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CLARITY – 6-23-18 It’s TIME for Truth

 

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-23-18

 

It’s TIME for Truth

 

What’s Happening:  “Appearing on this week’s TIME magazine’s cover is a 2-year-old Honduran girl crying up to a photoshopped image of President Trump, but the deception doesn’t stop there. Further investigation reveals she wasn’t separated from the mother who kidnapped her from her unsuspecting father (who is still in Honduras)…and the mother has been deported before (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/truth-about-girl-on-cover-destroys-time-magazines-credibility-she-was-never-separated/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune). ‘On July 9, 2013, she was transferred to ICE ERO custody. On July 18, 2013, Sanchez was removed to Honduras under expedited removal,’ according to an ICE statement.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Oops!’”

 

Biblical Response:  “That would be my response, too… except many people believe the Fake News the media keeps pumping out. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want what is happening on our southern border any more than the next guy. It’s just that I think the problem is different AND the solution is different. What is the problem if not separating families? The problem is trying to enter the U.S. illegally. The solution: immigration reform. People willingly risk their lives and the lives of their family and try to enter illegally because we have not made it easy for them to do it legally…but dealing in falsehood is not the answer! (John 8:32)”

 

“Christians? Again, what a great opportunity! I haven’t heard of any churches who have opened up their facilities for housing…or any individuals who have opened up their homes (of course that may not be judged newsworthy or fit the media’s narrative). So, if there’s anyone out there who needs warm and dry housing, I have a couch. Oh, by the way….we will be praying over our food, and my wife teaches English at school.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to extend a hand of Christian compassion to those who truly seek asylum…or help us not to claim that moniker as our own; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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

 

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CLARITY – 6-22-18 SNAP Responsibility Isn’t

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-22-18

 

SNAP Responsibility Isn’t

 

What’s Happening:  “The House of Representative just passed (narrowly – 213-211) an $867 Billion complicated farm bill that altered some of the current Food Stamp program’s (SNAP) provisions that causes those able to work more. The Senate, however, has their own version (https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-house-approves-farm-bill-major-food-stamps-201401228–business.html). ‘Farm bills are massive, providing funding for diverse programs including food aid, crop subsidies, rural development, conservation and efforts to stem the opioid crisis in rural communities. The last bill came into effect in 2014, two years behind schedule, after extensive congressional negotiations and partisan fights over food stamps,’ the Yahoo News article reads.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Doesn’t the Bible say, ‘No work, no eat?’”

 

Biblical Response:  “Kind of…I mean, you can infer that from Prov. 21:25-26 and 1 Thess. 3:6, but compassion should rule the day (there some who simply cannot work). However, when you provide no incentive for folks to do the hard thing, they won’t. It would be great if human nature was always industrious, but we usually follow the path of least resistance…let’s face it…we’re basically lazy.”

 

“Christians? We have the same tendencies of every man. The difference is that we now have a new nature (2 Cor. 5:17)…and we have a Helper (John 14:16, 26); in ourselves, we are just not that responsible.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be compassionate and not to ‘“game” the system when we are often quite capable; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 6-21-18 Meanwhile…Back and Forth

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-21-18

 

Meanwhile…Back and Forth

 

What’s Happening:  “Meanwhile, as if border troubles, denuclearization talks, trade wars, and the legalization of marijuana in Canada were not enough to be dealing with, Israel just hit targets in Gaza, in response to Hamas sending 45 rockets crashing into Israeli neighborhoods, in response to Israel’s targeting of kite and balloon launch sites (Palestinians have been sending over the border incendiary devices),which was in response to…it seems the world is busy (http://www.siouxlandproud.com/news/israel-says-it-struck-hamas-after-rocket-attacks-from-gaza/1250264765). ‘Just imagine living in fear..’ said Cabinet Minister Naftali Bennett.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Just more reasons to realize things are out of control!”

 

Biblical Response:  “You mean, just more fodder for prayer. ‘In the world, you shall have tribulation…(John 16:33)…but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.’As long as we’re in this world,we’ll have to deal with the chaos of this world. Thankfully, ‘Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.’ (1 John 4:4)

 

“Christians? We realize that there are two competing agendas (John 10:10)…and which one will prevail.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to see all the chaos around us and rejoice…not only do we have the answer, we know the Answer…and better still, He knows us; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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

 

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CLARITY – 6-20-18 “Families”

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-20-18

 

“Families”

 

What’s Happening:  “There are true asylum seekers and pretenders…as least so says one law enforcement source who interviewed children whose parents have been detained for illegally crossing the border (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/report-illegal-immigrant-children-strangely-know-very-little-about-parents/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-CT&utm_campaign=dailypm&utm_content=conservative-tribune). ‘The law enforcement source cast doubt on the asylum claims many illegal immigrants appear to parrot, pointing out that the vast majority of those detained are  actively trying to evade authorities.Only upon their detention do they offer that same exact credible fear of returning home, most of whom say the phrase in the exact same scripted way,’ says the Daily Caller’s report.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Surely, the adults wouldn’t use innocent children as a ruse!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Surely, they would…and do! Let’s not be naive. Good behavior is reserved for those who use a LEGAL Port of Entry. The so-called ‘no-tolerance’ policy of the Trump Administration should be the practice of all law enforcement regarding all laws…I sure don’t pay them to look the other way! Should we as Americans be compassionate toward innocent children? Absolutely! But let’s also not be hypocritical…those aborted are separated from their parents, too.

 

“Christians? What an opportunity! It would likely receive little media coverage, but every church in a border state ought to volunteer their facilities and care for the children of detainees….and that’s not to absolve Christian families from making their homes available long-term (Matt. 7:12).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to demonstrate our love in action…but also our discernment; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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

 

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CLARITY – 6-19-18 Paying the Price

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-19-18

 

Paying the Price

 

What’s Happening:  “You drive over 100mph and you pay the price…at least in southern Texas…or if you try to smuggle illegals into the U. S. (which may be the case…at least the five killed and the other nine injured seem to be undocumented)…who knew the subsequent crash would lead to injuries, murder charges and the destruction of an SUV (the price  – unintended consequences – apparently not unusual)? (https://www.yahoo.com/news/texas-border-control-crash-leaves-221109363.html).  ‘The vehicle was traveling around 100 miles an hour,’ Dimmit County Sheriff Boyd reported. ‘The vehicle ran off the road and caught gravel and then tried to re-correct and then caused the vehicle to turn over several times.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “A little excitement!”

 

Biblical Response:  “You think? I guess it’s better to seek asylum with your “family’…even if children are separated from ‘parents.’ A high-speed chase may be ho-hum for the Border Patrol, but I dare-say the crash and subsequent fireball weren’t.”

 

“Christians? Of course, we’re for legal immigration and against human trafficking…smuggling or sexual.  Paying the price? Not so much…Jesus has already done that (Rom. 6:23). The law of reaping and sowing (Gal. 6:7), however, still may cost something (Rom. 6:23 has to do with eternal life).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to consider the costs before we act; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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

 

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CLARITY – 6-18-18 Talk About Separation!

CLARITY

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

 

Talk About Separation!

 

What’s Happening:  “Democrats and Republicans agree on one thing: separation of immigrant families of those attempting border crossings is messy and disheartening, especially for minors, the innocent victims in all this. While many are illegal immigrants using minors as an excuse at the border – actually lying that the children are part of their families – many are seeking asylum from drug cartel threats and oppressive government regimes. The different proposed ways of handling them comes from different proposals that are being considered on capitol hill (https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/gop-democrats-are-outraged-but-at-odds-over-ending-family-separation-at-border/2018/06/17/6667f3a4-7247-11e8-b4b7-308400242c2e_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.29542dc5545a). ‘Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike on Sunday called for Congress to pass a law ending the Trump administration’s practice of separating and detaining families trying to cross the border into the United States, but the two sides remain sharply divided on what that bill should look like,’ the Washington Post records.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Imagine being separated from your family!”

 

Biblical Response:  “I can’t imagine making the trip in the first place – maybe being separated will make parents think twice about moving in the first place. I’m not saying that every asylum seeker is using kids to game the system, though that has worked in the past…that’s what ‘catch and release’ was all about…I’m just saying there is a legal process for everything. Instead of spending our time on how to handle children at the border, maybe we should spend our time overhauling the entire immigration system, making things more timely, more accountable (read: mandatory employer checks), and more humane.”

 

“Christians? Separating children from their parents may seem cruel and unusual, but that is exactly what is going to happen at the judgment (Luke 16:26). However the greatest pain of separation will be experienced by those who are eternally separated from God. (Heb. 9:27; Matt. 7:23). Imagine that separation!”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to do what is right at the border…and what is right eternally; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 6-16-18 Dubious Award

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-16-18

 

Dubious Award

 

What’s Happening:  “Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood of America, just received the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award.  During her tenure, over 3.5 million babies were killed through abortions, and Planned Parenthood profited from the selling of the many body parts harvested (https://aclj.org/pro-life/former-planned-parenthood-ceo-cecile-richards-received-a-human-rights-award-despite-being-responsible-for-over-35-million-innocent-deaths?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=d-06162018_top-O_seg-NLexNL20plFBR_typ-NL). A Family Research Council article reported, ‘Apparently the rights of those millions of lives she helped take away – some whose body parts Planned Parenthood then reportedly sold for profit under her leadership – didn’t count.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “A Human Rights Award?! Surely, you jest!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Who jests about such a horrific and heinous thing? Seriously, if this weren’t so true, it wouldn’t be believed! Nobody believed anyone could be capable of the holocaust…and that was over 6 million Jews…but we have a modern-day example of the same thing happening in our midst… FUNDED BY TAXPAYER DOLLARS!”

 

“Christians? Sadly, we are just as much a part of this murderous holocaust…by our inaction and the constant re-election of those with a ‘pro-choice’ voice (what about the voices of the unborn?). God forgive us. Thankfully, He has and does (1 John 1:8-9).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the courage we need to overcome the abortion dynamic in the world today; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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

 

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CLARITY – 6-15-18 Majority Report

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-15-18

 

Majority Report

 

What’s Happening:  “Last evening, on a 62 for, 58 against, 42 abstentions vote, the U. N. failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed for the U.S.-led amendment to also condemn Hamas for lobbing over 100 rockets into Israel. Instead, the resolution to condemn Israel passed by a vote of 120 for, 8 against and 45 abstentions – the vote obviously received much Islamic-nation support had(https://www.yahoo.com/news/latest-palestinians-urge-un-condemn-israel-over-gaza-210331357.html). The draft resolution being considered Wednesday (without the U.S,-led amendment) was proposed by Arab and Islamic countries. ”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I thought the majority was always right.”

 

Biblical Response:  “This may be an American pipe dream – or maybe it presumes a Christian consensus – in any case, due to the fallen nature of man, society’s recent bent all but assures the majority is wrong. Sad, but true. It was John Adams who said: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” He was right.”

 

“Christians? Oh, we believe in the rule of the majority, WHEN that majority decides anything that lines up with God’s Word (James 1:22). Unredeemed Man is seldom right…and then only by accident. That is why taking God’s Word out of public education only assures anarchy.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, since what we believe (especially the young and impressionable) is primarily the responsibility of the family, bring revival to this land. Help us to be that ‘shining light on a hill’ that is our destiny;in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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

 

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CLARITY – 6-14-18 Still Works

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-14-18

 

Still Works

 

What’s Happening:  “The Mars rover ‘Opportunity,’ built to last only 3 months and landed in January, 2004, continues to operate, though NASA says it may have to survive another planet-wide dust storm. Currently it’s in a low power mode and sitting in a site called, appropriately, Perseverance Valley. Half of the latest rover experiment lies stuck in the sand (https://www.yahoo.com/news/massive-martian-dust-storm-threatens-plucky-nasa-rover-202624654.html). ‘Our expectation at this point is that the rover has gone to sleep, it’s in this low-power mode, and that it will remain in that low-power mode until there is sufficient energy to charge the batteries back above a certain threshold,” Callas, Opportunity’s Project Manager said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Putting a vehicle on Mars seems a waste of hard-earned taxpayer funds.”

 

Biblical Response:  “And maybe it is…you need to speak to your Congressman about that…if he or she will not listen, speak at the ballot box. Still, the ‘vehicle’ carries copious scientific experiments gathering all kinds of environmental data which, presumably, will be invaluable to some future manned expedition. Then, there’s the incalculable benefit of the inspiration such perseverance engenders.”

 

“Christians? We’re also impressed with anything that continues to work. I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the long-term effectiveness of the salvation provided in Christ ( 1 John 1:9).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to realize all power comes from You and there is no storm that is so violent as to keep You from operating; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 6-13-18 What’s Next?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-13-18

 

What’s Next?

 

What’s Happening:  “Everybody knows that June 12, 2018 (yesterday) was a historic day as it was the first-ever meeting between a leader of North Korea and a President of the United  States….what isn’t known is what’s next? Sure, a cessation of war games (joint exercises) with South Korea and the U.S. military – that’s to be expected – but what of human rights, Christian persecution, and the next step in verifiable irreversible denuclearization? (https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA18F21&f=WU18F08). ‘At the press conference following the summit, President Trump affirmed that he initiated a conversation about these matters with the North Korean leader during their talks: “[W]e did discuss [the issue of human rights] today pretty strongly.” Even though the main purpose of the talks was “denuking,” human rights were discussed “at pretty good length.” On that topic, they will “agree to something,” as it was “one of the primary topics” that “was discussed at length outside of the nuclear situation.” In President Trump’s view, this “has to” change in order to move forward, and he will not remove sanctions “without significant improvement in the human rights situation,”’ an FRC report reads.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What’s the big deal? This summit is a nothing-burger.”

 

Biblical Response:  “I beg to differ. The meeting of Trump and Kim IS a big deal. Video tapes have now surfaced that Trump has been envisioning this for nearly 20 years (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/old-video-surfaces-shows-trump-was-prepping-for-nk-nearly-20-years-ago/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune), and the meeting WAS historic…or maybe you would prefer the horrible deaths of millions? Sure, Trump said complimentary things of the leader of the most repressive regime in modern history, but stating the obvious is NOT how you negotiate with a venomous snake!”

 

“Christians? Now maybe the doors to evangelism will begin to open (not that the Holy Spirit has ever been limited in what He can do). The job for evangelizing the world is clearly every Christian’s (Matt. 28:18-20). Having a denuclearized peninsula is good news for the Christian Church everywhere…and the nullifying of a madman’s threat is good news for the world.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, now we need You to intervene as never before…ensuring true freedom, not continued repression; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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