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CLARITY – 2-28-19 It’s What They Do

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-28-19

It’s What They Do

What’s Happening: “Michael Cohen, admitted liar, and once personal lawyer to Donald Trump, had much to say that delighted the Democrats in Congress that questioned him. Did  he say anything new or that could be used to impeach the 45th President of the United States? That’s debatable, but probably not. You see, he has this credibility problem (https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/02/27/6-takeaways-from-cohens-hill-testimony-about-trump/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWm1Wak5EZGtOamN6WW1GaSIsInQiOiI1SEdES0FSbk9mUlVWajhKbnJJMVk3ZDJYZDZqa2U1T2kzeHdXSzNmVnVKWlJmaDJQem5MZTFoeHVTMkR1U1F1aWhLbUo2Q0t6XC9Vd1JpdENyUWRXWk0zamRuazhXZTN5VXZ6XC9wd3FwYWs4NmlHb1dBZ1g4RmJKVWZncEFKYWcrIn0%3D)  Quoting from the article from the link above, ‘Soon to serve a prison sentence for, among other things, lying to Congress, Michael Cohen took a parting shot Wednesday at his old boss, President Donald Trump, in testimony on Capitol Hill.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Maybe he’s telling the truth…at least from his perspective.”

Biblical Response:  “Yeah…and maybe you’d be interested in a title to a bridge I own in New York! Liars lie…it’s what they do. He might be telling the truth…but probably not. ‘His truth’ cannot be trusted. It’s tainted by self-serving…by his plea and the fact that days from now he goes to prison…FOR LYING! Besides, the whole concept of ‘his truth’ gives credence to his perspective… and that there is no absolute truth.”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in absolute truth; irrefutable things that happen that are witnessed in the closet AND out. The proverbial ‘closet’ is a myth, since God was in the closet all along. His omnipresence is multi-dimensional…in space AND time, too…He’s not just everywhere present…He’s also everywhen (Is. 46:10). ”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to determine what is truth…as only then will we be set free (John 13:8), making decisions based on real reality  in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-27-19 Why Bad Things Happen

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-27-19

Why Bad Things Happen

What’s Happening: “Australian Cardinal Pell was unanimously found guilty on all five counts of sexual assault and taken into custody Wednesday (the court could not reveal the Dec. 11 verdict until Tuesday due to a suppression order Judge Peter Kidd lifted. He will be sentenced at some future date pending his appeal. The 77-year-old Vatican adviser maintains his innocence (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/judge-begins-sentencing-hearing-for-australian-cardinal/2019/02/26/5732e960-3a2f-11e9-a2cd-307b06d0257b_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.6aab3dc63e5a).  ‘There was an element of brutality to this assault,” Judge Kidd said, ‘It was an attack. It spoke to his state of mind that he thought he could do this and get away with it.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “There’s a hot place in hell for him.”

Biblical Response:  “True…if he’s really guilty and does not repent…I’ll leave that sentence to God, where it belongs. There is another question I want to deal with. Was God asleep? Did He not know what was going on in the changing room?! Why do bad things happen to good people?  Many who have been the victims of similar acts…or of some personal tragedy like the unexpected loss of a loved one or a tornado or some physical problem that caught them unawares (by the way, I’ve experienced all of the aforementioned) are similarly mystified. The scripture in Ps. 121:4-5) says ‘He never sleeps or slumbers,’ so that’s not is. Then why?

I’ve been able to discern four possible reasons:

  1. We live in a fallen world (Gen. 3). God’s just as upset (though not as surprised) as we are.
  2. We have received the due recompense for our sin (Gal. 6:7; Rom. 3:23; Rom. 6:23).
  3. We are just the collateral damage of someone else’s stupidity….but it may turn out for our good (Rom. 8:28).
  4. God is trying to tell us something (as in Job’s case); sometimes the only voice we’ll hear is circumstance..

“Christians? All this is not to say God is not in control. Isaiah 46:10 tells us ‘He sees the end from the beginning.’ We just make judgments from our misleading snapshots of the present…God uses a time-warp video camera. There is a difference between the temporal and the eternal . Does that mean we understand what God is doing? No; it just means we should trust Him for what we don’t understand.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to be too quick to judge, but not too reluctant to judge when the evidence is overwhelming;  in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-26-19 First Things First

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-26-19

First Things First

What’s Happening: “What’s on the agenda for the Trump/Kim Summit? Aside from denuclearization, perhaps the end of the Korean War (1950-1953). What exists now is the cessation of hostilities. Ironically, the Summit is to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, a city acquainted with an absence of war, but not acquainted with peace. Maybe you have to end something that exists already before you can start something new (https://abcnews.go.com/International/us-north-korea-declare-end-korean-war-summit/story?id=61297002&cid=clicksource_4380645_1_heads_hero_live_headlines_hed). ‘What format the end-of-war declaration will be, we don’t know exactly,” said Kim Eui-kyeom, a spokesman for South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in.””

Knee-Jerk Response:  “No way is Kim going to give up his nuclear weapons!”

Biblical Response:  “Probably not…but the possibility is real enough to pursue. I mean, the people are starving (and Kim has got to know this – the sanctions are working, in spite of the fact that China is still supplying them) and the North Koreans do want more influence in the region. What Trump has to convince them of is that giving up their nukes is the surest and quickest way to greater influence – that hope of gain is a better motivator than fear of loss…kind of counter-intuitive, huh? President Trump certainly has his work cut out. No wonder there might be an end to the Korean War first (an armistice was really never signed). This way progress can be claimed without real denuclearization.

“Christians? Of course we’re for peace…even earthly peace. Still, we are not naive. Real peace only comes from the Prince of Peace (Phil. 4:7).  And that’s peace with God. But all peace comes from that.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, be present with Kim and Trump…and may real progress occur; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-25-19 What’s Fair

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-25-19

What’s Fair

What’s Happening: “The recent victories of Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood of Bloomfield High School in the state track meet in Connecticut, have many calling foul…since they are both transgender and competing with ‘cisgenders,’ (girls identifying with their birth gender). Obviously, something needs to be done to level the playing field. Today state track meets…tomorrow, the Olympics. (https://www.westernjournal.com/transgender-sprinters-finish-1st-2nd-girls-indoor-track-championships/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=WJBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=western-journal). ‘We all know the outcome of the race even before it starts; it’s demoralizing,’ said cisgender competitor Seline Soule.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Don’t transgender athletes have the right to compete, too?”

Biblical Response:  “Perhaps…but that’s not even the question, from my perspective. Did God make a mistake? Quoting from my book, ETHOS, How Should We Then Think?

There are many who would like to redefine the family. But God, Who created us, had a different idea in mind when He created us male and female (Gen. 1:27), and the Creator generally has the say over His creation.

However, He made Man unique, not just giving him a flesh and blood body, but also giving him a soul…and in so doing made him a rational and willful creature ,giving him the ability to weigh options and choose the course he would take. Having choices does not change our created nature, though. It may seem cheaper to run a car on water, but it was made with gasoline in mind.

Is homosexuality biblical? Are people born with a proclivity for a certain sexual orientation? What part does environment have to play? Should homosexuals have positions of leadership in the church, Boy Scouts, or sports teams? These and other questions need to be addressed.”

And I do…I guess you’ll have to buy the book (subdeo.com). [quotes from ppg. 201-202]

“Christians? LGBTQ? These decisions have already been made by an intentional Creator. Playing God is nothing new (read Gen. 3). And thankfully, it is forgivable…though physical and hormonal changes may be irreversible collateral damage.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to choose wisely…and learn quickly that some choices, regardless of how undesirable the outcome may seem, are made for us; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-23-19 The Power Behind the Power

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-23-19

The Power Behind the Power

What’s Happening: “Bernie Sanders joined a crowded field this week of Democrat leaders all vying for the Democrat Presidential Nomination; to be the one opposing Trump (who, although he’s the RNC’s choice today, may face a primary challenge), raising 6 million dollars in just his first 24 hours, four times that raised by Sen. Kamala Harris (https://news.yahoo.com/2020-vision-bernie-sanders-launches-like-rocket-192320064.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_03). ‘To win this election and build a movement to defeat Donald Trump, we must bring together a team prepared to fight for economic, social, racial, and environmental justice,’ Sanders said.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Sounds like he’s positioning himself to win.”

Biblical Response:  “It does…of course, Hillary thought the same thing. And it’s not money alone that determines the victor. It’s ideas and policy…and more than that, it’s God (‘Man proposes, but God disposes.’ Prov 19:21 LB). Which is not to say that we shouldn’t vote as the outcome is already determined. God gave the people what they wanted in Saul (read the account in 1 Sam. 12:10-25). The only thing worse than opposing God and failing is opposing God and succeeding. Sometimes God will give you your way just to show it wasn’t His preferred way of doing things.”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in this cooperative venture with God… but the wise always defaults to Him. Let me share a scripture with you:

‘This plan of Mine is not what you would work out, neither are My thoughts the same as yours!’ (Isaiah 55:8 LB)”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the courage of our conviction help us only back Your play; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-22-19 Deception Strikes Again

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-22-19

Deception Strikes Again

What’s Happening: “Everybody’s heard by now how that Empire’s Jussie Smollett claimed he was a victim of a hate crime, that it was a hoax, set-up to trash Donald Trump by claiming racism and homophobia, but have you heard about how that was his SECOND deception (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/done-smollett-lied-cops-past-set-brother-take-fall-got-2-years-probation/?ff_source=Email&ff_medium=newsletter-CT&ff_campaign=dailypm&ff_content=conservative-tribune) or that vandals set on fire mistakenly the statue of Gen Lee in Dunn, N.C.(https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/vandals-torch-gen-lee-statue-looks-like-picked-wrong-gen-lee/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-CT&utm_campaign=dailypm&utm_content=conservative-tribune), Gen William C. Lee, a local hero of WWII?! Talk about Fake News! How about Fake Hoax? (more like uneducated vandalism!)”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It might be a deception, but it doesn’t change the fact that there’s racism in America!”

Biblical Response:  “Unfortunately there is…but we can’t deal with that heinous aberration by swatting at flies…especially FALSE flies. Truth is sometimes hard enough to face, but when you confuse the issue with deception, it’s nigh impossible!”

“Christians? If truth sets free (John 8:32), deception enslaves, and there are many that just want to distract us into fighting battles that are not even real (2 John 7).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we need Your discernment so we don’t waste precious resources putting out false fires…the real ones are daunting enough; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-21-19 Errors Have Consequences

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-21-19

Errors Have Consequences

What’s Happening: “Hoda Muthana, the Alabama woman who left the U.S. to join ISIS was barred from entry to the U. S. by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who says she is not an American citizen; a claim her lawyer will dispute. Apparently, she claims citizenship by birth, being born in Hackensack,New Jersey on Oct. 28, 1994. Confusing the issue is the fact that her father was a diplomat from Yemen at the time, so she is not a citizen (https://news.yahoo.com/secretary-state-pompeo-says-alabama-woman-joined-islamic-184218418.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_03). Pompeo was quoted as saying yesterday, ‘Ms. Hoda Muthana is not a U.S. citizen and will not be admitted into the United States. She does not have any legal basis, no valid U.S. passport, no right to a passport nor any visa to travel to the United States.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “She just made an error in judgment.”

Biblical Response:  “Yeah, and errors have consequences…some long-lasting. Don’t get me wrong, I feel sorry for the woman. She was deceived by online promises that sounded good at the time. That’s why children should listen to parents. Granted, some parents are poor communicators and should never be entrusted with the care of children. Perhaps that is the reason kids sometimes feel like they need to escape their parents. Maybe this was one of her original motivations for joining ISIS. Oops! However, the Good News is that the sins of the fathers are not necessarily visited on the children (Jer. 31:30). It is possible to have a new birth…and a new destiny (John 3:3-8).”

“Christians? We believe it is possible to be born again, to change your heritage. Of course, being a Muslim, she might not be looking for that. It might not change her current address anyway, but it sure would change her future address!”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to extend to Hoda the solution to her eternal citizenry…even if she has squandered her temporal citizenry; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-20-19 Not If, But How

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-20-19

Not If, But How

What’s Happening: “In a stirring speech (at least to the Venezuelan and Cuban  immigrants) in Florida, President Donald Trump said that Maduro’s days are numbered and all options are on the table. He was also fighting the socialism of Venezuela that has produced an average weight loss of 24 pounds and an inflation rate of 10 million percent … and perhaps the socialism of many of the 2020 election Presidential Democrat party contenders (https://www.yahoo.com/news/nicolas-maduro-attacks-trump-apos-105545947.html).  Maduro’s reaction? ‘We will not make of the honorable Venezuela a Venezuela of beggars,’ Maduro said. ‘We will not accept it.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I smell armed conflict.”

Biblical Response:  “It may come to that…I certainly hope not; a lot of innocents may die. The outcome, however, is certain…what isn’t is the method of transition: peaceable…or not. With Russia, China, and, of course, Cuba backing Maduro…and most of the west backing Guaido…it is set up for a conflict. Sad, but if unchecked now it will get worse.”

“Christians? We believe that God really determines the outcome. Let me elaborate with a scripture:

‘…and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, …’ (Acts 17:26 NASU)

Like I said, the final outcome is determined. The details…not so much…at least from our perspective.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to act wisely and promote peace…You’ve already paid the price for that; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-19-19 Sincere Silence Beats Obligatory Applause

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-19-19

Sincere Silence Beats Obligatory Applause

What’s Happening: “The silence was deafening…Vice President Mike Pence brought greetings Saturday from President Trump to the annual security conference in Munich and was met with non-response…perhaps impolite yawns. To say that Trump is not too popular among European leaders may be an understatement, especially since America exited the Iran nuclear deal (https://www.yahoo.com/news/vice-president-pence-receives-awkward-213416954.html).  Defending the Iran deal, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel lamented the U.S. departure and said, ‘it depresses me very much.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It is kind of depressing,”

Biblical Response:  “Only if your European, believe a lie by sticking your head in the sand, and quake when someone threatens you with nukes. To be a part of an unverifiable accord is below stupid. Reagan said,’Trust, but verify.’ You can verify alright…if you give enough notice…which means you can’t really verify. Kind of reminds me of obligatory applause. Better to know where leaders really stand.

“Christians? Let me quote Rudyard Kipling here (he’s a good European): ‘If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too…’ Good decisions are rarely popular. We are not unfamiliar with standing alone (John 15;16-18). Sincere silence beats obligatory applause any day.

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to prefer dealing in truth, even if it is uncomfortable; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-18-19 Fickleness

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-18-19

Fickleness

What’s Happening: “Maybe Amazon just wants to be wanted; maybe,protesters to Amazon’s decision to build a distribution center in Queens, New York, turning the famous smile logo upside down was an insult too far; maybe it’s the fact that Bezos is against unionization; maybe, since Amazon has not responded to queries concerning its motivations, it means we’ll never know…in any case, the promised billions in tax savings AND the economic boost that the 25,000 jobs would have brought, will now not materialize and Cuomo and De Blasio are happy and sad (https://www.yahoo.com/news/gone-york-minute-amazon-deal-125329879.html). ‘Offering massive corporate welfare from scarce public resources to one of the wealthiest corporations in the world at a time of great need in our state is just wrong,’ said New York State Sen. Michael Gianaris and New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Democrats.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So it’s off, now? Right? … Isn’t that a good thing?”

Biblical Response:  “For now…and maybe it’s not such a good thing. Not only is there the loss of 25,000 jobs, there’s also the loss of the positive economic input they would have brought to local  businesses AND all the taxes those paychecks would have paid. Sometimes, we believe all the hype the MSM puts out and we become the unintended collateral damage.

“Christians? The Scripture says that, ‘fear has torment’ (1 John 4:18) . Fickleness is a byproduct of fear. The Bible warns against that, too (James 1:6-8). Whether Jeff Bezos wanted to bless NY or bless his own company…well, I guess we’ll never know. Probably a little of both.”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to listen to the voice of Your Spirit. Only then can we truly respond correctly and without fear; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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