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CLARITY – 2-16-19 At Long Last

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-16-19

At Long Last

What’s Happening: “American Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was defrocked by Pope Francis over accusations he sexually abused a teenager 50 years ago the Vatican announced today, thus levying the harshest spiritual discipline that could be given by the church – he is to be considered as a lay person and cannot preside over mass. The ex-Cardinal, 88, resigned last July. The Catholic church has been ‘cleaning house’ recently, especially in America and Chile (https://www.yahoo.com/news/vatican-defrocks-former-us-cardinal-sex-abuse-minor-094117909.html). The above link is for an article that quotes, ‘McCarrick was ordained a priest in 1958 and rose through the ranks in the Archdiocese of New York before being installed as archbishop of Washington in 2001, a post he held until 2006.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Surely this is the end of this historical fiasco and embarrassment for the church!”

Biblical Response:  “Surely not, unfortunately. As long as sinful man is at the head of any institution, he’ll find a way to abuse its power. It is very sad that Priests, Bishops and Cardinals have abused their power…and, in some cases, sexually abused minors who trusted them. Thankfully, these allegation were thoroughly and independently investigated and the Catholic church has at least tried to mete out some justice. Of course, there may be some unknown or still guarded secret liaisons that are yet to be revealed. But, as the Scripture promises, ‘your transgressions are discovered’ (Ezek. 21:24).

“Christians? There is nothing hidden from God (Mk. 4:22). The proverbial closet is a myth. He has been in the closet all along. For Christians (really, for everyone) there is no such thing as ‘a private life.’ This is cause for much repentance…and it should be. Those things that are reprehensible and have earthly collateral damage, we may be held accountable for by the courts…criminally and civilly, as the case is. God’s judgment is a little more complete, however. As I’ve said before, justice make hell necessary, but, thankfully, mercy makes heaven possible.”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to take seriously our charge to be ‘salt and light’ (Matt. 5:13-14); 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: http://subdeo.com.’ He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent

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CLARITY – 2-15-19 Haste Makes Maste

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-15-19

Haste Makes Waste

What’s Happening: “The President has said he will sign the Omnibus Bill, which funds the government and provides some border security…like leaders have said, it’s the nature of compromise – nobody is very happy…and nobody is very sad. The thing that is sad, however, is the length of time that was given to peruse the bill…less than an hour…for over 1,100 pages (https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/02/14/whats-good-bad-and-ok-in-the-omnibus-bill/)!”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “But isn’t it important that the government not shut down again?”

Biblical Response:  “True, and that’s the President’s overriding priority, but border security is nearly as important. This bill really inadequately deals with that…of course, there are other measures that can be taken…and, no doubt, he will. Still, one hour to read what is in the bill?!”

“Christians? Of course we believe in funding government. Of course we believe in border security. We also think that haste is not a good thing (Isaiah 28:16)!”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let us not be in too big of a hurry to allow for You to move without danger to us;help us to judge rightly and to recognize when a problem’s solution simply comes from justice being served; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-14-19 It Just Makes Too Much Sense

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-14-19

It Just Makes Too Much Sense

What’s Happening: “Ben Marquis of the Western Journal reminded everyone by his post yesterday afternoon that Sen. Ted Cruz (R.-TX) introduced a bill last year (and reintroduced it on Jan. 3 to a new Congress) called ‘affectionately’ the El Chappo Act. This Act called for the seized funds of convicted drug lord for the Sinaloa Cartel Joaquin ‘El Chappo’ Guzman be applied to border security…a roundabout way for Mexico to pay for the wall (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/ted-cruz-offers-brilliant-way-pay-wall-conviction-mexican-drug-lord-el-chapo/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune). ‘America’s justice system prevailed today convicting Joaquin Guzman Loera, aka El Chappo, on all 10 counts. U.S. prosecutors are seeking $14 billion in drug profits & other assets from El Chappo which should go toward funding our wall to #SecureTheBorder,’ tweeted Cruz on Feb. 12.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What if the prosecutors don’t get that much?”

Biblical Response:  “And they may not…still, anything is better than the piddlin’ $1.375 billion the compromise committee is offering. Some are clamoring for comprehensive immigration reform. I’m all for that…AFTER we secure the border. Of course Trump wants his wall…he promised it on the campaign trail…and he knows there are some places where a wall makes no sense, or where drones and other technology should be employed, and he knows that enhanced security measures must be employed at ports of entry…still, there no sense in confusing his loyal constituency…he just calls it ‘his wall.’”

“Christians? Funding border security from seized drug funds sounds like a practical application of the law of sowing and reaping (Gal. 6:7).”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to judge rightly and to recognize when a problem’s solution simply comes from justice being served; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-13-19 It’s Even Simpler Than That

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-13-19

It’s Even Simpler Than That

What’s Happening: “Has Dem. Congresswoman (and Freshman from MN)) Omar got it wrong?! She was just being her usual Muslim self when she tweeted anti-Semitic comments on Twitter, and blamed the American Israel Public Affair Committee (AIPAC) lobby for its monetary support. This got immediate and nearly universal condemnation from her own party colleagues and a call for an apology. She complied, but Trump still called for her resignation from Congress or at least from her Foreign Affair Committee appointment (https://www.yahoo.com/news/rep-ilhan-omars-controversial-tweet-031242777.html). There are a plethora of comments on the link, and the last one in Haaretz comes closest to the motives behind America’s support of Israel, but laying all that aside, God’s motives for favoring Israel go back even further than contemporary politics presumes.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Her comments were offensive!”

Biblical Response:  “True, and maybe she should resign…and maybe lobbies are too influential…and maybe Palestinian terrorists should be more universally condemned…but all that misses the point I’m trying to make. My point? God is simply honoring a promise he made to Abraham thousands of years ago (Gen 12:3).  The only qualification I see on His promise is that we be a blessing.”

“Christians? Who is more of a true Jew than a real Christian? (Rom. 2:29) The day Christians in America abandon Israel, the favor we enjoy from God for supporting Israel will vanish.”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to never forget the apple of your eye…may they truly come to know Jesus as their Messiah; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-12-19 Love and Hate

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-12-19

Love and Hate

What’s Happening: “Chris Pratt, famous actor from The Guardians of the Galaxy, and attendant at Hillsong Church, argues with a post from Ellen Page that claims  his church is anti-LGBTQ. Brian Houston, founder of that church has been quoted as saying: ‘We do not affirm a gay lifestyle’ and won’t let gay men or women hold positions of leadership in the church (https://www.yahoo.com/news/chris-pratt-responds-ellen-pages-criticism-churchs-lgbtq-stance-says-open-doors-absolutely-everyone-012229700.html).

‘My faith is important to me but no church defines me or my life, and I am not a spokesman for any church or any group of people,” Pratt posted. ‘My values define who I am.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Doesn’t the article say that Pratt has been divorced? Doesn’t God hate divorce? (Matt. 19:8)”

Biblical Response:  “Yes, some translations may render it so (other translations do not). Actually, Prov. 29:27 says best God’s nuanced attitude: ‘The good hate the badness of the wicked. The wicked hate the goodness of the good.’ (LB) God hates the sin, but loves the sinner.”

“Christians? In our disdain of LGBTQ people, we should condemn their lifestyle WHILE welcoming them. Over-eating, workaholism, murder, child abuse…these are all equally reprehensible in that they all separate us from God, but we can walk victoriously above these sins. We send a mixed message when we turn our back on people who are or were caught up in these behaviors. Our repulsion at the collateral damage that some sins wreak must never put us off to those who commit such things.”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to find the balance between loving the sinner and hating the sin; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-11-19 What’s the Rush?

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

What’s the Rush?

What’s Happening: “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes (AOC) has introduced The Green New Deal, painting a gloomy future, which, according to her, will apocalyptically end in 12 years unless we engage in expensive and draconian measures. The price tag is a mere 7 Trillion dollars and will bring America to a ‘net-zero’ carbon emission status, though the U.N predicts a 100% reduction in carbon gas by us will only yield a .2 degree lowering of global temps by 2100 (https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/02/07/theres-nothing-new-about-the-green-new-deal/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWVdZM05EVmhZMkpsT1RWaSIsInQiOiJEVjM3Qm8xMlZEaW0xblFQN3B0QUtGMzBOS2J3dEFiTU5NZFRpVkdCRzNpb0l4QkZxaU1QM0Q4NTlxTXFXOFFneUhHcTdvRVdBZmpGT2dXaWhhZlJcL3lJTTg2d0dhcVJyQTM0YXpmS25VUzVHdjhtNk4rd2Q1cHlUKzZKT0IwYnkifQ%3D%3D) Net-zero? According to Generation Yes, a climate activist website it means: ‘reducing the volume of greenhouse gas emissions that human activity releases into the atmosphere until our total output is no greater than the emissions we remove, through activities like planting carbon forests, reducing deforestation and using technologies like carbon capture and storage. So no more goes out than goes in = net zero.’

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What about herds of farting cows?”

Biblical Response:  “Actually, AOC addresses this issue. Quoting from the article: ‘We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast.’ Her solution to most air travel? High -speed, electrically-run rail travel…which is very expensive and does not accommodate Hawaiians. Also, her resolution (thankfully it’s only a resolution…though many Democrats fully endorse it) does not take into account other ‘polluting’ countries, the disproportionate cost to the middle class, the massive unemployment that would follow in the oil and gas industries, etc.”

“Christians? No Christian is laying aside his or her mandate to promote a clean environment. We’re the original ‘tenders and keepers’ (Gen. 2:15). In fact, that is part of our original purpose. But we’re also called to provide (1 Tim. 5:8). If we take, say, a couple hundred years, surely we can find a way to fulfill both mandates. And it might look less socialistic.”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while it’s not wrong to have lofty goal, let us do so with patience and compassion, realizing some change must come slowly…of course, that might require us to have Your perspective…which might be Your underlying goal anyway; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-9-19 Justice

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-9-19

Justice

What’s Happening: “The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision vacated the stay of execution granted by a lower court (because of religious objections) Thursday in the Alabama lethal injection of Muslim Domineque Ray, his Imam in an adjacent room. He was executed for the brutal stabbing and raping of 15-year-old Tiffany Harville in 1994. (https://www.yahoo.com/news/alabama-executes-domineque-ray-supreme-062054637.html). ‘”Here, Ray has put forward a powerful claim that his religious rights will be violated at the moment the State puts him to death,’ Justice Kagan wrote dissenting. ‘The Eleventh Circuit wanted to hear that claim in full. Instead, this Court short-circuits that ordinary process — and itself rejects the claim with little briefing and no argument — just so the State can meet its preferred execution date.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It’s wrong to impose the death penalty anyway..”

Biblical Response:  “Not in Alabama…and 29 other states, the U.S. Govt. or the U.S. military. What you really mean is morally wrong, not legally wrong. Apparently, that’s for the courts to decide. And the trend has been away from it. Still, that’s not the real question. The real question, legally or morally, does man have the right to take life for life? If not, is ‘life without the possibility of parole’ sufficient deterrent? Is it ‘cruel and unusual?’Of course, none of these questions was the subject of lower court rulings or the Supreme Court’s. Rather, they argued over whether this Muslim’s Constitutional, 1st Amendment, rights had been violated.”

“Christians? Do we believe in life for life? (Ex. 21:23) The Old Testament is unequivocal about it. Of course, you need to delineate between temporal life and eternal life. Then there’s the whole subject of substitutionary death and final justice to consider.”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be students of the Word…to apply it temporally AND eternally; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-8-19 Surprised

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-8-19

Surprised

What’s Happening: “When Dutch former far-right activist Joram van Klaveren converted from Christianity to Islam (he had formerly labeled the Quran ‘poison’) it made waves. Of course, he was studying Islam at the time, ostensibly to write an expose’ of the religion. Now he is releasing a book entitled: ‘Apostate: From Christianity to Islam in the Time of Secular Terror.’ (https://www.yahoo.com/news/former-far-activist-called-quran-171627137.html). ‘”It feels a bit like a religious homecoming for me,’ van Klaveren said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I’m happy for him. He has found what is meaningful for him.”

Biblical Response:  “That would be great if what you believe about God was just a matter of opinion…if sincerity was the measure of truth. Unfortunately, for him and 19 terrorists who flew planes into buildings (and, thankfully, a Pennsylvania countryside) and were convinced that 72 virgins awaited, it’s not. There is what you think is going to happen…and, in fact, what really happens. It’s not who has the best argument that wins out in the end…regardless of whether it’s Mohammed, or Confucius, or Ghandi, or Stephen J. Hawking… or even Christ. Truth is determined by God Himself. That Christ is right is entirely beside the point.”

“Christians? We believe in absolute truth. How else can the ‘truth set you free’(John 8:32)? If the truth sets you free, lies enslave. We need to pray for the soul of this man…and all similarly deceived. Admitting you’ve been led astray sure beats being surprised,”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we do pray for Joram. May he find the absolute truth…before it’s too late; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-7-19 2020 Calculus

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-7-19

2020 Calculus

What’s Happening: “Virginia is in political disarray, to say the least. The Gov., a Democrat, has been accused of blatant racism, revealed by his nearly 40-year-old med-school yearbook, and asked to resign; the Lieutenant Gov., also a Democrat and next in line for Gov., has been accused of a sexual assault in 2004, which he insists was consensual, and asked to resign; the Attorney Gen., also a Democrat and next in line for Gov. after the Lieu. Gov., has confessed to wearing brown make-up almost 40 years ago, and asked to resign; that would mean the next in line for Gov. was the Speaker of the Virg. House, a Republican (https://www.yahoo.com/news/virginia-democrats-crisis-over-blackface-scandal-203707045.html). The Democratic Party is in a quandary.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “If they did it, they should go.”

Biblical Response:  “It’s not that simple…at least for the Democrats. They want the moral high ground and the racism/sexism issue for the 2020 election…at the same time they hate to turn a blue state red. In a state that’s really purple (even the race for Speaker was ultimately determined by drawing a name from a bowl), they need every help they can get in the 2020 election. There’s just too much at stake.”

“Christians? We’re all about forgiveness (or at least we should be). True, no one deserves the role of standard-bearer (which every leader ostensibly qualifies for – Titus 2:7-8) unless he (or she) is of unquestionable character. But we all make mistakes of reason and passion when we are younger. Heck, I’m 66 and make them all the time. Thankfully, the King of the Universe is patient and forgiving…the electorate, not so much.”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us discerning…and forgiving…hearts; and minds not so concerned about the ‘here and now,’ as the ‘there and then;’ in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-6-19 Fake Cops?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-6-19

Fake Cops?

What’s Happening: “The ‘Patrol Cars’ for the new Muslim Community Patrol in Brooklyn, NY look amazingly like real police cars and have some wondering if New York is about to adopt Sharia law. A similar initiative in East London had dubious results (https://dcalert.com/2019/02/05/is-new-york-endorsing-sharia-law/). NY resident John Cardillo, tweeted: ‘Not at all comfortable with this. ‘Muslim Community Patrol’ in NYC, driving cars that look identical to NYPD RMPs.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Great! Just what we need – somebody else to answer to!”

Biblical Response:  You can respond in obedience if you want…as for me and others, I’d recommend asking for ID#s.They’re just wanting to keep neighbors from showing their prejudices against Muslims. That’s understandable. Perhaps not wise, with 9/11 still fresh in every New Yorkers’ mind,…but understandable. With all the ‘Fake News’ and so forth out there, the last thing anyone needs is another authority structure presenting themselves as real. That may not be their intent, but it’s their effect.”

“Christians? While we are to submit to authority (1 Pet. 2:13-15), we are not called to answer to illegitimate power (Acts 4:1-21). God trumps all other authority. Obeying Him might have negative short-term consequence, but long-term it is wise. Eternity is a long time, and He holds all the cards.”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to live peaceably with all men…as far as it is possible (Rom. 12:18); 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: http://subdeo.com.’ He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent