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CLARITY – 1-4-19 Not Universal

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-4-19

Not Universal

What’s Happening: “Although (and not unexpectedly) Nancy Pelosi won the election of Speaker of the House, it was not unanimous (actually 12 Democrats did not vote for her). In fact, the only thing unanimous about the vote was the unanimous opposition of House Republicans (https://www.yahoo.com/news/democrats-didnt-vote-nancy-pelosi-house-speaker-202202741.html). She did not take impeachment of the President off the table after her election (https://dcalert.com/2019/01/03/pelosi-vague-about-impeaching-indicting-trump/), but left other lieutenants to introduce bills to do just that (https://www.dailywire.com/news/39931/breaking-democrats-introduce-bill-eliminate-ryan-saavedra?utm_source=cnemail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=010419-news&utm_campaign=position1). What will come of it all? Will the Democrats legislate or investigate? It remains to be seen.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I thought the government was ‘shut down’…how can anybody do anything?”

Biblical Response:  “‘…mostly dead is still slightly alive’…as was remarked by Miracle Max (played by Billy Christol) in the Princess Bride. Or, you might say: ‘Shutdown, but not as you think of SHUT DOWN.’ Or as some would say, ‘The show must go on.’ In any case, the above articles (links) paint an ongoing, but not universal picture. It might do well to have a ‘wait-and-see’ attitude.”

“Christians? Although unanimity is seldom reached, unity should be sought (Heb. 12:14). Sometimes it is not possible (Rom. 12:18), but still it should be sought.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give our elected leaders the civility that elevates us all, not the incivility that only underscores barbarism; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 1-3-19 Innocent But Not Stupid

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-3-19

Innocent But Not Stupid

What’s Happening: “The return of a man arrested for spying (Paul Whelan) who was attending his brother’s wedding in Moscow, may really be to give Putin a bargaining chip for Maria Butina, arrested for trying to influence the 2016 elections in the U.S. (https://www.yahoo.com/news/retired-u-marine-suspected-spying-russia-innocent-family-170106701.html). Daniel Hoffman, former CIA Moscow station chief said, ‘Putin knows there will be a lot of public square pressure to get this guy out.’”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Do I hear ‘prisoner exchange’?”

Biblical Response:  “Probably. I sure am praying for his release and his family meanwhile. His arrest? It should not be unexpected (especially if your resume’ is one that may look suspect for spying – former marine, Security Director for his company, etc.). In fact, anyone traveling outside of the U.S. is in a reduced safety position. Traveling to Moscow, Beijing, or Pyongyang – I’m thinking Otto Warmbier – …well that just comes with an even higher level of wariness..or it should.”

“Christians? We are cautioned to be ‘wise as serpents, innocent as doves’ (Matt. 10:16). Are we not to travel outside the U.S.? Of course we are to travel (haven’t we been given a command to

‘go into all the world’ – Matt 28:18; Mark 16:15)? It’s just that we should listen carefully to what the Holy Spirit says. We will be protected if we are supposed to be (Acts 11:12). Perhaps Jim Elliot and John Allen Chau (both martyred by the tribes they were seeking to evangelize) have done more in their deaths than most Christians in their lives (I know the early Apostles did – all are credited with martyrdom).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give our State Department negotiators wisdom,  those who travel abroad discretion, and all of us empathy; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 1-2-19 It’s Not About Money

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-2-19

It’s Not All About Money

What’s Happening: “Thinking it would sell…but it didn’t…NBC may have lost many of its viewers by airing questionable material…and not covering the ball drop in Times Square (https://www.dailywire.com/news/39826/nbc-blasted-worst-new-years-show-ever-included-james-barrett?utm_source=cnemail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=010219-news&utm_campaign=position1). Quoting one of the many tweets: ‘NBC Is AWFUL!!!! What a horrible New Years program. They literally ruin everything they broadcast! #NBC,’ tweeted Ashley Anderson @AA72792.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “NBC was just trying to get a bigger rating…it’s all about the ratings.”

Biblical Response:  “Believe me, I understand a show’s unending pursuit of ratings. I used to own an ad agency and I know what ratings are all about. Conventional wisdom says the higher the ratings, the more you can charge for ad time. And there is something to be said for a corporation pursuing profitability. But there’s also supposed to be something said for corporate responsibility. I was on an NBC show with Pat Boone back in the mid-70s…it was called Helpline – a call-in show where people could get prayer. They’ve ‘come a long way, baby’ alright!”

“Christians? We know that the world’s popularity is fickle (James 1:17). In fact, we are cautioned to ‘love not the world’ (1 John 2:15). Part of worldliness is an inordinate ‘love of money’ (1 Tim. 6:10). Money, in itself, is not evil, but it can be a powerful distraction. NBC was obviously too distracted.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to know what is really important, and to pursue You undistractedly; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 1-1-19 Let’s Hear it for Localism

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-1-19

Let’s Hear it for Localism

What’s Happening: “In a surprise attack, two F-16 fighters from Iraq leveled the building where 30+ gang leaders from ISIS were meeting in Syria….perhaps an indication of increased Iraqi involvement now that the US has announced its intention to pull out of Syria (https://www.yahoo.com/news/iraqi-warplanes-strike-islamic-state-leaders-syria-military-125330030.html). This is actually the second withdrawal of U.S. troops. Following the Iraq War, they were at a maximum of 170,3000 in November of 2007 (Wikipedia).. That we have made strides sufficient against ISIS to be able to withdraw those that were deployed there to fight IS is a good thing. Maybe it will devolve into a local insurgency…without our involvement…one can always hope.””  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Nobody wants us to be the world’s policeman…so why do it?”

Biblical Response:  “It’s complicated. Initially (and ostensibly) our involvement in Iraq was to rid Saddam Hussein of WMDs (remember). Subsequent searches revealed no such caches. Were the intelligence services wrong or did the Iraqis just quickly export them? Yes. If you are confused by my answer, it’s because it’s complicated (and that’s just on a small local scale). The intelligence services AND the powers that be in Iraq all had political agendas. Expand this local chaos to the entire world and you have the answer to the wider question why we don’t want to be the world’s policeman….We don’t have enough information (or power) to be God.”

“Christians? While we may arrogantly think we know best., we don’t. That is one of the reasons He gave us the Holy Spirit (John 16:13). Some of what happens on the world stage is God’s doing; others, God effecting Romans 8:28 – wisely, we should leave God’s work to Him (Is. 55;8-9); still others, the devil effecting his failing agenda.

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us patience, humility, discernment and discretion…and wise leaders; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-31-18 Works for Prisons

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-31-18

Works for Prisons

What’s Happening: “An inmate, Shalom Mendoza, 21, just walked away from San Quentin while on an outside work crew. He was apprehended at a fast food restaurant  4 days later (https://www.yahoo.com/news/california-inmate-walked-away-san-quentin-caught-223511360.html). Quoting from the Associated Press article: ‘It isn’t unusual for inmates outside secure areas to walk away, and most are quickly caught. Far more uncommon are escapes from walled or fenced prisons.’”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “The mistake was not putting him behind a wall…wait a minute…that sounds familiar.”

Biblical Response:  “The argument would be that caravans are not criminals. True, at least those who apply for asylum at official ports of entry…and they’re not a gang member, fleeing prosecution…or from a terrorist country, etc. What I find ironic is that the very folks who believe walls are for protection are against Trump’s border wall, Duh!?”

“Christians? Some think it’s un-Christian, to not offer these downtrodden a helping hand. What about that scripture that condemns not protecting you own? (1 Tim. 5:8). No doubt it’s complicated.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we need discerning, merciful, but vigilant hearts. Since You know a man’s heart, guide us; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-29-18 Shutdown Govt?…Immigration?…Border?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-29-18

Shutdown…of Govt?…of Immigration?…of Border?

What’s Happening: “Yesterday, the President, in the face of a government shutdown, said he may shutdown the entire southern border. There is currently an impasse between Democrats and Republicans over the demanded $5 Billion (really only a downpayment on the overall border security cost of $26 Billion). What this Congress, which is currently on permanent recess, or the one scheduled to convene January 3, 2019, with a newly elected Democrat majority, will do is anybody’s guess…but it’s a cinch they won’t call any money allocated: “for the wall” (https://www.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-venting-fury-over-151943226.html).  ‘I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught – and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!” the President tweeted.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “How long can the government be shut down?!”

Biblical Response:  “The popular mantra among the media..and Chicken Little…is the sky is falling. It’s not. 87% of government services will continue unabated. There is nothing to fret…unless, of course, you are John Kerry or his family  (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/john-kerrys-family-fights-border-security-palatial-french-villa-terrorism/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=patriotupdate&utm_campaign=dailyam&utm_content=libertyalliance). What is sauce for the goose is apparently not sauce for the gandee.

“Christians? Some Universalists and Unitarians might disagree, but heaven is only for those who come though the gate…and there is a wall (allowing access for the righteous – and excluding others). Sure, I know Christ died for everyone…but all have not received His gift.

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the love to pray for others; we’ll leave the judgement to the Judge; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-28-18 Ill Eagle

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-28-18

Ill Eagle

What’s Happening: “Five hours after legal immigrant from Fiji Corporal Ronil Singh of Newman, California police took a Christmas photo with his wife and 5-month-old son, he was brutally murdered at a 1:00 am traffic stop on December 26, allegedly by an illegal.The suspect was pulled over for a DUI stop, and shot Singh who radioed his plight…then died of gunshot wounds at an area hospital. The suspect, considered armed and dangerous, is still at large (https://www.foxnews.com/us/suspect-in-fatal-california-cop-shooting-is-in-us-illegally-authorities-say). ‘This suspect…is in our country illegally. He doesn’t belong here. He is a criminal. We will find him, we will arrest him, we will bring him to justice,’ Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What a tragic thing to happen the day after Christmas.”

Biblical Response:  Anytime a cop is murdered, it’s a tragedy. And, I agree with you, the timing is even more tragic. So is the fact that the murder was allegedly perpetrated by an illegal…AGAINST A LEGAL! Immigration is in a gray area right now, but there could not be anything more tragic or more ironic.

“Christians? We should be committed to following laws that are on the books…and change those laws with which we disagree (1 Pet 2:13-15). Right now, our country is sick. It rewards those who violate the law, and kills those who respect it. This kind of sickness, if not soon cured, will tear us apart.

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, grant us the courage we need to take on injustice wherever it’s found; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-27-18 A Wave That Deserves More Than a Wave

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-27-18

A Wave That Deserves More Than a Wave

What’s Happening: “Aid workers Wednesday were still desperately searching for the missing from the unwarned tsunami that hit Indonesia last Saturday from the volcanic eruption that was near the historic Krakatoa (it killed 36,000 in 1883). The death toll has been raised to 430 and there are 22,000 living in shelters (https://www.yahoo.com/news/indonesia-rescuers-scramble-reach-isolated-tsunami-struck-towns-025102113.html) ‘I’m here because people said there could another tsunami,’ said Etin Supriatin, an evacuation center occupant.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “That’s over there…what does that have to do with me?”

Biblical Response:  “True, all tragedy is local. Still, compassion dictates that those less fortunate should be helped by those more blessed. How does that saying go?…There, but for the grace of God, go I.

“Christians? Many just want to wag their heads and say, ‘What a shame!’ Not us. There is a scripture that comes to mind:

‘… and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.’ James 2:16-17 (NASU)”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may we be practical in our sympathy; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-26-18 Turnips and Justice

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-26-18

Turnips and Justice

What’s Happening: “In a Federal District Court in D.C., Chief Judge Beryl Howell has ordered The Republic of North Korea to pay the Otto Warmbier family $500 Million …which will probably never be collected. Not only is there the ‘turnip rule (‘you can’t get blood out of a turnip’ – RONK does not have that kind of money, if they did, it might cause the poor to die if it was paid in lieu of feeding their people). The family said they are only seeking justice for Otto’s undeserved death, As far as justice is concerned, how do you value a human life? (https://www.yahoo.com/news/family-otto-warmbier-awarded-500-185758100.html). ‘It’s another government and one that doesn’t cooperate much with the United States. The question is how to find assets that are probably in the United States that the parents could secure,’ University of Richmond law professor Carl Tobias said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “They’ll never see a penny!”

Biblical Response:  “Probably not. Still, that might not be their point…though the attorney’s would probably like to get paid. The family just wants justice. This probably only the initial step.

“Christians? We believe in justice…ULTIMATE JUSTICE. The actions of the North Korean penal system is why hell is hot (it IS described as the “lake of fire” – Rev. 20:15). Like I’ve said before, justice makes hell necessary, mercy makes heaven possible.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, comfort the Warmbier family – and others similarly suffering. We trust in Your ultimate Justice; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-22-18 Obvious Choice

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-22-18

Obvious Choice

What’s Happening: “In a now-deleted Facebook post, the Opp, Alabama Police Department stated: ‘THESE MURDERS HAVE BEEN DONE BY OUR YOUNG PEOPLE,…THIS IS HAPPENING BECAUSE WE HAVE TURNED AWAY FROM GOD AND EMBRACED SATAN. WE HAVE NOT MEANT TO DO SO BUT, WE HAVE.’ The default nature of embracing the Prince of Darkness is rarely pointed out by law enforcement, but their plea for divine (and parental) help was met by opposition from the Freedom From Religion folks (https://www.yahoo.com/news/young-people-apos-embracing-satan-125554357.html).  

Quoting the post, ‘FRIENDS, IT IS TIME TO STAND UP AND BE RESPONSIBLE, GROWN UP LEADERS IN OUR COMMUNITY. BOTTOM LINE, THERE ARE SHEEP; THERE ARE WOLVES AND THERE ARE SHEEP DOGS. WHICH GROUP DO YOU BELONG TO?’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Surely the police have sworn to uphold the Constitution…including the First Amendment!”

Biblical Response:  “Actually, the First Amendment was penned to keep any Christian Denomination from using the power of government to promote their particular brand of Christianity (not to guarantee freedom from God). The police have correctly identified the real problem here: kids are no longer being raised to respect authority. Tech raises these kids…and the default of no authority is anarchy. Embracing Satan is not an act of commission, it is an act of omission.”

“Christians? We need to teach Christian American government in our Sunday schools (Titus 2:6-13). It’s surely not taught in our secular public schools. The class I taught in college, God and Government, was only allowed because it was a private Bible college.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our law enforcement keep the peace while we teach our young people how to submit to authority; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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