Congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, his bride and princess-to-be

meghan and harryMillions of people will be glued to the tube on this 19th of May.  Exciting times for the monarchy and the Royal Family.  Congratulations to Prince Harry and his bride-to-be Meghan Markle who both look very happy together.  What a couple!  They will bring a spark to the British Royal Family that hasn’t been there for a while.  Prince Harry is who he is a charming young man who marries whom he wants to marry, an American actress, who has been divorced, and is of mixed race.  It’s representative of today’s Britain and much of the western world but that’s besides the point. Prince Harry is not next in line for king, but that’s the beauty of it.  He has nothing to lose but much to gain.  Harry and Meghan will bring a charisma to the Monarchy because they are both unlike the rest.

U.S. Embassy now in Jerusalem

The timeline of modern Israel’s re-birth (May 14, 1948) till now (May 14, 2018) will be exactly 70 years. This Monday’s date of May 14, 2018 is significant because the U.S. Embassy will be officially relocated to Jerusalem exactly 70 years on this day of 14th of May 2018.  After this takes place this Monday, 14 May 2018, other nations might also begin recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move their embassies to Jerusalem.

trump netanyahuThis bold move might encourage other nations to do the same.  Why was this a gutsy move?  It implies that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel; and it also implies that Israel is a sovereign nation and has the power of self-determination.  Why have world leaders been so spineless when it comes to recognizing Israel’s right to sovereignty and self-determination?  Fear.  Obama and Trudeau will recognize smaller nations’ right to self-determination, including First Nations and treaty rights, but what about Israel?!

Despite opposition from Israel’s Muslim neighbours, Trump actually carried out what he said they would do. Many people had doubts this relocation would actually happen, but it did. Kudos to Trump for doing this.  Many politicians have feared the political backlash from Arab-Muslim nations.  George W. Bush wanted to do it too but he did not have the will to make it happen.  To date, no world leader has had the courage and resolve to make this happen, until Trump.  Despite the liberal media’s non-stop punishment of him for defeating Hillary Clinton, Trump continues to do what he thinks is right. 

Every country has its sovereign right to choose its own capital, including North Korea, Iran and Cuba.  So why not Israel?  The United States has chosen to recognize Israel’s sovereign right by moving its own embassy.  Throughout history, the threat of retaliation and increased violence has hindered national embassies from moving to Jerusalem.  But, let irony rear its head.  Question.  Wouldn’t it be ironic if this move actually brought more peace and stability to Arab-Israel relations?  There is the possibility.  However, time will tell.

Despite Trump’s flip-flop on some international trade agreements like NAFTA, there is something solid about Trump’s foreign policy.  It is no wonder why some have aleady recommended him for a Nobel Peace prize. He is slowly and surely earning the respect of more people around the world, including that of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others.  This move of the U.S. Embassy will go down in history as the right thing to do.

 

Of truth, freedom and culture

As people yearning for freedom, we value and appreciate our liberties like freedom of religion, speech, assembly, the press, etc. Liberties and freedoms are a natural outcome of a moral people. To get there, we need to take the right path.  Jules Renard said,

Liberty is the right to choose. Freedom is the result of the right choice.

However, to make the right choice, we need to live in the light and see truth. Light and truth, however, is revealed by Nature’s Maker.

Without the Truth, people will live in darkness. Unfortunately, around the world, societies do still live in darkness. In the past, many freedoms around the world have been lost due to wrong choices. One such nation might be North Korea. Others might be some unnamed African nations where one dictator succeeds another and whose results are no better than his predecessor’s. Today, in the west, our freedoms are slowly eroding (e.g., freedom to pray in public spaces; facebook and google’s abuse of private information).

The solution. We need a just and moral people who live in truth and light to work in their vocations as a holy calling. Each person has been given a vocation and we should not take it lightly. In whatever vocation God has called you into, you are to always bring light. Light shatters the darkness so that truth may freely inform each others’ human experiences, allowing humanity to continue remaining in freedom. The alternative would be enslavement to darkness.

God is calling a just and moral members of society to be leaders in our homes, classrooms, courtrooms, legislatures and business marketplaces. We have a responsibility to speak the truth, whether as private citizens; or as the media/press in the public sphere. This is our calling: to convey truth, in our houses of worship, in government, in courts, in media, in schools, in all places at all times.  Jesus said in John 8:31-32:

If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

He was actually speaking in the context of salvation but my point I borrow this for is this: there is an inherent sense of freedom experienced when we share the truth. Hopefully, it is truth that dispels the darkness that prevails in some corners of our society and in the world. This is a mission that we are called to take on. May we strive to bring freedom, liberty and truth into our culture and society.