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CLARITY -8-30-18 Humble Yourself, or Be Humbled

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-30-18

Humble Yourself, or Be Humbled

 

What’s Happening:  “A letter from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano was published on two conservative Catholic platforms and said Pope Francis knew about sexual abuse by former Cardinal McCarrick in 2013 and should resign. The Pope said, ‘I won’t say a word about it.’ (https://www.yahoo.com/news/catholic-cardinal-calls-pope-francis-123218998.html). Some defended Vigano, some attacked him. I guess partisanship is alive and well, even in the Catholic Church.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “From within or without, the Catholic Church is going down!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably not. The Catholic Church existed long before any of us came on the scene, and it’s likely they will exist long after we are gone. Still, it’s embarrassing to have the unrighteous world call you on the carpet. Perhaps you’ve heard the saying: ’Humble yourself…or be humbled.’ (Matt. 23;12)”

 

“Christians? It’s sad (and confusing) when we have a double standard (one we recommend…and another, more lenient one, we live by). When we refuse the private discipline of the Lord, He’ll put our business on the street. Change is what He’s after, We can take the easier route…or the harder one. (Heb. 12:6)”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to correct ourselves before we have to be corrected; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 8-29-18 “Righteous” Indignation

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-29-18

“Righteous” Indignation

 

What’s Happening:  “A dad of one of the former youth pastor’s victims punched out the guilty  pedophile in a courtroom and is being hailed as a hero by many. Kevin Smith fairly flew across the courtroom to land a punch on Donald Courtney Biggs, 40, as he sat behind the defense table at a sentencing hearing where he listened to two hours of victims’ testimony (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/pedophile-preacher-left-pile-floor-victims-dad-catches-courtroom/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune). Quoting an article by Cillian Zeal, ‘Biggs, a former Youth Pastor at Mountain Christian Fellowship, had pleaded guilty to one count of transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity with a minor, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office for Oregon.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I’ll bet Mr. Smith’s only regret is that he couldn’t carry a gun into the courtroom!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably. I may have acted the same, so it’s hard to throw stones. Still, the Lord does say: ‘Vengeance is mine. I will repay’ (Deut. 32:35, Rom. 12:19; Heb. 10:30). And I would surely not want to get in the way of His justice. Some might, indeed, argue that Mr. Smith was a part of that vengeance. Perhaps. One thing’s for sure, God takes a dim view of claiming to be a minister and using that title of trust to take advantage of others. Maybe Biggs has confessed before God and received forgiveness..if not…of course, there is temporal consequence (prison…punching) and eternal consequence – the imprisonment sand punching are hardly worth mentioning.”

 

Christians? We are called to exhibit self control (Gal 5:22-23). Trusting in our justice system may be frustrating, but we should trust in God’s ultimate justice. He is quite able to exact justice where it might appear no punishment is sufficient.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to only and always trust in You; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 8-28-18 Tragic on Several Levels

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-28-18

Tragic on Several Levels

 

What’s Happening:  “A 9-year-old boy, Jamel Myles, declared himself to be gay last summer and after four days of bullying at school, committed suicide. He started wearing fake nails to school and apparently took the other students’ recommendations to kill himself…he was found at home (https://www.denverpost.com/2018/08/27/denver-elementary-student-suicide/). ‘My child died because of bullying. My baby killed himself,’ said the boy’s Mom, Leia Pierce.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Where do kids even get the idea to question their sexuality at that age?!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Have you been asleep…or are you just totally unaware of the culture war going on all around you? With transgenders reading storybooks to kindergartners and gay pride parades celebrating society’s acceptance of the homosexual community…and the adding of the ‘Q’ (Questioning) to the LGBT moniker…no wonder a boy thinks he should be a girl. Add to that the cruel reality of childhood bullying and the rise in childhood suicide rates and you get tragedy.”

 

Christians? We believe the greatest tragedy of all is that the concept of a loving God, Who (by the way) does not make gender mistakes when He creates us, has been removed from public schools (Engel v. Vitale, in 1963). The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 (passed by the Second Continental Congress) created the impetus for public schools and stated (Sect., 14, Article 3): ‘Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.’ Our Founders knew something we’ve obviously forgotten. God help us (Phil. 4:6)!”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, forgive our stupidity of trying to be ‘tolerant’ …of trying to please everybody…and disappointing You;  in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 8-27-18 Building a Legacy

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-27-18

Building a Legacy

 

What’s Happening:  “John McCain, 81, died Saturday after succumbing to brain cancer, having fought that disease for over a year, and will lie in State at the rotunda of the Capitol, one of only 31 that have been accorded that honor in 166 years (all the way back to President Lincoln). He was a graduate of the Naval Academy, was shot down over Vietnam where he was captured and spent over 5 years imprisoned there, served terms in the House and Senate and even ran for President, though unsuccessfully. He will be sorely missed (https://www.wkyc.com/article/news/nation-now/john-mccain-to-lie-in-state-at-us-capitol-an-honor-bestowed-on-only-30-other-people/465-16c6929c-756b-420c-a4f9-0898b97106b1). Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell said McCain was ‘a great American patriot, a statesman who put his country first and enriched this institution through many years of service.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Wasn’t he one of Trump’s thorns in the side?

 

Biblical Response:  “He did vote against repealing Obamacare at the last minute…as a Republican that was almost unforgivable. Still, he was his own man, and that, for a politician is saying something….in fact, that might be what separates many politicians from statesmen. Most truly great men (or women) don’t consciously build a legacy…they just let the chips fall where they may and end up judged ‘great’ by history (Alexander the Great, Peter the Great, etc., come to mind). In other words, you don’t build a lasting legacy by building a legacy.”

 

Christians? The Scriptures admonish us: ‘For they loved the praise of men rather than God’ (John 12:43). Or as I like to say. ‘I’d pat you on the back, but your hand is in the way.’ Anytime we have to be concerned about what our actions may be saying to a future generation…we probably shouldn’t.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us build a legacy by surprise…and may it be worthy of emulation;  in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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

CLARITY

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

CLARITY

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

CLARITY

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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