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CLARITY – 8-18-18 Nap Time Is Over!

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-18-18

Nap Time Is Over!

 

What’s Happening:  “Iran has sleeper cells (in the form of terrorists like Hezbollah) ready to strike within the U.S….so said intel officers to Congress recently (https://greatamericanpolitics.com/2018/08/congress-warned-iranian-backed-terrorist-sleeper-cells-in-us-ready-to-attack/).  Worse than that, since the U.S. has pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal and has imposed sanctions these ‘sleeper cells’ might be awakened (https://freebeacon.com/national-security/iranian-backed-sleeper-cell-militants-hibernating-u-s-positioned-attack/). ‘Hezbollah is probably the most experienced and professional terrorist organization in the world,’ even more so than ISIS and Al Qaeda. So says Rep. Peter King, (R-NY) and member of the House Homeland Security Committee.” ”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Probably just more fear-mongering.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…but that what folks were saying on September 10, 2001. Things are never desperate…UNTIL THEY’RE DESPERATE! Why are they called ‘sleeper cells?’ Because they are ‘asleep’ (hidden in plain sight) until they are ‘awakened” (activated to perform some terrorist attack).”

 

Christians? We know all about ‘sleeper cells’ (I’m sorry, perhaps I should have used the more familiar term ‘churches’). Sure, Pastors are trying to ‘awaken’ them, but an hour on Sunday is just not enough…so the jobs of ‘going into wall the world’ and ‘teaching them whatsoever I command’ don’t get done (Matt. 28:18-20). Neither does vigilance (1 Pet. 5:8), which might come in handy just now.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to awaken and get about the business of why You left us here, anyway; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 8-17-18 Holey (Not Holy) System

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-17-18

Holey (not Holy) System

 

What’s Happening:  “Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, an Iraqi, 45, was arrested in California and will be extradited to stand trial for an ISIS murder in 2014. He applied and received refugee status in the U.S. the same month as the killing. Further checks have indicated he was also involved in helping plant improvised bombs, transporting militants, kidnapping, illegally soliciting funds, and robbing supply trucks for al-Qaida. Apparently our vetting system was flawed (https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-officials-ex-isis-fighter-entered-us-refugee-180806292.html.  ‘The U.S. government identified and implemented additional security screening procedures to enable departments and agencies to more thoroughly review refugee applicants to identify potential threats to public safety and national security, with additional vetting for certain nationals of certain high-risk countries,’ a State Department statement said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Perhaps we need to look a little closer.”

 

Biblical Response:  “You think?! Of course, that was back when everyone just took people at their word. Duh! Of course a terrorist is going to lie! Maybe our first clue should have come when he wanted refugee status from a certain unmentionable country…didn’t the courts try to strike Trump’s ban down?”

 

Christians? The vetting process for admission to heaven is rigorous (Rev. 21:26-27)…and we all fall short (Rom. 3:23). Thankfully, our robes have been washed by the blood of the Lamb (Rev. 6 and 7).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, protect us from those who think they are doing their god a favor by harming us; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 8-16-18 True Transparency

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-16-18

 

True Transparency

 

What’s Happening:  “It came as a surprise to the former head of the CIA when Sarah Sanders-Huckabee announced at the beginning of her White House Press Briefing yesterday that President Trump had revoked his security clearance. Quoting the Yahoo News article by Hunter Walker, included in the list of those whose clearances the President had revoked were: ‘former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper; ex-FBI Director James Comey; Michael Hayden, who led both the NSA and CIA; erstwhile deputy Attorney General Sally Yates; President Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice; ex-deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe; recently fired FBI agent Peter Strzok; Lisa Page, an FBI attorney; and Bruce Ohr, a member of the Justice Department’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces.’ (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-revokes-security-clearance-former-cia-director-criticized-white-house-213823096.html). ‘It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent,’ Brennan was quoted as saying.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Isn’t it professional courtesy to continue the clearances of those who had them even though they are no longer in their respective positions?”

 

Biblical Response:  “‘Yes, but maybe that shouldn’t be. If the intelligence these folks are privy to is really sensitive maybe they should all have their security clearances revoked when they leave, as a matter of course. They can always re-apply in the future for specific things they ‘need to know.’ Or perhaps this just makes too much sense.”

 

Christians? True transparency really only belongs to God (the walls of the ‘closet’ we thought we retreated to for the really ‘private’ things are transparent). And, I dare say, only He can handle that level of knowledge (1 John 3:20). Knowledge is indeed power and a security clearance could be a dangerous thing in the wrong hands…after all, what is a security clearance but a way to determine who gets to see what.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give our leaders the requisite wisdom to accompany the knowledge with which they are entrusted; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 8-15-18 An Eventuality

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-15-18

 

An Eventuality

 

What’s Happening:  “Today, August 15, is a day of National Mourning in Bangladesh.  On this day, 43 years ago, Major AM Rashed Chowdhury was part of an assassination team that murdered President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and others in his family (18 in all, including pregnant women and children), then fled to the U.S. and applied for and received asylum…until now. After previous administrations did nothing, this administration is deporting Chowdhury, et al, to face trial and justice in his country (https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-deport-known-assassin/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-WJ&utm_campaign=dailyam&utm_content=western-journal).’Unfortunately, one of the convicted murderers, Rashed Chowdhury, remains at large in the U.S.’ wrote Ambassador Mohammad Ziauddin in 2014 in U.S. News and World Report.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Does it really matter now, after all these years?”

 

Biblical Response:  “‘Yes. There is no statute of limitation on murder. And I’m sure his remaining family (and the whole nation) wants justice. The way other administrations have acted may be lawful…but there’s no way you can dismiss there inaction as merely immoral…it borders on the criminal. Imagine this being perpetrated on George Washington! (The Bangladeshis look at Rahman as the country’s Founder) ”

 

Christians? We believe in eventual justice. The Scripture says that ‘your sin will find you out’ (Num. 32:23). In other words, you can run, but you cannot hide. The Good News is that all your sins (murders included) were paid by Christ’s death on the cross (Rom. 6:10) AND He forgets (Ps. 103:20-16). There is physical justice in this world (that may be delayed or escaped altogether), but eventually, in heaven, it all catches up with you. For Christians, however, the many drawers of files on our previous sins, though full…are mysteriously empty…praise God.

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may we be diligent to confess and place each of our sins under the blood of Your Son; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 8-14-18 You’re Fired!

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-14-18

 

You’re Fired!

 

What’s Happening:  “Familiar if you watched the reality show “The Apprentice,” the phrase is not unfamiliar in the White House recently (Omarosa) and at the FBI (Peter Strzok) yesterday (which could also be said by 1700 VA personnel recently). Everybody knows about the apparent bias of Strzok (ending in the termination of his employment), but many don’t know a new book release may be an incentive for Omarosa  and her source for claims Trump used the N-word (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/pollster-omarosa-says-im-source-of-trump-n-word-story-but-ive-never-heard-it/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune). “I’m in @Omarosa’s book on page 149. She claims to have heard from someone who heard from me that I heard Trump use the N-word. Not only is this flat-out false (I’ve never heard such a thing), but Omarosa didn’t even make an effort to call or email me to verify. Very shoddy work,’ pollster Frank Luntz, not a fan of Trump, Tweeted.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Oops!”

 

Biblical Response:  “‘Yeah, caught red handed (or should I say green-handed?) Being caught with your hand in the cookie jar may be familiar to many, but I dare say most of us ended that kind of larceny when we were younger. ”

 

Christians? None of us are innocent of lust…(in Omarosa’s case: lust for money and fame…in Strzok’s case: lust for Lisa, maybe). In any case, we are not to let our desires for revenge get the best of us (Deut. 32:35: Rom. 12:19; Heb. 10:30). We are to please our employers…and that may require a level of integrity we can only get from God…which, after all, may be the point.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to demonstrate that You were wise in choosing us to represent You in all that we do; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 8-13-18 It’s All About Trade

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-13-18

 

It’s All About Trade

 

What’s Happening:  “Bilateral with Mexico and bilateral with Canada or  a trilateral (a re-written NAFTA) agreement…what’s it going to be? Trump’s not sure yet, but he’s open any way that benefits America. He currently is praising Mexico and dissing Canada…but that could change (https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-praise-mexican-president-issues-major-threat-canada/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-WJ&utm_campaign=dailyam&utm_content=western-journal). ‘Deal with Mexico is coming along nicely. Auto workers and farmers must be taken care of or there will be no deal. New President of Mexico has been an absolute gentleman. Canada must wait. Their Tariffs and Trade Barriers are far too high. Will tax cars if we can’t make a deal!’ Trump Tweeted.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Isn’t that kind of mercenary? Should a deal always go to the highest bidder?”

 

Biblical Response:  “‘Yes, and no.’ Yes, it is mercenary…of course, we do live in a world where the wind of money fills the sails of commerce…I didn’t say it was good, I just said it was reality. And, ‘no;’ saying ‘no’ to the highest bidder is sometimes the path of morality. We live in a material world, but morality trumps profit…eternally. Doing the right thing is not always the one that makes the most sense, fiscally…at least not in the short term. Sadly, those in a position to make those decisions are sometimes playing the short game…not the long game. The equalizer is Gal. 6:7.”

 

Christians? Hopefully, we are playing the long game (which is really no game at all…but you know what I mean). The tension between the two – living in the world, but acting like we’re from heaven – is from whence all the conflict comes. Perhaps, that is why Israel was promised land on the King’s Highway, the major trade route of the known world… a city set on a hill cannot be hid (Matt. 5:14-15).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to find and maintain that righteous balance between living in this world without being of this world; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 8-11-18 Pouting and Unhinged

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-11-18

 

Pouting and Unhinged

 

What’s Happening:  “The GOP has started running an ad that some think should be run until 2020. They say the left is unhinged. You watch and you be the judge (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/watch-gop-ad-should-run-non-stop-until-2020-shows-chilling-leftist-violence/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune). ‘Trump isn’t on the ballot, but sanity is,’ says an article by Cillian Zeal.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It’s disgraceful…and scary!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Sadly, I couldn’t have said it better…kind of reminds me of Gov. Wallace in Alabama in 1963. The far left and the far right are both capable of violence when they take matters into their own hands. The cure (for those who think a middle path is the cure) is not compromise. We could ask Henry Clay (1850s) if he were around. Perhaps bloodshed is inevitable…if the Civil War is instructive. Obviously it isn’t…or we wouldn’t be here.”

 

Christians? Oh, we believe in the inevitability of bloodshed…just His, not our own (Rom. 3:25). His blood-bought peace needs to be at the forefront of our minds…not the violence we feel ‘they’ deserve.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to realize all the violence has already been expended so that we might have peace; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 8-10-18 Hmmm…

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-10-18

 

Hmmm…

 

What’s Happening:  “The Ohio election of Trump-backed Republican Troy Balderson over Democrat Danny O’Connor, Balderson winning by about 1600 votes (less provisional and early voting – 3,000 ballots), will probably trigger an automatic recount, but over 170 registered as voters over 116 when oldest known human lives in Japan at 115; & some give DOB as 1-1-1800 (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/170-voters-ohio-race-116-years-old/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune). ‘A critical swing state, Ohio has voted for the winner in presidential races in twenty-eight out of the last thirty elections. As Ohio goes, so goes the nation,’ said Ohio’s former Secretary of State Ken Blackwell.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I think it’s anybody’s race.”

 

Biblical Response:  “We won’t officially know till August 24…and there are enough provisional ballots for it to go either way…however, it’ll probably be Balderson…in spite of efforts to the contrary. Maybe the recent Supreme Court ruling (5 to 4) concerning voter fraud will eliminate all that for the future.”

 

Christians? We’re for integrity, and see the only way to true freedom as real truth (John 8:32). Disingenuity leads to disenfranchisement. Two big words that simply mean that lies lead to lack of influence…the system eventually takes care of itself (Gal. 6:7).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may the truth prevail…whether we like it or not; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 8-8-18 Not Far Off

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-8-18

 

Not Far Off

 

What’s Happening:  “Kevin Swanson has been accused of making ‘inflammatory’ (pun intended?) remarks about California’s recent spate of wildfires (killing 9, as of Monday), claiming that they are God’s retribution for the state’s promoting of LGBTQ rights (https://www.yahoo.com/news/pastor-blames-california-wildfires-state-194542137.html). He has a radio show on which his remarks were broadcast on August 3… ‘The first gay pride march occurred in San Francisco in 1970, and then San Francisco legitimized homosexuality in 1972…,’ said Swanson. You may also have heard about ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ which started in California and is now worldwide (https://www.dragqueenstoryhour.org/).”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Those remarks should be censored! How discriminating!”

 

Biblical Response:  “We do have free speech (except you can’t yell, ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theatre – no pun intended), or doesn’t that suit your narrative? As far as censoring is concerned, what do you do with Lev. 18:22; Lev. 20:13; 1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Tim 1:10; etc? Leave them out? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ready to assign any disasters to divine retribution, but I do understand his perspective… so undoubtedly do the former residents of Sodom and Gomorrah.”

 

Christians? While we are obligated to love the sinner, we are told to hate the sin, “The good hate the badness of the wicked. The wicked hate the goodness of the good.” (Prov. 29:27 LB) I moved from San Diego in 1976 because the state legislature had just passed (AB489 – 1975) a bill legalizing sex between any two consenting adults. I didn’t want to raise my children in that culture…where should I tell my kids to raise my Grandkids?”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us help ourselves; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 8-7-18 Lombok Lamblasted

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-7-18

 

Lombok Lambasted

 

What’s Happening:  “The tectonic plates beneath Indonesia have shifted again making yesterday’s 6.9 quake centered in the Lombok region one of the century’s six greatest quakes in this area (anything above 6.5). Immediate death tolls were about 100, but more than 20,000 were affected. The devastation and homelessness will be extensive (from a report by Trevor Nace) (https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2018/08/06/indonesia-magnitude-6-9-earthquake-leaves-lombok-in-rubble-and-thousands-without-homes/#6aff33713327).  Trevor Nace is a PhD geologist, founder of Science Trends, Forbes contributor, and explorer.

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Indonesia is half a world away – I’ve got my own problems!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Don’t we all…still, concern with other people’s problems often puts ours in perspective. We all have a tendency to be a bit myopic…our own problems loom large to us because we’re too close to them. I know all tragedy is local…but only because we make it so. We reduce our own difficulties by identifying with the difficulties of others.”

 

Christians? Of course, prayer is important (Phil. 4:6)…and easier when we identify with the plight of others (Rom. 12:15), but we should also give (Luke 6;:38). I have facilitated that by giving you the following link to World Vision Indonesian Earthquake Relief Fund . Please give now to help meet the urgent needs of earthquake survivors.

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help me to be sympathetic to others’ needs…I sure need You to be sympathetic to mine; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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