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CLARITY – 8-31-20 Words Matter

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-31-20

Words Matter

What’s Happening: “A Syracuse University Chemistry Professor, Jon Zubieta, who has worked there for 17 years, was placed on Administrative Leave because of his reference in a syllabus to Covid-19 as the ‘Wuhan Flu’ and the ‘Chinese Communist Party Flu.’ Students of Asian background have wondered if the President’s reference to Covid-19 as the ‘China virus’ (or statements like the ones in the syllabus) would cause there to be racial prejudice against them. Reacting to an official complaint that was filed, the administration of the University said in a statement: ‘We will not allow any member of our community to violate the University’s commitment to a safe, inclusive and welcoming learning and living environment’ (https://www.yahoo.com/news/syracuse-university-professor-placed-leave-181247950.html).  In a separate incident reported by the Business Insider yesterday, Arkansas County Sheriff, Todd Wright, as secretly recorded by the mother of his children, Desiree Middlebrooks, used several racial slurs when referring to a black grocery store employee. Eventually, at the encouragement of former colleague Bobby Webb (and the unanimous ruling of Arkansas County Quorum Court), he laid down his badge and gun and resigned (https://www.yahoo.com/news/arkansas-sheriff-secretly-recorded-using-213228679.html). I guess words do matter.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Be careful what you say…be even more careful what you write…”

Biblical Response:  “…and even more careful what you think! (Prov. 23:7). As Samuel Smiles (author and Scottish government reformer…1812-1904) said: ‘Sow a thought, reap an act; sow an act, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.’ Free thinking is what education is all about…it’s not that we’re to think randomly though…or even to think as we feel…but in school we are supposed to learn how to control our thinking…and thus our words, acts,  etc., hopefully till we come to maturity (Eph. 4:13-14). When we say anything, what matters is what is heard…that is where offense comes from…and that is why we must be careful of what is said AND heard. The Sheriff above may have meant something other than what he said. As Sheriff, however, he is supposed to have that certain level of maturity that his authority implies…if not he should resign.”

“Christians? We believe that the power of the tongue is awesome. God spoke creation into existence (Gen., 1:3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, etc.). With being given the gift of speech comes a great deal of responsibility (Num. 22:35; 1 Kings 22:16; 2 Chron. 18:15; Prov. 18:21). With the same mouth we have the power to both bless or curse (James 3:10). This awesome power ought to give us pause…and be the cause of much prayer.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to speak freely…but speak carefully, realizing we are Your spokesmen; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 8-29-20 A Much Different Story

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-29-20

A Much Different Story

What’s Happening: “It’s been nearly a week since the Sunday shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha. Although the Wisconsin division of the DOJ promised a thorough investigation of the incident, protesters and rioters have jumped to conclusions and assumed Blake was just another victim of systemic racism. Blake lies in a local hospital partially (and hopefully temporarily) paralyzed from the seven shots officers at the scene inflicted upon him. Now, thanks to the Kenosha police union, we have a much different story…one involving a disobedient thief, a possible car theft in progress, a 911 call, a couple of ineffective taser shots, and a knife (https://www.yahoo.com/news/kenosha-police-union-gives-version-223333088.html). What is the truth of the matter? I guess it depends on to  whom you talk, whose narrative is interpreting the facts. Eyewitness accounts are hard to refute…especially when they corroborate…and twice M. Blake was told to ‘drop the knife’…before shots were fired. The truth of the matter may be for a jury to decide. How they decide will determine whether the public hears about the incident repeatedly by a left-leaning media, or the story gets assigned to obscurity.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “The moral of the story? Don’t mess with the folks in blue!”

Biblical Response:  “Probably not a good idea. There was a time in this country (may we return to it!) that police versions of events were believed by default. But George Floyd’s tragic death, a media who wants to support a chaotic and prejudiced narrative to score political points, a rewriting of history, and the lack of a Christian consensus has changed all that. That’s what courts and juries are for, you say. Yes, but that requires patience (Gal. 5:22), and we seem to have that in little supply, these days. Nobody wants to wait for the truth…our flesh wants us to jump to conclusions (Gal. 5:19).”

“Christians? We believe that patience and the other fruits of the Spirit are impossible for the unregenerate (if patience is difficult at best for the Christian, what hope does anyone have who has not experienced a nature change?).

“We are to respect authority (Rom. 13:1-5). Maybe if Jacob Blake had, he wouldn’t be lying in a hospital today.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to help You restore America to sanity; maybe a good dose of law and order is what is needed…guide us Holy Spirit; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 8-28-20 Racism UnChristian

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-28-20

Racism UnChristian

What’s Happening: “In a story that ran yesterday in TheGrio a Florida woman, 30, allegedly slapped an 11-year-old black boy and called him the ‘N’ word at a go cart track after he rammed into the back of her and refused to apologize. The racial aspect of the incident, corroborated by eyewitnesses at the scene, caused the charges of child abuse to be bumped up to a second degree felony. The woman, Haley Zager, was also charged with drug possession, when it was discovered in a search that she had several prescription drugs in a metal Altoids tin tucked in her underwear (https://www.yahoo.com/news/florida-woman-slaps-black-boy-163010207.html). Quoting from the article: ‘The incident took place when the unnamed boy accidentally bumped the woman’s go-kart at Boomers, an entertainment center in Boca Raton.’”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “The boy should have apologized!”

Biblical Response:  “Probably…but he’s not the first 11-year-old that hasn’t learned manners. It still gives no excuse for the 30-year-old woman to act in her ill-mannered racial way. I wasn’t there, so I don’t really know if the ramming incident was accidental, intentional, or careless. Still, it doesn’t matter…she displayed a lack of maturity in her reaction that deserves the charges. It is sad that this adds fuel to the fire of accusations by many that racism is ‘systemic’ in America. I don’t believe it is. It used to be…but ever since forced integration (bussing, rules against ‘red-lining,’ shows on TV depicting blacks and whites in equal status, etc.)  our culture has been changing…and you don’t change a culture overnight. Racial integration is supported by Scripture (Acts 17:26). The gays are hoping that similar views against them will change, too (that’s why you see many ads and TV shows normalizing gay relationships), but there is no corresponding Scriptural support…in fact, quite the contrary (Lev. 18:22; 20:13; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; 1 Tim. 1:9-10; Rom. 1:18-32; 14:23 and Phil.3:18-19).:8-9).”

“Christians? There is no excuse for a Christian to be racially prejudiced (other than a lack of spiritual maturity…the ravages of ‘the fall’ were supposed to increasingly disappear with this ‘new nature’…however, change is not automatic…the wording of the following scripture indicates that you have to give permission to have your mind changed:

    Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:’ (Phil. 2:5 KJV)”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we need to be transformed to Your racially sensitive image (Rom. 12:2); in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 8-27-20 Not Good For Your Health

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-27-20

Not Good For Your Health

What’s Happening: “In a story that ran yesterday in The Daily Beast, one of Putin’s closest allies, Yevgeny Prigozhin, has threatened to strike economically Alexei Navalny, who lies in a coma in a Russian hospital, an apparent victim of someone putting poison into his tea. Navalny is one of Putin’s harshest critics and has been campaigning against him in local elections. Prigozhin, although under U.S. sanction for his part in efforts to manipulate the 2016 elections, has bought debts owed by Navalny and has said he will get him one way or the other: ‘He added that if Navalny survives, he would be liable ‘according to the full severity of Russian law’ to pay off his court-ordered debt,’ quoting directly from the article (https://www.yahoo.com/news/putin-chef-threatens-destroy-navalny-133100944.html).It seems it is not good for your health to cross Putin.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I’m glad I live in America…”

Biblical Response:  “No doubt, but the long arm of the GRU (formerly the KGB) is pretty relentless. Here, you might get some prison time…or at least the threat (or reality) of a lawsuit (I’m thinking of some of Trump’s friends…enemies of the DNC). Still, at least those are survivable. Lies and deceptions can be pretty potent poisons themselves, however,  and, thankfully, will not go unanswered indefinitely (Jer. 9:8-9). An accusation of molestation or indiscretion in your ancient past is often sufficient to tank (or nearly do so) any political aspirations (I’m thinking Kavanaugh, or Roy Moore), true or not.”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in integrity (Prov. 23:7). But, we also believe the Deceiver is out to deceive, Thankfully, we have been furnished weapons that neutralize the poisons of deception (2 Cor. 10:4). Then, there’s every lie’s greatest enemy: the TRUTH (John 8:32; 10:10; and 14:6).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us discern truth, demand integrity; and be patient enough to see the reaping that is surely coming; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 8-26-20 We Sill Don’t Know Much Yet

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-26-20

We Still Don’t Know Much Yet

What’s Happening: “In a story posted earlier today by Good Morning America, we learned that three were shot, two fatally, in riots last night in Kenosha, Wisconsin, over the shooting by cops of a black man, Jacob Blake, Tuesday. What we haven’t been told yet is: who did the shooting or who was shot or who was killed…and we may not know much until the Justice Department’s probe by the Criminal Investigators is over…not much about the original shooting (except Jacob is in serious but stable condition and they are hoping his current paralysis is only temporary), and not much about last night’s shooting. A State of Emergency has been declared until Friday in Kenosha and National Guard troops is always an option (https://www.yahoo.com/gma/3-shot-1-dead-overnight-073400510.html). Quoting Kenosha County Sheriff  David Beth: ‘If you want to protest peacefully, by all means go out and do it. It’s your right. But don’t be a part of this destructive force that’s burning our community. That’s not a productive path to justice, We are not sitting idly, watching the destruction of our community. We’re making every effort to make it stop, and I hope you will too.’”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Do I need to load my gun?”

Biblical Response:  “That question is wrong on a whole lot of levels! A). What good is an UNloaded gun in an emergency?…’Here, Mr. Badman (oops, they just passed a state question in my state making it illegal to use gender-specific terms), could you hold on while I find my clip and load my gun?’ B). And whatever you do, don’t show up in Kenosha! C). Violence there does not automatically mean violence here. D). Whatever happened to ‘be angry, but sin not’ (Eph. 4:26)? We already have too many responding in uncontrolled emotion.”

“Christians? Obviously, there are few in Kenosha amongst those reacting violently…(maybe they’re CHRINOs – CHRistians In Name Only). Christians are supposed to think before they act (Prov. 23:7).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we ask You for peace and cooler heads…both in the police, the citizenry, those wishing to make a statement, and those perpetrating violence; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 8-25-20 Justice is Coming

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-25-20

Justice is Coming

What’s Happening: “The California Supreme Court ruled Monday, overturning the death penalty for convicted murderer Scott Peterson. He was found guilty of murdering his pregnant wife and disposing of her body at an old fishing haunt of his. Testimony from Amber Frey, that Peterson was dating her and told her his wife was dead…a full month before her death…was particularly damning at his trial. Over objections from the defense, several jurors who objected to the death penalty were dismissed in jury selection;  it was this that caused the justices to vote to overturn unanimously. Scott Peterson, 47, will spend his life in prison without the possibility of parole (https://www.yahoo.com/news/california-high-court-rejects-scott-172805032.html). Quoting his lawyer, Mark Geragos, and the Associated Press article: ‘Geragos said he does not expect prosecutors to retry the penalty phase. ‘Frankly, I think the only reason that they sought the death penalty was to get a guilt-prone jury panel,’ he said.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Which is worse, death or a living-death, knowing you can never be paroled?”

Biblical Response:  “Good question…and that’s only man’s justice. Unless he repents, God’s justice will be even harsher (Rev. 21:8). There’s nothing that can be done to bring back his wife, or Connor, eight months carried and still in the womb. And her family will not get the closure the death penalty would have provided. They’ll have to be consoled by their knowledge of the impending ultimate justice. May he repent.”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in ultimate justice … and we properly fear (Matt. 10:28).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we ask you to be merciful to Scott Peterson…and to the family of his wife…whatever that means; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 8-24-20 Mobs vs. Courts

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-24-20

Mob vs. Courts

What’s Happening: “Jacob Blake, a black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin, identified by Gov. Tony Evers, was shot by police (seven shots can be heard on the video) earlier today (after midnight last night), and is in serious condition in a hospital in Milwaukee. The officers, unidentified, have been put on administrative leave pending an investigation by the DOJ, but hundreds of protesters shouting ‘no justice, no peace’ took to the streets, prompting a curfew being declared by Kenosha County from 10:15p.m. until 7:00a.m. Quoting from the article appearing today on USA Today: ‘DCI is leading this investigation and is assisted by Wisconsin State Patrol and Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office,’ the  DOJ said.’ Blake was transported from the scene by a lifeflight helicopter (https://www.yahoo.com/news/officer-involved-shooting-wisconsin-captured-033521744.html). Although a ‘rush to judgment’ is common in these incidents, it is hoped that the citizenry will let an investigation proceed…but we are in the shadow of the Geoge Floyd incident.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Great! Here we go again…”

Biblical Response:  “Yeah, it doesn’t help that the Governor of Wisconsin is a liberal Democrat. Mob rule has turned the clock back on criminal justice to the days of the Wild West, where what was decided in the courts didn’t matter much, in dozen of cities in America mayored by Democrats exclusively. I just hope this matter is investigated and makes the courts. The rule of law  must prevail…or chaos will…and that’s not good. Read what the Bible has to say:

‘When the righteous  increase, the  people rejoice, but when a wicked man rules,  people groan.’ (Prov. 29:2 NASU)”

“What is mob rule, but rule of the wicked? We have a court system; let’s get all the facts and let a jury of peers decide…not rule by might.”

“Christians? We believe that the people should be in submission to authority (1 Pet. 2:13-17; Rom. 13:1-4). Anarchy and chaos are tools of the enemy.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we need peace in our streets and a return to a Christian consensus. We need another Great Awakening (2 Chron. 7:14); in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY -8-22-20 Better to Cut Than Burn

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-22-20

Better to Cut Than to Burn

What’s Happening: “The Independent yesterday reported a lack of resources for battling the thousands of wildfires in California. Other states’ fire departments have pledged 375 fire engines and their crews: ‘That’s going to allow our firefighters that have been on the front line since this weekend to have an opportunity to take some rest,’ said California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Daniel Berlant, Five people have been killed, two are missing, and tens of thousands are at risk of losing their homes as lightening from the fires and a heatwave combine to create still more fires. Northern California’s ancient forests are now at risk and Big Basin, a  favorite of many for the ancient redwoods that are there, is gone. Quoting from the article: ‘Cal Fire’s assistant chief Billy See said his crews badly needed reinforcing. ‘We’re still drastically short for a fire of this size,’ he told a press conference about a complex of fires in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties, south of San Francisco. ‘Today we saw a growth of approximately 700 to 1,000 acres an hour in heavy timber. That’s a dangerous rate of spread for our firefighters and for all those residents out there’ (https://www.yahoo.com/news/california-wildfires-least-five-dead-092446642.html). In the mountainous regions south of San Francisco 194 sq. kilometers have been scorched and there are 21,000 structures at risk.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Hasn’t this become an annual event?”

Biblical Response:  “Yes, I still remember the huge conflagration last year that consumed the entire town of Paradise, Some ‘Paradise’! I’m sure whoever named the town did not have wildfires in mind (of course, there is a Purgatory, California, too). Maybe it’s time to move…or maybe spend a little of those high taxes on forest management. I know that undergrowth plants, if cut, may endanger some plant species, but better to be cut than to burn.”

“Christians? Oh, we believe it’s man’s responsibility to properly manage the environment (Gen. 2:15). And, although we have been promised no more worldwide floods (Gen 9:9-17), and that the world will exist as long as we need it to (Gen. 8:22), it is no license to indiscriminately use up the land. We are to be responsible stewards (remember the parable of the steward from Luke 16?).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we need some help (maybe a little rain or some reduced temperature and increased humidity?) getting and maintaining the control we should have had earlier; forgive us and teach us how to manage our environment better; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 8-21-20 Ultimate Justice

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-21-20

Ultimate Justice

What’s Happening: “In a Reuters article yesterday, the Justice Department asked Thursday that the death penalty be reinstated for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Bomber. He was convicted (his accomplice brother had already been killed in a shootout with the police) for building and leaving for detonation a ‘pressure-cooker bomb’ that killed three and wounded more than 260 at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. The death penalty had been suspended when an appellate court’s July 31 decision  ordered a new death penalty phase trial for Tsarnaev. Justice Department’s Andrew Lelling (U.S. Attorney) is hoping to reinstate the trial’s original sentence of death (https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-again-seek-death-penalty-233018064.html). Quoting the article: ‘His (Andrew Lelling) statement came after U.S. Attorney General William Barr told the Associated Press the department will ‘do whatever’s necessary’ and continue to pursue the death penalty, a position consistent with President Donald Trump’s views.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I thought the death penalty was ruled ‘cruel and unusual.”

Biblical Response:  “Nope. Ask the 1,516 people killed since it was reinstated by the Supreme Court in 1976. Oh, wait…you can’t…they are dead. You might think that way…of course, you might ask 8-year old Martin Richard ot 23-year old Chinese exchange student Lingzi Lu for their opinions…oh wait, they were killed in the bombing. Whether or not the death penalty is ‘cruel and unusual’ (prevented by the U.S. Constitution), or man’s justice, is really moot in the scheme of things….unless it caused repentance (which impending death is supposed to do). In any case, ultimate justice by a holy God awaits (Heb. 9:27),”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in justice: man’s (Rom. 13:3-4) and God’s (Rev. 20:11-15). You might escape the first, but you will never escape the second. Let’s all pray for mercy.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we pray that each of us, the perpetrators and the victims, might rely on the shed blood of the Savior, our only Hope (not Obewan Kenobi); in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 8-20-20 What Really Matters

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-20-20

What Really Matters

What’s Happening: “The closer it gets to election day (Novemer 3), the louder the brouhaha over mail-in voting becomes. With only 75 days to go, the Democrats are pushing early and mail-in voting while the Republicans are stoking fears of voter fraud. The Democrats are trying to overcome the apparent enthusiasm lead of the Trump Camp…the Republicans are threatening their opposition’s efforts at increasing emergency funding for the Postal Service. If Democrats get their way, we may not know the election results for weeks or months after the election – a bill is being contemplated that will make the postmark, not the day a ballot is received, the determining factor as to whether a vote gets counted (https://www.yahoo.com/news/could-the-fight-over-mailin-voting-decide-the-election-215232239.html). Quoting from the Yahoo News 360 article of the 18th: ‘“Democrats call it voter suppression; we can all agree to call it disturbing. For Republicans trying to stave off a Democratic takeover of the Senate and the White House, owning this outrage is mind-bogglingly dumb.” — A.B. Stoddard, RealClearPolitics.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So, use the mail, or don’t use the mail?”

Biblical Response:  “It is a little confusing…I guess it depends on to whom you are talking. The funny thing is, it’s not the real issue. What scares me is that the ‘Grand Experiment’ that is America – a people voting for others to lead them – is antithetical for anybody but a Christian electorate. We used to have a Christian consensus…but not anymore. Generations of atheistic teaching in our institutions of higher education and the removal of prayer and the Bible from public schools has had their cumulative secularizing effect. As long as the American electorate could be counted on to hear from God, we would only elect those leaders that He wanted. What really matters – whether the electorate can still hear from God – is conditional on the majority asking for His guidance. They no longer do, so He no longer guides them The result is rule by a secular majority…and, as Ben Franklin was quoting Scripture, that has never worked out well (Ps. 127:1).”

“Christians? Now is the time to fast and pray:

‘…and My  people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their  wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their  sin and will heal their land.’ (2 Chron. 7:14 NASU)”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we need Divine intervention…just as You orchestrated our founding, we ask You to be heavily involved in this election; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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