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CLARITY – 10-13-20 Whiter Than Snow

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events 10-13-20

Whiter Than Snow

What’s Happening: “The headline here is exactly what I hoped for and certainly more than I deserve on my own merits – ALAN E. SARGENT FINISHES RACE, ENTERS HEAVENLY COURT. But that’s old news, and it gets older every day – which is hard to keep track of here since there is no darkness.”

What’s happening now? Well, it’s worship like you can’t imagine. The celestial court never ceases to call out the majesty of the Most High and the worthiness of His Son – the Lamb – Jesus Christ our Lord. What else is happening now? Jesus is constantly interceding for you with his Father. He’s doing it even now. He makes no argument for worldly gain or convenience. He just keeps saying, “the price I paid is enough.” If you could only see the Father as I do now, you would understand. What you think of when you think of majesty, holiness, love, jealousy, justice, and wrath – those are grains of truth compared to the meteoric reality of the Almighty. But the same goes for grace. You can’t really fathom that either. There’s no end to any of it. The Father’s single thought of love toward you is more vast than all of creation. So also is his wrath against sin. So also is the perfection required to stand in his presence. Yet, here I stand. Present with the Lord. I guess what I’m saying is, Jesus is faithful. Among the thousand things I tried to teach while living among you, I hope that is the one that sticks. If he is not faithful, then we have no hope. But because he is faithful, our hope is assured. Speaking of hope, I do hope to see you all again. Until that day, I will sing unto the Lord a new song.

Knee-Jerk Response:  “But this is just a posthumous swan song, written by someone in Mr. Sargent’s family. All we are is matter in motion. If there’s a heaven and a God, where’s the proof? At least I can touch and feel science.”

Biblical Response: “You’re right about the first part. This is not really from Alan (duh?). We are, in fact, matter in motion – but that’s not all we are.”

“Christians? Only the God who made us has sufficiently been able to diagnose the problem of guilt or the virtue of love. Love and guilt, shame and sacrifice, insecurity and generosity; the list goes on of things that cannot be explained by a ‘matter in motion’ diagnosis of the human condition. But all of these are perfectly explained by sin and God’s plan of redemption. Although many academics will sue one another over plagiarism. they have only contempt and disdain for what was written by holy men as inspired by the Holy Spirit. We are creatures made in the image of a Holy God, and in Him we live and move and have our being. And as surely as there is a God – the God – there is a heaven from whence He has condescended on our behalf in the person and work of Jesus Christ who said, ‘Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also’ – (John 14:1-3). And regarding science, no you can’t touch and feel it. You can touch and feel creation, which God made; but science is a process of discovery – not a thing you can touch – and it is best used with the presupposition that the earth and its fullness are the Lord’s.”

Here’s a prayer you can pray: “Heavenly Father, please grant me the grace to live daily in light of who you are instead of who I am apart from you. Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to you, and as such, let them be winsome to others who unwittingly seek to see you through me. Forgive me for my apathy and arrogance in the way I have given lip service to the truth while seeking my own way, for as long as I do this, I only affirm in their ways those who refuse to acknowledge you has God. Thank you for Jesus, who took my sin and shame and gave me his righteousness in return. Thank you for the church – the body of Christ – that stands often wounded but always victorious against the gates of Hell. Thank you for this world in which you have placed me. I know that I am not untimely born, but rather that you have formed me and raised me for such a time as this. And thank you for the hope I have in the resurrected and ascended Christ whose victory over sin and death are my guarantee that I, being found in him, will also be raised up on the last day and be seated with him in heavenly places. Thank you for the life and ministry of Alan Sargent, whose obedience has shaped the lives of so many according to your will. You, oh Lord, are the author and finisher of my faith, and you have known the details of my every living and dying event; but I know you have always been pleased to use your servants to accomplish your will, so thank you for Alan’s life and for using him in such mighty ways. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

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CLARITY – 10-10-20 As Though They Weren’t

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-10-20

As Though They Weren’t

What’s Happening: “An article in National Review yesterday relates an interview with the 2016 Democrat Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton saying that there had to be something amiss for her to win the popular vote by more than 3 million, but lose in the electoral college. More than sour grapes, she contends that widespread voter fraud might be the culprit…hmmm…kinda sounds like Donald Trump (https://www.yahoo.com/news/hillary-clinton-maintains-2016-election-160716779.html). Quoting from the article: ‘There’s just a lot that I think will be revealed. History will discover,’ the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nominee continued. ‘But you don’t win by 3 million votes and have all this other shenanigans and stuff going on and not come away with an idea like, ‘Whoa, something’s not right here.’ That was a deep sense of unease’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “But fears of COVID-19 will probably mean more use of the mails…and more potential for fraud! Right?”

Biblical Response:  “You may be right. No doubt whoever loses will claim they really won. With mail-in voting, there will be a great temptation to reverse Rom. 4:17 (calling those things that are as though they weren’t).  I guess Founding Father Thomas Jefferson was prescient when he said, ‘The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.’ Though we must be vigilant, we also must be willing to accept reality.”

“Christians? We believe God is bigger than our petty complaints at impropriety…even if the ‘wrong’ side seems to win in the short term…He is quite able to place or displace as He chooses…ultimately (Acts 17:26;) I love the quote in the Living Bible: 

‘Man proposes, but God disposes.’ (Prov. 19:21)

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be vigilant and to try our hardest to achieve election integrity…but to leave things ultimately to You; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 10-9-20 Secret Things

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-9-20

Secret Things

What’s Happening: “Remember the brouhaha over Trump’s unreleased tax returns? Whether it was leaked accidentally or not, it only showed he was wealthy and took every deduction that was legal…who wouldn’t? No revelation there. Joe Biden’s and Kamala Harris’s dodge on whether they are in favor of Supreme Court packing is, however, another matter. In addition to not releasing a list of potential Supreme Court nominees – which Trump keeps requesting – Biden Thursday said he would not reveal his attitude on Supreme Court packing until after the election (https://www.yahoo.com/news/biden-says-announce-position-court-202850704.html). Vice President Pence and Senator Harris conducted a debate Wednesday in which the subject was breached. Quoting from the National Review article that appeared yesterday: ‘The American people deserve a straight answer and if you haven’t figured it out yet, the straight answer is they are going to pack the Supreme Court if they somehow win this election,’ Pence said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Are we just supposed to have faith they’ll do the right thing?”

Biblical Response:  “Great question. I guess that’s what both of them are expecting. But for a representative government…and neither of them being God…that’s kind of a heavy lift. I mean, it’s one thing to know the end from the beginning (Is. 46:10) and to choose when, how much, and to whom secret things are revealed (Deut. 29:29) if you are God, and quite another if you are not. Calling for faith if you’ve parted the Red Sea and raised the dead may be a little more reasonable than asking for it when you’ve done nothing in the past so miraculous.”

“Christians? Believing by faith may be a necessary ingredient to saving faith (Acts 16:31), but there is nothing written anywhere that says we must vote for someone that won’t reveal how they’ll act if elected.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to trust You, and anyone who has demonstrated what they’ll do…and trust no one else; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 10-8-20 Whose Truth?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-8-20

Whose Truth?

What’s Happening: “Postal worker twenty-six-year-old Nicholas Beauchene of New Jersey was charged with ‘delay, secretion, or detention of mail’ and ‘obstruction of mail’ when over 1800 pieces of mail were discovered in a dumpster…99 pieces were mail-in ballots.Although there was no political motive found, Beauchene faces a potential of six months in prison and $5,000 in fines. He has been released into his brother’s custody on a $30,000 bond (https://www.yahoo.com/news/postal-worker-charged-nearly-2-234714360.html). Quoting the USA Today article yesterday: ‘In addition to the ballots there were 627 pieces of first class, 873 pieces of standard class, two pieces of certified mail and 276 campaign flyers from local candidates for West Orange Town Council and Board of Education recovered.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Is it safe to mail these days?”

Biblical Response:  “Probably. Out of the millions they deliver each day, this is a very, very, VERY small fraction of a percent. Still, when it comes to something as important as voting…there’s no substitute for the security of casting your ballot in-person. How you’ll make your decision…well that’s another thing. You can base it on truth…but whose truth? Sure, the Scripture promises the truth will make you free (Jn. 8:32), but if everybody’s got their own spin on what’s true…only confusion prevails…or whoever has the best argument. Which brings me to the debates…oops, more confusion. I guess I better vote however the Lord leads…which I think was His intent all along. How about this Scripture?:

    ’I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.

But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak;…’ (John 16:12-13 NASU)”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in truth…Spirit-revealed truth (see the scriptures, above). Everybody’s got an agenda…but God has, too…and I much prefer His. Hearing from God…hmmm…that might put me on my knees…that might have been His intent all along.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to discern truth, listen to the Holy Spirit, and vote congruent with Your agenda; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 10-7-20 Be Sure

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-7-20

Be Sure

What’s Happening: “Yesterday, the National Review wrote an article about a memo from then CIA head John Brennan that detailed a brief of President Obama of the approval of a plan by Hillary Clinton to vilify Donald Trump to distract from her use of a private email server in 2016. Mr. Brennan was deposed yesterday, along with former FBI Director, James Comey, concerning the email and the latter said he could not remember any such memo. The alleged collusion then caused the creation of  a dossier that was created by Christopher Steele (allegedly paid for by the Clinton campaign) that was used to get  permission to spy on Carter Page of the Trump campaign…which collusion has been the subject of much of most of Trump’s time in office (https://www.yahoo.com/news/dni-releases-cia-documents-hillary-204337457.html). Quoting from the article: ‘The heavily-redacted CIA memo references ‘an exchange discussing U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s approval of a plan concerning U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering U.S. elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “That’s old news, isn’t it?”

Biblical Response:  “Yeah…at least that’s what the Democrat Party hopes you’ll think with the 2020 election looming. Accusations of Russian collusion is what led to a vote by the House of Representatives to impeach last February…and that’s this year. To now have the revelation that it was all a set-up (no revelation to some) is a big deal…of course, ignored by the main-stream media (they ran not one second of this story yesterday). But, as the Scripture warns, ‘be sure your sin will find you out’ (Num. 32:23). There may be no repercussions here, but that does not mean there will be no consequence (Mal. 3:16-18). I love how the Living Bible renders those verses:

‘Then those who feared and loved the Lord spoke often of him to each other. And he had a Book of Remembrance drawn up in which he recorded the names of those who feared him and loved to think about him. ‘They shall be mine,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘in that day when I make up my jewels. And I will spare them as a man spares an obedient and dutiful son.  Then you will see the difference between God’s treatment of good men and bad, between those who serve him and those who don’t.’ (Mal. 3:16-18 LB)”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in final justice, alright….there’s no escaping that. Will it come in time for  this election? It might…we’ll see. Maybe the Lord has something else in mind…aborting over 60 million is hard to overlook (God forgive us).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we believe in final justice, we also believe (and are counting on) the shed blood of Christ; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 10-6-20 It’s Our Job Description

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-6-20

It’s Our Job Description

What’s Happening: “Tasmanian Devils, extinct in mainland Australia for 3,000 years, have been reintroduced by the Aussie Ark group (and other conservation organizations), one of seven essential species said to be necessary to reach a balanced ecosystem. The marsupian  carnivores were put on the endangered species list when a cancerous facial tumor almost extincted them in Tasmania in the 1990s. Today, less than 25,000 still exist in the wild, down from the 150,000 peak they are believed to have achieved. They weigh about 18 pounds each, have a fierce growl, but are believed to be harmless to humans and cattle (https://www.yahoo.com/news/tasmanian-devils-released-wild-3-034651699.html). Quoting from The Telegraph’s October 4 article: ‘Tim Faulkner, president of Aussie Ark, said the ‘historic’ releases in July and September were the first steps in a project akin to the successful move to return wolves to Yellowstone National Park in the United States in the 1990s.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess I shouldn’t be hiking in the bush north of Sydney, huh?”

Biblical Response:  “Probably not, though they are purportedly harmless to humans (perhaps you’ve been watching too many cartoons). Seriously, my hat’s off to the Aussie Ark group. We all have a Biblical mandate to do as they are doing (Gen. 2:15), though I doubt many of them are so motivated. In fact, the Scripture tells us that all of creation (the Tasmanian Devil, the Polar Bear, and the Snail Darter, too) is eagerly waiting for Man’s (and their) redemption:

‘For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.’ (Rom. 8:19-21 NASU)”

“Christians? Oh, we believe all these scriptures above. In fact, we shouldn’t let these secular conservationists show us up in their zeal. Perhaps we haven’t read what heaven is supposed to be like or the passages in Isaiah 11.

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to view the earth as the sacred trust that it is; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 10-5-20 Money’s Flowing & Fraud Exists

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-5-20

Money’s Flowing & Fraud Exists

What’s Happening: “The PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) was created in April for small businesses, and there were several hundred thousand small businesses who benefited from the loans…but there were also a few ‘pretend’ businesses that tried to steal that provision, too .The Department of Justice has charged 38-year-old Tristen Bishop Pan with wire fraud, bank fraud, and engaging in unlawful monetary transactions, applying for loans totaling over six million dollars, using names of businesses from popular HBO program ‘Game of Thrones.’ In a separate crime, a prominent Hawaiian defense contractor was charged with bank fraud and money laundering, involving stealing more than 12.8 million in fraudulent PPP loans, In April, the U.S. legislature passed the Coronavirus Aid and Economic Security Act (CARES) to help those small businesses experiencing economic hardship during the pandemic (https://www.yahoo.com/news/man-attempted-steal-6-million-195355240.html).Quoting from The Business Insider article:  ‘Pan made false statements about the companies’ employees and payroll expenses,’ according to the DOJ. ‘The PPP loan applications were supported by fake documents, including falsified tax filings, according to the indictment.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Probably looked like easy money to Tristen!”

Biblical Response:  “Apparently. I guess she should have stuck to watching the HBO series or the game screen. It’s what happens when you have a devious mind, a lazy mentality and too much time on your hands. How does the saying go? ‘Idle hands are the devil’s workshop…’ (Prov. 16:27 LB). My daughter, who owns a small business, had 31 fraudulent unemployment claims (at last count – she has no employees). I’m sure there’s plenty of fraud out there.  It’s probably like cheating on a test…it takes more effort to be devious than to be honest…but the thought of getting money you didn’t have to ‘work’ for is just too tempting for some.”

“Christians? We believe in being industrious; that you will (and should) receive the fruit of your own labors (Gal. 6:7), NOT the fruit of somebody else’s. Fraud is natural (it’s the fallen man’s curse), but illegal.

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to pursue fruit we’ve produced, not fruit we’ve stolen; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 10-3-20 We’ve Come a Long Way

 CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-3-20

We’ve Come a Long Way

What’s Happening: “The LGBTQIA+ community is petitioning for their issues to be brought up by the moderator of next week’s Vice Presidential debate between V.P. Mike Pence and his challenger, Senator Kamala Harris. In a letter petitioning moderator Susan Page, the activists point out that those issues were excluded from the Presidential debate last Tuesday, even though, according to their numbers, over 10 million voters are LGBTQ. They assert the House passed the Equality Act (EA) back in 2019, but it got buried in committee in the Senate, primarily because it is opposed by the administration. The EA puts sexual orientation on the non-discriminatory list of the Civil Rights Act. Also, they claim they’ll be injured as a group if the Affordable Care Act is eliminated by the Supreme Court (which is scheduled for arguments next month) (https://www.yahoo.com/news/activists-pressure-debate-moderator-to-question-pence-on-lgbtq-issues-140029823.html). Quoting from the Yahoo News article: ‘In the letter to the debate commission and Page, the coronavirus activists said the LGBTQ community was ‘in crisis’ thanks in part to the pandemic and the policies of the Trump administration.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So I guess if you’re LGBTQ you can currently be discriminated against…how despicable! All discrimination is wrong! All segregation is wrong!””

Biblical Response:  “Really? Even discrimination and segregation of those who commit rape, murder, etc.? Isn’t that what prisons are for? Oh, you say…well, not those. So, who gets to decide who is allowed what behavior? The legislature? The courts? If you say ‘yes,’ then it was once okay to own people (slavery). Well. ‘no’ you say. That is morally wrong. That is against God’s law. I’m glad you brought Him up. It seems like the Creator should have total say over His Creation. What is acceptable and unacceptable should be His sole purview. And passing laws that agree with His law should mean a more peaceable society. And it does…presuming we all agree that there is a God…which we don’t…and there’s the basic rub. The instruction manual (the Bible) used to be the basis for most of our laws…but not any more (and the Bible’s full of prohibitions against LGBTQ: Lev. 18:22; 20:13; 1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Tim. 1:10; etc.). From this point, I could go into all the societal advantages of a Christian consensus, but the length of this blog does not allow for that. Suffice it to say, we’ve come a long way…and not necessarily in a good direction.”

“Christians? We don’t believe LGBTQ are God-glorifying in their behavior…but they are no less condemned than we (though our sin is under His blood because we acknowledge the wrongness of our behavior, accept His forgiveness and seek His help). Do Christians condemn the LGBTQ? Well, let me put it this way: We hate the sin, but love the sinner. I love the way the Living Bible renders it:

 ‘The good hate the badness of the wicked. The wicked hate the goodness of the good.’ (Prov. 29:27 LB)” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to not consider others hypocritically…but mercifully…remembering: ‘there, but for the grace of God, go I; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 10-2-20 Some Sad…Some, Not So Much

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-2-20

Some Sad…Some, Not So Much

What’s Happening: “Earlier today, the President and First Lady tested positive for COVID-19 and tweeted they would ‘get through this together.’ Trump may have contracted the virus by traveling with close aide Hope Hicks, who has tested positive. All three are in quarantine, and there may be others. The Trump Administration has not been keen to wear masks, but they have always made them available at his rallies (see CLARITY blog of 7/1/20…subdeo.com). He often does not wear them and has said he was downplaying the virus in order to not create a panic. During the prescribed 14-day quarantine period he has cancelled the upcoming previously scheduled campaign events…it is not known if he’ll attend the second debate currently scheduled for the 15th. Biden will, no doubt, send his condolences, but is he really sad? Maybe… (https://www.yahoo.com/news/president-trump-says-he-and-the-first-lady-have-tested-positive-for-covid-19-054718866.html). Quoting the Yahoo News article by White House Correspondent Hunter Walker: ‘Trump’s doctor, Sean Conley, said in a statement that ‘the President and the First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I wonder how this will affect his re-election chances?”

Biblical Response:  “Good question. He’s pretty resilient though. It will be a temptation for former V.P. Joe Biden to gloat a little, though it would certainly be bad form…he’d be wise to send flowers. As far as it affecting Trump’s campaign? It might…positively (never underestimate the power of sympathy – Rom. 12:15)! No doubt, Trump will send out a ‘tweet-storm.’”

“Christians? We believe in the power of sympathy…but we also believe in the power of prayer (James 5:16). Our job as Christians is to pray for ‘all who are in authority’ (1 Tim. 2:2 NASU).” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to remember to pray…we certainly have much that should be on our list; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 10-1-20 This Should Not Be Happening

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-1-20

This Should Not Be Happening

What’s Happening: “Words should have consequences, but sentencing a 13-year-old to ten years in an adult prison in Sharia-law-controlled northern Nigeria for blasphemy aroused such ire in Auschwitz Memorial  Director Piotr Cywinski, that he offered to serve the time for the boy. If the boy had been older, the sentence would have been death. Although condemned by the U.N. and others, Nigeria is a sovereign state, and as such, cannot be compelled to do anything. And the constitution of the officially secular state supposedly guarantees freedom of religion. A visit by the Nigerian president to the memorial had given the director some hope that his offer would be accepted. To date, there has been no response from the Nigerian government (https://www.yahoo.com/news/auschwitz-director-offers-serve-time-185809700.html). Quoting The Telegraph article on September 29: ‘Mr Alapinni, a graduate of the University of Essex and a secularist campaigner, says he will keep fighting [in] Omar’s corner. ‘Section 10 of the constitution says Nigeria is a secular state. We are not Iran; we are no Saudi Arabia; we are not the Vatican. We are a multi-religious state with freedom of thought, expression and religion enshrined in the constitution,’ he said. ‘This should not be happening.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “That’s excessive…what did he say?”

Biblical Response:  “You think! And what does it matter what he said? He should be given ‘time out’…not time in prison! Every 13-year old says irresponsible stuff. And that should be handled by a parent (Prov. 22:6)! When the government begins doing the parents’ job…things often get out of hand (do you hear that U.S., who wants to manage your child’s education and training from preschool up?)! ”

“Christians? We believe raising kids is the parents’ responsibility, not the government’s (Heb. 12:5). Of course that is a Christian principle, and in the Bible…Muslims live by the Quran.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to applaud anyone who tries to be a self-sacrificing substitute…like Your Son (1 Cor. 5:7), and not be afraid to tell them why we approve; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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