I decided to have a little politics on here. I’m not wrapped up in it, like I used to be. Whoever wins doesn’t matter much to me–while I trust in YHVH. The world will do what it will do, and the God of Avraham, Yitzchak, and Ya’acov will still establish His kingdom on schedule with all its citizens accounted for.
I only care about politics then as my contribution to suggesting that America get on board with the King’s plan. I’d rather Mashiach showed up and found faith in America. Who the president is, doesn’t determine that, but it does reflect it. As it is written, the deeds of the righteous are a sin-offering for a nation (Proverbs 14:34, Young’s Literal Translation).
Now, in the past, I’ve had a schizophrenic political philosophy. Tossed by what my human mind thought was important at the time. But, as I’ve studied Torah, my decision making process has clarified.
1) The president must be a brother. Devarim/Deuteronomy 17:15 says when we set up a king, he is to be someone whom YHVH chooses. He is to be a brother (or by interpretation sister), and not a foreigner.
Some will argue that a president isn’t a king, but the word king is melech (queen being merely a feminine form of the same word), means “a mighty one who walks with the scepter/staff”. It’s the one wielding the power. Scripture never defines a king only as someone who inherits their power in the way we typically think of a king.
So then, I need to pick the candidate that YHVH wants. Not the one, I want. Not the one, I think is most intelligent/experience/presidential. I need YHVH’s president . . . even if that looks like a small boy who smells like sheep and delivers cheese to his brothers.
YHVH tells me to pick a brother and not a foreigner. That’s not talking about blood, but whether or not the candidate for king/president is one of God’s people. Many people, foolishly think, this is a dead end. “I can’t judge that person’s faith! That’s between them and God! So I just have to take them at their word!” That’s foolishness. Does your congregation take on “their word” a candidate for Elder/Deacon/Pastor? “Well, I did see what appeared to be a swindling on his part . . . that he conducted in a strip bar . . . that involved a packet of white powder to someone who looked like an underage girl . . . but he says he’s a Christian . . . so I take him at his word.”
That’s stupid. Of course, you take the evidence. Now, there’s a distinction to be made here. At this time of Yom Kippur, the righteous are repenting for their sins and making intercession for others who are not repenting. In other words, people with evidence are interceding for those that don’t have evidence. Why? Yom Kippur is never presented for the stranger. Yeshua himself came to die for the sins of “many”, not all. This intercession then is for God’s people, whom God claims even though they are not acting like his people.
There is a difference between saying someone lacks evidence that they are YHVH’s child, and saying they are not YHVH’s child. The judgment on their final identity is in YHVH’s hands, but for the purposes of life and doing righteousness, we must act upon the evidence. You can’t just “take people at their word.”
2) A judge ought to be able, god-fearing, truthful, and hating covetousness/dishonest gain (Exodus 18:21). These parameters weren’t an explicit mitzvah like the first, but Elohim seems to have ratified it. And why wouldn’t we? These all pretty much agree with the part about being one of God’s children, in fact they might be understood as clarifying what to look for as the evidence of the first thought.
So . . . the candidates:
I’ll start with a couple, easy ones.
Bernie Sanders: A Brother?
Religion News: “Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a self-identified socialist who’s perhaps the most left-leaning member of Congress, is raising eyebrows for his unexpectedly strong support among Democratic voters. The presidential candidate, 73, was born to Jewish parents and identifies as Jewish — though culturally, not religiously.”
Lifezette: “He doesn’t belong to a synagogue back home in the Green Mountain State, or in Washington, D.C. And unlike other non-religious Jewish lawmakers, Sanders doesn’t make much of an effort to couch his far-left views in the tradition oftikkun olam (Hebrew for “repairing the world”) — nor the nebulous notion in American politics of “social justice.” Faith, or even a hint about it, just isn’t part of his public persona.”
Feelthebern.org: “Bernie’s Beliefs: Bernie is a secular Jew who values and actively engages with people of various faiths for the betterment of American society…Bernie was raised Jewish but says he is not “particularly religious.””
Conclusion: I find it very difficult to believe someone is a child of Elohim, if they won’t even say so. How can you be a child of the King of the Universe and not be proud of it? I’m not perfect, but I find I am constantly given opportunities to talk about God because He influences (whether I obey or not) everything in my life. So when someone rarely talks about God, I am forced to conclude that God simply isn’t important to them, and how can that be if God is your father?
Able? His record shows some committee and a lot of legislative experience, but only a little executive experience. I think scripture indicates leadership as the ability to “go out and come in”, a lot of that being the real life willingness to lead in battle. Does that mean he has to have military experience? No, but a willingness to do so, I think is necessary. But, he did march with Martin Luther King, Jr.
Conclusion: Lacking proof, I’ll side on the benefit of the doubt because even an untested shepherd boy can be able.
God-fearing? Man of truth? Hating covetousness? Based on the brother question, my conclusion is no. How can he be god-fearing, if he won’t acknowledge Him? How can he be a man of Truth if he denies the source of Truth? How can he avoid covetousness, if he doesn’t know what belongs to who, according to the Torah of the one who owns everything?
Bernie’s stances bear out his spiritual disqualification: While I could say that abortion may be ‘permissable’ in the very very very rare case as an act of self-defense in which both the mother and child “will” die instead of just the child, Bernie goes far far beyond that to allow abortion in pretty much any case. And while the question of gay marriage may be one that we go “who cares what people who don’t know God are doing?” Championing it as the same in value as heterosexual unions is obviously not consistent with someone who is of the truth.
Conclusion: Bernie Sanders is not qualified to be a king/president. See, its as simple as that for most. Now, that may seem like I’m picking one or two issues. What about redistribution of wealth? I believe in that according to Torah, and Bernie champions that. True, but he does it according to human wisdom not Torah. I am on the side of God’s Torah; Bernie in my surveying of him simply parrallels it at times.
The basic thought here is not who “has the most in commmon” with a Torah worldview, but whose life/walk seems most indicative as someone who lives by Torah and thus, the Elohim of Torah? And I cannot find positive evidence from the beginning that Bernie cares at all about what God thinks. Thus, I don’t have to look at each issue. It’s not a scale to be tipped, its judging a trajectory. A foul ball and a fair ball both go up, it doesn’t not mean they are going in the same direction.