Mainline media outlets have been conspicuously silent about overt threats to the State of Israel. Together, let’s understand why these recent threats are relevant and should be troubling for Americans and especially those who follow Christ.<p>As you may know, when Israel became a nation again in 1948, a land dispute erupted. To this day, Israelis and Palestinians claim a right to the same land.<p>For years, conflict resolution strategies have boiled down to how or whether to divide the land between these two peoples. The last peace talks broke down in 2014.<p>Now, the conflict is heating up again.<p>The key points of the current situation are as follows:<p>This past fall Hamas told President Trump it would “wipe out Israel.”<p>Also several months ago, leaders of Hamas met in Iran prompting concern from U.S. Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt.<p>Even more recently, Hamas’ leader in Gaza, threated to bomb Tel Aviv.<p>November 2 marked the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, a letter which helped Israel become a nation. Hamas and Palestinian Arabs are called on Great Britain to apologize for the “crime of the Balfour Declaration.”<p>There is talk that President Trump is close to unveiling an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. While some dismiss the notion, a senior U.S. official told the Times of Israel the U.S. is engaged in “productive dialogue with all relevant parties about an enduring peace deal.”<p>So why should you pay attention to these threats against Israel? Here are five reasons:<p><span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo courtesy: ©Thinkstock/silverjohn</em></span></p>
<p> Before we get too excited (or downright furious) about good reasons to get a tattoo, let’s not ignore the fact there are plenty of bad reasons. I’m not talking so much about the related health risks and pricey fees, which alone should make someone think before they ink, rather a person’s motive behind getting a tattoo.</p> <p> <em>What is his or her heart behind it?</em></p> <p> Is it to purposefully intimidate, scare, or offend others? Is it to impress a certain someone or to come across as edgy and hardcore? And what about getting a tattoo while intoxicated, while heartbroken, while bored, or while on Spring break? Under such circumstances, it’s probably best that a person waits until they’re able to better process the pros and cons.</p> <p> And then there’s Leviticus 19:28, where it says to not <em>“mark your skin with tattoos.” </em>But a contextual reading reveals that God didn’t want His people practicing the same things as the pagan nations, which included getting tattoos. But God also didn’t want them piercing their bodies and, in verse 27, trimming their beards. </p> <p> So where does that leave us today? Is it possible to honor God <em>and </em>get a tattoo? Knowing that<em> “people look at the outside appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” </em>(1 Samuel 17:7),<strong> let’s see if we can find nine good reasons to get a tattoo.</strong></p> <p> </p> <p> <span style="font-size:10px;">Photo courtesy: ©Thinkstock/Rawpixel Ltd</span></p>
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