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CLARITY – 3-31-18 One-Up-Man-Ship

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-31-18

 

One-Up-Man-Ship

 

What’s Happening:  “Some are saying this smacks of a second Cold War,; some say we all need to devise new ‘duck-and-cover’ drills; some say it’s just a measuring game or a display of testosterone…but the release of a video of ‘Russia’s new ‘Satan 2’ ICBM is no joke. Putin’s promise of a new weapon that is ‘invulnerable’ to western defenses seems to be ringing true (http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/03/30/satan-2-nuclear-missile-again-test-launched-by-russia-as-putin-brags-invulnerable-arsenal.html). ‘No defense system will be able to withstand it,’’ Putin is reported to have said. With his congratulations for winning re-election, Trump is reported to have said, ‘If you want to have an arms race, we can do that…but I’ll win.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Sounds just like them…but who gets to do the drills? We do!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably just a bunch of bluster…but I get the sentiment. Besides, the ‘duck-and-cover’ drills may spare you the initial flying debris of a nuclear blast but there’s no drill for the fallout. I’m not sure those drills were/are for any more than to make the drillers feel better…I don’t think they really do much. The greatest deterrence is still termed appropriately  MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction). Oh well, we’re all going to die sometime.”

 

“Christians? Sure, we hate to succumb to a meaningless nuclear holocaust, but it’s the second death (Rev. 20:14) we really need to prepare for (Rev. 2:11). I’m all for preparing for whatever our enemies have developed (and spending the resources to defend), but death is inevitable…it’s not how we die that God judges us for, but how we live.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to make decisions based on Your will for our lives, not from fear of what might happen; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 3-30-18 What If?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-30-18

 

What If?

 

What’s Happening:  “The whole sky went dark today at noon as the Roman soldiers put three criminals to death by the dreaded crucifixion, just outside of Jerusalem, Israel (some even reported an earthquake). Although the two on either side were notorious thieves, the one they crucified in the middle was killed because he had reportedly claimed to be the King of the Jews (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus,_King_of_the_Jews). Pontius Pilate, the Roman Procurator was quoted as saying, ‘(Matt 27:22) What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?’ However, the crowd which called for His crucifixion saying they had no king but Caesar, prevailed.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Doesn’t custom call for the pardon of a criminal?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yeah, but the people called for Barrabas (he being a zealot) because he was more the rabble rouser they thought might overthrow the Romans by force. Besides, this Jesus guy didn’t call for overthrow…He wanted reform through ‘love’…how ridiculous! Nobody will even miss Him when He’s gone!”

 

“Christians? Oh yeah, they’ll probably call themselves that…those few who remain faithful. They’ll scatter like a flock of sheep without a Shepherd. Besides, I heard the Romans even sealed His burial place and put a Roman Guard on it (a squad of as many as a dozen soldiers).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we had such hope…please do not let us get discouraged under this Roman oppression.”

 

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CLARITY – 3-29-18 That’s Not All That’s Decaying

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-29-18

 

That’s Not All That’s Decaying

 

What’s Happening:  “The sky may well be in rare form as the Chinese spacelab, Tiangong-1’s orbit decays and it comes crashing back to earth…probably this weekend (actually predicted to occur this Easter Sunday + or – 2 days). The spacecraft was launched in 2011 and hosted two 3-man crews of Chinese astronauts for their two-week missions. Lately telemetry was lost and it has come tumbling from its 134-mile up orbit. It will probably break up as it re-enters  (https://www.yahoo.com/news/apos-see-chinese-space-station-113300865.html). Harvard astrophysicist, Jonathan McDowell reported: ‘There will be lumps of about 100 kg (220 lbs.) or so, still enough to give you a nasty wallop if it hit you. Yes, there’s a chance it will do damage; it might take out someone’s car; there will be a rain of a few pieces of metal; it might go through someone’s roof, like if a flap fell off a plane, but it is not widespread damage.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Surely, though I may see it (even that’s not likely), I won’t get hit by it…will I?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably not…see it or get hit. You’ve got more likelihood of being struck by lightning…twice…in the same place. Still, it’s quite unpredictable…solar flares expanding the atmosphere and all.”

 

“Christians? No, we don’t believe this is a sign of the times, or the end of life as we know it, etc., however, it does bring to mind another decay that’s happening. When the serpent got Adam and Eve (by the way, Scripture records – Gen. 3:6 – that Adam was with his wife, Eve, when she was tempted…perhaps he should have spoken up) to eat of the forbidden fruit, it started a decay of what God created that continues to this day. In fact, all creation waits expectantly for this curse to be finally lifted (Rom. 8:20-22).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the patience to wait for You to act…and the calmness and intelligence not to react in fear at things we may not fully understand; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 3-28-18 It’s All About Motive

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-28-18

 

It’s All About Motive

 

What’s Happening:  “The Justice Department (and the Commerce Dept;) has suggested a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. Census, and immigrant communities, already suspicious about the administration, are up in arms about it (especially the state of California’s AG) (https://www.yahoo.com/news/commerce-department-decides-add-citizenship-024038898.html). ‘“We’re prepared to do what we must to protect California from a deficient Census. Including a citizenship question on the 2020 census is not just a bad idea — it is illegal,’ said CA AG Xavier Becerra.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Won’t identity theft be easier with the information collected by the census?”

 

Biblical Response:  “It would if various federal agencies coordinated. I would never use government and coordinated in the same sentence, Seriously, the real fear is that legislatures will use this information to redistrict according to actual citizenry…which, by the way, is what most state constitutions call for.”

 

“Christians? Care must be taken when you start numbering (2 Sam. 24:2-10). It is not that the Lord doesn’t know everything, including the number of hairs on your head (Matt. 10:30), it’s just that He wants us to be careful we don’t TRUST in numbers (Ps. 44:5-6). It’s all about motive.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we might need the information a census will provide to properly govern, help us not to trust in anything but You; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 3-27-18 Coordination Takes Time

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-27-18

 

Coordination Takes Time

 

What’s Happening:  “The U.S. and its allies have expelled over 100 diplomats in what is undoubtedly the largest coordinated expulsion in history. A week or so ago, when the Trump Administration did not immediately respond to the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats in the U.K. over the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, the western press excoriated  it. Blaming the delayed response on the time it takes to coordinate, the U.S. has largely silenced the press. In addition to the diplomatic expulsion the U.S. is shutting down the Russian Consulate in Seattle, citing its nearness to a sub base and the offices of a Boeing plant (https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/26/four-eu-states-set-to-expel-russian-diplomats-over-skripal-attack). ‘I have found great solidarity in our friends and partners in the E.U. North America, NATO, and beyond…’ said Prime Minister of Britain, Theresa May. ”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “How long does it take to make a phone call?”

 

Biblical Response:  “If it were only that simple…there are specific diplomats that have to be named for expulsion and dozens of countries involved each with similar decisions to make. No doubt the western press would have criticized Trump’s impetuousness had he responded sooner. Besides, delay made a great statement of agreement, consensus, and measured deliberation. This only made the Russians look more culpable.”

 

“Christians? We find ourselves often complaining about the Lord being ’asleep at the switch’…mistaking His delay for inaction…later to learn He had a plan all along (2 Pet. 3:9-10). We must realize there is a difference between a temporal creature and an eternal God (Is. 55:8-9).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be patient with our leaders…and with You; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 3-26-18 Alarms Unheeded

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-26-18

 

Alarms Unheeded

 

What’s Happening:  “Tragic events occurred over the weekend and a world away: a mall in Kemerovo, Siberia, Russia experienced a fire Sunday that resulted in 64 deaths. Fire alarms sounded, but much of the packed out Winter Cherry Mall patrons simply ignored them (https://www.yahoo.com/news/russian-shopping-mall-fire-slideshow-wp-111430729.html). People who witnessed the event told Russian TV that the alarms were silent or ignored.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess alarms are for a reason…”

 

Biblical Response:  “You think?! Of course, we have all ignored them…or thought they were for a drill…or for somebody else. Still, it only takes one ignored REAL alarm to change our opinion…tragically, too late for 64. I’m sure there will be an investigation…what caused the fire?…were the alarms appropriately placed?…were exits clearly marked?…was the  mall overly occupied? You can say what you want about regulations (excessive bureaucracy and all), but if decisions about safety are left up to the builder, he might do the thing that saves the most money…not the most lives. Nobody thinks tragedy will happen…till it does.”

 

“Christians? The Lord gives us many warnings and alarms (Matt. 6:2-3), but do we heed them (Rev. 3:20)? Sure, you can ignore an alarm…and it might be false…or it might not! Best to be safe than sorry. All tragedy is local…and we should mourn with the families of those Russians and pray (Rom. 12:15).but all alarms are local, too…except those warning us that are universal (Luke 13:3,5).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to regard Your warnings seriously…and pray for the comfort of those families that have suffered loss…in Parkland AND Kemerovo; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 3-24-18 The Formation of Character

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-24-18

 

The Formation of Character

 

What’s Happening:  “Today, the ‘March For Our Lives,’ protesting the violence that erupted in Parkland, Florida, is supposed to draw nearly a million (and many more in the 80 cities that are supposed to hold similar marches Saturday). Teenagers in the D.C. area daily confront violence, though deaths by violent means are down in 2017 (https://www.yahoo.com/news/ahead-march-lives-d-c-teens-speak-gun-violence-see-every-day-171120598.html). ‘I would say seven or eight kids I knew from 8th grade are dead,’ guesses sophomore Myles Nelson, of Edmund Burke School.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What’s wrong with kids wanting less violence in their schools?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Nothing….it’s all in how you go about it. Teenagers have unreasonable expectations when they want less violence but spend more time with violent video games than their homework. It was the student’s (mentioned above) school namesake Edmund Burke who famously said, :’Education has for its object the formation of character.’

 

GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out) is a familiar concept in the computer world. It refers to the immutable truth that the input governs the output. It’s great to march and all, but until teenagers want less violence enough to turn off the violence on their screens, it’s not going to happen…or is that the parents’ job?”

 

“Christians?  Oh, we’re all for developing good character. Two scriptures come to mind. The first reflects an obvious truth: ‘As a man thinks in his heart, so is he’ (Prov. 17:6) And the second recommends a proper course of behavior and association: ‘Bad company corrupt good morals’ (1 Cor. 15:33). Of course, those quotes are taken from a book the public schools have banned.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us through this challenge to our emotions; while we want to find a cure to a violent society, help us to not just pursue those means which will only make us feel better about the problem; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 3-23-18 Republicans Call for Impeachment?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-23-18

 

Republicans Call for Impeachment?

 

What’s Happening:  “Unsurprisingly, Senate RINO’s Flake and Graham (both support gun control and amnesty, etc.) have indicated they would be in favor of Presidential impeachment if Trump fires Mueller (http://greatamericandaily.com/two-rino-senators-plan-to-impeach-trump/). Flake tweeted, ‘We are begging the President not to fire the special counsel. Don’t create a Constitutional crisis. Congress cannot preempt such a firing. Our only Constitutional remedy is after the fact, through impeachment. No one wants that outcome. Mr. President, please don’t go there.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Is Trump really going to fire Mueller?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably not, that’s just a made-up media narrative…more ‘Fake News.’ Still, Senators Flake and Graham seem to have drawn a line in the sand. No one should favor chaos…and that’s just what would happen with Trump’s impeachment.”

 

“Christians?  We should not favor unjust impeachment either…anytime authority is disrespected everyone loses…which is why the electorate ultimately wants to ‘drain the swamp.’ Don’t forget that the swamp must then be replaced….I guess that’s what November is for . The qualifications for bishops given in Timothy would be well applied to Congressmen (1 Tim. 3:2).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, I know it’s important for the Church to have good leadership, but we might need Your wisdom in selecting political leaders, too; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 3-22-18 A Story You May Have Missed

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-22-18

 

A Story You May Have Missed

 

What’s Happening:  “Ronnie Oneal, after shouting ‘Allahu Akbar,’ killed his partner and daughter and stabbed his son. Riverview, Florida authorities are still mystified as to the motive…at least that is how the story reads (https://conservativetribune.com/man-shouts-allah-akbar-shooting-stabbing/).  Of course, you probably didn’t hear about this…I wonder why?”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I wonder why the mainstream media didn’t carry this?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yeah, me to. Perhaps because there was only one killed by a gunshot wound (two were stabbed)…no story about the need for gun control. And only two died…not 17…not enough to be newsworthy. Oh, and the obvious motive was not politically correct.”

 

“Christians?  We have an obligation to be informed (Luke 10:27-35). True story: the day of my move from San Diego (I had just backed up the U-Haul to load), my nextdoor neighbor walks up, shoves a hand toward me and introduces himself, ‘I’ve lived here for quite some time and I thought I’d meet you before I lost the chance.’ You might think this is an indictment against him. No, it’s an indictment against me. I never learned about him, but I was a Christian! I know you have many demands on your time, but keeping informed about what is going on around you is one of them (that’s why this is so short). How else can we be salt and light?”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to value others as You did us…giving Your Son’s life; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 3-21-18 Mystery Sadly Solved…We Think

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-21-18

 

Mystery Sadly Solved…We Hope

 

What’s Happening:  “The Austin serial bomber (we think) is dead. Killed by his own bomb blast (or a SWAT team bullet – the autopsy will reveal) Mark Anthony Conditt has finished his 20-day bombing rampage…we hope…there still may be bombs out there – two have been found unexploded at Fed-Ex facilities…local residents have been told to be wary, still (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/21/us/austin-bombings-suspect.html). ‘There were several leads that led us to this person,’ including surveillance video, said Austin Police Chief Manley.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “ Can they ever know for sure?”

 

Biblical Response:  “They’re pretty sure…I mean there is always the possibility of copy-cats…and they think he may have had accomplices…I guess time and the lack of further bombings will make them 99.9% sure. And the motive may never be known…it might be just one more crazy person doing it because he can. A godless culture will spawn much that is inexplicable.”

 

“Christians?  Of course we are sad for the families of the two killed and the five people that were wounded during his insanity (Rom. 12:15), and we are saddened for 23-year-old Mr. Conditt’s family (he was some mother’s child). However, some of the responsibility for the godless culture mentioned above must be laid at our feet. We should all, as Christians, live louder (Mark 16:15). The impact on the world we make is our own doing…or as the case in point so vociferously proclaims…our undoing!”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, although natural timidity may give us pause, Your supernatural boldness now dominates. Help us to allow it to take us over; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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