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CLARITY – 5-19-18 Hitched

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-19-18

 

Hitched

 

What’s Happening:  “A term not likely used in so traditional a setting as a royal wedding – Meghan and Harry tied the knot today beginning at 6:00am ET (later at Windsor, England) – still, it is apropos for a couple who will team their various strengths to begin their storybook life together. The wedding was attended by the 600 invited guests, but viewed by some 3 billion (https://www.yahoo.com/news/prince-harry-meghan-markle-officially-114140340.html). Not in attendance or viewing (at least here on earth) were the the ten killed in a Santa Fe, Texas High school yesterday…or maybe even the ten that were injured (https://www.yahoo.com/news/ap-learns-teen-held-texas-attack-played-football-185006401.html

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So Harry and Meghan got married…big deal!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe not to you, but the tens of thousands that stood in crowds just to catch a glimpse of their carriage going by might beg to differ…I mean, did Oprah Winfrey or Elton John attend your wedding?! The 200 charities that Harry is involved with will, no doubt, keep them both busy…that and their attendance at Prince Charles 70th birthday celebration has caused the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (their new titles) to postpone their honeymoon.”

 

“Christians? We have some interest. After all, the pomp and circumstance is small compared to the wedding we’ll one day attend (we’re the bride!) [Rev. 19:9]. Meanwhile, just the promise (John 14:18; Luke 24:49) of so great a union has us busy (Titus 2:7).”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us realize we are not in this alone; that You have teamed up with us to accomplish Your purposes (Phil. 2:13); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 5-18-18 Half-full or Half-empty

CLARITY

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

 

Half-full or Half-empty

 

What’s Happening:  “A huge controversy erupted yesterday over the term ‘animals’ the media claims Trump used to label all illegal immigrants. White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders, said the term ‘animals’ was probably not strong enough when labeling MS-13 gang members, to which she said the President was obviously referring (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trumps-use-animals-describe-ms-13-gang-members-wasnt-strong-enough-white-house-says-185118738.html). ‘It took an animal to stab a man 100 times and decapitate him and rip his heart out. It took an animal to beat a woman they were sex trafficking in the back, indenting part of her body. And it took an animal to kidnap, drug and rape a 14-year-old girl,’ Sarah was quoted as saying,”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “The MS-13 gang probably took the epithet as a compliment!”

 

Biblical Response:  “No doubt…it’s hard to use harsh enough terms to describe their heinous acts. They seem to show no regard for the soul and spirit, let alone the body. Then again, what do we expect from the unregenerate? The rest of the lost only show a modicum of civility because they were raised in a society that condemns violence and substitutes tolerance for love.”

 

“Christians? We see things a little more hopefully. Though the President may have expressed most people’s frustration at the gang members’ behavior, we believe change is possible – that Man, regardless of how inhumanely he may have treated others in the past, may forge a different future. Of course, none of this is possible without a spiritual rebirth.,..of which no true animal is capable..”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to display the hope that distinguishes us from the rest of creation and the wisdom that keeps our loved ones safe; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 5-17-18 A Father Who’ll Come

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-17-18

 

A Father Who’ll Come

 

What’s Happening:  “Perhaps Meghan does not expect her father to attend the wedding, but the 73-year-old who’s attending to urgent health issues will be there in spirit, no doubt (https://www.yahoo.com/news/meghan-markle-confirms-father-wont-attend-royal-wedding-first-official-statement-104951459.html). ‘They [the doctors] will go in and clear blockage, repair damage, and put a stent where it is needed,’ said the elder father-in-law-to-be to Prince Harry.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Every bride should have the privilege of having her father in attendance…couldn’t he have rescheduled?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe, but I’m not privy to his condition. And it’s a privilege just knowing your child is marrying a royal! There will be much publicity…imagine a 36-year-old American starlet marrying Prince Harry… It’s one for the story books if not for the history books.”

 

“Christians? Oh, we’re going to a royal wedding alright…and I’m not talking about the nuptials between Meghan and Harry. Being a part of the Bride of Christ (Rev. 19:7), and assigned a royal inheritance (Rom. 8:17), makes us royal…and our Father will be there.”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let us never lose sight of who we are…and Whose we are; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 5-16-18 Who’s to Blame?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-16-18

 

Who’s to Blame?

 

What’s Happening:  “If you ask the White House, Hamas is to blame. If you ask Hamas, Israel and America are to blame. Whoever is to blame, by most counts, over 50 protesters were killed and over 2,000 were injured as the U.S. Embassy opening celebration was being held in Jerusalem Monday (https://www.yahoo.com/news/white-house-blames-hamas-over-192136258.html). ‘Said Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah: ‘We’re aware of the reports of continued violence in Gaza today. Responsibility with these tragic deaths rests solely with Hamas.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What a black mark on this day!”

 

Biblical Response:  “I’m sure that’s just what Hamas was aiming for…and the death toll would have been much higher if the Israeli Army had aimed at anything higher than legs (really …only 50 out of 2,000?!) Too bad for the protesters that they were so easily manipulated into defying Israel’s border…many of the protesters were armed…of course, most media outlets didn’t mention that.”

 

“Christians? Anyone’s death is tragic…but the tragedy is multiplied when it is for a hopeless cause (and if anything, the 1967 war should have taught people that…of course, the average protester is not a student of history…let alone of the Bible – Lev 14:34). The Palestinians elected Mahmoud Abbas to be the President of a non-existent country in 2005 and he continues to motivate young people to die for a lie…of course you have to believe the truth to not be deceived by a lie.”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help the young people of the Golan Heights and the Gaza Strip see the truth; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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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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