Monday, January 7, 2013

"State of Palestine"- Palestinians change their name

You might have heard the old adage, death by a thousand paper cuts." It evokes the image of the fact that death can come not only by a dreadful stab with a large knife, but also by loss of blood over a thousand smaller cuts over time.

Wikipedia explains the origin of that phrase-- Slow slicing (Lingchi), also translated as the slow process, the lingering death, or death by a thousand cuts was a form of torture and execution used in China from roughly AD 900 until its abolition in 1905. In this form of execution, the condemned person was killed by using a knife to methodically remove portions of the body over an extended period of time." In business terms it means a failure that occurs as a result of many smaller problems.

Today I read in an AP report that the Palestinian Authority changed their name to "The State of Palestine".

"RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian president has ordered his government to officially change the name of the Palestinian Authority to "State of Palestine." The move follows the November decision by the United Nations to upgrade the Palestinians' status to that of a "non-member observer state." President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday that all official Palestinian stamps, stationery and documents will now bear the new name. A statement from his office said the move was aimed at enhancing Palestinian "sovereignty on the ground" and was a step on the way to "real independence." Israel still controls most of the West Bank. Israel objected to the Palestinian statehood bid at the U.N., calling it a unilateral step aimed at bypassing direct peace negotiations. Abbas denied that. Israel had no comment Sunday."

In winning a culture war, a slow build is often the most effective tool. In looking at the homosexual agenda, at first they protested violently (1960s). But following the social protest strategies of the era, they turned social issues into political issues. That was a first step: take over the debate and steer it in a direction they choose. Next, although homosexual behavior is as old as history itself, there had not previously been a social identity based entirely on sexual behavior. Rather than it being just an issue, it became about a group of people. Once it was about a group of people, then that group could lobby for rights in the political arena, and represent themselves through the reflective lens of media and film. Then they began to rewrite history to show that ancient Greece had a gay culture...and once they had embedded themselves in history it lent credibility to their cause.

The relentless redefining of their issue into a beleaguered people group with lost rights and a solid history, and hammering that message through the media so it is implanted in our brain means that over time the paper cuts have bled us out. Gay rights had a big win in the last election politically and legislatively. Culturally, for the first time in history polling shows more than half the nation accepts gay marriage.

I said all that to show the strategy of how you win the culture war. Perhaps while you were reading it you were thinking of the success of the "Palestinians." They took over and then controlled the debate, they named themselves as a people group agitating for their lost rights, they redefined the past to give themselves a history, and hammered us with images and entreaties through a compliant media. In the end political, legislative, cultural, and military advantage is gained.

Where once four decades ago the thought of an existing state of Palestine with a history and standing in the UN was unthinkable. Now it exists.

Death by a thousand paper cuts.

Fortunately the remedy is the Savior, who is also the Judge. Seeing history through HIS lens is truth and nothing but the truth. He is going to heal the cuts to His land and His people and He will pour lemon juice on the Palestinians. Obadiah, Ezekiel, Psalm 83, Zechariah, and Isaiah 17 and 19 show us that they can try to nuke Israel out of existence, and they can incrementally swipe at Israel with a thousand paper cuts, but in the end the most blood that will be shed are all those who come against the apple of His eye.

"For thus said the LORD of hosts, after his glory sent me to the nations who plundered you, for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye:" (Zechariah 2:8)

"I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." (Genesis 12:3)

When that happens,

"Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling". (Zechariah 2:13)

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