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CLARITY – 5-31-19 A Heartbeat Away

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-31-19

A Heartbeat Away

What’s Happening: “It’s hard to believe, but a Democrat Governor, John Bel Edwards, signed a bipartisan anti-abortion bill into law in Louisiana yesterday, making abortion illegal if a heartbeat can be detected – as early as six weeks in some pregnancies. In so doing, the Democratic Governor was only being consistent, however. Although he supports LGBTQ rights, a minimum wage increase, and many feminist initiatives (common liberal Democrat positions), he is also pro-life…quite an anomaly for a liberal Democrat (https://www.yahoo.com/news/louisiana-democratic-governor-signs-heartbeat-220316274.html). ‘I know there are many who feel just as strongly as I do on abortion and disagree with me — and I respect their opinions,’ Governor Edwards said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I’m glad I don’t live in Louisiana!”

Biblical Response:  “Which, because you’re an American, is your right. If you don’t like something a state legislature does, you can always move. But Louisiana is the fifth state to pass a similar ‘heartbeat’ law…Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, and Georgia have recently passed similar legislation. And the mood in the country is such that the Supreme Court may eventually be called upon to look again at Roe v. Wade.

“Christians? Are all Christians Pro-Life? Hardly. Many are untaught. The real question is can a Christian be Pro-Choice? (notice how I framed the question – I could have called Pro-Choice the more inflammatory ‘Pro-Death’…the Pro-Choice crowd calls the Pro-Life group, Anti-Abortion or Anti-Choice) I will not judge any who claim to be Christian and are Pro-Choice. Only God knows the heart (1 Kings 8:39). God, of course, is all about life (there are over 60 scripture references in the the King James Version that establish this). He is all about getting us to choose life (Deut. 30:19). The unborn who get aborted never get that opportunity.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father,  help people to see that everyone deserves a choice; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 5-29-19 An Eye for an Eye or Vengeance?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-29-19

Eye for an Eye or Vengeance?

What’s Happening: “An Israeli missile was fired at a Syrian anti-aircraft launcher that had earlier fired and missed a IDF jet, wounding three Syrian soldiers. The Syrians protested, of course, but the Israelis said it was done in retaliation. The missile was apparently fired from the Golan Heights (which was annexed by Israel) and targeted Tel al-Shaar in Quneitra (https://www.yahoo.com/news/israeli-missile-hits-quneitra-syria-reports-casualties-193239631.html). ‘An Israeli missile targeted Tel al-Shaar in Quneitra,’ said Syrian news, adding a ‘military vehicle was targeted and there are wounded.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Doesn’t Israel have a right to defend itself?”

Biblical Response:  “I’m with you…of course it does, but there are some that would argue this violates Romans 12:19 (‘Vengeance is mine. I will repay.’). Maybe if the missile strike was elsewhere, Targeting the very launcher that fired at it means it was clearly defensive, Yeah, but what about ‘love your enemies’ (from Matthew 5:44-45)? That may be above my paygrade (only God knows the heart – 1 Kings 8:39). I don’t know what the motivation was. Surely, on a lower order, the soldiers were only doing what they were told. Higher up…I don’t know. Perhaps managing collateral damages could be construed as an act of mercy.

“Christians? Trying to fight an ethical war is difficult, at best. While some wars are of God (1 Chron. 5:22), it is just one tool in his arsenal to effect change (Acts 17:26). Then there’s the scripture that says ‘the weapons of our warfare are not carnal’ (2 Cor. 10:4). The conclusion of the matter is probably that God allows some things because He will not get in the way of free will. Of course there’s Rom. 8:28, too.

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give those who make life-and-death decisions an anointing for wisdom, not just a good ‘justifier;’ in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 5-28-19 Lost and Found

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-28-19

Lost and Found

What’s Happening: “35-year-old Amanda Eller, a physical therapist, yoga instructor and avid  hiker was found in the Makawao Forest Reserve in Maui 17 days after she ventured off the trail to rest. Javier Cantellops, with two other people, was searching from a helicopter when he spotted her in a creek bed between two waterfalls. She said: ‘I looked up and they were right on top of me, I was like, ‘Oh my God,’ and I just broke down and started bawling’ (https://www.yahoo.com/news/hawaii-woman-rescued-forest-told-self-not-183603533.html) Although she was lost, she said, ‘The last 17 days of my life have been the toughest days of my life, and it’s been a really significant spiritual journey that I was guided on, and there were times of total fear and loss and wanting to give up, and it did come down to life and death and I had to choose and I chose life.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Sounds like she was pretty lucky!”

Biblical Response:  “Yeah…if you believe in that sort of thing. Sounds pretty sovereign to me. She might have been lost to her and the searchers, but God knew where she was the whole time. Besides, He’s more concerned with the condition of her soul and spirit than her body. They, too, may have been lost…that’s way above my paygrade. At any rate, by her own admission, she ‘chose life.’ Kind of reminds me of a scripture:

“I  call heaven and earth to  witness against you today, that I have set before you  life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose  life in order that you may  live, you and your descendants, (Deut. 30:19 NASU)

We’re all lost (at least before we choose Life)…maybe not physically, but spiritually. It’s great that she chose life physically. Maybe it was (or will be) more than that.

“Christians? Oh we believe in being lost…and found (read Luke 15). We also believe we are born, but must be ‘born again’ (John 3:3-8).

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us, since we are all lost (Isaiah 53:6; Rom. 3:23), to find You, for You are our Compass, our Navigator to a Promised Land, to a rescue certain; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 5-27-19 Laboring in Vain

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-27-19

Laboring in Vain

What’s Happening: “Appropriately, George Will writes a Memorial Day article for the National Review that deals with why our policy in Iran is wrongheaded. While I agree, it is not for the same reasons. He fears a unilateral action by a White House that likes to counterpunch and (rightfully) sees regime change as a good and necessary thing….conversion at the point of a sword, however, ultimately won’t work…like the Crusades, it’s medieval!  (https://www.yahoo.com/news/blame-america-disturbing-iran-policy-093036906.html).  Mr. Will’s problems with the administration are mostly Constitutional, mine are ideological. Quoting from the article: ‘Many conservatives who preen as ‘originalists’ when construing all the Constitution’s provisions other than the one pertaining to war powers are unimpressed by the Framers’ intention that Congress should be involved in initiating military force in situations other than repelling sudden attacks.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Why tie the President’s hands? He seems to be doing well with other things.”

Biblical Response:  “Doing well with the economy is one thing, and our military is obviously  superior, but being successful in the short run is not what we should be after.The Crusades had noble intentions…just not noble methods. And nothing but regime change will ever make a difference long-term. But it must be voluntary regime change, not forced regime change. That’s why victory on the battlefield in Iraq or Afghanistan has not (nor ever will) led to voluntary regime change. It’s one thing to win over the body…quite another to win over the heart. Apparently, MacArthur understood that. He called for the Christian mission organizations of the world to send immediately 30,000 missionaries to Japan (he was made President of Japan at the close of WWII). Their hearts swelled up the size of buckshot and they sent 3.”

“Christians? Why wait until some General calls. We’ve already been sent (Mark 16:15). Giving the heart makes every other godly act possible.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to have leaders who will play their roles…so that You can play Yours;in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 5-25-19 Shedding Innocent Blood Is Wrong…Period!

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-25-19

Shedding Innocent Blood Is Wrong…Period!

What’s Happening: “Three were killed and at least twenty were injured at the bombing yesterday at a mosque in Kabul (Afghanistan). Among the dead was Muslim cleric Samiullah Raihan, who was leading prayers in the Sunni Al-Taqwa mosque. Although no one has claimed responsibility, it is not uncommon for warring factions of Muslims to take matters into their own hands (https://www.yahoo.com/news/bomb-kills-least-one-during-friday-prayers-mosque-094010470.html). Quoting from the Reuters article: ‘Firdaws Faramarz, a police spokesman, said explosives were apparently placed near the altar of the Al-Taqwa mosque, a place used by the mosque leader to initiate the prayers.’”   

Knee-Jerk Response:  “If Muslims want to kill Muslims, more power to ‘em!”

Biblical Response:  “That sentiment is why jihad recruiting is easy and evangelism efforts among Muslim communities is hard. The ‘Christian’ West (or should I say the post-Christian West? – many churches are not well populated…except for CHRINOs – CHRistians In Name Only). I know there’s a tendency to fear the unfamiliar and Muslim terrorism has fanned ideological bias, but if we truly believe in Christianity’s inherent superiority, we won’t be cheering on these innocent deaths (Ex. 20:13)…or taking matters into our own hands, either. God is quite capable of sorting nations and territories out (Acts 17:26).”

“Christians? They won’t know we are Christian by our hate, but by our love (Jn. 13:35). Rather, we should weep for those who weep (Rom. 12:15). A little kindness and compassion would go much further than judgmentalism and vengeance.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to love unconditionally and see every non-Christian as a potential future family member; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 5-24-19 So Goes the Kingdom

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-24-19

So Goes the Kingdom

What’s Happening: “Long embattled Prime Minister (PM) of the United Kingdom and leader of the Conservative Party, Theresa May resigned yesterday. Some say not being able to negotiate a departure from the EU that was acceptable to Members of Parliament meant she was not conservative enough. In any case, her departure is effective June 7, just days after Trump’s pre-planned visit (https://www.yahoo.com/news/theresa-may-resigns-090653622.html).  ‘It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit,’ May said.”   

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Big deal! What does that even mean: ‘deliver Brexit’?”

Biblical Response:  “At least you’re asking….and it is a BIG deal! Let me give an abbreviated history of Brexit so that the average American has a reasonable understanding. The Brits held a referendum (a nationwide vote of the citizenry) in June of 2016. They voted 51.9% to leave the EU and be able to make their own deals economically. They were scheduled to leave March 29 (of this year). Although Theresa May has tried on numerous occasions to negotiate a smooth transition (one that would lead to lasting ties to Brussels), Parliament could not agree, though they did extend the departure date to Oct. 31.  It is believed that the same ‘drain-the-swamp’ sentiment that elected Donald Trump, led to the result of the Brexit referendum. Apparently, the liberalness of much of Europe was just too much for Great Britain.

Does this mean that Brexit is dead? No, just delayed. Will the next PM do better? Not if he or she tries to get the UK out of the EU with strings attached. He or she will stay in office as long as Brexit prospers. As goes the king, so goes the kingdom. Or maybe, as goes the kingdom, so goes the king.

“Christians? We’ve seen kingdoms rise, and kingdoms fall. (And ‘kingdoms’ doesn’t mean what they used to.) Still, it is generally true that the fortunes of a country are tied to its leadership (Gal. 6:7; Prov. 16:12-15). That is why Jesus is called the Good Shepherd. He leads us (His sheep) where we’ll prosper (Ps. 23). And because He’s the King of Kings, of His kingdom there will be no end (Is. 9:7; Luke 1:33). Unlike Theresa May.

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, only you know what will benefit Your people in the long run…bring that to pass and show us what part we are to play; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 5-23-19 Whatever Happened to Civility?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-23-19

Whatever Happened to Civility?

What’s Happening: “The jury is still out (no pun intended) on 27-year-old Christopher Cleary, a Utah man that maintains he’s still a virgin and has no girlfriend, He is being charged with a third degree felony (attempted threat of terrorism) for posting on Facebook that he was going to ‘kill as many girls as he could see’ because he was rejected…a dubious claim as two girls claimed to have a sexual relationship with him and he was living with a girl when was arrested (https://www.yahoo.com/news/man-threatened-kill-many-girls-141138663.html). ‘All I wanted to be was loved,” Cleary posted. ‘Yet no one cares about me, I’m 27 years old and I’ve never had a girlfriend before and I’m still a virgin, this is why I’m planning on shooting up a public place soon and being the next mass shooter ‘cause I’m ready to die.’”   

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Sounds like a bad hombre that needs to be removed from society!”

Biblical Response:  “And he may be, though I don’t believe his consorts anymore than I do him. What I want to ask is, where are his parents? Apparently he was not taught how to handle rejection…or anger, for that matter. Life is full of hard knocks. Kids are supposed to learn how to handle that while they’re young…so that when they get older, they have learned discretion…to be angry, but sin not (Eph. 4;26). That’s what parenting is for. (You know, that old-fashioned impediment to a two-income higher standard of living.,,what we have are kids posting threats on social media, still living in their parents’ basements which were afforded by that increased standard of living!)”

“Christians? We’ll probably get accused of child abuse for visiting the ‘woodshed’ so often…maybe you’d like visiting the prison better? See the following ‘outmoded’ scriptures

“Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.” (Prov. 13:24 NLT)

“Withhold not correction from the child; (For) if thou beat him with the rod, he will not die.” (Prov. 23:13 ASV)

“And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;

For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”

(Heb. 12:5-6 NKJV)

ETC., ETC.

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, make the parent impervious to the protests of the disciplined child, but attentive to Your merciful voice of direction: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 5-22-19 Rumors of War

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-22-19

Rumors of War

What’s Happening: “A poll released yesterday revealed that most believe that war with Iran is imminent…the majority also believe that a first strike would be a mistake, but favor a military response if attacked, with 39% favoring an outright invasion (https://www.yahoo.com/news/half-american-adults-expect-war-iran-within-next-043709356.html). Quoting the author of the above-linked article, Chris Kahn: ‘Trump has said he would like to negotiate with the Islamic Republic’s leaders. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rejected talks on Tuesday and has said “economic war” is being waged against Iran.’”   

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Iran’s just upset that the U.S. has pulled out of the Nuclear Deal. They’re not getting as much Euro-attention.”

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…especially if that Euro-attention brought petro dollars with it. Still, those crazy Iranians are the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism, and just wacky enough to think they might have something to gain by being in a war with us. This is not Armageddon, but American culture today knows nothing of world warfare. The Vietnam War was horrific (over 55, 000 Americans lost), and so was America’s longest war, Afghanistan (as of 5 August 2018, 3,458 coalition deaths). By comparison, WWII records 21-25 million soldiers and 50-55 million civilians! This culture might mature awfully quick if it experienced anything on that scale. Of course, China, Russia, and North Korea would have to get involved to produce those kinds of numbers. Like I said, that would be a quick, albeit drastic, route to maturity for a culture…but stranger things have happened…recently, as world history records time.”

“Christians? Pray (Phil. 4:6). Note that that scripture starts out by saying,”Don’t worry about anything…” Sure, we should take precautions like any responsible watchman (Ezek. 33:6), but God’s got an agenda that won’t be denied (perhaps I shouldn’t remind Him that we’ve aborted 60 million since Roe v. Wade).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father,help us to be wise and remember our frailty when You exact justice…and be merciful: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 5-21-19 The Myth of Stealth

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-21-19

The Myth of Stealth

What’s Happening: “It might have been a revelation to the Air Force or those marketing the ‘stealth’ F-22s, that the Chinese have claimed to be tracking them on radar for quite some time, but it does not come to some as news. Of course, if you read the entire article in the link it gets pretty technical. Some think it doesn’t matter – that nothing can be done about it anyway (https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/no-cloaking-device-here-f-22-stealth-fighters-can-be-tracked-58632). One U.S. Navy officer  asked, ‘Does the mission require a cloaking device or is it OK if the threat sees it but can’t do anything about it?’”   

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Stealth matters! It’s hard to destroy what you can’t see.”

Biblical Response:  “True. However, it’s a good thing God sees all…there sure needs to be some destruction going on in my life. I’ve been a Christian for almost 50 years…and I still have some areas that need work. As far as weapons systems and technology are concerned, someone will always one-up the latest development. Remember, there is nothing new under the sun (Eccl. 1:9). Whether in proprietary war technology, or the latest new-fangled innovation, there will always be another radar detector that will defeat the latest speed-gun available. Does that mean that we shouldn’t pursue the latest tech? No. Just that we shouldn’t have unreasonable expectations. Nothing on this earth lasts forever (1 Cor. 15:53).”

“Christians? The myth of stealth is true (or it soon will be). However, there is also the myth of the closet. Many are thinking (and depending) on the belief that what is done privately ‘in the closet’ is seen by no one. Nothing could be further from the truth. God was in the closet with you all along (read Ps. 139).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be one step (at least) ahead of our enemies, but help us only to depend on You; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 5-20-19 Don’t Mistake Forbearance For Fear

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-20-19

Don’t Mistake Forbearance For Fear

What’s Happening: “Iran launched a Katyusha rocket that landed dangerously close to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq late last night, escalating rhetoric via Twitter. Both governments warned the other not to threaten. Is it more mere saber-rattling or genuine? (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-warns-iran-not-threaten-us-face-end-065953536.html).  Jeremy Hunt, British Foreign Secretary said: ‘…if American interests are attacked, they will retaliate. We want the situation to de-escalate because this is a part of the world where things can get triggered accidentally,’”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Nothing’s going to happen. They’re (the leaders of both nations) just building their Twitter audiences.”

Biblical Response:  “I hope you’re right, but never let the Iranians mistake forbearance for fear, reticence for lack of resolve. That’s what happened by the Japanese in WWII at Pearl Harbor…and by Osama Bin Laden at 9/11. It took ten years, but justice always has a way of arriving. Remember, Jesus is coming back…and it won’t be a pretty sight for some (as a matter of fact, the Bible depicts Him coming with a sword protruding from His mouth – Rev. 1:16, 2:16).”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in a patient God. But not in One where patience is mistaken for license. Read what the scripture has to say about it:

‘The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.’(2 Pet 3:9-10 NASU)

We should pray that our leaders have the wisdom know when to pull the trigger  and when to just speak louder.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let not our enemies think we are kidding…You’re not; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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