cities daily. Our peace is devastated. Our children lay dead and dying in our streets. What could we have done more to effect peace? What more could we have sacrificed to our enemies in the name of normalized relations?
The Americans, in such a condition, will no doubt gladly fight a war they did not want to fight. They will fight until the enemy has surrendered unconditionally. They will fight, killing anything that is a support to the enemy and a hindrance to our people.
We will create firestorms in their cities. We will drop nuclear weapons on their industrial centers. We will wage a war where prisoners will not be taken. We will fight, fight, fight, determined to obtain complete victory or utter defeat.
This is the American zeal for freedom. We crave freedom more than we crave life. Patrick Henry spoke not for himself but for millions of Americans when he demanded liberty or death. We do the same when we see our liberty challenged.
In such a condition, what would we expect Israel to do for us? Would we want them to ask us to stop fighting so powerfully? Would we want them to stand in our way, draw arbitrary lines in time and space that the enemy can take shelter behind? Would we want them to train the armies of the country we are invading? Of course not!
Then why do we do so now to Israel!
We can stand as Pharaoh, looking over the people of Israel, considering them inferior and barely worthy of being slaves. We can shake our fist at the heavens and curse the God that granted them land and military strength. We can move to hurt Israel, to deprive them of life, liberty, of the freedom to defend one’s life, family, and property. We can reneg our contracts on a whim, turning our will back and forth like leaves tossed in the wind.
What will be the result? The ruin of our empire. We will return defeated, forlorn, depressed. That is the result of all wars waged against a people exerting their right to life and liberty.
Or we can stand firm, declare the Israelis as equals, not superior or inferior. We can grant them the same rights we grant ourselves, the right to pursue life vigorously, to secure their borders, to establish peace in their country. We can cheer as their Moses challenges the Pharaoh whose heart was as hard as rock.
I stand by Israel. Israel is not our friend because of who they are, but because of what they are. They are our friend because they understand what liberty is after being cast off and humiliated for most of their history. They are our friends because they are exerting the same rights we exerted, resorting to military force only when absolutely necessary, patiently begging for peace as long as possible.
I am praying that the “international community” will let these people go, defend themselves, and complete the task at hand. I am praying because should we find ourselves in their shoes, I would wish the same for myself.