New Hope In The Lord
       International Ministries

Office Hours: M-F 9:30am-5:00pm
PO Box 418 Valhalla,
New York, USA 10595              Phone: (914) 948-4481


                                                                        October 2017
Dear Family,

Summer is now officially over. The hottest days of most summers are in August. This past one was not one of them. This year many hot days came in September. In this letter I'm going to talk about a hot issue which has nothing to do with the weather. This heat that came is a result of rebellion caused by the forces of darkness "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places, Eph. 6:12.. The heat I'm speaking about started getting attention this time last year. Collin Kaepernick, a football player, kneeled when the Star Spangled Banner was sung. He wanted to draw attention to the oppression happening by police to people of color. He was not the first one in his sport to do this. Marshawn Lynch recently said he has been doing it. President Trump recently responded by stating whoever sits during the national anthem is disrespecting our flag and country and should be fired Those words caused teams (including some of the owners) to either not be on the field during the anthem or being on the field locking arms with one another or knelt. This protest is now widespread even outside of sports in other venues. One in Congress recently refused to stand.

Collin's stance concerning discrimination is nothing new. Solomon said in Ecc.1:9c, "There is nothing new under the sun". Kaepernick's cause of injustice started in the garden when Adam and Eve fell into sin. They bore 2 children Cain and Abel. Their sin resulted in Cain's heart becoming evil and he killed (hated) his brother. That was the start of injustice towards ones race, creed, and color. As a Jew, I understand the oppression which people of color and others are going through. My people experienced 400 years of hardship, pain and slavery in Egypt. Anti-Semitism has never gone away. Jews were expelled from Spain. Six million died in the Holocaust; Synagogues were and still are burned; Cemeteries are desecrated; Swastikas are displayed etc. Every ethnic group that came to America has been violated.

When Francis Scott Key wrote the poem, we now know of as The Star-Spangled Banner, (which was written on a ship 8 miles from the fort) there was a relentless attack by the British (the war of 1812) on Fort McHenry in Maryland. He named the poem The defense of Fort McHenry. After an all-night attack, the British soldiers quit, but those in the fort did not. Through the bombs bursting in air old glory (the flag) was still there. Inside the fort, bodies were by the flag. When one died another one held it up; they wouldn't let the flag fall.

The cause should be addressed in a different way. It has nothing to do with our flag and country.
(Because of the disrespect shown, many have canceled their NFL subscriptions and stopped buying their products.) It has everything to do with the condition of men's heart. Gen. 6:6 tells us God wiped out the world because men's thoughts in their heart were continually evil. Jer. 17:9 says, "The heart is desperately wicked above all things and deceitful". Ecc. 9:6 tells us, "The heart is mad". Nothing will change (with this kind of protest) but things would change through repentance and turning to Christ. In Luke 4:18 when Jesus stood up in the synagogue he talked about the spirit of the Lord being upon him; he also said God sent him to proclaim liberty to the captives and the giving sight to the blind; to set those who are oppressed free.

Where is the voice of those athletes who proclaim Christ (names not mentioned) as their Savior? Instead of speaking up and letting others know that Christ is the answer, they too are kneeling. I know a man, Frank Eiklor, who hated Jews although he never met one. This came about due to his father's hatred of Jews. In the Marines Christ found him and changed his heart and life. He founded Shalom International Ministries and became a lover of Jewish people with an un-relentless goal of building bridges of love to them.

The NFL game operational manual says, "It shall be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in the area of respect for the flag and our country". In my opinion, they have failed.

Serving Our King Together,
Rev. Joseph