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CLARITY – 11-6-19 Mandatory Appointment

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-6-19

Mandatory Appointment

It’s Happening: “Another tragedy may have been a case of mistaken identity as 9 people from Utah with dual Mexican/American citizenship were brutally murdered early yesterday by rival drug cartels, four of them children, all on their way to a wedding they never attended. Several escaped, some of them wounded, and several are missing and feared kidnapped. The grisly details include the torching of one of the three cars they were traveling in and the murder of 4-month old twins. It all occurred in Sonora State just south of the border in Mexico and evoked a tweet by President Trump, offering help to the Mexican President (https://www.yahoo.com/news/least-10-members-mormon-family-124805674.html). ‘A wonderful family and friends from Utah got caught between two vicious drug cartels, who were shooting at each other, with the result being many great American people killed, including young children, and some missing. If Mexico needs or requests help in cleaning out these…..’””

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

Biblical Response:  “…or apparently in Chicago. I don’t know if it was a case of mistaken identity or delayed retribution (they were kin to activist Benjamin LeBaron, who was murdered in 2009). Perhaps they were just in the ‘wrong’ place at the wrong time. An acquaintance of mine just lost his 22-year old son to being shot by a robber a couple of blocks from me. He was trying to protect the four women who were also there. Perhaps another case of being in the ‘wrong’ place at the wrong time. In any case, we live in a fallen world (read Genesis 3) and the resultant evil that was unleashed occasionally has devastating collateral damage.”

“We all have an appointment with death. We shall get so many days…no more, no less (Ex. 23:26; Job 14;1-12); and after that comes judgment (Heb. 9:27). Just because God knew when it would occur (Is. 46:10), does that make Him culpable? Hardly! He’s just as upset about it as we are (Heb. 4:15). I thought He was in control of all things…He is! Just because we don’t like an outcome, doesn’t mean it wasn’t appointed.”

“Christians? We believe we all have an appointment with death, but that God is going to see to it that we get the full measure of our days (Ps. 39:4). Since we don’t know exactly when our demise is going to occur, we should live every day as if it were our last..”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to live meaningful lives…and keep short accounts…not knowing when our account may be called due: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 11-5-19 A Quid Without a Quo

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-5-19

A Quid Without a Quo

It’s Happening: “Is Trump offering a new defense? ’The quid did not happen, but if it did, so what?’ This seems to be the tack some Republican lawmakers are now (as of Sunday) trying to say. The old saying: quid pro quo, means that if you do something, I’ll do something…I’ll give in on the promised Ukrainian military aid, if you’ll investigate the Bidens…which Trump says you can only read into the transcript of the call…it was never said. But that is moot…so say some )https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-no-quid-pro-quo-perhaps-not-impeachable-143731986.html). On Friday night, the Washington Post (and later Axios) reported ‘a growing number of Senate Republicans are ready to acknowledge that President Trump used U.S. military aid as leverage to force Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his family.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Whom should I believe? Trump or the media?”

Biblical Response:  “That”s a question many are asking…I guess we may not know what the public thinks until the election. Trump claims the transcript is accurate and he clearly made no conditional demand. The Dems say that others, who were privy to the call disagree. Perhaps the truth cannot be known by anyone but God. One thing’s for sure, Jesus death (and God’s love) is unconditional. In fact, Romans 5:8 says that ‘But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.’ (KJV) I didn’t have to clean up my act to be worthy. His righteousness was my sufficiency! (Rom. 3:25-26)

“Christians? We believe God offered a quid without a quo…it was unconditional. It is our job to get this Good News out to others. That’s what evangelism is all about.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to not strain at a gnat politically and realize that getting the message of free salvation out to others is our task…a blessed task, at that; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 11-4-19 If True, Disgusting

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-4-19

If True, Disgusting

It’s Happening: “An Assistant Scoutmaster, Jonathan Spohrer, 26, was arraigned Friday on charges he was sexually abusing a 12-year old boy at several BSA retreats and meetings. He has pled not-guilty, but his duties and interaction with Scouts has been suspended. He was arrested at his home after a lengthy investigation and will stand trial in New York. An AP report, published Saturday said: ‘Chris Coscia, CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Council of the Boy Scouts, said the organization is ‘shocked and disgusted’ at the alleged behavior’ (https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/assistant-scoutmaster-charged-sexually-abusing-boy-12-66711854). ‘Upon learning of these reports, we removed this individual and prohibited him from any future participation in our programs,’ Coscia said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “That’s why my kids are not in Scouts.”

Biblical Response:  “That might be reasonable and true…of course, it might also be a convenient excuse for parental non-involvement that rather favors any one of a number of self-indulging activities…like gaming, pornography, addiction to entertainment, etc. Listen, as a former Scoutmaster (for eight years), an Eagle Scout, and disappointed in their recent national decisions (like including girls and homosexuals), I have mixed emotions about Scouting. Fortunately, there are many faith-based alternatives (Royal Rangers, AWANA Clubs. etc.). Whatever any parent decides, boys need to be familiarized with proven outdoor survival skills (it improves his self-esteem), matters of personal integrity, leadership training, etc. We will be handing him a future that desperately needs these attributes.

“Christians? Sure, Jonathan needs to be prayed for…for repentance and probably deliverance (Matt. 17:21), but there is no place in the kingdom of God for sexual aberration (Rom. 1:24-32). We all need to be reminded from time to time that our youth are the leaders of tomorrow and need to be treated as the sacred truth that they are.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be the worthy repositories of Your grace…and responsibility; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 11-2-19 Punishing Success

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-2-19

Punishing Success

It’s Happening: “Elizabeth Warren, 2020 Democrat hopeful, alternately front-runner and close runner-up, releasing her $52 Trillion Health care cost, said that she plans to pay for it by taxing the rich. Hedge-fund billionaire, Leon Cooperman, fired back in a 5-page letter to Warren saying, ‘However much it resonates with your base, your vilification of the rich is misguided,’ He cites his humble upbringing, his working to succeed, and his numerous philanthropic programs as he makes a case against her ‘vilification’ of the rich (https://www.yahoo.com/news/hedge-fund-billionaire-fires-back-at-warren-your-vilification-of-the-rich-is-misguided-223828623.html) Warren tweeted back, ‘Leon, you were able to succeed because of the opportunities this country gave you. Now why don’t you pitch in a bit more so everyone else has a chance at the American dream, too?’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “With a net worth over $3 Billion, why shouldn’t he pitch in?”

Biblical Response:  “And maybe he should…but why give the government more money? With the $20 Trillion of debt they already piled up, they haven’t really built up much of s good reputation for fiscal responsibility. Normally you reward success, not punish it. Money is a trust. Some have the ability to accumulate a lot of it. Some don’t. Apparently, the federal government has the ability to spend more than they have. You shouldn’t reward failure (Gal. 6:7).

“Luke 16:1-10 records the situation perfectly. It begins: ‘There was a certain rich man..’ .and concludes:… ‘He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.’ (KJV) It doesn’t take a genius to figure out who is faithful and who is not.”

“Christians? We believe in faithfulness, fiscal responsibility, and in having money…but not in money having us (1 Tim. 6:10; Mark 10:17-22).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, although heaven may render us acknowledgers that everything is Yours anyway, help us in the meanwhile to live here according to Your value system; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 11-1-19 I Guess We’ll See

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-1-19

I Guess We’ll See

It’s Happening: “Two things of great significance happened yesterday (and no, one of them was NOT Halloween…even if you take a more historical view…I’ll explain later): yesterday was the 502nd anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of his famous 95 Theses to the Wittenberg Chapel door (the start of the Protestant Reformation and hence Reformation Day) AND Ivanka Trump’s quoting of Thomas Jefferson in her response to the passage in the House of Representatives of a formal inquiry to Articles of Impeachment. She said on Twitter: ‘…surrounded by enemies and spies catching and perverting every word that falls from my lips or flows from my pen, and inventing where facts fail them.’ -Thomas Jefferson’s reflections on Washington, D.C. in a letter to his daughter Martha….’Some things never change, dad!’ (https://www.yahoo.com/news/ivanka-trump-quotes-thomas-jefferson-in-defense-of-her-father-165554385.html). Although Trump has released the complete transcript of his phone call with the Ukrainian President and claimed there was no ‘quid pro quo,’ the House still passed the request for a formal impeachment inquiry…the passage was on nearly a party line vote (232 to 196).”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It’s all over the news.”

Biblical Response:  “Yeah, but it’s ‘much ado about nothing.’ If the Republicans are truly allowed to question witnesses the Democrats call, and even call their own witnesses, AND if the inquiry is truly public – which I doubt – the American public will see and decide for themselves if the President has committed an impeachable offense. The Democrats are being accused of trying to negate the results of an election they lost…I guess we’ll see.

“Christians? We believe that the truth sets free (John 8:32). In this case, we hope it sees the light of day. Another scripture comes to mind:

‘Truth stands the test of time; lies are soon exposed.’ (Prov. 12:19 LB)

Time alone will tell.”

“The historical explanation I promised? On October 31,  1517, Martin Luther, a priest and a teacher (he had his Ph. D. in Theology) in the Holy Roman Catholic Church, nailed his grievances to the door of the Wittenberg Chapel. Pagan influences may have created Halloween, but the day was originally a day of fasting and prayer…All Hallows Even’…the day before All Saints Day (you can see where the historical All Hallows Even’ was changed to Hallowe’en…or today’s Halloween) was created because the martyrs of the Church had become too numerous to celebrate individually. Before All Saints Day (Nov. 1), each anniversary of a martyr’s ‘homecoming’ was celebrated on the date of their martyrdom.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, reveal to us the truth of this situation…and give us the courage and wisdom to act only on the truth; 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:subdeo.com.’