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CLARITY – 7-31-18 Presumption of Guilt

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-31-18

 

Presumption of Guilt

 

What’s Happening:  “Today, a hearing will be held at 9:00 am (ET) to determine whether testimony and evidence from Ukraine can be presented in the Paul Manafort trial…voir dire (jury selection) will begin at 10:00 am (ET). Manafort, 69, pled not guilty to these charges (of not paying taxes on unreported offshore accounts) and to charges of money laundering he’ll face in a later trial. He was Trump’s 2016 Presidential campaign manager for three months (https://www.yahoo.com/news/ex-trump-aide-manafort-faces-charges-first-trial-101031671.html’While prosecutors have said they will not present evidence of collusion at this trial, they are seeking to provide details of Manafort’s work in Ukraine, raising the possibility that new information about his Russian connections could emerge,’ quoting Nathan Layne, author of the above article.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What if there’s no evidence of collusion?”

 

Biblical Response:  “So? What if there is? Collusion is not a crime. Obstruction of justice and conspiracy? Well, that’s another story…and collusion is a step closer to those, for sure. Do I, as Trump claims, think it’s a ‘witch hunt’? Probably. I don’t have enough information…and neither do you! As much, politically, you’d like! Oh well, we’ll just have to suspend judgement until the jury comes back.

 

“Christians? Oh, the jury’s already back on us…and we’re all guilty (Rom. 3:23). Thankfully, Someone’s already paid the price (Heb 7:27). In America, we have the ‘presumption of innocence.’ Of course, that’s on unproven charges. All men have the proven charge of some sin…and that’s what is meant by today’s title: ‘Presumption of Guilt.’”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not try to earn (or lie) about the charge we all have…for which You’ve already paid; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-30-18 It’s Anybody’s Guess

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-30-18

 

It’s Anybody’s Guess

 

What’s Happening:  “100 days out and it still depends on whom you talk to…blue ripple or red (nobody’s talking wave). What’s at stake? Only the economy, the Supreme Court, immigration policy, our relationship with Iran, the denuclearization of North Korea, etc. If you think it’s hard for the Congress to get anything done now, just wait until the Executive branch and the Legislative branch are of differing parties! Right now, it looks amazingly like November of 2016 (http://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/399399-buckle-your-seatbelts-for-100-days-of-political-drama-before-midterms).  Quoting the above article by Lloyd green, ‘Already, 2020 Democratic hopefuls, such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and Bernie Sanders have embraced the siren song of abolishing or reexamining ICE. If their views become dominant between now and November, the Republicans may yet snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What does it really matter, anyway?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Did you not pay attention to what I said about what is at stake? This election may be the most pivotal one since…since…the last one. Actually. the most accurate predictor-poll may be the “Right Track-Wrong Track”poll. Most folks like the track we’re on.

 

“Christians? Although I’m not a fatalist (someone who believes the die is already cast – that we can’t affect an inevitable future), the Scriptures do talk about God determining who’s in charge (Prov. 16:9, 33) and where the king’s focus shall be (Prov. 21:1). Sure, He may know what decision we’ll make, but what has that got to do with free will? When you put time in the mix, it changes everything!”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be proactive, regardless of our political bent; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-28-18 The Cure for Rust

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-28-18

 

The Cure for Rust

 

What’s Happening:  “The announcement that the 2nd Quarter’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) was at 4.1% was almost immediately followed by predictions that this was not sustainable. The GOP wants to take credit for a robust economy, the Democrats want to warn of impending doom…both hope their message will resonate with mid-term voters (https://www.investors.com/news/economy/gdp-expanded-41-annual-rate-in-q2-best-since-2014/ ‘I wouldn’t want to overstate the underlying strength in GDP growth based on Friday’s numbers, There was a big boost from trade, but that’ll go away,’ said Omair Sharif, senior U.S. economist at Societe Generale ”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What’s the difference between 3.1 and 4.1? I think it’s all hype anyway!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Actually, about 1 Trillion Dollars…as far as hype is concerned, it depends on which side you land politically…conservatives point to the lowest unemployment rate since 1969 (lowest ever for blacks and hispanics) and raises and bonuses, ad nauseum…liberals want to point away from the economy…to Cohen…to Stormy…to Manafort…ANYWHERE but the economy!”

 

“Christians? The cure for materialism (read: ‘rust’ – Matt. 6:19-21) is use. And, if we are put on earth for anything, it is to fulfill God’s purpose. What is His purpose? In a word: giving., which, by the way, is what all you capitalists need to do with excess (Socialists want to give what is not theirs – Capitalists realize you can only give what is yours).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to glorify You in giving praise (and excess) where it can never rust; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-27-18 Honor and Respect

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-27-18

 

Honor and Respect

 

What’s Happening:  “The flight that left North Korea with 55 sets of U.S. servicemen remains  (5,300 are thought to exist) from the Korean War marked several things: a promise made and kept (both Trump’s and Kim’s), the 65th anniversary of the armistice signed which ended the conflict, the renewal of hope that denuclearization of the peninsula will continue,  etc. (https://www.yahoo.com/news/north-korea-returns-remains-55-034657808.html). ‘It is a solemn obligation of the United States Government to ensure that the remains are handled with dignity and properly accounted for so their families receive them in an honorable manner,’ White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee-Sanders said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “55 of 5,300! Big deal!”

 

Biblical Response:  “It is a big deal to the families belonging to those remains…and although there are still a lot to go, it’s a start. Also, if this is any sign that NoKo is still interested in denuclearization, I’m all for it. We’ve got a long way to go for sure, but the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.”

 

“Christians? While we are for all due honor and respect shown those who gave their ‘last full measure of devotion’ (quoting the Gettysburg Address), the remains are only what’s left of the servicemen’s physical bodies. Their souls and spirits are already where they should go (Heb. 9:27). It’s too late for many of them, but we should redouble our efforts to those who survive these men. Is anyone ministering to them?”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let us give honor where honor is due, and effort where effort is due; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-26-18 Like Father Like Son

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-26-18

 

Like Father Like Son

 

What’s Happening:  “A boy, 10, was held to the ground by officers when he lunged at police in an emotional outburst at his father’s arrest on a domestic violence call in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia. Authorities, promising transparency, released the body cam’s video which seems to corroborate an earlier video shot from a different perspective and that went viral (https://www.yahoo.com/news/body-cam-captures-boy-10-pinned-police-dad-arrested-033527909.html). ‘He didn’t shoot nobody,” the boy yelled.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Excessive force may have been used.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Actually, lack of sufficient force by the parents may be the cause in the first place. Is it natural to want to defend your father? Of course. It is also natural to want to defend your mother…unless you have been programmed that there is nothing wrong with  a man beating up on a woman. Maybe the father needs to retake that class on Parenting 101.”

 

“Christians? We are quick to defend kids, when they might need good parents in the first place. Is some discipline excessive. Yes, sadly…and administered in anger. But all discipline is not bad. In fact, it’s a proof of love (Heb. 12:5-6). Is discipline unpleasant? Yes (Heb. 12:11)…or it’s not discipline. However, a little unpleasantness now, may forestall more later.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us all to take the time to act…not react. Give us the wisdom not to overreact, either; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-25-18 Fascination Then Reality

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-25-18

 

Fascination Then Reality

 

What’s Happening:  “The Kilauea Volcano continues to spew – at first it was a nuisance, then a danger to local residents, then an impediment to tourism, now a source of revenue…maybe getting too close in tour boats is not as good an idea as it was once thought to be…at least not for the 22 that were injured on one tour boat; fascination gave way to reality, however https://www.westernjournal.com/passengers-recounts-moments-lava-hit-hawaii-tour-boat/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-WJ&utm_campaign=dailyam&utm_content=western-journal). ‘This stuff was magical and exciting, and no one was saying a word,’ said Bryan, one of the injured.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Can’t blame the tour owners. They’re just trying to make a living.”

 

Biblical Response:  “True, if the Coast Guard’s 300 yard limit is not enough deterrence, maybe the lawsuits of patrons will speak louder. I don’t blame them for trying to make something good out of a natural disaster, or people from having some fascination with ‘Mother Nature’, but when wisdom and caution are ignored in favor of catering to an appetite for being close to raw, uncontrolled power and a greed for handsome profits….well everyone gets what they deserve…I’m just concerned for the innocent bystander.”

 

“Christians? Playing close to the cliff might be more scintillating, but taking foolish risks is not a good idea (Prov 14:16 – ‘The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.’ NLT).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us when fascination wants to rule over good sense; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-24-18 Knowledge is Power

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-24-18

 

Knowledge is Power

 

What’s Happening:  “The startling truth is that Trump Haters are just getting started. The even more startling truth (to them) is that they can win…truly knowledge is power, but being deceived into thinking you have the upper hand when that premise is itself built on ;lies…well, it’s like believing your own hype…that you might really win if you just keep fighting  (https://amgreatness.com/2018/07/23/just-how-far-will-the-left-go/?utm_source=Hoover+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=d9920cc448-HDR_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_21b1edff3c-d9920cc448-73112785). ‘There was no honeymoon for the unlikely winner of the 2016 election. Progressives have in succession tried to sue to overturn Trump’s victory using several different approaches. First on the bogus claim of fraudulent voting machines. Then they sought to subvert the Electoral College by bullying electors into renouncing their respective states’ votes,’ the above article by Victor Davis Hanson begins.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “They’ve done everything but try an actual assassination attempt.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yep, and I wouldn’t be surprised if planning for an attempt was already underway. The left is frustrated, and if the Maxine Waters and the abolish-ICErs get their way….”

 

“Christians? Keep your eyes and ears open. To change an old quote by Lord Acton:  Power corrupts, and absolute power is only held by the One Who knows everything. Absolute corruption comes those who think they know everything. There are two agendas at work in the world (John 10:10) and, although we are assured ultimate victory, there might just be some damage along the way….60 million voices cry for justice.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we want Your justice…we seek Your mercy; take into consideration Your love for Mankind…the very love that motivated the giving of Your Son: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-23-18 Uncivil But Not Unheard Of

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-23-18

 

Uncivil But Not Unheard Of

 

What’s Happening:  “It’s hard to believe…but not really. The treatment that other conservatives have received on ‘The View’ is not pretty, but a new low has been reached: Jeanine Pirro alleges that she was spat upon by Whoopi and told to ‘get the f**k out’ of the building. https://www.dailywire.com/news/33319/shock-whoopi-goldberg-spit-judge-jeanine-screamed-ryan-saavedra?utm_source=cnemail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=072218-news&utm_campaign=position1). ‘I’m still reeling from it to be honest with you’ Pirro said in an interview on the Sean Hannity show.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What did she expect? Civility?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably not…that would have been an unreasonable expectation. Still, to spit and the use the ‘f’ word?! The ‘right’ would be excoriated over such behavior…an apology would have been demanded! Unfortunately, this is what our society has devolved to…if there’s no outrage, you weren’t nasty enough. God help us!”

 

“Christians? We are to have a different standard. Ours is: ‘turn the other cheek’ (Matt. 5:39). Is there a practical benefit from doing good to those who spitefully use you? (Lk. 6:28) Absolutely! (Rom. 12:20) This is impossible for man…but not for God. After all, wasn’t Jesus spat upon? (Matt. 27:30)”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to have the patience You exhibited when You were reviled and subjected to verbal (and actual) onslaught; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-21-18 Random Tragedy

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-21-18

 

Random Tragedy

 

What’s Happening:  “Seventeen have perished so far (two are still in critical condition) in a freak “duck” accident on a lake in Branson, Missouri. A sudden thunderstorm struck the boats with its 60-mph winds and capsized one of them. These amphibious boat tours are 70 minutes in length and travel land and water routes that sometimes put them in harm’s way unexpectedly (https://www.denverpost.com/2018/07/19/fatal-missouri-tour-boat-accident/). ‘I hope it won’t tarnish Branson, About 80 percent of our income comes from tourists. We love them,’ said Trisha Ayers, a mourner.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So I’m to stay away from Branson?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Unfortunately, giving one of America’s favorite family hot-spots a wide berth is no guarantee against tragedy…even avoiding risky adventure-like outings like backpacking, skiing…or ‘duck’ tours, is no guarantee of safety. Heck, you might be hit crossing the  street or be one of the over 1,000,000 killed each year worldwide in a traffic fatality! The only thing (except for Enoch and Elijah) that is certain is death. That you die may be inevitable, how and when you die unpredictable, but in what condition you die – lost or saved – is not.”

 

“Christians? Jesus, Himself, spoke of ‘random’ tragedy (Luke 13:2-5). We live in a ‘fallen’ world. Being subject to death was not an original part of His plan (Rom. 5:12-15). How we respond in preparation for the inevitable makes all the difference in the world…and in eternity.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to accept the fatal work of our own hands, but to prepare for the consequeces; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-20-18 Lost…and Restored

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-20-18

 

Lost…and Restored

 

What’s Happening:  “Sure, the Russian warship was found (by search teams of the Shinil Group), but 50% of the over $100 Billion in gold is going to be ‘restored’ to the Russian government. The ship was sunk (and found) about a mile off the coast of South Korea at about 1,400 feet of depth. It was sunk by the Japanese in 1905 during the Russo-Japanese War . Its cargo was Russian pay (https://www.yahoo.com/news/russian-warship-carrying-100-billion-073452844.html).   ‘The body of the ship was severely damaged by shelling, with its stern almost broken, and yet the ship’s deck and sides are well preserved,’ reported the Shinil Group, who plans to raise it.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Found or Restored, it’s a lot of money!”

 

Biblical Response:  “It is…and I’m glad that a portion is going to some worthwhile projects (though I’m not sure the Ruskies will do anything with the money we might approve). As to whether it should be considered ‘found’ or ‘restored,’ I guess it depends on to whom you talk.”

 

“Christians? Milton wrote ‘Paradise Lost’ (talking about all that was lost in the ‘Fall’). David Chilton wrote ‘Paradise Restored’ (talking about all that is restored in Jesus). We believe in giving back to the original owner (God) 100% of what was lost…of course, that doesn’t give a search company much incentive. Still, we are the main beneficiaries…and we suffered the brunt of the loss; so I guess the incentive is with us…where it should be.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to realize all that was lost in the ‘Fall’ and strive to give everything back to its Original Owner; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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