Sunday, November 13, 2016

Reflections on the Elections

A week of elections left the US nation in shock. If so many really didn't want Trump to win the elections, how did he? Many seem to have voted for him. He obviously has the support of more than half of the people.

Some say that the comments he made on public TV were just a way to get attention, but I don't know if that is true. I guess his actions will show who he truly is. Everything said during the election campaigns may not be a good indication.  But in many cases it is...

It seems to be such an important part of each president's campaign to state their support to Israel. I think Donald Trump said it over and over: "I am pro Israel." But, he also said that he wants the Palestinian side to 'THINK' that he is on their side so he can make a deal that would bring peace. I look forward to that deal that will take more of our land and build more walls. Because that is what previous deals have done. 

I hope to someday have a US president that is Pro Peace. Someone who cares about both the Palestinians and the Israelis. That's not going to happen because he would never win. Here is a speech by the vice president of Donald Trump...

Vice President Addresses Israel

I am glad I am not an American citizen yet, and so glad I didn't have the right to vote at least this time around. But even in times like this, Americans must still find reason to be grateful for the blessings they have.

Some of those rights the American people have and take for granted are denied from others...the Palestinian people and many other people in the world only dream of those rights. 

If you are an American...I invite you to ponder these things:

*When you vote, remember you have a right many others don't.

*The next time you take a shower, think of the millions of Palestinians who don't have running water except once every two weeks...And who would run out of water if they showered daily.

*The next time you sit in a warm place during a cold winter day, think of all the Palestinians who can't afford to heat their homes because if they heated their house every day for a week, that would use up all their salary.

*The next time you fly out of an airport think of the Palestinians who are not allowed to fly out of the airport in their country and must travel many hours by land to an neighbor country to fly out.

*The next time you drive for hours from one state to the other, think of the Palestinians who can't travel for more than a few miles without running into an Israeli checkpoint.

*The next time you gaze into the sunset without your view being blocked, think of the Palestinians who have a 25-foot concrete wall to gaze at almost everywhere they go.

*The next time you hear of a court or judge think of the thousands of Palestinians who are in Israeli jails, not allowed a fair trial and being tortured and imprisoned just because they spoke out against injustices.

*The next time you go to a doctor think of all the Palestinians who have no right to get good medical care because of lack of supplies or money and them not being allowed into Jerusalem to get better health care.

*The next time you get your pay check, think of the Palestinians who make an average of $500 a month and live in a country where the poverty line is $1200. 

Even though my examples are about Palestinians, there are many in the world that are in worse situations that us Palestinians. So, I only use that as an example. 

As much as I miss my country Palestine, I feel blessed living in this great country of liberty.  I have so many blessings here that I can only dream of back home. I am reminded of that every day as I take a hot shower every day and not have to worry about the water running out or being cold. 

I hope that Americans can remember to be grateful for what they have and maintain that liberty and justice in their country. I hope that they can elect leaders who are kind and loving and accepting of everyone. And I hope they can continue to stand up and speak out against injustices and racism. 

 The Lord promised that this land will be a land of liberty and prosperity to all, UNLESS they turn away from the Lord their God. It scares me since I see many here already moving away from God and losing faith in Him who created them.

Lehi prophesied about America saying: "There shall none come into this land save they shall be brought by the hand of the Lord.
 Wherefore, this land is consecrated unto him whom he shall bring. And if it so be that they shall serve him according to the commandments which he hath given, it shall be a land of liberty unto them; wherefore, they shall never be brought down into captivity; if so, it shall be because of iniquity; for if iniquity shall abound cursed shall be the land for their sakes, but unto the righteous it shall be blessed forever.
Behold, I say, if the day shall come that they will reject the Holy One of Israel, the true Messiah, their Redeemer and their God, behold, the judgments of him that is just shall rest upon them. (2 Nephi 1)

And in the book of Ether:   
 "And now, we can behold the decrees of God concerning this land, that it is a land of promise; and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall serve God, or they shall be swept off when the fulness of his wrath shall come upon them. And the fulness of his wrath cometh upon them when they are ripened in iniquity." (Ether 2: 9)

May we all serve God and follow our Savior Jesus Christ. He is our rock and our salvation during these difficult times. Whoever leads our country, and whether we even have a country should not matter as long as we have Him, our Savior, as our Lord and King. He is just, merciful, loving and kind. He gave His life for us...there isn't a leader in the world that would do something like that for His people.  May we always trust Him and stand by Him strong and immovable against the winds and storms of the world.