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CLARITY – 5-15-18 The Bane of Our Culture

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-15-18

 

The Bane of Our Culture

 

What’s Happening:  “Pastor Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Church in Dallas gave the prayer of dedication at the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem yesterday…much to the chagrin of a pluralistic media…who wanted to highlight the 55 Palestinians killed in protests – for youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDj1yNeF_nk) Jeffress is controversially known to think Jews and Muslims need conversion for peace with God.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Not so popular a pick for the prayer of dedication, huh?”

 

Biblical Response:  “No, if popularity with those in attendance was Jeffress’ goal, maybe not. Of course, he may have been trying to please God…praying and all. It’s kind of hard to please everyone…Jews, Muslims, AND Christians…but that is just what our pluralistic, syncretic culture demands. In an effort to please everyone and offend none, we offend everyone and please none. And many of our contemporary policies reflect that (I’m thinking of the LGBTQ community, and our thinking on the First Amendment).”

 

“Christians? There is nothing more dogmatic than orthodox Christianity. We believe there is only One Name to be called upon to be saved (Acts 4:12). Clue: it’s not Mohammad or Allah… or Hari Krishna  Joseph Smith, Buddha, et al, ad nauseum! Dare I actually speak His Name? JESUS!”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, save us from our culture! Give us the courage to call upon the Name that is above every other Name (Phil. 2:9-11); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 5-14-18 Finally, After 23 Years!

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-14-18

 

Finally, After 23 Years!

 

What’s Happening:  “Trump is the fourth consecutive (since 1995) U.S. President to be faced with the decision: whether or not to ACTUALLY make Jerusalem the location of the US Embassy (it’s been the de facto location since the US recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital) (https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-opening-embassy-jerusalem-why-furor-082517916.html). Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the decision, saying, ‘The Jewish people have had a capital for 3,000 years, and that it is called Jerusalem.’ Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President, was not so pleased.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Shouldn’t the Palestinians have a say? After all, isn’t East Jerusalem their capital?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Nope. They don’t even have a country (you can’t have a country by fiat [have one just by saying so]). Besides, Jerusalem was part of the territory given by God to the children of Israel in the land of Canaan (Lev. 14:34) Also, once part of Jordan, Jerusalem was won in the six-Day War in 1967, and promptly annexed and named Israel’s capital.”

 

“Christians? We believe that God owns the whole earth (Ps. 24:1) and He can do what He likes with borders, etc. (Acts 17:26). Moving our embassy to Jerusalem only makes biblical sense.”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our leaders to do only those things that agree with your timing and action; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 5-12-18 The Gate that Should be There

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-12-18

 

The Gate that Should be There

 

What’s Happening:  “Fox News’ Charles Payne apologized for not immediately correcting the comment of guest and military analyst Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney, who called Sen. John McCain ‘songbird John,’ claiming torture worked on him (https://www.yahoo.com/news/fox-cuts-ties-guest-cited-134529474.html). ‘I regret I did not catch this remark, as it should have been challenged. As a proud military veteran and son of a Vietnam Vet these words neither reflect my or the network’s feelings about Senator McCain, or his remarkable service and sacrifice to this country,’ Charles Payne tweeted.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Oops!”

 

Biblical Response:  “You can say that again! Even if true (I wasn’t there,,,neither were you), common decency says you don’t kick a man while he’s down. Remarks made by anyone concerning Sen. McCain (who suffers from a brain tumor) need to be spoken discreetly and respectfully. Most people have a gate between their brain and their mouth. It is unfortunate that some people’s gates are rusted open…or non-existent.”

 

“Christians? We should be known as much by what we DON’T say as by what we do (Rom. 4:17). As the Scripture says, ‘All things are lawful for me, but not all things are expedient.’ (1 Cor. 6:12).”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, teach us what is truly apropos; help us to win people with the sweetness of our words, not lose them through our indiscretions; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY -5-11-18 KKK is not Always Bad

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-11-18

 

KKK is not Always Bad

 

What’s Happening:  “At least not when you are talking of the three Kims (Tony Kim, Kim Hack-song, and Kim Dong-chul) that a fourth Kim (Kim Jong-un) released from North Korea and met President Trump and First Lady Melania, Vice President Pence and Second Lady, Karen on the tarmac at 3:00am at Andrews AFB in Maryland (https://www.yahoo.com/news/3-americans-held-north-korea-070448351.html). Trump offered, ‘This is something that people did not think was going to happen for many many years and a lot of bad things could’ve happened in between,’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Couldn’t they have picked a more civilized hour?”

 

Biblical Response:  “I’m sure if you asked the Kims that were released, any hour was just fine,..they were just glad to be free. And the hour seemed ironically appropriate…I mean, the leaders of the free world and their wives had to lose a night’s sleep to be there to greet them…and they did!  

 

“Christians? Freedom is always a wonderful thing…if there are no strings (read: ‘chains’) attached. It seems out of character for Kim Jong-un to release anyone as a ‘goodwill’ gesture. He probably should have never imprisoned them in the first place. Of course, real freedom always deals in truth (John 8:32).”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let us enter these negotiations with both eyes open; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 5-10-18 There’s No Question Here

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-10-18

 

There’s No Question Here

 

What’s Happening:  “Tuesday, the Mormon Church announced the severance of its long relationship with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), the starting of its own gospel-based group and the taking of its 425,000 scouts with them. Although the move is not to officially happen until December 31, 2019, the allowance of gay leaders and scouts in 2015 and girls in 2017, caused an immediate reaction in some troops. The Mormons have the largest denominational representation in the BSA with 19% of the organization’s 2.3 million members (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/05/09/mormons-to-end-long-association-with-boy-scouts-america.html). Their new program has as one of its stated goals the helping of young men and women develop their God-given identities.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Shouldn’t every American have the right to join any organization they choose?”

 

Biblical Response:  “No. Show me that in the Constitution. Sure, we have “certain unalienable rights,” but not BLANKET  unalienable rights…there is the right to “life liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, “ but nowhere does it give me the right to define what happiness is to me. Like gender identity is defined by the God-given DNA of each individual, so the pursuit of happiness is defined by the God Who gave it  “Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found.” (Ps. 19:35 NLT)

 

“Christians? Let me reprint here a letter I recently sent to the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA)

 

Dear NESA:

 

This letter has been long in coming – actually, I’m not sure anyone will read it…still, maybe I just needed to say these things.

 

First, a little background. My name is Alan E. Sargent. I attained the rank of  Eagle Scout at the age of thirteen. I was a Scoutmaster in the Lake Ouachita Area Council in Arkansas (though I got my Eagle award while I was a member of Troop 416 in Muskogee, OK). Scouting runs through my family (my Dad, Ray L. Sargent was my Scoutmaster – one of the youngest to ever lead boys as a Scoutmaster, he was visited by the National Council in the late ’40s so they could determine if they could make an exception because he was so young – at 18, he was too young, but his Scoutmaster got drafted…my sons, Jeremy and Jonathan Sargent both attained the rank of Eagle, too).

 

I was disturbed when the Boy Scouts began to admit gays. The “morally straight” part of the oath apparently does not mean what it used to. When the Boy Scouts was rumored to start admitting girls, I knew I had to speak up. We are in a time of political correctness as a culture. There are forces of “acceptance” and the desire not to offend often takes precedence over everything. However, we, as an organization, must not yield to those pressures.

 

Men are needed as much now as at any time in our history (Lord Baden Powell would agree with me, if he could). I think women are wonderful and as much in need of protection, provision and guidance as ever, and contribute indispensably to men’s successes – my 43 years (so far) of marriage is living proof. Having an organization that focuses its efforts on the male of the species in fundamental.

 

I’m all for there being a separate but equal organization of Girl Scouts (although there is some indication that they, too, may have succumbed to increasing cultural pressures).

 

I don’t expect to receive any reply to this tome, but I do expect that I don’t hold these views alone.

 

Sincerely,

 

Alan E. Sargent, Eagle

 

I hope this explains how I feel about it.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, it would be nice if all our extra-church organizations followed Your commands…but help us to pray for them; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 5-9-18 Standing Alone

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-9-18

 

Standing Alone

 

What’s Happening:  “It isn’t easy to stand alone, especially when the tide of almost global opinion is against you – but that is exactly what President Trump did by fulfilling his campaign promise to extract the U.S. from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or Iran Deal. Although the leaders of France, Germany and the U.K. tried to persuade him to do otherwise, Iran’s Supreme Leader Hassan Rouhani threatened, and the Democrats postured, Trump pulled the U.S. out of the deal (https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA18E16&f=WU18E06). It remains to be seen whether this will help or hurt in the upcoming negotiations with North Korea.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I thought Trump was a populist…how come he’s doing something so unpopular?”

 

Biblical Response:  “I guess it depends on whom you talk to. Saudi Arabia, our ally Israel, and those who elected him like the move. Granted, it isn’t easy standing up for principle, but how can you trust anyone you can’t inspect. We were promised unfettered access…we haven’t received it. Sure, we never found them violating the terms of the agreement WHERE THEY ALLOWED US TO INSPECT…no surprise there. People don’t do what you expect, they only do what you inspect ”

 

“Christians? Standing Alone is really a misnomer. As the people of God, we never stand alone (Matt. 18:20). The challenge, however, is to never take a stand He cannot support…like the Iran deal.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us when we take a stand; let it be for something significant AND something You can support; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 5-8-18 The Smoke is Green

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-8-18

 

The Smoke is Green

 

What’s Happening:  “Being that it’s Tuesday today (and a week away from a vote or a combination or several weeks), it’s a good time to discuss several marijuana initiatives on ballots. Although there is a recent wave of new legislation favoring medical or recreational marijuana (or both), the jury is far from out (https://www.thoughtco.com/pros-and-cons-legalizing-marijuana-3325521?utm_term=pros+and+cons+of+weed+legalization&utm_content=p1-main-1-title&utm_medium=sem&utm_source=msn_s&utm_campaign=adid-d94b7830-6fe5-4c7b-a1f9-dd9f13dfb6b5-0-ab_msb_ocode-22833&ad=semD&an=msn_s&am=broad&q=pros+and+cons+of+weed+legalization&o=22833&qsrc=999&l=sem&askid=d94b7830-6fe5-4c7b-a1f9-dd9f13dfb6b5-0-ab_ms) The recent spate of legislation has led to increased legalized use (and nine state have legalization on the ballot), but it’s really all about money https://www.thoughtco.com/pros-and-cons-legalizing-marijuana-3325521?utm_term=pros+and+cons+of+weed+legalization&utm_content=p1-main-1-title&utm_medium=sem&utm_source=msn_s&utm_campaign=adid-d94b7830-6fe5-4c7b-a1f9-dd9f13dfb6b5-0-ab_msb_ocode-22833&ad=semD&an=msn_s&am=broad&q=pros+and+cons+of+weed+legalization&o=22833&qsrc=999&l=sem&askid=d94b7830-6fe5-4c7b-a1f9-dd9f13dfb6b5-0-ab_msb)  However, the federal government still takes a dim view of all marijuana use.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It seems like my old girlfriend, Mary Jane, is becoming more popular.”

 

Biblical Response:  “True, but is that good news? It has been likened to alcohol consumption, but few but distillery or distributors…or body shops…would consider an increase in alcohol  consumption good news. Sure, their may be some temporary relief from pain or present circumstances, but your problems are still there when you come down. And, like alcohol, an increased amount might be needed to get the same relief. AND it can be a gateway to other more dangerous (and more addicting) illegal substances. ”

 

“Christians? As the Scripture states, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.” (1 Cor. 6:12

NASU) Whether it’s marijuana or alcohol, it’s really a question of who’s in control.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to value sobriety and the responsibility it was designed to bring; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 5-7-18 “Justify-ing” Gambling

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-7-18

 

“Justify-ing” Gambling

 

What’s Happening:  “In the rainiest Kentucky Derby in recent memory, a Texas woman won $1.2 million on an $18 dollar bet, as Justify won it all. The horse itself had to work much harder, but he went home with a little more money too…$1.24 million! (https://www.yahoo.com/sports/texas-woman-wins-1-2-million-18-kentucky-derby-bet-003649507.html). Sure, it was as rare as winning the lottery or lotto, but it might not make her rich. History is full of stories of big winners who squandered fast-gotten wealth (http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/tragic-stories-lottery-winners-article-1.2492941).”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Yeah, but if I won big, it would be different.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…if you have the money and it doesn’t have you…and the very fact that you gambled does not bode well. There are a lot of people who just want to (pardon the pun) “defy the odds.” Unfortunately, the very drive they had to risk on gambling is the fatal flaw in their ability to wisely invest.”

 

“Christians? We are warned not to seek quick riches (Prov. 28:20). Sure, few want to slave it out for 45 years at hard labor and saving, but often the getting of the small nest egg you can attain garners much more happiness than the sum itself. Quick gain does not come with the character to use wisely. The real question is not how you quickly you can fill your pockets,but how long you can keep the money you do put in there.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be wise in the getting, the giving, the investing and the spending of the blessings that You send our way; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 5-5-18 Surprise! Surprise!

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-5-18

 

Surprise! Surprise!

 

What’s Happening:  “No, it was not an exclamation from a rerun of Gomer Pyle, USMC (‘Surprise! Surprise!’ was a comment Jim Nabors often made on the series), but it was real. The Kilauea Volcano, located on the Big Island (Hawaii) erupted and surprised residents as 1,500 evacuated at least two subdivisions yesterday. The volcano has been continuously erupting since 1983, so it should have come as no real surprise (https://www.yahoo.com/news/hawaii-apos-most-active-volcano-123519315.html). ‘It sounded like if you were to put a bunch of rocks into a dryer and turn it on as high as you could. You could just smell sulfur and burning trees and underbrush and stuff,’ said Jeremiah Osuna, local resident.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Guess I won’t be planning any Hawaiian trips soon!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Actually, Hawaii’s pretty big (the eruption occurred 220 miles from the Oahu Airport). Besides, many people visit the islands because they WANT to see an active volcano…not too closely, mind you. Building close to a volcano? Well, the insurance is probably high, and eruptions, while maybe disappointing, should be no surprise.”

 

“Christians? There are a few things that are inevitable…things that can be prepared for, but will, no doubt, occur. Like the Judgement (Heb. 9:27). Any person who does not prepare, or is not sure that God or the judgment exists…may indeed be surprised.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, there are some things that surprise. Help us not to be surprised with the inevitable; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 5-4-18 It Was Preempted So You Probably Heard Nothing

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-4-18

 

It Was Preempted So You Probably Heard Nothing

 

What’s Happening:  “It was announced Wednesday that 17-yr-old high school student Matin Azizi-Yarand made preparations to attack a shopping mall in Plano, TX, but quick astute FBI work done by an underground informant saved the day…his attack was planned for mid-May (https://www.yahoo.com/news/texas-teen-charged-plotting-inspired-shooting-mall-014534376.html). ‘Look at all the other lone wolves…what training did they have, yet they simply killed the kuffar (Arabic for disbeliever),’ said Azizi-Yarand.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “You don’t hear about the ones who are almost successful, do you?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Nope…and with Comey and all,  the media seldom carries anything positive about the FBI and law enforcement. Still, thank God they are there. These lone wolves weren’t a problem when Baseball heroes were admired. Today, Jihadis are admired. Blame it on a godless culture that’s hedonistic and unchallenged…kids just want to make a difference…to follow a hero…and they are easy targets for the blogs of the warped, but inspired.”

 

“Christians? There is no more challenging or inspiring activity than real relevant Christianity. The problem is, there are too few youth pastors who challenge their charges to such a lifestyle. Kids don’t get inspired by another party where they can numb themselves by alcohol or drugs…they hunger to be dared to make a difference. True Christianity, where they are challenged to love the sinner while hating their sin (Luke 6:27) IS attempting the impossible (it is impossible without God)…and it DOES make a difference!”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to inspire an energetic and enthusiastic generation that only seeks godly direction for their passion; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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