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CLARITY – 6-14-19 Who’s Really Behind the Attack

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -6-14-19

Who’s Really Behind the Attack

What’s Happening: “Now the Pentagon has released a video which it says proves that Iran was involved in the attack on the oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz while they were en route to Japan. The video purports to have caught an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel removing an unexploded mine from the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous. The Iranians have used before the limpet mine, which attaches magnetically to the hull and is intended to cripple but not sink (https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-says-iran-removed-unexploded-020504854.html). ‘The U.S. and the international community stand ready to defend our interests, including the freedom of navigation,’ said Central Command spokesman Capt, Bill Urban. The United States has no interest in engaging in a new conflict in the Middle East. However, we will defend our interests.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “The video proves unmistakably who was behind the attack. I say tomahawk missiles are in order.”

Biblical Response:  “Iran was probably involved…I say ‘probably’, because it is now technically possible to simulate digitally through CG (Computer Graphics) anything you like. Still, simulated or not, Iran has a history of attacking vessels. One thing’s for sure, ‘the thief has come but for to steal, kill and destroy…’ (John 10:10). The enemy (the devil) is behind it all. He would like nothing more than to inflame two governments into a conflict that will destroy innocents on both sides. We must think carefully before we respond.”

“Christians? There is no ambivalence in the devil’s intent. And Iran is the ideal proxy. Now is the time to pray…for our leaders, for those that will be the ‘innocent’ victims, and for God’s will and justice.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, bring order out of chaos and help us to realize whom our real enemy is; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 6-13-19 Or Not to Vaccinate

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -6-13-19

Or Not to Vaccinate

What’s Happening: “Tuesday, two somewhat dissimilar activists joined forces to fight California’s recently proposed  bill (SB 276) to limit exemptions to vaccinate without a sign-off from a public safety officer. Activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and actress Jessica Biel posed for various folks while advocating ‘my body, my choice,’ a slogan more often used for pro-abortion (https://www.yahoo.com/news/jessica-biel-comes-anti-vaxx-223019511.html). ‘The biggest problem with the bill, which is something I think Jessica is concerned with,’ said Kennedy, ‘ that a doctor who has made a determination—if he has found children in this state whose doctors have determined that they’re too fragile to receive vaccinations—this bill would overrule the doctors and force them to be vaccinated anyways.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “No way am I intentionally exposing my kids to measles at school…or anywhere for that matter!”

Biblical Response:  “A lot of parents feel that way…however, some feel they are exposing their kids to the ravages of autism by getting them vaccinated.The medical field? It depends on to whom you talk. However, most doctors favor vaccinations. What does the Bible say? Nothing about vaccinations, which were unheard of until the 19th Century. However, Scripture seems to put the parent squarely in the responsibility category when it comes to children (Eph. 6:1; Prov. 17:6). That means that both are right…the parent who wants to protect her children from vaccination AND the parent who wants to shield her kids from the unvaccinated. So what is the conclusion of the matter? Probably more research…with no foregone conclusions. Until then, parents should do whatever seems right to them…respecting the rights and fears of other parents…which may mean more home-schooling.”

“Christians? There is little doubt that the decision belongs to the parent (see above scripture references). Parents should keep in mind the awesome culpability that comes with parenting. A decision to bring kids into the world should be more than the relief of an urge.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the care and wisdom we need to parent, realizing no decision is made in a vacuum…that decisions have consequences; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 6-12-19 When and Why

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -6-12-19

When and Why

What’s Happening: “The fourth death in the last two months of an American tourist visiting the Dominican Republic has taken the macabre events from the realm of coincidence to questionable…especially when all deaths appear similar. Each person seems to have died from pulmonary edema after complaining of vomiting blood or blood in their stool (or both)…and that after many had been drinking something. This has led to some claims of poisoning. Robert Wallace of Turlock, California was the fourth victim and his niece is suspicious (https://www.yahoo.com/news/fourth-american-reported-dead-dominican-180304988.html). ‘He started feeling very sick,’ the niece reported. ‘He had blood in his urine and stool right afterward.’ Autopsies are slow in coming and Wallace’s won’t be completed till later this month.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Does anyone really know what is the cause? One thing’s for sure: I’m not visiting the Dominican Republic anytime soon!”

Biblical Response:  “Me either…and yes, Somebody does know for sure. My capitalization of the pronoun reveals what I think. The ‘when’ and ‘why’ of all deaths are known by God and, though all efforts to ascertain and remedy what’s going on in the D. R. should be made, whatever happened or is done will come as no surprise to Him. All of our days are numbered (Ps. 39:4). Not knowing when or by what means we’ll die makes many of us put off in our minds this reality…as if we shall live forever (actually, we will…the question is where?). However, everyone knows of someone who has died unexpectedly. When this happens, we are forced to deal with the uncomfortable truth. How or why these four died may not be clear to some, but the ‘some’ does not include God.”

“Christians? Oh, we believe each person has an appointment with death (Heb. 9:27). And we also believe God knows everything (Ps. 94:10; 1 John 3:20; Ps. 138:6; Isaiah 28:9, and 40:28). Even the ‘when’ and ‘why.’ We may be suspicious and discomfited about what happened in the Dominican Republic…and should endeavor to find out, but we should be comforted by the fact that He already knows.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we pray for those who lost loved ones, and for those who are endeavoring to discover the truth, but help us to not get too rattled by the revelation of what You already know; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 6-11-19 Unreliable

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -6-11-19

Unreliable

What’s Happening: “Extradition to China from New Zealand is in question…A) It’s never been done before (China has no formal extradition rights for New Zealand); B) There is some evidence that though China rigorously challenges any accusation of torture it nevertheless occurs; C) The attempt to extradite someone from Honk Kong has resulted in a million-man protest there… Kyung Yup Kim is accused of killing a woman in Shanghai a decade ago. And the courts in New Zealand put a temporary halt to his extradition to China earlier today (https://www.yahoo.com/news/zealand-court-stops-man-being-082024042.html). ‘Nevertheless, torture remains widespread and confessions obtained through torture are regularly admitted in evidence,’ said the court’s report.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Maybe Kim really did kill that woman!”

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…but we’ll really never know…and neither will the Chinese…not if they rely on a confession obtained through torture. People being tortured will tell you anything just to get the pain to stop. It might be the truth, but it might not. Extradition has traditionally been used as a way for the long arm of justice to get even longer…if there’s no place to run, maybe criminals will just give up and face the music. The Apostle Paul, of course, used it to get justice. His appeal to Caesar led to his extradition to Rome (Acts 25:21), and a fair trial…at least fairer than the Jewish leaders would have given him.”

“Christians? Do we believe in extradition? Absolutely! That is what the translation of the saints at the end of the age is all about (1Thess. 4:13-18). Don we believe in torture? In what way can we construe torture to mean that it is a demonstration of loving our enemies (Matt. 5:44)?”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we want to be set free by truth (John 8:32), we don’t want to assume what we get from torture is truth; help us to discern; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 6-10-19 The Most Important Thing

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -6-10-19

The Most Important Thing

What’s Happening: “In a display of global solidarity, gay pride parades were celebrated over the weekend in Detroit, D.C., Warsaw, etc. Although the Warsaw parade was attended by Mayor Rafal Trzakowski and was mostly peaceful, the others were marred by Neo-Nazis and other protesters, some stampeding when they thought there was gunfire heard (https://www.yahoo.com/news/lgbt-pride-marches-us-interrupted-090526604.html). ‘Literally f****** Nazis are at Motor City Pride right now, please be safe out there y’all,

Even if they deserve it, do not engage. Our safety at our Pride is the most important thing,’ tweeted one attendant. Not much covered by the main-stream media (MSM) was a straight pride parade in Boston, naming Alt-Right (and gay) provacateur Milo Yiannopolous as Marshall (https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/06/straight-pride-parade-milo-yiannopoulos-marshal.html). Brad Pitt’s name and image were used to advertise the event. He said he was not ‘super happy’ about it, either.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Wow! Straight Pride parade. It’s about time!”

Biblical Response:  “Led by a gay guy? I don’t know. He wants to celebrate tolerance when God is not so tolerant of his choice of a lifestyle (1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Tim. 1:10). Sure, society wants to be inclusive, to not judge, but the most quoted scripture: ‘judge not’ (Matt. 7:1) is taken completely out of context (read verse 2). We are not called to tolerance. In fact, we will be judging angels (1 Cor. 6:3). Don’t get me wrong, I am for tolerance….redefined…I call it patience. The scripture even says He is being (seemingly) slow about His promised return because He’s giving more time for sinners to repent (2 Pet. 3:9). As for safety being ‘the most important thing’…not from God’s perspective.”

“Christians? We believe the Lordship of Christ is the most important thing (Rom. 10:9-10). And although Jesus died for all, not all receive Him (John 1:12). It’s kind of like your Grandma giving you a Christmas present, which ,during clean-up, you accidentally  kicked under the couch. If you ask Grandma if she gave you a gift, she will say she did. You, however, never opened (or received the intended benefit of) her ‘free gift’ (Rom. 6:23).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to keep the most important thing the most important thing…and help us to be patient…hating the sin, while loving the sinner (Prov. 29:27 LB); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 6-8-19 Unanimous Ruling

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -6-8-19

Unanimous Ruling

What’s Happening: “In an interview yesterday of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she predicted many future close rulings favoring the conservatives on the court. She did, however, laud Kavanaugh’s female law clerk appointments, saying he is responsible for female law clerks exceeding, for the first time, male law clerks appointed by Supremes (https://www.yahoo.com/news/justice-ginsburg-warns-more-5-202523877.html). ‘Thanks to his selections, the court has this term for the first time ever, more women than men serving as law clerks,’Ginsburg said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Now I can see why the Dems fought against Kavanaugh so hard.”

Biblical Response:  “So can I. Still, to bring up so many ‘he-said/she-said’ baseless allegations was beyond the pale. No one should be surprised at future rulings…even the overturn of no-precedent ruling Roe V. Wade. We are going to live in a very different country 15 years from now…THANK GOD! Heck, the Bible and prayer might be brought back into public schools! (Joshua 1:8…and the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, which put them there in the first place).

“Christians? Oh we believe in the instructive value of God’s Word (2 Tim. 3:16):

‘ All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:…’(KJV)”

The judgments may be close on the Supreme Court, but THE judgement will be unanimous!”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while some may celebrate and look forward to a temporality that favors conservatism, all will celebrate Your fairness for eternity…well, maybe not all; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 6-7-19 Stepping Up

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -6-7-19

Stepping Up

What’s Happening: “Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard is hopeful that further negotiations or what his government has done so far by sending 6000 National Guard troops to his country’s southern border to stop Guatemalan immigrants on their way to the U.S border will be enough to avoid the promised increase in tariffs that are due to begin Monday (5%, then another 5% each month until 25% is reached). Democrats want to remove President Trump’s ability to unilaterally impose tariffs through declaring National Emergencies (https://www.yahoo.com/news/mexico-scrambles-slow-migrants-trump-tariffs-loom-221454340.html). ‘The U.S. position is focused on migrant control measures, ours is on development,’ Ebrard said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Securing their own southern border…isn’t that just what they’re supposed to do?”

Biblical Response:  “Yeah, but everything costs money. Besides, immigrants are a source of income (‘transit fees’, “human trafficking fees’ – also called graft – ‘coyote fees’ etc….oh, and a major source of future Democrat votes). Stepping up to their responsibilities as a real government reminds me of a scripture encouraging Christians to step up to their responsibilities:

“Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” (1 Cor. 16:13 NASU)”

“Christians? Though we’re often as guilty as the next guy, we know better…and we feel bad about it…hopefully, enough to repent and change. However, the temptation to follow our own interests or take the path of least resistance is strong. God help us.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our leaders (and us) to do the right thing; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 6-6-19 The Legacy of Greatness

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -6-6-19

The Legacy of Greatness

What’s Happening: “President of the United States, Donald Trump, was celebratory but somber, as he attended France’s commemoration of the D-Day Invasion 75 years later in Colleville-Sur-Mer, Normandy, France . He was accompanied by French President Emmanuel Macron and others earlier today and attended a similar ceremony in England yesterday. He referred to the invasion of 130,000 that changed the course of the war as ‘among the very greatest Americans who will ever live.’ (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-mark-75th-anniversary-d-043431205.html) Macron thanked Americans who sacrificed so much for his country to be free, ‘France doesn’t forget. We know what we owe to you veterans our freedom. On behalf of my nation, I just want to say, thank you.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Big deal! I mean, I’m grateful, but why all the brouhaha, anyway?”

Biblical Response:  “Aside from the fact you might be speaking German today, those who don’t remember past sacrifices are liable to repeat the hostility that necessitated them. Perhaps we don’t talk about the ‘war to end all wars’ (WWI)…which didn’t, or WWII enough, but the blood of millions (from both wars) cries from the ground, pleading with this generation not to forget. There are things to forget (Phil. 3:13), but this is not one of them. Taking the Bible and prayer out of schools (of course, there are those who argue that as long as there are tests there will be prayer), and forcing students to read revisionist history (sorry, I’m a little mad…I just spent a day at the Yorktown, Virginia Revolutionary War Museum and there wasn’t a single mention of the cultural revolution that the Great Awakening – 1725-1775 – brought to the colonies) doesn’t help this generation, either.”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in rehearsing previous messages the past communicates. Read the reaction (Nehemiah 8) of those who returned to Israel after the Babylonian captivity.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let us never forget the past and its influence on the present; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 6-5-19 Free, But Costly

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -6-5-19

Free, But Costly

What’s Happening: “If you are a stockholder in Amazon, Google, Apple or Facebook, the recent rumors of antitrust investigations by the FTC and the DOJ have freaked you out! The reason? Their stocks have subsequently plummeted. Of course, their will be a short-term cost to the consumers of their products as these tech giants try to make up for stock losses by increasing their prices – and long-term gains if these investigations yield a forced breakup (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-technology-antitrust/u-s-moving-toward-major-antitrust-probe-of-tech-giants-idUSKCN1T42JH). Lawmakers on both sides have weighed in: ‘It’s got so much power, and so unregulated,’ said Lindsey Graham (R), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman. Democrat Senator Richard Blumenthal said on Twitter, ‘Their predatory power grabs demand strict and stiff investigation and antitrust action.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “And this should concern me, why?”

Biblical Response:  “Because it will, no doubt, affect everyone’s bottom line…significantly but imperceptibly. To be a truly informed consumer today requires Business 101, or at least a rudimentary knowledge of how the capitalistic system runs. One of the first maxims you learn is that everything costs…or as the ‘old school’ puts it: there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch (Robert Heinlein’s novel of 1966). Or biblically, you could realize that the best thing in life is free: salvation (Rom. 6:23).”

“Christians? Oh, we believe that salvation is free…to those who receive it. It was very costly to Jesus…He had to die extremely painfully for crimes He didn’t commit. So, I guess you could say it was free to us…but not free to Him…it cost Him everything.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we need to be aware of what things cost, help us also to be aware (and grateful) for what didn’t cost us anything; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 6-4-19 It’s Never Wrong

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -6-4-19

It’s Never Wrong

What’s Happening: “What happened Sunday astounded many – in the media and in his church –  but Pastor David Platt of McLean Bible Church in Vienna, VA prayed for the President (impromptu and in person) because of the 13 killed in a Virginia Beach municipal building last week (including the gunman). Although the Bible calls for prayer for ‘all those in authority’, the Pastor felt it necessary to explain himself. He surely didn’t want the prayer to be an endorsement (https://www.yahoo.com/news/pastor-apologizes-congregation-over-trump-223517289.html). ‘Sometimes we find ourselves in situations that we didn’t see coming, and we’re faced with a decision in a moment when we don’t have the liberty of deliberation, so we do our best to glorify God. Today, I found myself in one of those situations.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Just because he prayed doesn’t mean he was in favor politically.”

Biblical Response:  “That’s what I’m saying. The left-leaning media, however, wants to make a mountain out of a molehill. The prayer and a statement to church members  titled “Prayer for the President” was quite innocuous. Even the Bible calls for such a prayer (1 Tim. 2:1-6)…no matter, the press doesn’t like anyone ‘picking sides.’ In fact, it calls believers everywhere to ‘pray about everything’ (Phil. 4:6-7). Besides, if anyone needs prayer, it certainly is the President of the United States.”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in praying for our leader and for those who are in tragedy (Rom. 12:15). The only people more in need of prayer are possibly those who are missing their loved ones in Virginia Beach. I’m sure glad that Franklin Graham called for such prayers last Sunday.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father,  help us to be more concerned with obedience than political correctness; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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