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CLARITY – 12-31-18 Works for Prisons

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-31-18

Works for Prisons

What’s Happening: “An inmate, Shalom Mendoza, 21, just walked away from San Quentin while on an outside work crew. He was apprehended at a fast food restaurant  4 days later (https://www.yahoo.com/news/california-inmate-walked-away-san-quentin-caught-223511360.html). Quoting from the Associated Press article: ‘It isn’t unusual for inmates outside secure areas to walk away, and most are quickly caught. Far more uncommon are escapes from walled or fenced prisons.’”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “The mistake was not putting him behind a wall…wait a minute…that sounds familiar.”

Biblical Response:  “The argument would be that caravans are not criminals. True, at least those who apply for asylum at official ports of entry…and they’re not a gang member, fleeing prosecution…or from a terrorist country, etc. What I find ironic is that the very folks who believe walls are for protection are against Trump’s border wall, Duh!?”

“Christians? Some think it’s un-Christian, to not offer these downtrodden a helping hand. What about that scripture that condemns not protecting you own? (1 Tim. 5:8). No doubt it’s complicated.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we need discerning, merciful, but vigilant hearts. Since You know a man’s heart, guide us; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-29-18 Shutdown Govt?…Immigration?…Border?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-29-18

Shutdown…of Govt?…of Immigration?…of Border?

What’s Happening: “Yesterday, the President, in the face of a government shutdown, said he may shutdown the entire southern border. There is currently an impasse between Democrats and Republicans over the demanded $5 Billion (really only a downpayment on the overall border security cost of $26 Billion). What this Congress, which is currently on permanent recess, or the one scheduled to convene January 3, 2019, with a newly elected Democrat majority, will do is anybody’s guess…but it’s a cinch they won’t call any money allocated: “for the wall” (https://www.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-venting-fury-over-151943226.html).  ‘I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught – and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!” the President tweeted.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “How long can the government be shut down?!”

Biblical Response:  “The popular mantra among the media..and Chicken Little…is the sky is falling. It’s not. 87% of government services will continue unabated. There is nothing to fret…unless, of course, you are John Kerry or his family  (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/john-kerrys-family-fights-border-security-palatial-french-villa-terrorism/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=patriotupdate&utm_campaign=dailyam&utm_content=libertyalliance). What is sauce for the goose is apparently not sauce for the gandee.

“Christians? Some Universalists and Unitarians might disagree, but heaven is only for those who come though the gate…and there is a wall (allowing access for the righteous – and excluding others). Sure, I know Christ died for everyone…but all have not received His gift.

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the love to pray for others; we’ll leave the judgement to the Judge; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-28-18 Ill Eagle

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-28-18

Ill Eagle

What’s Happening: “Five hours after legal immigrant from Fiji Corporal Ronil Singh of Newman, California police took a Christmas photo with his wife and 5-month-old son, he was brutally murdered at a 1:00 am traffic stop on December 26, allegedly by an illegal.The suspect was pulled over for a DUI stop, and shot Singh who radioed his plight…then died of gunshot wounds at an area hospital. The suspect, considered armed and dangerous, is still at large (https://www.foxnews.com/us/suspect-in-fatal-california-cop-shooting-is-in-us-illegally-authorities-say). ‘This suspect…is in our country illegally. He doesn’t belong here. He is a criminal. We will find him, we will arrest him, we will bring him to justice,’ Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What a tragic thing to happen the day after Christmas.”

Biblical Response:  Anytime a cop is murdered, it’s a tragedy. And, I agree with you, the timing is even more tragic. So is the fact that the murder was allegedly perpetrated by an illegal…AGAINST A LEGAL! Immigration is in a gray area right now, but there could not be anything more tragic or more ironic.

“Christians? We should be committed to following laws that are on the books…and change those laws with which we disagree (1 Pet 2:13-15). Right now, our country is sick. It rewards those who violate the law, and kills those who respect it. This kind of sickness, if not soon cured, will tear us apart.

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, grant us the courage we need to take on injustice wherever it’s found; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-27-18 A Wave That Deserves More Than a Wave

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-27-18

A Wave That Deserves More Than a Wave

What’s Happening: “Aid workers Wednesday were still desperately searching for the missing from the unwarned tsunami that hit Indonesia last Saturday from the volcanic eruption that was near the historic Krakatoa (it killed 36,000 in 1883). The death toll has been raised to 430 and there are 22,000 living in shelters (https://www.yahoo.com/news/indonesia-rescuers-scramble-reach-isolated-tsunami-struck-towns-025102113.html) ‘I’m here because people said there could another tsunami,’ said Etin Supriatin, an evacuation center occupant.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “That’s over there…what does that have to do with me?”

Biblical Response:  “True, all tragedy is local. Still, compassion dictates that those less fortunate should be helped by those more blessed. How does that saying go?…There, but for the grace of God, go I.

“Christians? Many just want to wag their heads and say, ‘What a shame!’ Not us. There is a scripture that comes to mind:

‘… and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.’ James 2:16-17 (NASU)”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may we be practical in our sympathy; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-26-18 Turnips and Justice

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-26-18

Turnips and Justice

What’s Happening: “In a Federal District Court in D.C., Chief Judge Beryl Howell has ordered The Republic of North Korea to pay the Otto Warmbier family $500 Million …which will probably never be collected. Not only is there the ‘turnip rule (‘you can’t get blood out of a turnip’ – RONK does not have that kind of money, if they did, it might cause the poor to die if it was paid in lieu of feeding their people). The family said they are only seeking justice for Otto’s undeserved death, As far as justice is concerned, how do you value a human life? (https://www.yahoo.com/news/family-otto-warmbier-awarded-500-185758100.html). ‘It’s another government and one that doesn’t cooperate much with the United States. The question is how to find assets that are probably in the United States that the parents could secure,’ University of Richmond law professor Carl Tobias said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “They’ll never see a penny!”

Biblical Response:  “Probably not. Still, that might not be their point…though the attorney’s would probably like to get paid. The family just wants justice. This probably only the initial step.

“Christians? We believe in justice…ULTIMATE JUSTICE. The actions of the North Korean penal system is why hell is hot (it IS described as the “lake of fire” – Rev. 20:15). Like I’ve said before, justice makes hell necessary, mercy makes heaven possible.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, comfort the Warmbier family – and others similarly suffering. We trust in Your ultimate Justice; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-22-18 Obvious Choice

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-22-18

Obvious Choice

What’s Happening: “In a now-deleted Facebook post, the Opp, Alabama Police Department stated: ‘THESE MURDERS HAVE BEEN DONE BY OUR YOUNG PEOPLE,…THIS IS HAPPENING BECAUSE WE HAVE TURNED AWAY FROM GOD AND EMBRACED SATAN. WE HAVE NOT MEANT TO DO SO BUT, WE HAVE.’ The default nature of embracing the Prince of Darkness is rarely pointed out by law enforcement, but their plea for divine (and parental) help was met by opposition from the Freedom From Religion folks (https://www.yahoo.com/news/young-people-apos-embracing-satan-125554357.html).  

Quoting the post, ‘FRIENDS, IT IS TIME TO STAND UP AND BE RESPONSIBLE, GROWN UP LEADERS IN OUR COMMUNITY. BOTTOM LINE, THERE ARE SHEEP; THERE ARE WOLVES AND THERE ARE SHEEP DOGS. WHICH GROUP DO YOU BELONG TO?’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Surely the police have sworn to uphold the Constitution…including the First Amendment!”

Biblical Response:  “Actually, the First Amendment was penned to keep any Christian Denomination from using the power of government to promote their particular brand of Christianity (not to guarantee freedom from God). The police have correctly identified the real problem here: kids are no longer being raised to respect authority. Tech raises these kids…and the default of no authority is anarchy. Embracing Satan is not an act of commission, it is an act of omission.”

“Christians? We need to teach Christian American government in our Sunday schools (Titus 2:6-13). It’s surely not taught in our secular public schools. The class I taught in college, God and Government, was only allowed because it was a private Bible college.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our law enforcement keep the peace while we teach our young people how to submit to authority; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-21-18 Doing What’s Unpopular

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-2i-18

Doing What’s Unpopular

What’s Happening: “With a government shutdown looming (tonight at midnight) and Trump so far intractable on his demands for border security, it seems an impasse is inevitable. Top all of that off with Defense Secretary Mattis’s resignation, the removal by Trump of 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria (and rumored 7,000 from Afghanistan), the stock market’s recent plunges, and you may have what some opponents describe as ‘chaos’ (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/12/21/after-chaotic-day-trump-defends-wall-plan-risks-government-shutdown/2385388002/).  ‘Properly designed and built Walls work,’ said Trump.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “No wall is worth shutting down the government over.”

Biblical Response:  “There are a lot of things wrong with that statement. To name a few: 1) It’s a wall system – some repairs to existing structures, drones, other technology, beefed up training, more Border Patrol agents, …and some actual wall – besides, it’s just a downpayment of all that’s got to happen. 2) Government shutdowns do not mean a cessation of all government activities – Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the Military, etc., will all continue unabated. 3) How else do you stop illegal immigration, drugs, and human trafficking?.”

“Christians? If we let popularity be our guide, much would never get done- much of  what must be done (1 John 2:15). We are for the government doing its job, but not to people that try to circumvent the law.

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we want to show mercy, we must show mercy to those who have waited in line first; help us do just that; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-20-18 Immigration & Taxation Protests Travel

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-20-18

Immigration & Taxation Protests Travel

What’s Happening: “Yellow Vests (a name given to the protesters in Paris to Macron’s taxation and immigration policies – named after the yellow emergency vests many of them donned) have come to many cities across Canada – Calgary, Halifax, Edmonton, etc. They are protesting Trudeau’s liberal policies concerning the carbon tax and the border (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/trudeau-facing-macron-nightmare-yellow-vests-come-canada-protest-taxes-illegals/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune).   ‘I’m tired of Trudeau basically doing what he wants with our money and sending it overseas…Right now, personally, I’m facing a job crisis. All our oil jobs are gone, all our money is going south,’ protester ‘Turk’ told CTV.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Great! I guess they’re coming here next.”

Biblical Response:  “Maybe. That’s good news…not bad, however. The American Revolution was begun by such (think Boston Tea Party). The debate may rage on about immigration and global warming, and soldiers will tell us about dying for the right to protest – and they’ll be the ones with their hands over their hearts when the flag passes by at parades – but the need for change is often catalyzed by those who disagree with the status quo. Still, we need to be wary of those who want change for change’s sake.”

“Christians? There was a lot of opposition, even persecution, for the Early Church for ‘novation’ – change for change’s sake. Do we favor change? As long as it is change for the better: yes. But not all change is good (Gen. 3).

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to examine an issue before we favor change, and not be afraid of change when it is warranted; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-19-18 The Real Test of Truth

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-19-18

The Real Test of Truth

What’s Happening: “The reporter (Michael Isikoff) who first broke the story on the Steele Dossier now admits in an interview last Saturday that allegations made by former British spy Michael Steele’s are likely false. No revelation to most, though it’s hard to see why the FISA courts relied so heavily on a discredited dossier to get a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign…since when is mere allegation damning? Oh, that’s right…since Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing (https://www.yahoo.com/news/reporter-broke-steele-dossier-story-194320474.html). ‘It’s a mixed record at best,’ the reporter said. ‘Things could change. Mueller may yet produce evidence that changes this calculation, but based on the public record at this point, I’d have to say that most of the specific allegations have not been borne out.’”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”

Biblical Response:  “Except when there’s just smoke…especially when that ‘smoke’ was manufactured by a competitor intending to deceive (the dossier was paid for by the Clinton campaign). I don’t blame Hillary for trying to deceive, but I blame anyone who takes her deceptions for truth.”

“Christians? Hopefully, we’ve learned the lesson that Scripture tries to teach: that ‘Truth stands the test of time, and lies are soon exposed’ (Prov. 12:19). The moral of the story? Don’t be too hasty. Or as Shakespeare said, ‘…but at length truth will out…’ (2.2.69-74)

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be patient enough to see Your hand, not jumping to the conclusions the Deceiver designs; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-18-18 As Goes the King

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-18-18

As Goes the King

What’s Happening: “Maybe some church splits are good – in any case it’s happening, and the departure of the Ukrainian arm of the Russian Orthodox Church  of Kiev is a good thing in the eyes of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (https://www.yahoo.com/news/ukraine-church-picks-bishop-leader-050000393.html). ‘What kind of church is this? This is a church without Putin,’ said President of Ukraine Poroshenko.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “All splits are bad. What about appeals for unity?’

Biblical Response:  “Yeah? And what about appeals to ‘come out from among them’ (2 Cor. 6:17)? Of course that’s a decision to break off…now they have to choose a leader – and they have: 39-year old ‘the Metropolitan of Kiev and Ukraine, Epifaniy,’ also known as Serhiy Dumenko. Of course, ‘as goes the king, so goes the kingdom.’ This may be alright for America, with the presumption of a Christian majority (I’m thinking of a founder’s quote: ‘Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.’ John Adams) As soon as you have a leader named, he (or she) is leading somewhere…good or bad.”

“Christians? We are not exempt from this principle. However, we believe in ‘God-rule’ not ‘self-rule.’ Untransformed, Man’s heart is wicked. All the more reason for choosing God-ordained leadership (‘…If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. …’ Rom. 12:8 NLT).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to examine a man’s character and submissiveness to Your authority, as we must follow his lead; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

Share as you like; just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent