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CLARITY – 1-31-18 Lunar Trifecta

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-31-18

 

Lunar Trifecta

What’s Happening:  “It hasn’t happened since 1982 (35+ years), but the Moon will be doing something special in the sky tonight…especially if you live in Hawaii or Alaska…less so on the West Coast…the rest of us: not so much. A Blue Moon occurs every time you have a second Full Moon in a month (hence the rarity statement of ‘once-in a-Blue-Moon’);  a Supermoon is another rarity: at Apogee (or close approach – this moon will be only 223,820 miles from earth – 236,000 is average); a Lunar Total Eclipse, another rarity, occurs when all three, the Sun-Moon-and Earth line up – a Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Moon enters Earth’s shadow; all three occur simultaneously only very rarely…TONIGHT! (https://www.yahoo.com/news/lunar-showstopper-1st-super-blue-blood-moon-35-105224938.html).

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Should I hide under the kitchen table?”

 

Biblical Response:  “No, unless you are of the ‘Chicken Little’ persuasion (always thinking the sky is falling!) Seriously, unless you are in a good viewing area you won’t notice much difference…of course, pointing out these facts might make you look intelligent…and nerdy.”

 

“Christians? Do we believe in celestial events. Sure, there are lots of them recorded in Scripture (Joel 2:30, Dan. 6:27, Ps. 18:13, etc.). Often, big events in history are accompanied by signs and wonders – I’m thinking, for example, about the ‘star in the East’ the wisemen followed (Matt. 2:2). How should we respond to these celestial wonders?  Awe, not fear (Luke 2:9-10),”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to see celestial events as You having everything under control; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-27-18 Fleeting Focus

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-27-18

 

Fleeting Focus

What’s Happening:  “A satellite launch last week to test a new rocket put the satellite (dubbed Humanity Star) into a short-lived orbit (it will decay and fall back to earth being harmlessly burned up in the atmosphere after nine months). It looks kind of like a disco ball and ‘The Humanity Star is intended to serve as a focal point for humanity as every single person on Earth will have the opportunity to see and experience it,’ Rocket Lab, the launcher said (https://www.yahoo.com/news/astronomers-really-hate-bright-disco-192852945.html). ‘I know many astronomers are upset at this unnecessary object that will cause light pollution, although again we don’t know its orbit or brightness yet, so we don’t know how bad it will be,’ astrophysicist J. J. Eldridge said on Twitter.”

 

Knee-jerk Response:  “So if I see a flash of light that might be it, huh?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yep…and it might not…it’s only temporary…maybe it’s intended to distract.you (kind of like the mission of every shiny object), but don’t lose your focus on the really important things…like faith, family and freedom.”

 

“Christians? Are we for distraction? Sure, as long as it’s only temporary and it doesn’t take our focus too far afield (2 Tim. 2:22-24). We don’t need to be too serious about fleeting things…we just need to keep the main thing, THE MAIN THING (Heb. 12:2).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we need Your help in keeping us focused in on the things that really matter, not being unnecessarily distracted towards the shiniest object; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-26-18 Details

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-26-18

 

Details

What’s Happening:  “The Administration finally released Thursday the long-promised details on a starting point for negotiations on immigration reform: 1.8 million “dreamers” can be on a long path to citizenship, limited immigration for spouses and children only (no other “chain migration”), $25 Billion in trust funds for a border wall (and beefed up security on our borders – more technology and border guards, etc.), and an elimination of the visa lottery system, etc. (https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/25/politics/white-house-immigration-framework/index.html). The White House termed it a ‘dramatic concession’ and a ‘compromise.’”

 

Knee-jerk Response:  “The devil’s always in the details!”

 

Biblical Response:  “You may be right…in any case it’s a long way from done…whatever compromise is agreed to must get at least 60 votes in the Senate and whatever House changes are made still have to be signed by the President. I’d say we were still a long way from the ‘details.’”

 

“Christians? Should we be merciful? Of course! (Matt. 10:8) I mean, who doesn’t want to live in ‘Disneyland’ (read; America)? However, it’s not enough to want to get free stuff paid for by taxpayers, immigrants must also assimilate (read: speak English), make a valuable contribution to our society (read: merit-based immigration), put America first (before the country they came from), be non-felons, …the list could go on.

 

Sounds like you are making a lot of conditions for immigrants…this is ‘Disneyland,’ isn’t it? I mean, they could go home.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to see people for what they are dead set on becoming…we weren’t anything to write home about when we first arrived, either; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-25-18 Incommunicado

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-25-18

 

Incommunicado

What’s Happening:  “The judge in the recent Turpin case (David Allen and Louise Ann Turpin – recently accused of chaining, torturing and endangering their 13 children) has just ordered the parents, who are held in jail on 12 million dollars bail each, not contact their children in any way until January, 2021. The trial, in Riverside, CA (or some other court assigned venue due to the wide publicity) will probably be over long before then (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/01/24/turpin-parents-court-hearing/1062005001/). ‘You must not contact them, except through your lawyer,’ County Judge Emma Smith said.”

 

Knee-jerk Response:  “Don’t parents have the right to talk with their children? Aren’t folks innocent until proven guilty?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yes, and yes…generally. I mean, it is generally the right and responsibility of parents to communicate with their kids, but sometimes it might be better to have no communication rather than harmful communication. Determining that is what hearings and judges are for.  The trial will determine their innocence or guilt.”

 

“Christians? Of course, we are obligated to care for our kids (Eph. 6:4). Unfortunately, that does not always happen. That’s where families or church leadership steps in to lovingly correct the situation. Occasionally, if all else fails, the law system of a government entity steps in. Failing this, the law of sowing and reaping (Gal. 6:7) takes over.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give the parents their due and help the children move past their abuse in forgiveness and renewed vision for their futures; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-23-18 It Depends on to Whom You Talk

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-24-18

 

It Depends on to Whom You Talk

What’s Happening:  “What is in the Nunes Memo? Is it really the Watergate of our day? (With all the leaking going on in Washington, the classified text conclusions of the House Intelligence Committee’s Chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) personal investigation into the Russia probe, might be on public display anyway). It really depends on to whom you talk (https://www.npr.org/2018/01/24/580068641/the-memo-the-bureau-and-the-missing-texts-get-caught-up-on-the-war-over-the-fbi). The Democrats say it’s a smokescreen, the Republicans may prefer to talk about the memo, rather than release it’s content. Then there’s the conveniently missing five months of texts (56,000 texts) from FBI agent Strzok to FBI lawyer Lisa Page.”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “Whom are we to believe?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Again, it depends on to whom you talk. I mean, who’s got the absolute perspective? God. I’m going to write a book someday on “The Myth of the Closet.” We do all sorts of things ‘in-the-closet’ thinking no one can see…but God does.”

 

“Christians? We’re some of the worst offenders…or should I say ‘self-deceivers.’ Thankfully, Someone’s already paid for that (Rom. 5:8). Still, it behooves us to deal in absolute truth. And that’s what the Holy Spirit is for (John 15:12-13).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to see beyond others’ bias and from Your absolute perspective; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-23-18 Border Wall Looking Better

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-23-18

 

Border Wall Looking Better

What’s Happening:  “Mexico’ murders, at 25, 339 (mostly by drug cartels), is more than three times as high as the U.S. (and not as populous). The border wall is looking better all the time (https://www.yahoo.com/news/were-more-25-000-homicides-010954454.html). ‘Even though Mexico has a significant problem with violence, it is plainly false that Mexico is the most dangerous country in the world,’ said Mexico’s Foreign Minister.”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “Maybe I should cancel my vacation south of the border.”

 

Biblical Response:  “You think? Not that you’re going to be there to raise the ire of a drug cartel, but just being an American with money makes you a target…Texas beaches are looking better all the time! So is Trump’s border wall. Sure, determined smugglers can find a way (over, under, or through), but that’s what the Border Patrol and high-tech surveillance are for. No wonder folks want to come here…where the rule of law trumps (pun intended) might makes right.”

 

“Christians? Of course it’s wrong to kill (Ex.20:13), but more than that, it’s wrong to even force your philosophy on someone else (2 Tim. 2:24). Although we believe we have the superior ideology, we also believe that its superiority will out (will be eventually proven to be right) (1 John 5:9). Keeping bad out may win the short game, but producing good from within is the only recipe for long-term success.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, teach us that you defeat an ideology with an ideology…that there’s a belief system that squelches (and pays in full for) the evil, while the good eventually dominates…humbly so; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-22-18 Is Anywhere Safe?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-22-18

 

Is Anywhere Safe?

What’s Happening:  “How about some good news for a change? The two IED’s that exploded around 5:30pm at Eagle Ridge Mall at Lake Wales, Florida (about 30 minutes east of Tampa) injured or killed no one. That’s the good news…that no one is apparently safe anywhere: the bad news. (https://www.yahoo.com/news/2-ieds-explode-florida-mall-073521103.html. ‘It’s very concerning to us. We’re a family-oriented community. This is a family-oriented mall,’ said Deputy Police Chief Troy Schulz, at a press conference Sunday.”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “There go trips to the mall. I’m going to do all my shopping online.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Which may be exactly what terrorists want…what with wanting to change our culture and cyber-terrorism and all. Living in fear is exactly what terrorism is all about. It is reasonable to want to be safe, but is there really anywhere safe?”

 

“Christians? That is a great question deserving a great answer: YES! Let me put it like my friend, Ralph Irwin, put it when asked the same question as a medic in VietNam (imagine being on a jungle battlefield armed with only a first aid kit!). He said, ‘The safest place is the center of God’s will.’ (Psalm 18:19) When put like that, fear has no power.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, grant that we might operate in faith, not fear; there are plenty of things we can do something about to fret over the things with which we cannot: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-20-18 The Blame Game Strikes Again

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-20-18

 

The Blame Game Strikes Again

What’s Happening:  “The Republicans call it the ‘Schumer Shutdown’ (winning the alliteration game – they’ve actually got a website: SchumerShutdown.com), while the Democrats lay the blame squarely on the Republicans because, they say, that they are completely in charge having the White House, the House of Representatives and the Senate. Of course, they say nothing when it’s pointed out that nothing can pass the Senate now without a super-majority (https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/us-government-shuts-down-as-midnight-deadline-passes-live-updates-1802448). The best comment was probably made by Vice President Mike Pence: ‘It’s disappointing to every American that Democrats in the Senate would shutdown the government when we have troops in harm’s way.’”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “Don’t we (the taxpayers) win anytime government workers have to stay home without pay?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Perhaps…I mean, I do understand the sentiment…though those doing without a paycheck might disagree. Too bad the Congress’ paychecks are not tied to their performance. I think we should propose a Balanced Budget Amendment – when we have a surplus, Congress gets a bonus…when we have a deficit, they get no pay…of course, that just makes too much sense.”

 

“Will the shutdown really accomplish anything? Probably not. It’ll probably be short-lived. Although there appears to be intractable differences, both sides know this is an election year.”

 

“Christians? We are to be fiscally responsible (Rom. 13:8), yet we are also to be merciful (Rom. 11;32). Surely, there’s a balance there somewhere.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to find the balance between mercy and responsibility; isn’t Your provision both? In Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-19-18 Where Were the Neighbors?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-19-18

 

Where Were the Neighbors?

What’s Happening:  “Details continue to be revealed as the 13 children (2-29) are being treated in local hospitals for the forced incarceration by the parents, David Allen and Louise Ann Turpin, who were arrested last Sunday on torture and child endangerment charges. They might still be there if a 17-year-old sibling had not escaped out a window and called police for help (https://www.yahoo.com/news/13-children-held-captive-parents-161714493.html). ‘We do need to acknowledge the courage of the young girl who escaped from that residence to bring attention so they could get the help that they so needed,’ said Captain Greg Fellows of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “Where were the neighbors?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Good question…though I have to say that when I moved from San Diego in 1977, the neighbors came to say goodbye…sadly, it was the first time I had met them. Of course, that was only after a year…the Turpins had been there since 2010..I guess it depends on your definition of ‘neighbor.’ Perhaps we do tend to be too focused on our screens (phones, tablets, laptops, TV’s) to lift our heads to discover what is going on all around.”

 

“Christians? The Bible has a lot to say on how to be a good neighbor (Luke 10:25-37). Additionally, care for our children should be the parents’ first calling. Our children should be our first disciples…their salvation and godly upbringing our primary concern.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, forgive us where we have fallen short in our God-given responsibilities and help us to do better; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-18-18 Brilliant (and healthy)

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-18-18

 

Brilliant (and healthy)

What’s Happening:  “Rear Admiral Dr. Ronny Jackson gave President Trump a clean bill of health Tuesday, the first cognitive test for a sitting president, and predicted he’ll probably outlive us all in what was a ringing endorsement from a neutral physician who was Obama’s doctor, too (https://www.yahoo.com/news/doctor-gives-trump-clean-bill-health-physical-mental-223547871.html). ‘Absolutely he’s fit for duty, I think he will remain fit for duty for the remainder of this term, and even for the remainder of another term if he’s elected.’

 

Knee-jerk Response: “I guess that will end all the ‘mentally incompetent’ accusations.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably not…there are probably as many ‘armchair doctors’ as ‘Monday-morning quarterbacks’…once a Trump-hater always a Trump-hater…at least until they see how much less is taken out of their paycheck. Is Trump a narcissist? Probably. Just what the ‘doctor ordered’ (pun intended) to deal with the likes of Kim Jong-Un. Trump probably consumes too many carbohydrates, but I’d take his extra weight if I can have peace. Do you mean his diet is keeping America safe? No, but it might make him less irritable and that might be good news if you lived in the DPRK.”

 

“Christians? Humility and patience would be preferable, of course (Eph. 4:2). Nobody’s perfect…except One…and look what they did to Him!”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we need to be supportive, but discriminating (not in the racial sense, of course); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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