Tisha B’Av has a Message for a Divided, Troubled America


Jewish Press: We are taught that Jerusalem fell in 70 C.E. because of sinat chinam, or “baseless hatred” exhibited by the various rebel Jewish factions inside the city walls. The division of the Jews and their willingness to attack each other, including the destruction of vital food supplies, made it easier for the Romans to conquer Jerusalem, setting off a bloodbath and a period of exile for most of the Jewish people.

A historian might argue that the notion that Jerusalem fell because of the lack of Jewish unity underestimates the military superiority of the Roman legions besieging the capital. Such a quibble misses the point. When nations divide into irreconcilable factions that tear each other apart like wild animals, then disasters almost always follow.

That was true for the Jews 1,949 years ago, and it’s just as true for the United States in 2019. more …

Opinion: I heard a commentator say America has not been this divided since the Civil War.  The shrill voices on both right and left are growing violent and the election is still 15 months away.

In the wake of two mass shootings, presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke suggests that anyone who votes for Donald Trump is a racist. An MSNBC Commentator suggests ‘torches and pitchforks’ at the home of Republican leaders, and on more than one occasion Democrat presidential contenders have suggested physically assaulting the president.

On the other side, Donald Trump continues to pick fights with any and all critics in public Twitter rants, many of which have nothing to do with the business of running the nation. The recent Anthony Scaramucci Twitter battle is an example.

From the article: Much of the country is so angry about Trump and contemporary social problems that they have lost the ability to think about these issues without speaking in absolutes, in which the world is separated into two groups: those who are “resisting” Trump and those whom they deem complicit in his crimes. They even argue that opprobrium, shunning and shaming are the only proper ways to treat anyone who might support him. Indeed, it’s now reached the point where a member of Congress has thought it appropriate to dox—or publish the names of donors to Trump so that they may be exposed to attacks—so as to silence or drive them from the public square.

Is this why the US is not to be found in Bible prophecy? Does the country fall apart in social upheaval? Is it possible that the only thing holding us together right now is Trump continuing to bless Israel (Genesis 12:3)?


  1. Author, Your point may be spot on! Short of a cataclysmic event or an EMP attack, we destroy ourselves. I think history is full of great civilizations that have “eaten” themselves out of existence.

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