The True Light"In him, (the Lord Jesus) was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world,…the world didn’t recognize him."John 1:4,9. The Good Seed and the Weeds“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seeds in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away.”Matthew 13:24,25.
Presidential candidate and former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee, continues to be blasted for saying the Iran deal “will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” It is a vivid picture that offends a lot of people. Are they right to be offended, or is the governor’s comparison valid?
President Obama called the comment “sad.” Hillary Clinton said, “I’m really offended personally.” Another Democratic presidential candidate, Martin O’Malley, called Huckabee’s comments “offensive.” Republican presidential candidate, George Pataki, tweeted, “Agree with @Potus that @GovMikeHuckabee remarks are ‘sad.’” (POTUS is an acronym for President of the United States.)
The Anti-Defamation League jumped on Huckabee, too. They released a statement saying, “Whatever
one’s views of the nuclear agreement with Iran . . . comments such as
those by Mike Huckabee suggesting the president is leading Israel to
another Holocaust are completely out of line and unacceptable.” The National Jewish Democratic Council released a statement saying the remarks “may be the most inexcusable we’ve encountered in recent memory.”
You might expect criticism from liberal Jewish groups who generally
support President Obama, but Mr. Huckabee also took fire from a high
ranking member of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government. Israeli
Transport Minister Yisrael Katz said, “Dear Mr. Huckabee, no one is
marching Jews to the ovens anymore. . . . That is why we established
the State of Israel and the Israel Defense Forces, and if necessary, we
will know how to defend ourselves by ourselves.”
That’s an understandable sentiment. But Governor Huckabee wasn’t
predicting another holocaust. He was trying to show graphically the
dangers of giving overwhelming firepower to people who are threatening
On the Today Show, Huckabee said, “The response from
Jewish people has been overwhelmingly positive. The response from
Holocaust survivors, from the children of Holocaust survivors. . . .
People were overwhelmingly supportive.”
Asked about President Obama calling his statement “ridiculous” and “sad,” Huckabee said,
“What’s ‘ridiculous’ and ‘sad’ is that President Obama does not take
Iran’s repeated threats seriously. For decades, Iranian leaders have
pledged to ‘destroy,’ ‘annihilate,’ and ‘wipe Israel off the map’ with a
On Tuesday, Huckabee appeared on the Fox News program, “Outnumbered.” Lisa Kennedy Montgomery (who goes by “Kennedy” on the air) called Huckabee’s comments “incendiary rhetoric.” Then, as if to be fair, she said Democrats are guilty of such rhetoric, too. “It’s
not one-sided because you remember Joe Biden standing in front of an
African-American congregation saying the Republicans want to throw you
back in chains. This is not something that’s limited to one party. It
certainly happens on both sides.”
The segment ended at that point, with no one answering. That’s a
shame because her comparison is one of the worst I’ve ever heard. The
Iranian Supreme Leader encourages his people to chant, “Death to Israel!”
This is a regular occurrence. When was the last time you heard a
Republican call for the re-institution of slavery? Iranian leaders —
not some fringe group, but the top people — have been vowing to wipe
Israel off the map since 1979. Have any Republican leaders ever called
for African-Americans to be enslaved again?
Iran is, in the words of Oliver Wendell Holmes, “a clear and present danger”
to Israel. Joe Biden’s comments were vague and held no meaning in
fact. The Iranian threat to Israel is real, and it is obvious.
Was Huckabee out of line when he used the word “oven”? Iran wants
to build the most powerful oven in the world. It’s as real as the
searing furnace Nebuchadnezzar threw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
into — and a thousand times hotter. A small number of nuclear bombs
could turn a country the size of Israel into an oven, and then a
wasteland in a matter of minutes.
Huckabee was not exaggerating the danger to Israel. But remember
this. God saved Shadrach and his friends. The Scripture promises He
will save Israel, too. I don’t know how God will do it, but I guarantee
you He will do it despite all the Nukes on earth.