CLARITY – 1-17-18 Rumors of War

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-17-18

 

Rumors of War

 

What’s Happening:  “First, it was Hawaii – 38 minutes of panic occurred when a false warning of a missile launch from North Korea was emblazoned on phones statewide: yesterday it happened nationwide in Japan…the TV station responsible for the deception has apologized (https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/2aeb97a0-fc5e-3cca-96c9-bcb4c5340a3c/ss_japanese-tv-issues-false.html).’Around 6.55pm earlier we reported on the NHK’s news site and NHK’s news disaster prevention application “Pattern of North Korean missile launch” but this was incorrectly issued. J alert has not appeared. I must sincerely apologise.’”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “Now, nobody will respond…it’s a case of crying ‘wolf’ too many times.”

 

Biblical Response:  “You might be right…not that there’s much that many folks could do, anyway. One thing’s certain, the real thing will be worse. Is a thermonuclear missile survivable? Probably…the real question is ‘do you want to?’ What kind of world will be left? Do you want your children to live in fear of such a thing happening? These, and other questions, should have be asked decades ago…before North Korea had an opportunity to develop the threat.

 

“Christians? Although our eternity is secure (2 Tim. 1:12), our temporality is not. The law of sowing and reaping (Gal. 6:7) guarantees that regret has a multiplied component. We have sown the wind…now we get to reap the whirlwind. Is there still time? Maybe.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to let fear rule the day…but to be wise purveyors of the truth. Give our leaders the wisdom to guide us through these tumultuous times;: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-16-18 Then There Were Three

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-16-18

 

Then There Were Three

 

What’s Happening:  “First, there were wildfires, then devastating mudslides, now the cleanup and the 20 dead – four missing has turned to three with the discovery of 53-year-old transient  John ‘Jack’ Cantin and his dog Tina in Ventura. The mudslides have damaged or destroyed 500 of the 3,200 homes in Montecito, California (https://www.yahoo.com/news/latest-president-trump-monitoring-california-mudslides-171853755.html). Although much of the water has receded on highway 101, Jim Shivers of California’s Highway Transportation Department said that cleanup crews were only recently allowed in to focus on removing the debris. ”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “Imagine the terror of wildfires, only to be followed by mudslides!”

 

Biblical Response:  “That was tragic, for sure. Still, it may not have been all that different for ‘Jack.’ He went from homeless to…well, homeless. At least he wasn’t of that number (20!) who were killed by the recent mudslides. All tragedy may be local, but the whole nation should be grieving.

 

“Christians? Almost everyone will experience a devastating loss during their lifetime, but we can be thankful that God is never caught off guard by these events. Jesus even tells of one such tragedy in the New Testament  (Luke 13:2-5). He said it was not always the result of their own sin. The are four basic reasons for calamity; 1) our stupidity – sinful or otherwise 2) someone else’s stupidity – sometimes we are the ‘innocent’ victims (read: collateral damage) 3) living in a fallen world – the repercussions of what Adam and Eve set in motion are incalculable or 4) God is trying to show us something (or 5: some combination).Still, God is just as upset about it.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to correct the things we can, comfort others where we can, and quit blaming You for every bad thing that happens (Really? ‘Acts of God?!’): in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-15-18 What Would You Do?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-15-18

 

What Would You Do?

 

What’s Happening:  “At 8:07 am (their time), Saturday, the Civil Defense System sent out a message to anyone with a smartphone in Hawaii; BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER . THIS IS NOT A DRILL. And, as was discovered and people were notified 38 minutes later, it wasn’t…it was a mistake. People huddled in garages, called loved ones to say goodbye, some even prayed (https://www.yahoo.com/news/hawaii-apos-false-missile-alert-044316057.html).  Governor of Hawaii, David Ige tweeted: ‘Today is a day most of us will never forget. A terrifying day when our worst nightmares appeared to become a reality. A day where we frantically grabbed what we could, tried to figure out how and where to shelter and protect ourselves and our ohana, said our “I love yous,’”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “I wish I were selling fallout shelters in Hawaii.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Or anywhere, for that matter. Seriously, why hasn’t anyone come up with a mylar-thin lead sheet…like a space blanket…to huddle under? I mean, they can roll out aluminum to make aluminum foil…why not lead foil? Whether it works or not might be irrelevant…at least folks would be thinking it would and have some peace. Of course, that’s not the real question. The real question is: ARE YOU READY? Whether or not Un decides to lob a missile at Hawaii or some mainland U. S. city would be irrelevant to the guy in a fatal car crash tomorrow (with California just making recreational marijuana legal, that might be an increasing possibility). One thing is certain, we’re all going to die…someday.

 

“Christians? In a sense, WE will not die (John 11:26)…at least we are not going to experience the second death (Rev. 2:11, etc.). The first death…well, Adam and Eve made that a certainty (Heb. 9:27; Rom. 3:23). We don’t need missile insurance, but a little fire insurance might go a long way.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the creativity and courage that living in this world will take…and the sense to prepare for an uncertain future…of course, for Some it IS certain; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-13-18 In the Ear of the Hearer

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-13-18

 

In the Ear of the Hearer

 

What’s Happening:  “President Trump, in a bipartisan, behind-closed-doors meeting Thursday, may have said some remarks that some in his own party found regrettable and distasteful, but Democrats are insisting were racist and hateful. It depends on who’s account you believe (https://www.yahoo.com/news/president-trump-denies-calling-haiti-shithole-country-152929482.html). ‘Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country,’ Trump tweeted Friday morning.“

 

Knee-jerk Response: “If he didn’t say it, I’m sure he was thinking it.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…but it was ‘behind-closed-doors’ (which apparently means something else to many). I wasn’t there…and neither were you.  I’d certainly take Donald Trump’s word over Dick Durban’s. Does he make remarks I wish he’d said differently? Yes, but then I’m not under the pressure he is, either. Don’t get me wrong…I’m not making excuses for him. A President is supposed to be an example for the rest of us (of course, I like the tenor of his decisions…even if I don’t like the tenor of his voice). Maybe it takes this kind of man (my wife and I watched a talented Gary Oldham play a quirky Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour last night) for such a time as this.

 

“Christians? Should we complain when He chooses ‘the foolish things of the world to confound the wise’? (1 Cor. 1:27-28) Let us not be so quick to judge. The rule is: Go to God about people and people about God.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we desire to be discrete in our own personal lives; help us not call anyone to a standard we don’t live by ourselves; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-12-18 Picking at a Scab

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-12-18

 

Picking at a Scab

 

What’s Happening:  “Just when it looked like Julian Assange’s latest ploy at solving his Ecuadoran Embassy ‘cell’ situation (Quito – Ecuador’s capital – declared him a citizen of their country on Dec. 12), he uses WikiLeaks contacts to notify the world of his support of Catalonia’s independence drive, not a wise move for someone who makes enemies faster than friends (https://www.yahoo.com/news/ecuador-grants-citizenship-wikileaks-founder-assange-foreign-minister-173828863.html). ‘We have reminded Mr Assange that he has no reason to interfere in Ecuadoran politics because his status does not allow it. Nor in that of nations that are our friends,’ said Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno. “

 

Knee-jerk Response: “Assange’s leaking of documents makes for interesting reading.”

 

Biblical Response:  “This may be true, but the end doesn’t justify the means. There are many leaks in the White House (though less now that Gen. Flynn has taken over); and they may be entertaining, but that doesn’t make them good…or right. You may argue that the public has a right to know. Aren’t some secrets better kept? There are things in everyone’s life that only glorify the enemy’s handiwork if revealed…that’s certainly true in mine. If we can’t let regret teach us, how are we ever to learn the lessons of mistakes made? The entertainment value of others’ errors is not the standard by which secrets should be judged. Besides, how can a person be healed if scabs are only for picking?

 

“Christians? We should never reward rumor-mongers, gossipers, or talebearers (Pro. 20:19). Just because something is salacious doesn’t mean revealing it is a good thing…it only increases ratings or sells more issues. We are for telling the truth…but discreetly.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us wisdom when we are privy to special knowledge…not braggadocious; in Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY -1-11-18 Fear Works

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-11-18

 

Fear Works

 

What’s Happening:  “The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted raids of 98 7-Elevens in 17 states (making 21 arrests). That and Trump’s tough talk on immigration during the campaign has reduced illegal border crossings since his election(today’s numbers are the lowest since 1971). Calling the recent outreach to both parties on creating a solution for DACA (the so-called ‘dreamers’)immigrants a ‘bill of love,’ Trump seems to be having a little compassion for those brought to America by parents seeking illegal work…much to conservatives’ consternation (https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/11/577271488/ice-targets-7-eleven-stores-in-nationwide-immigration-raids). ‘Today’s actions send a strong message to U.S. businesses that hire and employ an illegal workforce: ICE will enforce the law, and if you are found to be breaking the law, you will be held accountable,’ said ICE Deputy Director Thomas D. Homan.”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “Some of them really do want work.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Of course. That’s not the point. The fact that most illegals have a good work ethic, or just want to feed their families, etc., is not the point, either. What is the point? Don’t we need cheap labor? Yes, but you only have a country when you can control who gets admitted. If that means more raids, or employer discipline, or even a wall, so be it. No employer likes paying more for good help. Believe me I know (talk to me sometime about the illegals who worked hard at reasonable wages, who paid good money for SS numbers that were fake…that I had to fire in my landscape business). The point is that low wages keep finished products at artificially low prices. And those jobs should be going to those who are citizen-taxpayers. It might make prices go up, but taxes will go down because the demand for support services will go down, too (free education, food stamps, etc.).

 

“Christians? We want to be merciful, but we want to respect the law, too (Heb. 13:16-17). We can and should do both. When the Church allows the government to be the main or sole source of help, we promote their valueless  handouts. At least we preach a Gospel that can transform more than a hungry body or mind…how about ministering to the soul? The government can’t do that and still be neutral…hmmm.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our leaders to promote what is right and deter what is wrong. Help us to do that, too; in Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-10-18 Third World (and U.S.) Beware

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-10-18

 

Third World (and U.S.) Beware

 

What’s Happening:  “Although there are many playing with the idea of Oprah Winfrey actually making a bid for the Democratic Nomination for President in 2020, she may have trouble once everyone knows about her reported clandestine meeting in 2009 with George Soros, Bill Gates, David Rockefeller, Ted Turner and other billionaires concerning plans to depopulate the world, beginning with Third World countries (https://www.infowars.com/scandal-oprahs-world-depopulation-scheme-dashes-presidential-hopes/). Although I have a Snopes Fact/Check submission pending, the above article actually quotes Stacy Palmer, editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy, “Normally these people are happy to talk good causes, but this is different – maybe because they don’t want to be seen as a global cabal.”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “Surely this will end Oprah’s chances.”

 

Biblical Response:  “I wouldn’t say ‘surely’ to anything political. Still, if it’s true, the left will deny it and the right will decry it. Which may prove interesting or entertaining (read: ratings-building) in the debates. Ever since Paul Ehrlich’s Population Bomb (which I have read) and Soylent Green (which I have seen – it’s a Charleton Heston/ E.G. Robinson movie that came out in 1973), the left has come out with many a dire prediction of the consequences of over-population.

 

“Christians? Although abortion-rights advocates have their input, wars, famines and plagues have regularly depopulated the world…without their help. Then there’s the purges of Communism which reportedly claimed 100 million lives just in the 20th Century. Besides, technology has more than kept pace with the world’s needs. Crop production and standard of living is at an all-time high, even in ‘third world’ countries. Doesn’t the Word of God promise: “ While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” (Gen. 8:22 KJV)?

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, although we all have a tendency to be somewhat ‘Chicken Little’ in our fears, send us the comfort of Your Holy Spirit to calm us; and may we be sensitive to hidden agendas and the truth; in Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-9-18 Duh! You Think?!

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-9-18

 

Duh! You Think?!

 

What’s Happening:  “A couple of Apple’s investors (controlling collectively over $2 billion in stock) have written the board of the tech giant complaining that there is a growing body of evidence that the over-use of technology might be harming kids’ brains (https://www.yahoo.com/news/investors-urge-apple-tackle-growing-231350306.html). “We’re not software engineers, and we don’t pretend to be,” one of them said. “And we’re not doctors and we don’t pretend to be. What we’re saying is, hey, software engineers, hey doctors, get together and form a real effort to understand this issue better and go where the research takes you.”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “What’s bad about technology?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Nothing, in itself, but it does do all your critical thinking for you and for kids…well, maybe they need to play outside more. The problem with many devices is also their greatest asset:  they do things for you that you don’t have time to do for yourself….an asset for adults who never have enough time, but not for kids with developing brains. Kids not only need to develop their brains, but also their social skills. They need to learn how to make real friends, not just virtual ones.”

 

“Christians? Lessons like ‘bad company corrupts good morals’ (1 Cor. 15:33) should be learned on the playground or in the neighborhood (or in that now old-fashioned Bible)…it’s sure not taught on Facebook or your smartphone. Technology was intended (by God) to be a blessing, not a curse. Of course, parents might have to turn away from their smartphones long enough to tell their children: ‘No.’”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to not allow what was supposed to be a blessing to become a distraction (or a curse); in Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-8-18 Late, But Appreciated

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-8-18

 

Late But Appreciated

 

What’s Happening:  “The attendance of Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi at a Christmas Mass last Saturday in the new cathedral of Orthodox (Coptic) Christianity was a historic gesture of solidarity. Pope Tawadros II, the Orthodox Christian pontiff, walked arm-in-arm with el-Sissi into the heavily-guarded church constructed in Egypt’s new Administrative Capital, 28 miles from Cairo  (https://www.yahoo.com/news/egypt-tightens-security-ahead-coptic-christmas-144156946.html).  “We, with the grace of God, are offering a message of peace and love from here, not just to Egyptians or to the region, but to the entire world,” el-Sissi said.

 

Knee-jerk Response: “I guess that marks the end of the persecution of Coptic Christians.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably not…as long as there are militant Islamacists to kill and harass Christians (of Coptic origin or of any flavor), there will be persecution. Just because our ‘Christian’ nation rarely experiences this level of persecution does not mean it doesn’t happen daily around the globe. Besides, there will never be peace on earth until the Prince of Peace is ruling in the heart of every man…and I don’t see that happening anytime soon.”

 

“Christians? We should not be surprised by violent persecution (John 15:18; Matt. 10:36). Neither should we be unprepared (Ezek. 33:6). We, of course, should be prepared to lay down our lives for even those who hate us (Rom. 5:8). Didn’t Christ, Himself, give us the example?”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we want to be gracious, especially toward our enemies, help us to be wise (Matt. 10:16); in Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-6-18 Standing Up for Those Who Laid Down

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-6-18

 

Standing Up for Those Who Laid Down

 

What’s Happening:  “There has been a flurry of activity at the U.N. over Iran – in Tehran, peaceful protesters of their government elicited support from Trump; Nikky Haley, America’s Ambassador to the U. N., has called for an open meeting of the Security Council; in Moscow, Sergei Ryabkov, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister, argued that as Iran did not pose an international threat, they should not be on the council’s agenda; etc. (https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-seeks-un-emergency-meeting-iran-friday-211619638.html). “The United States continues to interfere both openly and covertly in the internal affairs of other countries. They do so shamelessly,” Ryabkov said. ”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “Does anything the U.N. does really matter?”

 

Biblical Response:  “I can see where you are coming from…no power to enforce their ‘resolutions’ and all…still, the media ensures that what they say matters (and sanctions do have some effect).. Besides, the deaths of many (21 protesters have laid down their lives since December 28) cry out for justice. What will come of it all? Some say another war-torn Syria. Others, that the Iranian regime will put down this uprising like they have done others…with horrendous purges.

 

“Christians? Of course, prayer is in order (Phil. 4:6). And we should support those voices that call for freedom (John 8:32). There is a price, however, short-term and long-term. In the short-term, there may be no alternative to blood. Freedom will prevail, no doubt…eventually…but what will be the price in blood? Long-term? Freedom, once acquired, requires ongoing maintenance (read; responsibility and sacrifice).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to communicate to everyday Iranians the lessons we have learned (and are learning) in the struggle for our own freedoms; in Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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