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CLARITY – 4-10-18 Cohen Raid “Disgraceful”

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-10-18

 

Cohen Raid “Disgraceful”

 

What’s Happening:  “The FBI raided several (four warrants were issued) offices of Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, late yesterday  amid Trump’s cabinet-level discussions on the U.S.’s reaction to Syria’s alleged chemical attack. He termed the raid “disgraceful” and a “witch hunt” that he said may have started as soon as he got nominated for President in 2016 (https://www.axios.com/trump-blasts-fbi-raid-on-michael-cohen-as-disgraceful-situation-1523312632-f2fe7944-7b87-415a-b904-c6afd0cc9600.html). The President said, ‘They continue to just go forward and here we are talking about Syria, we’re talking about a lot of serious things … and I have this witch hunt constantly going on for over 12 months now. Actually it’s much more than that. You could say right after I won the nomination it started.’

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I sure hope he’s not too upset over the raid to make decisions as Commander in Chief.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably not…a President is elected because he’s capable of walking and chewing gum at the same time. Seriously, has there ever been a time when Trump has only faced ONE crisis? He regularly juggles the ambitions of: Iran, Russia, China, North Korea (to say nothing of the border wall, Turkey, ISIS, trade deals, etc.). I’m sure what he might term a witch hunt and Syria can just be taken in stride. ”

 

“Christians? We have to be careful not to conflate the challenges we face. If we come home from the office and take our frustrations with things over which we have no control (our boss, the price of our competitor’s products, etc.) on those  things over which we think we do have some control (our spouse, the kids, the dog), we may just be giving in to anger…which is by itself, not a problem. However when it leads to sin (Eph. 4:26), not so much.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we need You to manage the emotions of our leaders and give them the courage of their convictions;  in Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 4-9-18 Peace at What Price?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-9-18

 

Peace at What Price?

 

What’s Happening:  “A successful missile attack, likely taken by Israel, resulted in Russian and Syrian accusations of first France, then the U.S. (both have drawn a red line in the event of Syrian use of chemical weapons) for the sarin  gas attack that killed at least 40 in rebel-held East Ghouta. Several countries have called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council (https://apnews.com/d965ed6a364f46fd9888acb9001de501). The Syrian government, of course, denied the claims of using chemical weapons saying,  ‘The army, which is advancing rapidly and with determination, does not need to use any kind of chemical agents.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “There is no excuse, if true, for using chemical weapons!”

 

Biblical Response:  “If true?! Children coughing up blood is not enough proof?! I will agree that there is no excuse or reason…except the blatant ignoring of international conventions… for the use of chemical weapons. Assad has never let world opinion govern his actions and the Russians (as evidenced by their recent attempted murder in the U.K. by a nerve agent) are a bad influence as an ally. ”

 

“Christians? While we are not for war and all its collateral damage, as Solomon wisely said, there is ‘a time for war’ (Eccl. 3:8). Some people do not listen to reason (OR follow convention). Those people must be spoken to in a language they do understand. When any dictator deems it too expensive (powerwise) to take an action he will desist…and not until. Let us pray that God will speak to Assad and Putin before we have to…then again, maybe we’ll be His mouthpiece.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let peace prevail, but not peace at any price; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 4-7-18 Draining Camelot

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-7-18

 

Draining Camelot

 

What’s Happening:  “The release of the new film (Chappaquiddick)by director John Curran is getting rave reviews and dredges up an old Camelot story many have forgotten, never knew, or were just too young…but it’s still a thorn in the Democrats’ side (https://decider.com/2018/04/06/chappaquiddick-true-story-behind-the-movie/).  It might be good to read this short article before you see the movie…though there are no surprises in this “Swamp 2.0” treatise.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “There must be something to the ‘Kennedy curse.’”

 

Biblical Response:  “No more than the curse that comes with all pride… Sure,  Joseph Kennedy, Jr. (the elder brother of JFK) was killed when his bomber blew up in 1944, President John Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, Robert Kennedy was assassinated in 1968, and five other Kennedy’s before and since have met their Maker by strange means (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9271425/Timeline-the-Kennedy-Curse.html), but that’s to be expected when your pride and wealth puts a target on your back.”

 

“Christians? We know all about curses and wealth (or we should – Gen. 3:14; Rom. 8:17). Again, the Superheroes mantra: “With great power comes great responsibility.” We are happy to wield the influence, but forget that integrity is the reasonable expectation of the ruled (Tit. 2:7).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to remember that integrity is impossible within a flawed system…that it is only a new nature (Your Nature) that is capable of that; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 4-6-18 No Mystery to Me

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-6-18

 

No Mystery to Me

 

What’s Happening:  “The YouTube shooter is a perpetrator seeking a motive – not that there aren’t plenty willing to assign one. Nasim Najafi Aghdam was from Iran…seems obvious, doesn’t it? Islamic terrorism…except for one thing…she’s not a Muslim. Some have suggested (without offering proof) that she was an illegal immigrant or a robot or a transgender woman or a woman out to prove women are capable of gun violence, too…anything that fits their narrative (https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2018/04/05/the-youtube-shooter-fits-the-most-important-narrative-of-all/?utm_term=.b55b6b1a1667). Could it be that she was just an evil person? Of course, you’d have to admit first that evil exists…and that doesn’t fit the narrative, either.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What are you saying? That good and evil exist?!”

 

Biblical Response:  “YES! And you should be scared…very scared! Actually, I’ve got good news and bad news. First, the bad news: evil exists and it is powerful. Now, the good news: God also exists, He’s good, and He’s more powerful! I don’t know what was going through Nasim’s mind. Sure, she was demented, No one commits such a heinous act when they are in their right mind. But what was her primary motivation? Vengeance against a company that she perceived had done her wrong? Perhaps. (One thing’s for sure, it wasn’t the gun that made her do it – or a car, a truck, or a nerve agent? Those are only means…what was her motive?) Could it be that she was being influenced more by the bad news than the good news?”

 

“Christians? We all want to point the finger at something…an ideology, at some means, or at society in general. But there’s a mirror in front of us (James 1:23). It’s called the Word of God. That which tells us of a standard by which all actions are to be judged, recommends a course of action we seldom take…that of looking at the other fingers pointed back at us, We may not have pulled the trigger, or have steered the wheel, or released the gas…but we all have a responsibility of overcoming evil with good (Rom. 12:1).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we need Your help in getting the Good News out to others…and in overcoming evil with good; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 4-5-18 Costly Free Speech

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-5-18

 

Costly Free Speech

 

What’s Happening:  “You do some things and they don’t matter…you do others, and they do. At least that’s what Juli Briskman found when she gave the middle-finger gesture to a passing Trump motorcade and promptly got fired by her employer, government contractor Akima, LLC. Now she’s suing for wrongful termination (https://www.yahoo.com/news/woman-fired-flipping-off-trump-230233890.html). Briskman was quoted as saying, ‘I filed this lawsuit against my former employer today because I believe that Americans should not be forced to choose between their principles and their paychecks…’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What’s this country coming to if you can’t express yourself freely?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Civility, maybe… Of course, the First Amendment guarantees your right to free speech and hand gestures can be argued to be a form of that, but there’s nothing in the Constitution or its Amendments that says that free speech is ‘free.’… there may be consequences for giving vent to your emotions. That’s why a civil society learns discretion. I have no problem with Ms. Briskman showing her displeasure…as long as she is willing to bear the consequences…unintended or otherwise.”

 

“Christians? We should have issue with Ms. Briskman’s actions for two reasons: 1)Her expression was vulgar; Scripture is plain about that (Eph. 4:29); and 2) She is attempting to evade responsibility for her action (Matt. 12:36). Actually, I have been guilty for speaking ‘out of turn,’ for saying something inappropriate for my audience or my situation…my father used to tell me, “Your mouth is going to get you into more trouble than your mouth will ever get you out of.” And I’ve had to repent of some of the things I’ve said and done. However, I see no contrition here.”

 

“When Peter and Paul were hauled before the Jewish leaders for speaking in the Name of Jesus (a convicted and sentenced blasphemer) and for healing, they were threatened and told never to speak in this Name again…which order they promptly disobeyed (Acts 4). Freedom isn’t free, but sometimes it’s worth the price. If there is no price we are either condemned to incivility or injustice.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to exercise discretion, for by taking Your Name, we have become Your representatives (2 Cor. 5:20); in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 4-4-18 Clean Sweep

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-4-18

 

Clean Sweep

 

What’s Happening:  “You’d be ecstatic, too, if all 20 top schools you applied to accepted you…with a full scholarship!  17-year-old Michael Brown of Lamar High School in Texas was shocked (so were his parents) to discover his academic prowess had paid off. Of course with an ACT of 34 of 36, an SAT of 1540 of 1600 and a GPA of 4.68, nobody was completely surprised (https://www.yahoo.com/news/teenager-accepted-20-top-ranked-175040558.html). ‘He actually earned it,’ his mother told the New York times. ‘I always knew Mike would get into a good school. I always knew he’d get good scholarship support. But I never imagined this!’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So what’s the big deal?”

 

Biblical Response:  “With the average graduate ending school with a debt of $28,950 (and that’s if you went to a public or non-profit school), it’s a HUGE deal to get a full-ride offer from an ivy league private school! (let alone get 20 offers). Of course, it’s not the opportunity, it’s what you do with the opportunity…that makes the difference.”

 

“Christians? I don’t know where Michael is with his faith, but more Christians need this kind of opportunity. If you ask pretty much anybody who the greatest mind was, they’d answer: Isaac Newton (the discoverer of the Law of Gravity, the inventor of Calculus). But most people don’t know he wrote more books on theology than academics or mathematics or science. We need more Christian intellectuals. Elitists think worshipping God is for the stupid lower class. But the Scripture attests: ‘The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God.’ (Ps. 14:1 KJV)”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to pursue excellence and consider our ability to reason a sacred Divine trust; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 4-3-18 Safety is Costly

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-3-18

 

Safety is Costly

 

What’s Happening:  “If you thought the ‘Caravan’ referred to a Dodge, you were partially correct, but it’s not the American car brand…rather, it’s over 1,200 migrants trying to ‘dodge’ the U.S.’s LEGAL asylum system and gain admission to the U.S. by joining up with Alex Mensing’s Pueblos Sin Fronteras (People Without Borders) group. It’s not sitting so well with Trump’s CBP (http://5newsonline.com/2018/04/01/immigrant-caravan-heading-to-us-mexico-border-sparks-trumps-concern/).  Trump tweeted, ‘Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release. Getting more dangerous. ‘Caravans’ coming. Republicans must go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws NOW. NO MORE DACA DEAL,’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Everybody deserves a safe home.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Really? I can’t even find that in the Bible. In fact, the only ‘safe’ home Man ever knew (the Garden of Eden) he got kicked out of (Gen. 3:22-24). The right to ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’ is not in the Constitution (it’s in the Declaration of Independence). It is listed as an ‘inalienable’ right, but it also said that ‘to secure these rights’ governments are formed; that includes the governments of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador from whence the majority of these refugees hail. Our rights were secured by the blood of patriots. Why not theirs?”

 

“Christians? Sacrifice is always the cost of freedom (John 8:36; Rom. 5:8). I’m afraid if the refugees are willing to make the sacrifice of the trek, we may be taking them from a sacrifice for which their heritage back in their respective homes will reap great benefits, We certainly have.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to champion the right causes, not fight battles that shouldn’t be won; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 4-2-18 When More is Less

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-2-18

 

When More is Less

 

What’s Happening:  “School walkouts have happened in West Virginia, are happening in Oklahoma, and likely will happen in Arizona. In West Virginia, and adjusted for inflation. some $12,512 is spent PER STUDENT while teacher salaries fell by three percent. Where is the money going? The bulk of it is for non-teaching expenses…and without attendant increases in student outcomes. Some say: more spent…less bought (http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/04/01/why-are-teachers-striking-answer-may-surprise.html). Quoting Fox News Benjamin Scafidi: ‘In my research, I have found that the surge of non-teaching staff in public schools has been occurring across America since 1950 and, at least since 1992, to no measurable positive relationship between this increased staffing and student outcomes…’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Sure glad I’m not a teacher!”

 

Biblical Response:  “With some class sizes over sixty, no salary increases in many years, and some teachers teaching from 60-year-old textbooks it’s no wonder. Yet we keep spending more… but keep getting less. Ask any teacher…it’s not going to them. Maybe this is why homeschooling and private schooling is growing in popularity. Of course, not everyone can homeschool or seek private education…it would require, in many cases, to settle for a lesser lifestyle…and a change in priorities.”

 

“Christians? We know (or we are supposed to) that only parents are really ultimately responsible for their children’s education (Eph. 6:4), whether you homeschool, private school, or publicly instruct. Paying those who educate for us necessitates our being involved in financing the process (paying our taxes or tuition) AND making sure those moneys are appropriately spent. We might rather someone else have that oversight, but that is not what Scripture teaches.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, make us good stewards. If that requires effort, give us the strength to attend boring PTA meeting, vote in school board elections, and care enough to express our opinion, even  when it’s unpopular; in Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 3-31-18 One-Up-Man-Ship

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-31-18

 

One-Up-Man-Ship

 

What’s Happening:  “Some are saying this smacks of a second Cold War,; some say we all need to devise new ‘duck-and-cover’ drills; some say it’s just a measuring game or a display of testosterone…but the release of a video of ‘Russia’s new ‘Satan 2’ ICBM is no joke. Putin’s promise of a new weapon that is ‘invulnerable’ to western defenses seems to be ringing true (http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/03/30/satan-2-nuclear-missile-again-test-launched-by-russia-as-putin-brags-invulnerable-arsenal.html). ‘No defense system will be able to withstand it,’’ Putin is reported to have said. With his congratulations for winning re-election, Trump is reported to have said, ‘If you want to have an arms race, we can do that…but I’ll win.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Sounds just like them…but who gets to do the drills? We do!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably just a bunch of bluster…but I get the sentiment. Besides, the ‘duck-and-cover’ drills may spare you the initial flying debris of a nuclear blast but there’s no drill for the fallout. I’m not sure those drills were/are for any more than to make the drillers feel better…I don’t think they really do much. The greatest deterrence is still termed appropriately  MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction). Oh well, we’re all going to die sometime.”

 

“Christians? Sure, we hate to succumb to a meaningless nuclear holocaust, but it’s the second death (Rev. 20:14) we really need to prepare for (Rev. 2:11). I’m all for preparing for whatever our enemies have developed (and spending the resources to defend), but death is inevitable…it’s not how we die that God judges us for, but how we live.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to make decisions based on Your will for our lives, not from fear of what might happen; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 3-30-18 What If?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-30-18

 

What If?

 

What’s Happening:  “The whole sky went dark today at noon as the Roman soldiers put three criminals to death by the dreaded crucifixion, just outside of Jerusalem, Israel (some even reported an earthquake). Although the two on either side were notorious thieves, the one they crucified in the middle was killed because he had reportedly claimed to be the King of the Jews (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus,_King_of_the_Jews). Pontius Pilate, the Roman Procurator was quoted as saying, ‘(Matt 27:22) What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?’ However, the crowd which called for His crucifixion saying they had no king but Caesar, prevailed.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Doesn’t custom call for the pardon of a criminal?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yeah, but the people called for Barrabas (he being a zealot) because he was more the rabble rouser they thought might overthrow the Romans by force. Besides, this Jesus guy didn’t call for overthrow…He wanted reform through ‘love’…how ridiculous! Nobody will even miss Him when He’s gone!”

 

“Christians? Oh yeah, they’ll probably call themselves that…those few who remain faithful. They’ll scatter like a flock of sheep without a Shepherd. Besides, I heard the Romans even sealed His burial place and put a Roman Guard on it (a squad of as many as a dozen soldiers).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we had such hope…please do not let us get discouraged under this Roman oppression.”

 

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