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CLARITY – 9-15-18 It’s Dangerous Alright

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-15-18

It’s Dangerous Alright

 

What’s Happening:  “Former President Barack Hussein Obama, stumping for a Democratic slate of candidates in Ohio, said it would be ‘dangerous’ not to vote in November. Republicans agreed…but want their candidates to be the beneficiaries of an activated electorate (https://www.yahoo.com/news/obama-stump-cordray-other-democrats-ohio-visit-101347004.html). ‘2016 is over, but President Obama continues to dismiss the millions of voters across Ohio who rejected a continuation of his policies in favor of President Trump’s plan for historic tax cuts, new jobs and soaring economic growth,” Mandi Merritt, Ohio spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Isn’t it just a shouting match?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yeah, or a ‘Tweeting match…and we know who’ll win that. Who turns out, Democrats or Republicans, will likely determine the outcome of the elections in November. And it should. This is what elected representative government is all about. We have to live by the laws these folks legislate. Scary, huh? If your guy or gal is running, then you’d better show up…if you don’t know who’s running and what he or she stands for,,.then don’t complain when inauguration time comes around.”

 

“Christians? Everybody wants Christian laws, no Christian wants to run. There’s something wrong with this picture. Things don’t get better by themselves. You might actually have to inconvenience yourself. Sacrifice has always been the cost of progress (1 Tim. 2:6).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to see the danger of inaction…and the blessing of sacrifice; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 9-14-18 High School? Really?!

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-14-18

High School? Really?!

 

What’s Happening:  “In a last-minute attempt to forestall what most Republicans consider the inevitable confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Sen. Dianne Feinstein turned over a letter to federal investigators regarding an alleged incident that may be from high school. Sen. Feinstein said the letter’s author wants to be anonymous (https://www.yahoo.com/news/sen-feinstein-gives-investigators-she-got-kavanaugh-054814850–politics.html). Feinstein was quoted as saying, she ‘received information from an individual concerning the nomination’ and said the person, ‘strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further…’

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Did he do something he regrets?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Who hasn’t…especially in high school! Is the Judiciary Committee holding Kavanaugh to standard that is unreasonable? We are talking about a lifetime appointment, but who has not done something bone-headed in high school? Isn’t that where we learn about what is acceptable behavior and what isn’t? Isn’t that why juvenile records are expunged?”

 

“Christians? What is the age of accountability? When does God start holding us accountable for our actions? Of course, He’s God (and there was only One Sinless Man…and they crucified Him!) Maybe the Judiciary Committee should not be casting stones (John 8:3-7).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we are called to judge (1 Cor. 6:3), let us not apply a standard unfairly; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 9-13-18 Like Gasoline on a Fire

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-13-18

Like Gasoline on a Fire

 

What’s Happening:  “In case you haven’t been aware (or are living your life in a phone booth…wait, that metaphor is obsolete…or are living your life under a rock), there is a huge officially sanctioned persecution of Christians going on in China. The ‘underground church,’as large as 70 million (excluding Catholics), is under assault with church closings and threats (https://www.yahoo.com/news/prominent-chinese-pastor-defiant-church-closure-104056258.html). A pastor of one such 1,600-member church in Beijing, Jin Mingri, is reported to have said, ‘A church is more than just about a space. It’s about gathering together to worship, it’s about belief.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “At some point, won’t the underground church become extinct?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably not. Historically, some of the Church’s largest periods of growth came during the greatest persecutions (one only has to look at the birth of the underground church in China, when Mao killed 70,000 Christians per month during the Red Guard revolt of the 1970’s). The message of salvation is irrepressible.”

 

“Christians? We should not be surprised when the world hates us. It hated Him first (John 15:18). How do we respond to persecution? Be led of the Spirit. Some have done good to their persecutors (Rom. 12:21) Others, when threatened with bodily harm, did as they were called to do anyway (Acts 5:40-41). It’s kind of like trying to put out a fire with gasoline (Acts 5:42 through Acts 6:1).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, of course we pray for persecuted believers everywhere, but give us the courage of our convictions and may we do something today that fully convinces others of our primary love of You; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 9-12-18 Failure to Thrive

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-12-18

Failure to Thrive

 

What’s Happening:  “A recent survey of Millennials (ages 25-34) found that over 26% are still living at home, up from just over 15% in 2000, according to the National Association of Home Builders. It could be that the sharp rise in the average price of a home is to blame…or not (https://www.yahoo.com/news/daily-digit-millennials-still-living-parents-161712228.html). Quoting from one reaction: ‘Millennials prefer the freedom to work only on things that are of interest, then skip out if there is any stress or conflict in the job environment. Their preference for work “gigs” does not allow for the responsibility of home ownership. While past generations learned to cope and even grow in such social work environments, Millennials take the first exit and prefer to play/communicate (read ‘gaming’) in a controllable electronic environment instead..’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What’s wrong with gaming? It seems harmless enough…”

 

Biblical Response:  “Seems that way…of course, who wouldn’t prefer an artificial reality to having to face the real world? Maybe that’s why there seems to be an uptick in violence, too (many games depict violence the average person would never even contemplate).”

 

“Christians? We are called to raise our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4), not to ‘free-range’ parent. Some discipline may be required (Prov. 13:4), and no discipline seems pleasant at the moment (Heb. 12:11). Still, we may have to say, ‘This is going to hurt me more than you’…as unbelievable as it may seem to kids. ”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be wise in our child-rearing, knowing that it may cost in the short-term…but we don’t need to handicap them in the long-term just because we, ourselves, are lazy; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 9-11-18 Memories

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-11-18

Memories

 

What’s Happening:  “Some things you want to forget…like the loss of life on September 11, 2001…nearly 3,000 in the Trade Towers in New York, the Pentagon and on the fields of Pennsylvania. Some things you want to never forget…like the loss of life on September 11, 2001…and we won’t (hence Patriots Day 2018). Of course, life must go on (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-begins-9-11-anniversary-122410089.html). From the previous article: ‘Shortly before he was due to deliver a speech at Shanksville today, Mr Trump tweeted: ‘17 years since September 11th!’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Reading the article, sounds like our President may be more concerned with accusations of collusion than remembrance of 9/11.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe,,,but whose fault is that? Trump’s accusers are relentless. They may prove collusion, but to date, they’ve yet to prove any cooperation between the Russians and anybody…except Hillary’s campaign (https://nypost.com/2017/07/05/uncovering-the-russia-ties-of-hillarys-campaign-chief/). Distraction may make it difficult to make any progress.”

 

“Christians? We are called to remember (Deut. 9:7, etc.), but not to wallow (2 Pet. 2:22). We should remember the lessons (and their expense) of the past or, as philosopher George Santayana warns, we’ll be ‘doomed to repeat it.’”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to use the past for perspective, but not be so caught up in it as to be timid about progress; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 9-10-18 Anonymous Denials (#NotMe)

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-10-18

Anonymous Denials (#NotMe)

 

What’s Happening:  “The number of official denials is over thirty and will likely go higher as an anonymous memo purported to be from “a senior administration official’ was published by the New York Times (NYT) as an op-ed piece…Trump says the author could be guilty of treason  (https://conservativebuzz.com/2018/09/07/trump-wants-anonymous-nytimes-op-ed-author-found/). ‘It doesn’t seem to be anybody very high up because everybody very high up has already said, ‘It wasn’t me,’ Trump is reported to have said on Friday. ”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “‘Somebody’ is not nobody…or is it?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Nobody wants to take credit for what may be eclipsed by news on the Miss America Pageant…or Hurricane Florence…or Obama’s re-entry into the national dialogue…or North Korea’s 70th Anniversary parade, etc. Who knows…and furthermore…who cares? The NYT claims it is accurate (though they may have authored it themselves); the administration denies it, and nobody wants to take credit for it. I’d reprint the alleged ‘memo,’ but I might just be repeating lies.”

 

“Christians? Sounds like something directly out of the enemy’s playbook (John 10:10). The ‘father of lies’ might be an apropos name (John 8:44)…the memo certainly sows ‘discord among the brethren’ (Acts 15:2), which may have been the enemy’s design all along. We should remember it’s our knowledge of the truth that sets us free (John 8:32). Truth is not arbitrary or  up to opinion.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to pursue the truth, but not make a mountain (true or not) out of a molehill; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 9-6-18 Paid Protesters

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-6-18

Paid Protesters

 

What’s Happening:  “Three separate doctors from Texas, in line to get into the Kavanaugh hearings by the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, witnessed money  changing hands and said so on their websites…from the beginning of the hearing, interrupting protesters have had to be arrested (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/protesters-paid-say-3-doctors/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-CT&utm_campaign=dailypm&utm_content=conservative-tribune). ‘Hey everybody, I’m Dr. Chris Dundas from Corpus Christi, Texas, and we’re up here for these hearings. I gotta tell you, it is very sad. This is a very time-honored procedure and a process, and these young people (mostly young people, some old people), they seem to have no heartfelt convictions why they are here. If you have to pay somebody to protest, that’s a pretty good tell…’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Don’t the protesters have freedom of speech?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yes…and I guess they have the right to be paid…of course, there are decorum issues, as well. I guess that’s why they were arrested by Capitol Police. It’s kind of sad how this process has devolved. Give the obstructionists the Congress in the midterms and all this will go away…I think I can put up with the noise…it’s a cheap price for progress.”

 

“Christians? Money has historically been the price for betrayal (Matt. 26:15). They say ‘follow the money’…of course, we know where it will lead. We must be better than that.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to find the balance our Framers wrote into the Constitution and heed the challenge (Sen. Ben Sasse) for everyone to do their job; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 9-5-18 Branding or Branded

CLARITY

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

Branding or Branded

 

What’s Happening:  “Colin Kapernick is a lightning rod…that can be good news or bad news; Nike hopes it’s good news, having made him their poster child, rolling out yesterday an ad campaign featuring the kneeling former NFL malcontent…immediately their stock began falling (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/nike-announces-kapernick-new-ad-suffers-devastating-economic-defeat-next-day/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-CT&utm_campaign=dailypm&utm_content=conservative-tribune). Typical of the comments on this action is ‘Steverino’s’; ‘NIKE has made a terrible error in identifying their target audience. Yes it is the kids that wear their product but it is the ADULTS that pay for the kids sneakers. Or should I say used to pay for!’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Wasn’t he just protesting police brutality?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yeah, I think that’s how he started… of course, the socks and t-shirt, etc., may have sent  different messages. Nobody wants innocents brutalized…but during the National Anthem may not be the best time to protest, either. The National Anthem should be a time when Americans celebrate national unity, and acknowledge that freedom isn’t free. Brave men and women have paid dearly for the right  for the rest of us to play something so trivial as football. Nike’s marketing executives need to be fired. Who in their right mind ever thought it would be helpful to their brand to pick a spokesman so divisive?!”

 

“Christians? Of course, we should expect some opposition (read: persecution) if we are going to take a stand for Christ (1 Pet. 4:12-16), but I did say take a stand! Kneeling is for prayer, and I don’t think Colin was praying for the police!”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we don’t want to ‘strain at a gnat,’ we do need to acknowledge when someone sacrifices for us…we show respect for You; help us to show respect for ALL those who’ve laid down their lives; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 9-4-18 $ = Influence

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-4-18

$ = Influence

 

What’s Happening:  “The People’s Republic of China (ROC) has announced a ‘Belt and Road initiative’ (BRI) promising $60 Billion in aid, loans and grants…amid accusations of a new colonialism. China considers Africa the forgotten continent…missionary organizations disagree (https://www.yahoo.com/news/china-raises-fears-apos-colonialism-173840507.html). ‘”Unilateralism and protectionism are on the rise. Economic growth lacks robust drive, China-Africa cooperation under the BRI is a way to common prosperity that brings benefits to both our peoples,’ President of China, Xi said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What’s wrong with a little investment capital? Everybody could use that.”

 

Biblical Response:  “It’s the strings that are attached that I’m worried about (sure, I know they said ‘no strings attached’ – but does anybody really believe they are altruistic?) Money equals influence in this world. It would be great if the Chinese Christian believers would see this  for the opportunity it is…the jury is still out on us.”’

 

“Christians? While money may be the tender of worldly influence, sacrifice is the tender of Godly influence. David Livingstone, Scottish physician, explorer and missionary to Africa in the 19th Century, sacrificed much and his influence for the kingdom lives on; but too much motivation by poachers and diamond-miners has spoiled much of his more pure motives. Missions work must continue (Matt, 28:18-20) with renewed vigor or the ‘dark’ continent will only have the ‘false light’ of Islam or investment capital with strings.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our Chinese brethren  to seize an opportunity as it presents itself; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 9-3-18 You Can’t Change Reality

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-3-18

You Can’t Change Reality

 

What’s Happening:  “MSNBC conveniently cropped out U.S. Muslim leader, Louis Farrakhan, at Aretha Franklin’s 8-hour funeral extravaganza. Sitting next to Al Sharpton, former President Bill Clinton,  and Jesse Jackson was vociferous Jew-hater Farrakhan…however, Franklin’s friend (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/msnbc-posts-disastrous-tweet-aretha-franklin-attendees-blatantly-removes-farrakhan-image/?ff_source=Email&ff_medium=CTBreaking&ff_campaign=breaking&ff_content=conservative-tribune). Quoting the article, ‘And as for the media (ABC also cropped out Farrakhan as Twitchy noted), editing Farrakhan out of the picture does no favor to Franklin or the truth.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Sounds like Fake News.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Kind of…at least news without an inconvenient reality. The media would have done better to explain him away than to edit him out. Actually, they did neither…as the live stream reveals.”’

 

“Christians? Christendom is full of inconvenient truths…like ‘The wages of sin is death’ (Rom. 3:23) or ‘Bad company corrupts good morals’ (1 Cor. 15:33 NASU)…or my personal (and relevant) favorite: ‘You can’t heal a wound by saying it’s not there…’ (Jer. 6:14 TLB).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us all to deal in reality, treating others the way they are, not the way we want them to be; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

Share as you like; just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent