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CLARITY – 8-25-18 “Who I Am” vs. “Who I Know”

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-25-18

“Who I Am” vs. “Who I Know”

 

What’s Happening:  “A cop gets lamblasted by a teen who gives the lamest responses ever when pulled over for speeding…for your Saturday entertainment (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/watch-punk-kid-tells-cop-dads-mayor-cop-tells-kid-got-wrong-town/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune). ‘This isn’t going to hurry up because you don’t have your driver’s license,’ Officer McClendon said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Cut him some slack…it was just speeding!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Was it? Is there no law against abusive language being used? No law against driving without a license? What about the laws that should be on the books?! Good thing there’s no law against stupidity!”

 

Christians? We’ve all been guilty of name dropping. There is only one situation where it will cut any ice, though…and you’d better drop the right Name…and you’d better be able to prove your relationship with a right heart or you’re in trouble (Matt. 7:22-23).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to know that who we are is dependent on Who You are…and, therefor, Who’s we are;  in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 8-24-18 Confusing

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-24-18

Confusing

 

What’s Happening:  “A Jesuit priest, James Martin, protested that the Catholic Church has not been ‘Building a Bridge’ (the title of his 2017 book) to the LGBTQ Community at the World Meeting of Families that Pope Francis is to address this weekend (https://www.yahoo.com/news/catholic-conference-hears-appeal-church-welcome-gay-people-155514166.html). In a separate news story, the Catholic Church is still reeling over the revelation that its Cardinals, Bishops and Priests have long been involved in a pedophilia ring that includes cover-ups and heinous secret acts of over 1,000 victims for 70 years (http://www.coolconversations.co/pedophilia-catholic-churches/). I’m a little confused and I’ll bet you are, too.. On the one hand, the Catholic Church is to welcome gays and on the other hand to condemn pedophelia?! Don’t they see the conflict here?”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Perhaps you’re being to Puritanical here. That’s why the church is losing membership…a big tent needs to be inclusive.”

 

Biblical Response:  “I almost don’t know where to start. In the first place, the Puritans were our ancestors and they may have had restrictions on behavior that kept many practises in the closet (which is a myth – there is no closet if God can see through the walls – however, I agree that only activities brought out of the ‘closet’ can be dealt with). Secondly, The church (small ‘c’) may be losing members, but membership that swells due to inclusiveness or ‘modernism’ may not swell the rolls of the Church universal (large ‘C’)\…and maybe it shouldn’t. Moreover, much pedophilia gets its start in the LGBTQ community, though I dare say, they’d rather not talk about that.”

 

Christians? We are against ‘unnatural affection’ of any kind (Rom. 1:3; 2 Tim. 3:3; Col. 3:5); whether it’s homosexual or heterosexual the consent of the recipient must be a factor, and that within Scriptural bounds. You cannot give encouragement to one unrighteous behavior to disallow another.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give our leaders clear guidance as to what behavior they are to promote and what to plainly condemn

 

c; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 8-23-18 Dumb Like a Fox

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-23-18

Dumb Like a Fox

 

What’s Happening:  “Mark Levin, Constitutional scholar, and former Chief of Staff for Attorney General Edwin Meese under President Reagan, said on Fox News Tuesday night (to Sean Hannity): ‘The general counsel for the Clinton mob family, Lanny Davis, he had his client (Michael Cohen) plead guilty to two counts of criminality that don’t exist..’ (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/levin-trumps-clear-clinton-lawyer-cohen-plead-crimes-dont-exist/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-CT&utm_campaign=dailypm&utm_content=conservative-tribune). Trump supporters will hope he’s right…the DNC will hope he’s wrong.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Is that an ‘Oops!’?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…it might end up in the Supreme Court…which may be altered  by the hearings for Kavanaugh…which begin September 4. I guess we won’t know for a while…though the mainstream press will negative prognosticate, no doubt. Cohen says he has more to say, and Manafort has another trial to go. I guess it all comes down to who wins the midterms.”

 

Christians? Sometimes, there is distraction, but we are called to be wise as serpents and gentle as doves (Matt. 10:16).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to choose leaders with no hidden agendas…whose promises of transparency are only exceeded by their performance; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 8-22-18 Presumption of Security

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-22-18

The Presumption of Security

 

What’s Happening:  “The body of Mollie Tibbetts, a 20-year-old psychology major, was found when an illegal alien, 24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera, accused of her kidnap and murder, led the investigators to her body yesterday. Apparently, Tibbetts was jogging and Rivera got out of his car to jog alongside her, then kidnapped and murdered her, trying to hide her body under some cornstocks in a cornfield. Rivera had been in the country illegally for at least four years (http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-iowa-mollie-tibbetts-20180821-story.html). ‘As Iowans, we are heartbroken, and we are angry. We are angry that a broken immigration system allowed a predator like this to live in our community, and we will do all we can to bring justice to Mollie’s killer,’ said Republican Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Great! I guess this will embolden the border-wall crowd.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably…and it should. I’m not the first to say it, but if you don’t have a secure border, you don’t have a country. And this is Iowa, not some border state. How many tragic deaths like Mollie Tibbetts or Kate Steinle are we going to have before we wake up and do something? When you can no longer jog on a public road safely, something must be done!”

 

Christians? Oh, we believe in allowing ONLY THOSE who are blood-bought to enter the Kingdom (Rev. 21:27). Do we exclude others? That’s why it’s called the Pearly GATES.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to have arms open wide in sacrificial  love…as You did…but also require obedience to laws…as You did…and do (John 14:15; Eph. 2:10); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 8-21-18 “Naive” is a Nice Way to Say “Stupid”

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-21-18

“Naive” is a Nice Way to Say “Stupid”

 

What’s Happening:  “Recently (late July), two American cyclists, both 29, were spending their life savings traveling by bicycle around the world when they were stabbed to death in Tajikistan by five ISIS terrorists. In a daily journal they had just written: ‘Badness exists, sure, but even that’s quite rare. By and large, humans are kind. ‘ Oops! (https://people.com/crime/dc-couple-killed-isis-attack-tajikistan-cyclist/). ‘Self-interested sometimes, myopic sometimes, but kind. Generous and wonderful and kind. No greater revelation has come from our journey than this,’ wrote the couple, Lauren Geoghegan and Jay Austin.””

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Oops! They just made that one little mistake.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yeah. Except some mistakes have deadly consequences. Were they blind? Didn’t they ever read the headlines? The news is full of senseless acts that can only be chalked up to the existence of evil! What is ‘kind’ about any terrorist attack? Were the acts of Jack the Ripper ‘kind’? How about Jeffrey Dahmer or any other serial killer? GET A LIFE!! Or get a death!”

 

Christians? While we should mourn their death, we don’t want to mimic their naivete. We know that evil exists (John 10:10). Even worldly philosophy teaches us that: ‘The only thing necessary for evil to prosper is that good men do nothing.’ – Edmund Burke”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may we not substitute naivete for knowledge. We, like You, need to know that ‘the hearts of the children of men  are filled with evil’ (Eccl. 9:3); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 8-20-18 Playing God

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-20-18

Playing God

 

What’s Happening:  “Recently, a lady (Deborah Edge) quit working at the Texas abortion clinic where she had been employed for 17 years and exposed some of their abuses… killing innocent infants born alive because they were of an unwanted gender or because they were undesired for another reason. Quoting the article by Sarah Terzo, ‘The claim that late-term abortions are only done for dire medical reasons is untrue,’ (https://www.liveaction.org/news/texas-gosnell-snip-born-alive/?utm_campaign=LAN%20e-mail%20blasts&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=65259318&_hsenc=p2ANqtz–cNul5R8yieLd4jWVspEkZxT2n6dv_T9oX_Y8xXOR_yhamYMUqcz9HH-wCDt-Myvec6HPw_OKRnGf8lfjqo1RFLBhIHA&_hsmi=65259318). ‘My conscience bothered me at times and I would secretly try to change the patient’s mind during counseling. One woman came in who was pregnant with twins and already had another child. I just couldn’t counsel her to choose abortion and told her that there are other options. She chose to keep the twins and saw me a couple years later and told me how grateful she was for my advice and that her children were her joy,’ Edge said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It may be tragic, but it’s not murder.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Really?! What else would you call taking a another human life without permission? Perhaps, you would argue it’s the mom’s decision….Perhaps, she’s playing God! One day, as a society, we are going to pay for the 60 million+ innocent lives we have sacrificed on the altar of inconvenience and ungodly desires.”

 

Christians? Playing God (or pretending He does not exist) is nothing new. One of the early church’s first ministries was to lurk beneath the bridge in Rome over the Tiber to catch unwanted infants being tossed in the night by murderous parents who didn’t want the ‘inconvenience.’ God help us!”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the wisdom to know that there is a God…and we are not He; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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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

CLARITY

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

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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

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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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