By Rosalinda Kilmer, Sioux Falls, SD
”For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"
Esther 4:14, English Standard Version Bible
In the famous biblical recounting of a beautiful heroine, a woman named Esther becomes the new queen and wife of King Xerxes, who ruled over a large and powerful empire. Through the deceptive tactics of a trusted official, Haman, the King is persuaded to kill all the Jews for posing a danger to his kingdom. The King thus approves the annihilation of the Jewish people, without knowing that his own beloved new wife, Queen Esther, is also a Jew.
Queen Esther learns the tragic truth from her uncle Mordecai, and he pleads with her to go to King Xerxes and plead for mercy for the Jewish people. Unfortunately, to go before the King without being summoned was considered a crime punishable by death. But Mordecai responded to her objections by pointing out that perhaps God had placed her in King Xerxes path precisely to be the one who could come, “for such a time as this,” and save her fellow Jews.
Now, thousands of years later, the Jewish nation of Israel is at risk. Surrounded by its enemies, Israel is consistently threatened to be, “wiped off the face of the earth,” by countries like Iran, and is frequently attacked with the use of suicide-bombers and rockets. But in the past, Israel has always been able to count on the United States for support of their sovereignty and safety; unfortunately, that is no longer true.
Obama on the 1967 Borders
President Obama has repeatedly insulted Israel and its leader, Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu, quite publicly, and has therefore raised serious doubts about whether or not the U.S. would stand with Israel in a time of military need. He famously spoke, just prior to a visit from the Prime Minister, that Israel should agree to return to its pre-1967 borders in order to achieve peace with Palestine. This kind of irresponsible policy would make Israel even more vulnerable than it already is now.
This all leads me to U.S. presidential candidate Herman Cain, a life-long Christian who supports Israel unequivocally. Mr. Cain recognizes the profound allegiance between our two nations and in a recent editorial wrote,
Herman cain Stands With Israel
- “As president, my top foreign policy priority would be to stand united with Israel. I will not allow the Arab Spring to be the fall of Israel….The lack of clarity towards Israel shown by this (Obama) administration demonstrates weakness and only invites attack, which makes the situation more volatile….My message for the U.N., Iran, Palestinians and anyone else is this: If you mess with Israel, you’re messing with the U.S.A.”
I believe that we need a new leader in the White House, but not just any leader. We need someone who understands the historical, political, and biblical reasons for why we must continue to be Israel’s best friend. We need a leader who inspires confidence, trust, and will not “keep silent,” that he or she will respect Israel’s right to defend itself. A leader who will stand next to her with pride before the entire world. And I strongly believe, that such a leader exists in Herman Cain, “for such a time as this.”