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CLARITY – 7-7-18 More Than He Bargained For

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

 

More Than He Bargained For

 

What’s Happening:  “He shouldn’t have tried this in Texas…at least I think that’s what the ‘alleged’ kidnapper is saying…Michelle Booker-Hicks was just trying to pay for her gas when a man climbed in and attempted to drive her car away from the convenience store…with her two kids in the back seat! She jumped in the car, reached for the gun in the glove box, and shot him (https://www.yahoo.com/news/alleged-carjacker-shot-woman-tries-135301369.html). Ricky Wright, 36, is being charged with several crimes…and nursing his wound!”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Doesn’t he have rights, too?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yep…and included is the right to be shot when driving off in a car occupied by a Mom with two kids. He should have picked another car to carjack…or maybe another state…one that doesn’t have concealed carry permits.”

 

“Christians? We believe in a peaceable reaction…but that doesn’t mean we won’t (and don’t have an obligation before God) protect what has been given to us to care for. Stewardship is the principle (Luke 12:42). What is the reward for faithful stewardship? More…may she be fruitful!”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be responsible for that with which You have entrusted us; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-6-18 Hmmm…

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-6-18

 

Hmmm…

 

What’s Happening:  “Kentucky openly defied many when its Governor Matt Bevin recently signed into law a bill introduced and sponsored by Rep. D. J. Johnson (R). The law provides for teaching the Bible in public schools. Other states (GA, AL, TN, MO) are contemplating it (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/kentucky-defies-leftists-atheists-brings-the-bible-back-to-schools/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=conservative-brief-CT&utm_campaign=dailyam&utm_content=conservative-tribune). The course would be an elective and the ACLU said it will watch its application closely. ‘ The idea that we would not want this to be an option for people in school, that would be crazy,’ said Gov. Bevin.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Doesn’t the First Amendment protect us from a state-sponsored religion?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yes, but studying the most crucial founding stone of western civilization is not the state sponsoring of a certain religion. Christianity can stand or fall on its own, but no one can deny its influence on the founding of our society. 53 of the 55 Founders were Christians (the other two were deists…not atheists).”

 

“Christians? Oh, we believe in freedom of religion (John 8:32)…just not freedom from God. You see, sincere belief does not create reality (otherwise, 19 men who flew planes into buildings on September 11, 2001 were just as right as our Founders).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to think clearly and cease from ‘throwing the baby out with the bathwater;’ in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-5-18 The Lost Boys

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-5-18

 

The Lost Boys

 

What’s Happening:  “With apologies to Peter Pan, the Thai soccer team (12 boys aged 11-16; and their coach) that were the ‘lost boys,’ is now found…but that’s where the problems begin…to get them out? Teach them all basic scuba skills (some don’t even swim) or wait until the monsoon season is over (October!) Some parents swear their boys will never go near a cave or water again (https://www.yahoo.com/news/rescuers-pump-more-water-lower-levels-inside-cave-030227372.html). ‘What we worry most is the weather’ Provincial Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said, ‘We can’t risk having the flood back into the cave.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “In a cave? Underwater? That gives me the heebeegeebies!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Me, too! Of course, what they need right now are cool heads and prayers. I’m glad my part is the prayer! What would I tell those boys..through their coach (I don’t speak Thai)? ‘It’s always darkest just before the dawn.’ Or maybe more appropriately; ‘The lowest ebb is the turning of the tide.’”

 

“Christians? We are not unfamiliar with seemingly impossible situations. That’s where faith comes in (Matt, 17:20). And, as far as being ‘lost’ is concerned (Luke 15:32), like Daniel Boone said when asked by a reporter if he’d ever been lost: “Nope…just a might bewildered.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help the lost to find their way…if that takes a miracle, I know I’ve come to the right place; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-4-18 Revolutionary Benefits

CLARITY

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

 

Revolutionary Benefits

 

What’s Happening:  “All across this nation (in some places the celebration began last weekend or will continue to next weekend) Americans will be celebrating Independence Day. Sure, we should celebrate and commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence (which is actually dated July 3, 1776), but there are and were many benefits of the Revolution that deserve our attention and celebration as well. Although the link is long, it’s worth reading in its entirety (https://www.econlib.org/articles/benefits-of-the-american-revolution-an-exploration-of-positive-externalities/#_ftn2). (Thanks Greg) Anybody can light a firecracker (and should), but we need to know if the blood that was shed was worth it. ”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Who cares 242 years later?!”

 

Biblical Response:  “You should! Or are you too busy enjoying the benefits of others’ sacrifice?! Sadly, there is too little emphasis on learning our history today….but it’s never too late to start!”

 

“Christians? Of course, we had a role in the Revolution. Have you ever heard of the Christian Consensus in America? Benjamin Franklin is reported to have remarked that it was not possible to walk any street in Boston without hearing hymns sung from some house. Or how about this ringing endorsement from George Washington: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and Citizens.” (his Farewell Address) or this one by John Adams: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to appreciate and celebrate appropriately the sacrifice of others; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-3-18 Finally Revealed

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-3-18

 

Finally Revealed

 

What’s Happening:  “We don’t learn till page 203 of the IG Report, and the mainstream media will probably never report it, but the “happenstance” meeting of then Attorney General Janet Lynch and Bill Clinton was actually set up by the FBI and Clinton’s Secret Service detail (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/fbi-caught-red-handed-set-up-lynch-clinton-tarmac-meeting-according-to-ig-report/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune). Quoting from an article by the Western Journal: ‘The 30-minute meeting on June 27, 2016, came just days before the Department of Justice was set to conclude its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server for communication that included classified documents. ”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Is this the smoking gun?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably not …unless it’s Trump… or anybody else. It’s strange that there’s a double standard here, but there probably is. Time alone will tell the tale. Truth can set free (John 8:32), but only if you acknowledge it for what it is…”

 

“Christians? Of course, we have to play by the rules…and maybe be satisfied that there’s justice in the end. As one version puts it, ‘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.’ Malachi 3:18 LB) A double standard, however, can be disheartening. To survive this emotionally we just have to know that the truth will be finally revealed…here or there.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to believe for eventual justice, but fight for it today; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-2-18 Proposition vs. Disposition

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-2-18

 

Proposition vs. Disposition

 

What’s Happening:  “Nation Security Adviser, John Bolton, Sunday announced a proposition that would have North Korea denuclearized in a year…if they’re serious…and the President believes they are…recent info suggests that the centrifuges keep on spinning in undisclosed locations (https://www.yahoo.com/news/bolton-us-plan-dismantle-nk-nuclear-program-144159303–politics.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_03). ‘We have developed a program. I’m sure that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be discussing this with the North Koreans in the near future about really how to dismantle all of their WMD and ballistic missile programs in a year,’ Bolton was quoted as saying.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “They’re probably lying again.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably. The proof’s in the pudding, so to speak. There’s nothing productive in being willingly deceived. Still, the possibility of peace is palpable…and harmless…if you’re wary of hype. At least we have very capable and wise negotiators in Trump, Pompeo, and Bolton. They will negotiate with one eye open.”

 

“Christians? The situation is pretty well summed up in Proverbs: ‘Man proposes, but God disposes.’ (Prov. 19:21 LB) As the old saying goes: The road to h__ is paved with good intentions”(you know where it goes…do I have to spell it out for you?!). It’s time for Christians to pray…it’s not about proposals…it’s about performance…it’s not about promises made, but promises kept.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while our naivete might make us harmless as does, our experience (at least with the DPRK) makes us wise as serpents (Matt. 10:16); help us (as You) to see the end from the beginning: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 6-30-18 Talk About Defamation!

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-30-18

 

Talk About Defamation!

 

What’s Happening:  “When Jarrod Ramos, 38, killed five and wounded two at the Capital Gazette, a news outlet he had sued in 2012 for defamation, he was obviously not thinking about how his reputation might suffer by taking matters into his own hands (https://www.yahoo.com/news/capital-gazette-shooting-suspect-sued-023352130.html). ‘A lawyer would almost certainly have told him not to proceed with this case,’ the court wrote in its opinion following the appeal. ‘It reveals a fundamental failure to understand what defamation law is and, more particularly, what defamation law is not,’ quotes Nick Vasser in his HuffPost article.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Isn’t defamation about reputation, anyway? Instead of folks wondering about Ramos’ character, this way he removed all doubt!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Anybody who loses…twice…and represents himself…is not sane anyway (which is underscored by his vengeful heinous act). I guess the left won’t be crying for more gun control on this one (he used a shotgun…not a handgun or any illegally purchased long gun). What can keep anyone safe from such murderous intents? Probably nothing…realistically.  Nothing short of massive world-wide revival will make everyone realize that vengeance is the Lord’s. (Rom. 12:19).”

 

“Christians? We believe that family is the answer for most feelings of being wronged…a good father and mother will teach their son that time and truth (and patience) sort out most of life’s inequities… Of course, he could have gotten the same input in Sunday school. Maybe one of the prison ministries will reach him. One can always pray. Even murder is forgivable…by Someone who was made on ‘no reputation’ (Phil. 2:7-8).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us reach out to those who feel they have been wronged, teaching them to depend on Your final justice; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 6-29-18 Not a Matter of Opinion

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-29-18

 

Not a Matter of Opinion

 

What’s Happening:  “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a proud Democratic Socialist, defeated Democratic incumbent (10 terms!) Joe Crowley in an upset in Tuesday’s New York primary and is proof positive the Bernie-Sanders-like shift to the left of the Democrat Party is here to stay (https://www.thenation.com/article/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-wins-democratic-socialist-21st-century-vision/). Quoting John Nichols” article, ‘Matt Blizek, the elections-mobilization director for MoveOn, extended on that theme, saying: “These results are also a shot across the bow of the Democratic establishment in Washington: a young, diverse, and boldly progressive Resistance Movement isn’t waiting to be anointed by the powers that be. Americans from all walks of life who demand change are taking reins of power and showing the Democratic Party what its future looks like.”’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It used to be ‘a chicken in every pot’, now it’s free health-care, free higher education, and a guarantee of housing…What will they promise next?”

 

Biblical Response:  “True, it seems that promises rule the day, but promises made and promises delivered might be two different things…especially when it comes to paying for everything. Maybe, kicking the can down the road or just turning up the printing presses a little won’t solve the problem, but as long as folks are willing to believe it will…perhaps that’s the problem. Besides, it’s not a matter of opinion.”

 

“Christians? Oh, we SAY we believe differently…but often we vote the same way. The truth is, who doesn’t want free health-care or free education?  But life has a tendency to bring us all back to reality. What does that scripture say? ‘For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.’  (2 Thess. 3:10 KJV) Socialism is not a matter of opinion, no matter how good it sounds.

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to see through lies, and seek only Your truth…which sets us free; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 6-28-18 Stranger Things Have Happened…But Not Much!

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-28-18

 

Stranger Things Have Happened…But Not Much!

 

What’s Happening:  “D.C. and the nation are all abuzz with the retirement of Justice Kennedy from SCOTUS, the possible replacement by Kavanaugh…or Lee…or Fox Commentator, Judge Jeanine (just kidding?). Regardless of the pick, the nature of the court is likely to change (https://www.yahoo.com/news/appellate-judge-d-c-circuit-seen-early-favorite-trumps-supreme-court-shortlist-203121934.html). ‘Donald Trump Jr. retweeted a post about her as a possible nominee, adding ‘This would be pretty awesome,’ but with emoticons suggesting he meant it as a joke, ’ says an article by Chris Wilson of Yahoo News.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Didn’t the Republicans want Obama to wait until after the election to replace Scalia? Aren’t we also coming up on an election?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yes, but this is a midterm election, not a Presidential one. Besides, with as many Democratic Senators as are up for re-election in states carried by Trump (many by double digits), there is not likely to be a change in the confirmation results. No doubt, if the President sticks with the 25 from which Gorsuch was chosen (and he said he would), the next justice is likely to make the court more conservative. In the tasty words of Barack Hussein Obama, ‘Elections have consequences.’ I’m sorry if my gloat is showing.”

 

“Christians? 56 million souls (roughly the number of abortions since Roe v. Wade) cry out for change (John 10:10).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help President Trump to choose wisely and our Senate to sound off resolutely; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 6-27-18 SCOTUS Rules?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-27-18

 

SCOTUS Rules?

 

What’s Happening:  “Not only did the ‘Travel Ban’ get upheld, and the majority ruled that conservative pregnancy clinics did not have to recommend abortion providers, but the infamous Korematsu ruling (legalizing Japanese interment camps in 1942) was officially repudiated…though it didn’t keep the minority from citing the alleged similarities (https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/26/supreme-court-overturns-korematsu-673846). ‘”The dissent’s reference to Korematsu … affords this Court the opportunity to make express what is already obvious: Korematsu was gravely wrong the day it was decided, has been overruled in the court of history, and — to be clear — ‘has no place in law under the Constitution,.,’ Chief Justice Roberts wrote.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So history was wrong…how does that matter today?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Acknowledging that history was wrong may be a HUGE deal…at least now we can learn from the mistakes of the past. If you don’t ever make that acknowledgement, error becomes precedent…that’s when writer and philosopher George Santayana’s famous quote (‘condemned to repeat it’[the past]) comes into play. ”

 

“Christians? The rulings of SCOTUS are important, but the Final Judge will have the final say (Rev. 19:11).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while opinions are like noses…everybody’s got one, Your opinion is fact…whether we call it so or not. Help us to submit to Your rulings: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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