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CLARITY – 6-6-18 The Price of ”Success” Too High

CLARITY

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

 

The Price of “Success” Too High

 

What’s Happening:  “The famous handbag designer, Kate Spade, is dead…apparently having hanged herself leaving a suicide note. Her 13-year-old daughter, away at the time, is not to blame, explains the note (though her husband was home at the time of her death). Her fans pointed out that success does not guarantee happiness (https://www.yahoo.com/news/kate-spades-suicide-proof-money-fame-cant-deter-depression-194710219.html). ‘I am so deeply saddened by the news of Kate Spade’s death. Mental illness is cruel and doesn’t discriminate based on resources or perceived popularity. Be good to yourselves today, friends,’ Laura Turner, one of her fans Tweeted.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Truly a sad, but, thankfully, a rare tale.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Sad, yes…rare, no. Unless you consider 30 suicides per day a miniscule number….and that’s among women! A Tweet by another of her fans comes to mind: ‘Kate Spade committed suicide, this again proves money doesn’t buy happiness. Happiness comes from within, people and material objects are temporary.’ (EVA) ‘Within’ can be too general, even self-deceptive. Some will say ‘Who cares? As long as you truly believe you’re happy, you won’t take your life.’ Yeah, but if you discover too late that happiness is sourced in something you have not pursued…”

 

“Christians? We, of all people have no excuse for depression…not if you take all of life in context. My pastor was preaching from Ecclesiastes and remarked about the futility that Solomon learned of. Perhaps I wasn’t listening because I can’t quote anything he said. Still, what the Lord said might be more eye-opening anyway: 120/infinity = (life in context). (Gen. 6:3) The length of this life is just a blink when compared with eternity.’”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to take the ups and downs of life in context; in Jesus’ Name we pray, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 6-5-18 No Cake, Still Sweet

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-5-18

 

No Cake, Still Sweet

 

What’s Happening:  “The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled yesterday (7-2) that Jack Phillips was entirely within his rights when he refused five years ago (5 yrs!) to create a cake for the marriage of a same-sex couple, despite a lower court’s ruling to the contrary (https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA18F04&f=WU18F02). ‘Everyone is welcome in my shop, be it homeless folks (many of whom I’ve befriended over coffee, cookies and conversation), the two men who are suing me, or anyone else who finds their way in,’ said Mr. Phillips. ‘The God that I serve, whose arms are open to all, expects that of me, and it is my joy to obey Him. But creating a cake that celebrates a view of marriage in conflict with my faith is not something that I can do.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “For crying out loud, it’s just a cake!”

 

Biblical Response:  “If Jack Phillips doesn’t want to bake a cake for a homosexual couple who wants to get married, saying it’s against his religion, he shouldn’t be forced to do so… and apparently, SCOTUS agrees. Whether that protection can be extended to other providers (say limousine services, hall renters, or musicians, etc.) is for other cases. But it is the issue of our day, believe me.”

 

“Christians? To say the Scripture does not support homosexuality (let alone gay marriage) is an understatement (see: Lev 18:22, 20:13; Rom. 1:24-27, etc.). That is the difference between ‘love’ and ‘like.’While I am to love all people, I don’t have to like everything they do. Let me quote the Living Bible’s rendering of Proverbs 29:27. It states our obligations best, ‘The good hate the badness of the wicked. The wicked hate the goodness of the good.’”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to ‘throw the baby out with the bathwater,’ so to speak…to love the homosexual, but hate his homosexuality; in a sense, it’s no greater sin than anything that separates us from God; in Jesus’ Name we pray, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 6-4-18 Good News or Bad

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-4-18

 

Good News or Bad

 

What’s Happening:  “It’s anybody’s guess ,really, the replacement of the DPRK’s top military brass…is it good news or bad? Analysts say that this gives Kim Jong-un more control of the  Korean People’s Army (KPA), preparing for the summit with Trump by surrounding himself with more like-minded leaders. If Kim really intends denuclearization, this might be good news. If he intends to keep North Korea on its historic path of deception and promises made, but not kept, it’s bad. The South thinks it’s good, but someone with “no dog in the hunt” needs to be heard (https://www.yahoo.com/news/north-korea-shakes-military-leadership-ahead-trump-summit-033547734.html). ‘If Kim Jong Un is set on making peace with the U.S. and South Korea and dealing away at least part of the nuclear program, he will have to put the KPA’s influence in a box and keep it there,’ said the director of the International Affairs Group, Ken Gause.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Surely, it doesn’t matter much….this summit.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Not unless you mind the first truly nuclear war! What’s at stake is more serious than anyone can possibly imagine…it’s certainly nothing to yawn at. While I do understand the obvious advantage of approaching peace from a position of strength (thank you, Mr. Trump), I want someone in our delegation in Singapore that has nothing to prove (thank you, Mike Pompeo).”

 

“Christians? Oh we believe in Good News (this gives us hope)…and know the repercussions of bad news (Read Rom. 7 sometime). What we need June 12 is good news… ‘Good news from far away is like cold water to the thirsty.’ (Prov. 25:25) Yep. That just about sums it up.”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help those involved in making peace have NO hidden agendas; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 6-2-18 GIGO

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-2-18

 

GIGO

 

What’s Happening:  “A recent survey found younger voters (those 30 and under) most concerned about the economy and social inequality. Only 6% listed gun control as a major concern, compared to 21% after the Parkland, FL shooting. NextGen America, a progressive climate action committee said students surveyed listed college affordability, health care, racial injustice and climate change as their areas of primary concern…why Democrats do well among youth (https://www.yahoo.com/news/young-people-plan-vote-year-key-issues-may-surprise-090006929.html). Olivia Bercow, a spokesperson for the organization said, ‘I think that, for the most part, young people are really, really engaged on the issues and right now, we’re seeing what having a certain type of leadership in office looks like on issues that matter.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Young voters usually don’t show up at the polls, so I’m not worried.”

 

Biblical Response:  “A survey done in 2018 said only 37% of youth intend to vote. Who knows what fraction of that will actually show up…so I’m inclined to relax with you – except the youth ARE the future. Conservatives may rejoice over low participation rates of the youth, but that is not good news. The public education system in America doesn’t teach conservative family values….like voting…but that’s not a fact we want to tout.”

 

“Christians? You can’t ask a pagan to vote his conscience…especially when the world has programmed him (1 John 2;15). Their is an old saying in computer circles: Garbage In, Garbage Out (GIGO). Or as the prophet Hosea said, “You sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind…” (Hos. 8:7).”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to consider the youth as the sacred trust that they are and teach them the values that made America great (Eph. 6:4); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 6-1-18 Pardoned

CLARITY

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

 

Pardoned

 

What’s Happening:  “Yesterday was a good day for Dinesh D’Souza, receiving the President’s unsolicited pardon. D’Souza is a conservative commentator and movie-maker who pled guilty to illegal campaign donations to Republican candidate Wendy Long in 2012 (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-announces-pardon-provocateur-dinesh-dsouza-142201969.html). Trump talked about pardoning Rod Blagojevich and Martha Stewart, also. Dinesh’s reaction? ‘Obama and his stooges tried to destroy my American dream and faith in America. Trump has fully restored both. I’m very grateful,’ D’Souza said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “You mean it’s like it never happened?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yeah…sort of. I mean, you know it, but as far as the crime is concerned, it’s as if it never happened. Sometimes the sentence has already been served (as in Dinesh’s case) or you might be in the middle of serving it, and you might get your sentence commuted (time served – as in Blagojevich’s case). In any case, it’s a way of saying ‘enough’s enough’ or ‘let’s reconsider.’ The pardon may be controversial, but it is Constitutional. (Article II, Section 2, Clause 1).”

 

“Christians? We are all familiar with pardoning (Jer. 31:34; Heb. 8:12). But Christ has done us one better. He showed us His love by taking the sentence of death we deserved (Heb. 7:27).”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, thank You for pardoning us, but thank You even more for sending Your Son; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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