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CLARITY – 6-18-18 Talk About Separation!

CLARITY

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

 

Talk About Separation!

 

What’s Happening:  “Democrats and Republicans agree on one thing: separation of immigrant families of those attempting border crossings is messy and disheartening, especially for minors, the innocent victims in all this. While many are illegal immigrants using minors as an excuse at the border – actually lying that the children are part of their families – many are seeking asylum from drug cartel threats and oppressive government regimes. The different proposed ways of handling them comes from different proposals that are being considered on capitol hill (https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/gop-democrats-are-outraged-but-at-odds-over-ending-family-separation-at-border/2018/06/17/6667f3a4-7247-11e8-b4b7-308400242c2e_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.29542dc5545a). ‘Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike on Sunday called for Congress to pass a law ending the Trump administration’s practice of separating and detaining families trying to cross the border into the United States, but the two sides remain sharply divided on what that bill should look like,’ the Washington Post records.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Imagine being separated from your family!”

 

Biblical Response:  “I can’t imagine making the trip in the first place – maybe being separated will make parents think twice about moving in the first place. I’m not saying that every asylum seeker is using kids to game the system, though that has worked in the past…that’s what ‘catch and release’ was all about…I’m just saying there is a legal process for everything. Instead of spending our time on how to handle children at the border, maybe we should spend our time overhauling the entire immigration system, making things more timely, more accountable (read: mandatory employer checks), and more humane.”

 

“Christians? Separating children from their parents may seem cruel and unusual, but that is exactly what is going to happen at the judgment (Luke 16:26). However the greatest pain of separation will be experienced by those who are eternally separated from God. (Heb. 9:27; Matt. 7:23). Imagine that separation!”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to do what is right at the border…and what is right eternally; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 6-16-18 Dubious Award

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-16-18

 

Dubious Award

 

What’s Happening:  “Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood of America, just received the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award.  During her tenure, over 3.5 million babies were killed through abortions, and Planned Parenthood profited from the selling of the many body parts harvested (https://aclj.org/pro-life/former-planned-parenthood-ceo-cecile-richards-received-a-human-rights-award-despite-being-responsible-for-over-35-million-innocent-deaths?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=d-06162018_top-O_seg-NLexNL20plFBR_typ-NL). A Family Research Council article reported, ‘Apparently the rights of those millions of lives she helped take away – some whose body parts Planned Parenthood then reportedly sold for profit under her leadership – didn’t count.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “A Human Rights Award?! Surely, you jest!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Who jests about such a horrific and heinous thing? Seriously, if this weren’t so true, it wouldn’t be believed! Nobody believed anyone could be capable of the holocaust…and that was over 6 million Jews…but we have a modern-day example of the same thing happening in our midst… FUNDED BY TAXPAYER DOLLARS!”

 

“Christians? Sadly, we are just as much a part of this murderous holocaust…by our inaction and the constant re-election of those with a ‘pro-choice’ voice (what about the voices of the unborn?). God forgive us. Thankfully, He has and does (1 John 1:8-9).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the courage we need to overcome the abortion dynamic in the world today; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 6-15-18 Majority Report

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-15-18

 

Majority Report

 

What’s Happening:  “Last evening, on a 62 for, 58 against, 42 abstentions vote, the U. N. failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed for the U.S.-led amendment to also condemn Hamas for lobbing over 100 rockets into Israel. Instead, the resolution to condemn Israel passed by a vote of 120 for, 8 against and 45 abstentions – the vote obviously received much Islamic-nation support had(https://www.yahoo.com/news/latest-palestinians-urge-un-condemn-israel-over-gaza-210331357.html). The draft resolution being considered Wednesday (without the U.S,-led amendment) was proposed by Arab and Islamic countries. ”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I thought the majority was always right.”

 

Biblical Response:  “This may be an American pipe dream – or maybe it presumes a Christian consensus – in any case, due to the fallen nature of man, society’s recent bent all but assures the majority is wrong. Sad, but true. It was John Adams who said: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” He was right.”

 

“Christians? Oh, we believe in the rule of the majority, WHEN that majority decides anything that lines up with God’s Word (James 1:22). Unredeemed Man is seldom right…and then only by accident. That is why taking God’s Word out of public education only assures anarchy.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, since what we believe (especially the young and impressionable) is primarily the responsibility of the family, bring revival to this land. Help us to be that ‘shining light on a hill’ that is our destiny;in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 6-14-18 Still Works

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-14-18

 

Still Works

 

What’s Happening:  “The Mars rover ‘Opportunity,’ built to last only 3 months and landed in January, 2004, continues to operate, though NASA says it may have to survive another planet-wide dust storm. Currently it’s in a low power mode and sitting in a site called, appropriately, Perseverance Valley. Half of the latest rover experiment lies stuck in the sand (https://www.yahoo.com/news/massive-martian-dust-storm-threatens-plucky-nasa-rover-202624654.html). ‘Our expectation at this point is that the rover has gone to sleep, it’s in this low-power mode, and that it will remain in that low-power mode until there is sufficient energy to charge the batteries back above a certain threshold,” Callas, Opportunity’s Project Manager said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Putting a vehicle on Mars seems a waste of hard-earned taxpayer funds.”

 

Biblical Response:  “And maybe it is…you need to speak to your Congressman about that…if he or she will not listen, speak at the ballot box. Still, the ‘vehicle’ carries copious scientific experiments gathering all kinds of environmental data which, presumably, will be invaluable to some future manned expedition. Then, there’s the incalculable benefit of the inspiration such perseverance engenders.”

 

“Christians? We’re also impressed with anything that continues to work. I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the long-term effectiveness of the salvation provided in Christ ( 1 John 1:9).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to realize all power comes from You and there is no storm that is so violent as to keep You from operating; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 6-13-18 What’s Next?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-13-18

 

What’s Next?

 

What’s Happening:  “Everybody knows that June 12, 2018 (yesterday) was a historic day as it was the first-ever meeting between a leader of North Korea and a President of the United  States….what isn’t known is what’s next? Sure, a cessation of war games (joint exercises) with South Korea and the U.S. military – that’s to be expected – but what of human rights, Christian persecution, and the next step in verifiable irreversible denuclearization? (https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA18F21&f=WU18F08). ‘At the press conference following the summit, President Trump affirmed that he initiated a conversation about these matters with the North Korean leader during their talks: “[W]e did discuss [the issue of human rights] today pretty strongly.” Even though the main purpose of the talks was “denuking,” human rights were discussed “at pretty good length.” On that topic, they will “agree to something,” as it was “one of the primary topics” that “was discussed at length outside of the nuclear situation.” In President Trump’s view, this “has to” change in order to move forward, and he will not remove sanctions “without significant improvement in the human rights situation,”’ an FRC report reads.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What’s the big deal? This summit is a nothing-burger.”

 

Biblical Response:  “I beg to differ. The meeting of Trump and Kim IS a big deal. Video tapes have now surfaced that Trump has been envisioning this for nearly 20 years (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/old-video-surfaces-shows-trump-was-prepping-for-nk-nearly-20-years-ago/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune), and the meeting WAS historic…or maybe you would prefer the horrible deaths of millions? Sure, Trump said complimentary things of the leader of the most repressive regime in modern history, but stating the obvious is NOT how you negotiate with a venomous snake!”

 

“Christians? Now maybe the doors to evangelism will begin to open (not that the Holy Spirit has ever been limited in what He can do). The job for evangelizing the world is clearly every Christian’s (Matt. 28:18-20). Having a denuclearized peninsula is good news for the Christian Church everywhere…and the nullifying of a madman’s threat is good news for the world.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, now we need You to intervene as never before…ensuring true freedom, not continued repression; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 6-12-18 You Can’t Change History

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-12-18

 

You Can’t Change History

 

What’s Happening:  “David Ferriero, the librarian charged with compiling the record for the Presidential Library of Obama in Chicago has a problem…some are missing. Worse than that, Obama’s Presidential Library is not participating in the usual National Archives connection. Was this to avoid detection of destroyed records? So it appears (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/nat-archives-stumble-onto-new-obama-scandal-wholesale-destruction-of-govt-records/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-CT&utm_campaign=dailypm&utm_content=conservative-tribune). ‘The accumulation of recent congressional testimony has made it clear that the Obama Administration itself has engaged in the wholesale destruction and ‘loss’ of tens of thousands of government records covered under the act as well as the intentional evasion of the government records recording system by engaging in private email exchanges,’ a report to RealClearPolitics reads.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “This is no big deal. A man should have only what he wants in his library. It’s his, after all.”

 

Biblical Response:  “I have several problems with this statement. First, it IS a big deal. History should record the good, the bad, and the ugly…how will posterity know the truth? Second, it isn’t HIS library (just like the White House isn’t his house; it’s the PEOPLE’S house), it’s ours. Sure, there are things every administration is not proud of; things that might have (read: SHOULD have) been done differently…but they weren’t. It’s not what you did right that you need to learn from, but the things you did wrong…or the past is indeed prologue.”

 

“Christians? Aside from a futile attempt to change the past (God knows the truth anyway), not learning from the past can have HUGE repercussions. We need to be set free by the truth (John 8:32), not held captive by lies (read: missing truth).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to not be intentionally misled by those recording a version of history they want us to believe, but to discern the truth; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 6-11-18 Lost and Found

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-11-18

 

Lost and Found

 

What’s Happening:  “After disappearing from the Air Force for thirty-five years, Captain William Howard Hughes, Jr. was found living under a fake identity in California by a government investigator. Although he had a top security clearance, he said he did not leak any secrets. He was single and 33 when he left because he claimed he was depressed about his Air Force life. He was captured and is being held on charges of desertion (https://www.yahoo.com/news/missing-air-force-officer-found-35-years-later-182305573.html).  ‘Hughes was last seen withdrawing more than $28,000 in Albuquerque in the summer of 1983 after returning from a two-week vacation in Europe,’ a report reads.

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Leave the man alone! If he’d wanted to be found, he’d wouldn’t have taken a false identity!”

 

Biblical Response:  “The only trouble with that philosophy is that life creates obligations…whether you’re a schoolteacher, a stay-at-home mom or dad, or a Captain in the Air Force, it doesn’t matter. Your serving of America or your kids means a certain degree of loyalty and performance. If you can’t comply with either, you shouldn’t accept the position.”

 

“Christians? Claiming that you’re a Christian and not accepting the obligations of self-sacrifice and service is hypocritical and selfish. Unfortunately, there may be some who are surprised at the judgment thinking after they had  their ‘fire insurance’ they were done. Although good works don’t produce salvation, they do prove it.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be sad at our ‘lost’ condition and happy at being ‘found’…so happy that we can’t wait to help someone else get ‘found;’in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 6-8-18 What’s in a Name?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-8-18

 

What’s in a Name?

 

What’s Happening:  “After 60 years, IHOP (International House of Pancakes) is changing its name. Wait for it…IHOb. Who knows what the “b” stands for? Many have speculated on Twitter. Even the company has invited folks to weigh in. Maybe it’s just an advertising ploy…in any case, we won’t know until 6-11-18. Maybe they’re just trying to distract from the summit (https://www.yahoo.com/news/ihop-changing-name-internet-apos-164012348.html). ‘For 60 pancakin’ years, we’ve been IHOP. Now, we’re flippin’ our name to IHOb. Find out what it could b on 6.11.18,’ the company Tweeted.

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Maybe it’s “b” reakfast.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Your guess is as good as mine…others have guessed: “b”acon, even “b”urger. What’s in a name? In this day of branding…everything! It describes what you do or who you are.”

 

“Christians? We believe names are quintessential. After all, “there is no other Name upon which men may call to be saved” (Acts 4:12). What does the name ‘Jesus’ mean? It is the Greek form of the Hebrew ‘Joshua’ or ‘Yeshua,’ which means Savior. Jesus Christ? ‘Yeshua Ha Mashiach – the Savior-Messiah. “Ask anything in my Name and I will do it.” (Jn. 14:14)…the how, why, and when are up to Him.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, thanks for giving us Someone to go to that’s powerful enough, reliable enough, and available enough; in Jesus’ Name we pray, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 6-7-18 Targeting to be Expected

CLARITY

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

 

Targeting to be Expected

 

What’s Happening:  “The First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS) was seen for the first time (at FEMA in D.C.) since May 10…since having a procedure done on a ‘benign kidney condition.’ Rumors, fueled by an antagonistic media, have talked about a facelift, abuse, and a near-death experience (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-declares-melania-really-well-152544183.html). Trump Tweeted, ‘During her recovery from surgery they reported everything from near death, to facelift, to left the W.H. (and me) for N.Y. or Virginia, to abuse. All Fake, she is doing really well!’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Knowing how Trump has treated women, it’s believable.”

 

Biblical Response:  “He may still be suffering for the reputation of yesteryear (which he may have rightfully earned), but I want to give a guy a chance to change. Besides, where would any of us be if everything we’ve ever done were still held against us? I’m prepared to forgive and move on. The media? Not so much.”

 

“Christians? Try being the First Lady of the Universe (FLOTU? – the Church). Ever noticed how Hollywood usually portrays the clergy or the Church in a questionable position? However, it’s to be expected and even rejoiced over (Matt. 5:11-12). In fact, one of the requirements for admission to the Council of Nicea (365 AD) was showing the scars of persecution on your body – proof of Christ’s ownership. Targeting is to be expected.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to accept the ‘slings and arrows’ sent our way and to not be surprised ‘as if something strange were happening’ (1 Pet. 4:12); in Jesus’ Name we pray, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 6-6-18 The Price of ”Success” Too High

CLARITY

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

 

The Price of “Success” Too High

 

What’s Happening:  “The famous handbag designer, Kate Spade, is dead…apparently having hanged herself leaving a suicide note. Her 13-year-old daughter, away at the time, is not to blame, explains the note (though her husband was home at the time of her death). Her fans pointed out that success does not guarantee happiness (https://www.yahoo.com/news/kate-spades-suicide-proof-money-fame-cant-deter-depression-194710219.html). ‘I am so deeply saddened by the news of Kate Spade’s death. Mental illness is cruel and doesn’t discriminate based on resources or perceived popularity. Be good to yourselves today, friends,’ Laura Turner, one of her fans Tweeted.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Truly a sad, but, thankfully, a rare tale.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Sad, yes…rare, no. Unless you consider 30 suicides per day a miniscule number….and that’s among women! A Tweet by another of her fans comes to mind: ‘Kate Spade committed suicide, this again proves money doesn’t buy happiness. Happiness comes from within, people and material objects are temporary.’ (EVA) ‘Within’ can be too general, even self-deceptive. Some will say ‘Who cares? As long as you truly believe you’re happy, you won’t take your life.’ Yeah, but if you discover too late that happiness is sourced in something you have not pursued…”

 

“Christians? We, of all people have no excuse for depression…not if you take all of life in context. My pastor was preaching from Ecclesiastes and remarked about the futility that Solomon learned of. Perhaps I wasn’t listening because I can’t quote anything he said. Still, what the Lord said might be more eye-opening anyway: 120/infinity = (life in context). (Gen. 6:3) The length of this life is just a blink when compared with eternity.’”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to take the ups and downs of life in context; in Jesus’ Name we pray, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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