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CLARITY – 9-29-18 Meanwhile in Indonesia

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-29-18

Meanwhile in Indonesia

 

What’s Happening: “Most people tuning in the Ford/ Kavanaugh circus missed the fact that an earthquake (magnitude 7.5) and a tsunami (6 meter waves) stuck Sulawesi, Indonesia, and immediately killed 384. I said “immediately” because the death toll is likely to rise (https://www.yahoo.com/news/strong-quake-tsunami-indonesias-sulawesi-island-kill-least-011405645.html).  ‘We’re now getting limited communications about the destruction in Palu City, but we have heard nothing from Donggala and this is extremely worrying. There are more than 300,000 people living there,’ said the Red Cross.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “The Ford/Kavanaugh hearings may be earthquakes/tsunamis of our own.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Anyone who knows the significance of what went on in Washington yesterday will probably agree with you, That doesn’t lessen the deaths in Indonesia. Both places were rocked, but the Indonesian Islands sit directly on an active volcanic zone: “The Ring of Fire”…of course, that also could be said of the partisanship in D.C. “

 

“Christians? We’re not unfamiliar with accusation, innuendo, or upheaval (Acts 4:1-17). And, we are told to commiserate with those who suffer (Rom. 12:15). We need to be soothers, not adding to the misery of others…in either disturbance.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to be unwitting participants…either by our lack of focus…nor in our narcissism; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 9-28-18 Not a Toss Up

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-28-18

Not a Toss Up

 

What’s Happening: “While 6 of the 7 top news stories (as reported by Yahoo News) are about the Kavanaugh hearings of yesterday or the confirmation vote promised today, the real issue is the upcoming midterm elections on November 6. Will the Republicans hold the Senate (the Democrats only need to flip 2 seats)? Will the Democrats take the House (all 435 seats are up for grabs – the Democrats need to flip 28 seats to win a majority and the promise of impeachment)? (https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-midterm-elections-poll-tracker-150552910.html). Some say there’s going to be a Blue (Democrat) Wave, some a Red (Republican) Wave, others predict more of a ‘ripple.’ Almost everyone is saying it’s a toss up.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Who really cares? The swamp rats rule anyway!”

 

Biblical Response:  “While conventional wisdom may deem you right…it doesn’t have to be that way! You want the swamp drained? Vote! Want the Democrats to win? Vote! Want the Republicans to win? Vote! Historically, the midterms (the vote for national offices between the votes for President) usually draw poor voter turnout…but it doesn’t have to be that way.”

 

“Christians? Although the concept of self-government is noble, it’s kind of utopian. I mean, that fallen men could actually make godly decisions is laughable on its face (Rom. 3:23). Why that would require a redeemed electorate! I think that’s what our Founders had in mind.”

 

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion…Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.” – John Adams in 1798

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, motivate us to get off our duffs and make a difference; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 9-27-18 The Truth Needs No Polygraph

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-27-18

The Truth Needs No Polygraph

 

What’s Happening: “It turns out the polygraph (released yesterday) Christine Blasey Ford ‘passed’ never included Kavanaugh’s name…not in the questions (2) that were asked by the non-law enforcement interviewer conducting the test, nor in the written statement Ford was asked to corroborate. (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/ford-polygraph-results-released-just-blow-huge-hole-story/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune). Politico reported that Dr. Ford does not want to fly across the country from her California home because she’s afraid of confined spaces. Many are asking then why the polygraph was given in Maryland?”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So her version varies a little bit. So what?”

 

Biblical Response:  “It matters a lot! We’re talking a lifetime appointment! What about the midterm elections?! Then there’s the issue of character assassination. I’m not saying something didn’t happen or that Dr, Ford doesn’t believe her version (though I have no explanation for the difference in her versions). Today’s hearing is must-see TV. No doubt, the truth will ultimately prevail, but what is the truth?”

 

“Christians? Oh, we can tell you all about the truth. Truth frees, lies enslave (John 8:32).

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our leaders to set aside politics and discern what really happened; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 9-26-18 The Last Laugh May be Filled with Tears

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-26-18

The Last Laugh May be Filled with Tears

 

What’s Happening: “The unexpected laughter that U.S. President Donald Trump received from the U.N. were reactions to his boast that his improvements were historic. He listed accomplishments in the military, diplomatically, trade and otherwise, touting his administration “in less than two years” had accomplished almost more than any other in this country (https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/world/article/Laughter-at-Trump-among-a-long-line-of-shocking-13257529.php). Trump was surprised by the laughter, but later remarked, ‘Oh it was great, well, that was meant to get some laughter, so it was great,’”.

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It wasn’t meant to be a joke…not to him.”

 

Biblical Response:  “I’m not sure what he meant, but if he was expecting that liberal globalist audience to react in any other way, he was ill advised. The Make-America-Great-Again slogan might be acceptable on the campaign trail, but not amongst the leaders of the world…all it evokes from them are the uncomfortable laughs of the jealous. Rather than provoking them to their own greatness, these sovereign nations want less American greatness and more parity.”

 

“Christians? Christianity is not popular among the non-Christians of the world. Saying that your religion offers the ONLY truth flies in the face of religious syncretism and political correctness. No doubt, claims of Jesus being the only way to God (John 14:6) are met with laughter, too.

“For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life.“ 2 Cor. 2:15-16

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be meek and patient teachers of those who are wrong; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 9-25-18 The Loneliest Job

 

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-25-18

The Loneliest Job

 

What’s Happening: “18-year-old Aldi Novel Adilang, was adrift for 49 days before he was rescued by a Panamanian-flagged vessel off Guam having floated off his moorings over 1,000 miles away. His job as a lamplighter on a floating shack designed to attract fish with a light may be the loneliest task on the planet. He gets paid by his Indonesian employer just $130/month (https://www.yahoo.com/news/indonesian-teenager-rescued-drifting-7-weeks-sea-092843308.html). He said he survived on fish and salt water wringed from wet clothes when his supplies ran out. This is the third time this season his raft has broken its moorings.

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “This is where you learn to talk to yourself or go crazy.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Indeed, one might wonder at the boy’s sanity for even taking the job in the first place! I guess it depends on your options…or your destiny. The thought that Christ CHOSE to go o the cross for us (Luke 22:42) makes many question His sanity…or His power. The only reason His act is not considered suicide (he submitted to his capture even healing one of his captors – John 18:10), is that He had the right to lay down His life (John 10:18).”

 

“Christians? Being a lamplighter might indeed be the loneliest job on earth (though we might argue we are all called to be Lamplighters),but dying for Mankind’s sin is a lonely task, too (Matt. 2:55-56).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let us take solace in the fact that You will supply sufficient grace for the task at hand…with the calling comes the strength; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 9-24-18 Death en Masse

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-24-18

Death en Masse

 

What’s Happening:  If blood cries from the ground (Gen. 4:10) the sound must be deafening from Veracruz, Mexico. 250 skulls have been located in a mass grave (many of them children that have gone missing) alongside their clothes (which may aid in their identification) and are probably a direct result of the war declared on the drug cartels by the government nearly a decade ago (https://www.cnn.com/2017/03/15/americas/mexico-mass-grave-skulls-found-veracruz/index.html). ‘”They give us just the bones, but at least I can have them, I can keep it some place where it won’t be rained on, where I can put a flower on it,” a woman told a CNN reporter.

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess fighting the cartels doesn’t pay.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe not in the short-term…everyone who died (some were kidnapped, tortured, then executed) should be regarded as heroes…freedom fighters trying to take their country back. In the long run, their blood spilled, some voluntarily, some involuntarily, will found a country free of drugs and prosperous. At least that is the vision some have.”

 

“Christians? Nobody’s for the indiscriminate taking of lives…except the drug cartels…and they’ll get their just desserts….here, there or both. Freedom isn’t free. Sacrifice is often required (Heb. 9:22). Christ’s death purchased freedom in eternity…temporality may require similar sacrifice.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to mete out justice where we can and count on Your judgement for the rest; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 9-20-18 The Responsibility of Stewardship

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-20-18

The Responsibility of Stewardship

 

What’s Happening:  “Calls came for charges of attempted murder by Ann Coulter (and others) for leaving dogs caged to drown by rising flood waters, the aftermath of hurricane Florence (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/ann-coulter-calls-attempted-murder-charges-video-shows-6-dogs-left-drown-nc/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-CT&utm_campaign=dailypm&utm_content=conservative-tribune). Reporter Marcus DiPaola tweeted: ‘Rescued six dogs in Leland, NC, after the owner LEFT THEM locked in an outdoor cage that filled with flood water that was rapidly rising.We got them out, but by the time we left, the water was so high that they would have drowned. BRING YOUR PETS WITH YOU!’ Although he didn’t actually make the rescue, he did film it all.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “They’re just dogs. What’s the big deal?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Spoken like a true NON-STEWARD! There is a hierarchy of value that should have (and does) place humans above animals, but pet ownership comes with certain responsibilities. Anybody who can’t treat pets with the dignity and care they deserve should not own. Animals are totally dependent on the actions (or inactions) of their owners. Pets should NEVER be left to starve or drown and there are laws (cruelty to animals) that can and should be enforced.”

 

Christians? We were given stewardship of all of creation by God (Gen. 2:15); it was our first job. That we have given over that job to the devil does not abrogate our culpability in the matter. Otherwise, we might be lumped in with those evil stewards the Lord talks about (Matt. 33-41).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the compassion of the greater-over-the-weaker that You obviously demonstrated by Your death for us: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 9-19-18 The Latest Tack

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-19-18

The Latest Tack

 

What’s Happening:  “That a PR firm might be behind the latest attempt at scuttling the Kavanaugh nomination to the Supreme Court may not come as a surprise to many more conversant on social media, but this latest barrage will definitely mean that his nomination won’t sail through the committee or the full Senate. Both are scheduled for questioning on Monday (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/pr-firm-kavanaugh-accusations/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=conservative-brief-CT&utm_campaign=dailyam&utm_content=conservative-tribune). Ian Millhiser tweeted:’Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s number is (202)-224-6665. Sen. Susan Collins’ is (202)224-2523. If you live in Alaska or Maine, and don’t want someone credibly accused of attempted rape on the Supreme Court, now is the time to call them.’ Some are pointing to the frequency of the term credibly accused in social media to point out the likelihood of PR firm involvement… or at least concerted coordination.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Except when there isn’t…frankly, I don’t know who is right: accuser or accused. But if mere allegation and innuendo means guilt, then America may be no different than Venezuela…or North Korea…or Iran…etc. A man (or a woman) is innocent until proven guilty. Kavanaugh may have been vetted more than any human alive…and came out clean. This latest stall tactic may be only that.”

 

“Christians? We cannot be for sexual assault…but neither can we be for those who want to give too much weight to allegation or innuendo. What we need is discernment:

Prov 2:3-7 ASV

‘Yea, if thou cry after discernment, And lift up thy voice for understanding;

If thou seek her as silver, And search for her as for hid treasures:

Then shalt thou understand the fear of Jehovah, And find the knowledge of God.

For Jehovah giveth wisdom; Out of his mouth (cometh) knowledge and understanding:

He layeth up sound wisdom for the upright; (He is) a shield to them that walk in integrity.’”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our leaders to listen carefully to the Holy Spirit’s input…and then act upon it; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-18-18 Things Are Rough All Over

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-18-18

Things Are Rough All Over

 

What’s Happening:  “Nobody has an exclusive  claim on difficulty. There is a typhoon in China (https://www.yahoo.com/news/china-provinces-braced-heavy-rainfall-typhoon-heads-west-005007148.html), a hurricane is ravaging the coasts of North  and South Carolina (https://www.yahoo.com/news/rivers-rise-rescues-continue-florence-055240405.html), there’s turmoil in Idlib (in neighboring Syria – Turkey fears refugees might flood her border…and Europe’s – Iran and Russia are backing Bashir Al Assad’s offensive against the last rebel holdout) (https://news.sky.com/story/idlib-offensive-fears-of-humanitarian-crisis-mount-as-syrians-flee-homes-11495458, to say nothing of North Korea, etc. ”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Maybe Chicken Little really was right…the sky is falling!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably not. Chicken Little was, after all, an alarmist. Things are bad (and may get worse), but God is not asleep (Ps. 121:4). He uses these things to discipline us because He loves us (Heb. 12:6). ”

 

“Christians? I’m not saying He authors these calamities, Just that all these things work out for our good (Rom. 8:28). He’s just as upset we live in a fallen world as we are. He just doesn’t waste a crisis, either.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to put things in perspective; to weep with those who weep (Rom. 12:15), but to realize You’re not finished with us, either; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 9-17-18 It Remains to be Seen

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-17-18

It Remains to be Seen

 

What’s Happening:  “The high school student (now 51) that alleged sexual harassment by then 17-year-old Kavanaugh at a party in a letter to Congresswoman Dianne Feinstein has now identified herself as Christine Blasey Ford. Nobody seems to know for sure why the letter, received months ago, was just released last week or what the GOP is now going to do (https://conservativebuzz.com/2018/09/16/kavanaughs-accuser-steps-forward-gop-confused/). ‘A lawyer from the White House, when asked if Kavanaugh would now withdraw his nomination, said: ‘“No way, not even a hint of it. If anything, it’s the opposite. If somebody can be brought down by accusations like this, then you, me, every man certainly should be worried. We can all be accused of something.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Be sure your sin will find you out!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Of course…but that doesn’t answer the question: Did he do it? He swears he didn’t…65 other contemporaries said he didn’t (some who don’t align with him politically) (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6173619/65-women-knew-Brett-Kavanaugh-high-school-sign-letter-support.html)…whatever happened to the presumption of innocence? I don’t claim to have inside knowledge, but I think it strange that so horrific an incident was not complained about at the time.”

 

“Christians? We are used to baseless accusations and innuendo. We have fought that battle before (Acts 4:16-17). We must assume the enemy of our souls (satan, the deceiver, old slewfoot, etc.) will not go ‘peacefully into the night.’ He has an agenda, but so do we (John 10:10). However, we have an advantage…the truth (John 8:32).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to ferret out the truth in a timely manner; help us not to assume anything; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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