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CLARITY – 5-29-18 Inoculated

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-29-18

 

Inoculated

 

What’s Happening:  “The development of an experimental vaccine given to some health workers in the Congo may reinvigorate the fight against the ebola outbreak there that has already claimed 28 lives. The virus, depending on the strain, may have as much as a 90% mortality rate (https://www.yahoo.com/news/ebola-vaccinations-begin-congos-northwest-town-bikoro-154045625.html). ‘We who are on the front lines of caring for the sick. We are reassured,’ said Dr. Serge Ngaleboto, Director of Bikoro Hospital.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “As long as travel to the U.S. is restricted, I don’t have worry, right?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably not. Although the vaccine that’s being administered is only experimental, the only way to get ebola is by direct contact with body fluids…unless you plan a trip to Africa in the near future, you probably don’t have to worry about it…I said probably. There are always mosquitoes, rats and genetic mutation. ”

 

“Christians? Of course, we believe in science, but there is an insidious disease that is even more deadly, and has eternal consequences. Of course, I’m talking about sin…with which we are all infected…and the only known cure is bloodborne: the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:7). As the song goes: “What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus!”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let us not fear the loss of our bodies, but let us fear instead the loss of our souls (Luke 12:5)…in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 5-28-18 The Best Line

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-28-18

 

The Best Line

 

What’s Happening:  “It may be Memorial Day today, but President trump delivered a patriotic speech to the graduation of the U.S. Naval Academy Friday and what some think was the best line of his presidency to date (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/trump-delivers-what-may-be-the-best-line-of-his-presidency-at-naval-graduation/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-CT&utm_campaign=dailypm&utm_content=conservative-tribune). ‘You chase discovery and you never flinch in the eye of a raging storm. America is in your heart, The ocean is in your soul. The salt water runs through your veins. You live your life according to the final law of the Navy. The word impossible does not exist, because Navy never quits,’ Trump quipped.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “After ‘little rocket man’, ‘fire and fury’ to Kim Jong-un, and, about the Iran deal: ‘that’s the worst deal ever’ …that may be saying something!”

 

Biblical Response:  “He is a master of branding and social media, but that was a formal speech.,.. still, do you praise the speech writer or the speech giver? In any case, those lofty words are an understatement of reality. We in America will enjoy our peaceful bar-b-cues and trips-to-the-lake in the freedom and abundance our brave men and women have purchased for us…by their sacrifice. We all say: THANKS!”

 

“Christians? We also are grateful. And, speaking of sacrifice AND great lines, how about these?  ‘For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him shall not perish, but shall have everlasting life.’ (John 3:16) and ‘Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.’ (1 John 4:10).”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we are grateful for the sacrifices of those who gave themselves for us, we do not lose sight that You have given us the best example in Your Son; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 5-26-18 Things That Don’t Burn

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-26-18

 

Things That Don’t Burn

 

What’s Happening:  “The Kilauea volcano (on the big island of Hawaii) continues to spew from its summit and from fissures as much as 25 miles away. There are now 3 flows that have reached the ocean, sending clouds of steam filled with particles of glass skyward (https://www.yahoo.com/news/latest-ash-hawaii-volcano-settles-small-towns-202914961.html. Officials in Hawaii County said a fissure that opened earlier (almost two dozen fissures far from the summit have opened) joined the two flows that entered the ocean and became a third flow into the sea Thursday.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Burn, baby, burn!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Perhaps something a bystanding pyromaniac in fascination would say…why is it Man is so fascinated by burning things (or, at least things that should burn)? – I’m thinking about Moses who ‘turned aside’ to see the strange sight of a bush that burned, but was not consumed (Ex. 3:4). Still, it’s a small fraction of a rural area on a huge island and no real cause for concern for anybody but fear-mongering reporters.”

 

“Christians? As for the fascination with fire…maybe it stems from the burning bush experience; maybe from those who will burn in hell without being consumed – all the pain – no relief (Rev. 20:14-15). Don’t think they will not be burned? How else will they proclaim that He is Lord? (Phil. 2:10-11). Kneel now or later…but you will kneel.”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let us not lose sight of all that we have avoided by making You Lord; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 5-25-18 Continuance

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-25-18

 

Continuance

 

What’s Happening:  “Trump cancelled the historic summit in Singapore scheduled for June 12 with DPRK leader Kim Jong-un because of a threat from Kim of nuclear war. Still, he said the meeting could be held later if tensions subsided (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/05/24/trump-says-north-korea-summit-still-possible-after-pullout-but-warns-us-military-ready-if-necessary.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxnews%2Fpolitics+%28Internal+-+Politics+-+Text%29). ‘Nobody should be anxious. We have to get it right,’ Trump is reported to have said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Why don’t we just nuke ‘em? We’ll win any conflict, right?”

 

Biblical Response:  “It’s not that simple. In the first place, thousands of innocent Koreans would die…in the North…and in the South. Secondly, so might a lot of innocent American soldiers’ families (there are 28,500 soldiers stationed in South Korea). Thirdly, how about the Japanese? Then there’s the possibility of China taking North Korea’s part. Need I go on? I’m as ready as the next guy for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Let’s just get it right. Give the ‘maximum pressure’ campaign a chance. A few months of sanctions will convince them of our solidarity…IF everyone (including China) will get on board.”

 

“Christians? I think patience is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23). Surely, we can demonstrate a little of that can’t we?”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, our leadership needs Your wisdom…not their own bravado…help us; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 5-24-18 Brilliant Branding

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-24-18

 

Brilliant Branding

 

What’s Happening:  “Often heralded for his savvy use of Social Media and the assigning of ‘handles’ (Little Rocket Man and Crooked Hillary) to his opponents, President Trump both showed his disdain for the Dems spying on his 2016 Campaign and coined another ‘handle’ for it (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/05/23/spygate-trump-blasts-criminal-deep-state-amid-reports-fbi-informant-in-campaign.html). Spygate, according to Trump, may be the worst political scandal in American history.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Oh, I see, a take-off on the Watergate theme…”

 

Biblical Response:  “Undoubtedly…and brilliant branding. Whether there was actual spying is for the IG (Inspector General) to determine, but I find it a little more than ironic that the Dems have been accusing the Trump Campaign of spy-like collusion. I guess the truth will out…it always does…eventually.”

 

“Christians? We don’t need to jump to conclusions…one way or the other…whether we are of one political persuasion or the other…we are to follow God…not the other way around (Matt. 16:24).”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we can admire excellence in communications, we can also be discerning and patient, waiting for the truth to be revealed…please help us; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 5-23-18 Inspectations

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-23-18

 

Inspectations

 

What’s Happening:  “A limited group of media outlets have received invitations (to which they responded yesterday by arriving in N,K.) to witness the closure of the  Punggyeri nuclear test site (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-china-journalists/foreign-media-head-to-north-korea-to-witness-nuclear-site-shutdown-idUSKCN1IN08F). Recent language of reluctance from DPRK has given almost everyone pause. ‘Nonetheless, the government pays due attention to the fact that the North’s pledge to dismantle the Punggyeri nuclear test site, an initial measure for denuclearization, is proceeding as planned, and expects that such action to lead to the successful hosting of the North Korea-U.S. summit,’ said South Korea’s Unification Ministry.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Kim Jong-un may do what he says.”

 

Biblical Response:  “And he may not. If the last 25 years is any indicator, promises made will be followed by deception and further nuclear advancement. People don’t do what you expect, they do what you inspect (which is the reason for the old Ronald Reagan quote, ‘Trust, but verify’). The West is smart to be cautious. It’s great that Kim Jong-un says he wants peace. Now he needs to follow up rhetoric with action.”

 

“Christians? In Christianity we say proof of repentance is changed behavior. Well, you know what the road to hell is paved with (Luke 3:8).”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to believe the best…but with one eye open; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 5-22-18 Confusing Questions

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-22-18

 

Confusing Questions

 

What’s Happening:  “The Pope’s recent reported remarks may give the homosexual community great encouragement, but it flies in the face of tradition. Juan Carlos Cruz, himself an alleged object of much child sex abuse in the recent brouhaha that resulted in the mass and unanimous resignation of every Bishop in Chile, said Pope Francis told him, ‘God made you like that and loves you like that’ (https://www.yahoo.com/news/pope-francis-tells-gay-man-154105088.html). The LGBTQ community rejoiced.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I’m familiar with LGBT (Lesbians, Bi-sexuals, Gays and Transgenders), but what is this ‘Q’?”

 

Biblical Response:  “‘Q’ stands for ‘Questioning’. It has been added to the list of initials because those in the homosexual community believe many go through a period when they ‘question’ their sexual identity. Of course, mandatory sex education that depicts to grade-schoolers in California (recently passed controversial legislation) LGBT’s as normative behavior might be the source of ‘Q’s. That the Pope made such remarks, though neither confirmed nor denied by the Vatican, is not the direction of Catholic catechism. ”

 

“Christians? I’m not saying there aren’t real Christians in the Catholic faith, but the Pope’s alleged remarks, if true, do not bear out the testimony of Scripture (as the following will indicate: Lev. 18:22; Lev. 20:13; 1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Tim. 1:10…to name a few that condemn this lifestyle). Still, similar to the difference between ‘love’ and ‘like’, (there are many things my children do that I don’t like, but I still love them), I am to hate the sin and love the sinner (‘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 demonstrate that homosexuality is like all sin…in need of redemption; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 5-21-18 The Truth Will Make You Free

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-21-18

 

The Truth Will Make You Free

 

What’s Happening:  “Truly a bombshell was lobbed the other day and the media is scrambling to get all the facts. It turns out that the FBI and the CIA may have been spying on the Trump campaign for political purposes…and the mole they planted has done it before (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/anti-trump-campaign-spy-exposed/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune). The spy: Stefan Halper.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “This may be bigger than Watergate!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yeah, it might…the best thing is to let it play out and see what reality and the truth will reveal. One advantage the media has…the truth always gets found out. There may be an unwillingness by the media to say things that don’t fit their narrative, but their desire for viewership and ratings always trumps (pun unintended) their pursuit of a liberal agenda. It’s almost as if the truth had its own inexorable inevitable agenda…and it does.”

 

“Christians? The Word says: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

(John 8:32 KJV). Sure, their is Fake News, but the only reason we know it’s fake is the truth was finally revealed. I’m not saying we should just sit back and let a lie be believed, but we need to take confidence in the fact that the truth will always out. How long we allow a lie to masquerade as the truth…well, that’s sometimes up to us.”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to discern the truth and trumpet it when it is revealed; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 5-19-18 Hitched

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-19-18

 

Hitched

 

What’s Happening:  “A term not likely used in so traditional a setting as a royal wedding – Meghan and Harry tied the knot today beginning at 6:00am ET (later at Windsor, England) – still, it is apropos for a couple who will team their various strengths to begin their storybook life together. The wedding was attended by the 600 invited guests, but viewed by some 3 billion (https://www.yahoo.com/news/prince-harry-meghan-markle-officially-114140340.html). Not in attendance or viewing (at least here on earth) were the the ten killed in a Santa Fe, Texas High school yesterday…or maybe even the ten that were injured (https://www.yahoo.com/news/ap-learns-teen-held-texas-attack-played-football-185006401.html

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So Harry and Meghan got married…big deal!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe not to you, but the tens of thousands that stood in crowds just to catch a glimpse of their carriage going by might beg to differ…I mean, did Oprah Winfrey or Elton John attend your wedding?! The 200 charities that Harry is involved with will, no doubt, keep them both busy…that and their attendance at Prince Charles 70th birthday celebration has caused the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (their new titles) to postpone their honeymoon.”

 

“Christians? We have some interest. After all, the pomp and circumstance is small compared to the wedding we’ll one day attend (we’re the bride!) [Rev. 19:9]. Meanwhile, just the promise (John 14:18; Luke 24:49) of so great a union has us busy (Titus 2:7).”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us realize we are not in this alone; that You have teamed up with us to accomplish Your purposes (Phil. 2:13); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 5-18-18 Half-full or Half-empty

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-18-18

 

Half-full or Half-empty

 

What’s Happening:  “A huge controversy erupted yesterday over the term ‘animals’ the media claims Trump used to label all illegal immigrants. White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders, said the term ‘animals’ was probably not strong enough when labeling MS-13 gang members, to which she said the President was obviously referring (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trumps-use-animals-describe-ms-13-gang-members-wasnt-strong-enough-white-house-says-185118738.html). ‘It took an animal to stab a man 100 times and decapitate him and rip his heart out. It took an animal to beat a woman they were sex trafficking in the back, indenting part of her body. And it took an animal to kidnap, drug and rape a 14-year-old girl,’ Sarah was quoted as saying,”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “The MS-13 gang probably took the epithet as a compliment!”

 

Biblical Response:  “No doubt…it’s hard to use harsh enough terms to describe their heinous acts. They seem to show no regard for the soul and spirit, let alone the body. Then again, what do we expect from the unregenerate? The rest of the lost only show a modicum of civility because they were raised in a society that condemns violence and substitutes tolerance for love.”

 

“Christians? We see things a little more hopefully. Though the President may have expressed most people’s frustration at the gang members’ behavior, we believe change is possible – that Man, regardless of how inhumanely he may have treated others in the past, may forge a different future. Of course, none of this is possible without a spiritual rebirth.,..of which no true animal is capable..”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to display the hope that distinguishes us from the rest of creation and the wisdom that keeps our loved ones safe; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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