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CLARITY – 1-14-20 Reality and Absolute Reality


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-14-20

Reality and Absolute Reality

What’s Happening: “Natalie Mae Edwards, a former U.S. Treasury Department employee, pled guilty yesterday to leaking confidential documents to new outlets relating to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. As part of her plea deal, she agreed not to appeal any sentence the judge may hand down that is six months or less. Edwards’ lawyer, Marc Agnifilo, said to reporters: his client believed she had good reason for disclosing the reports ( ‘I think she was of the view that certain critical facts weren’t being handled the right way by the government agencies whose responsibility it is to handle these things,’ her lawyer maintained.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Another case of Washington being leaky, huh?”

Biblical Response:  “No doubt…but Washington, D.C. doesn’t hold the exclusive right to that. Julian Assange (Wikilweaks), and probably many of Washington’s leakers, have the same altruistic beliefs (aside for the desire for elicit profits, of course)…that the pursuit of truth or reality is worth a little compromise.  They quickly point to the real facts revealed as their justification. The only problem is: there’s reality and ABSOLUTE REALITY. Things are often not as they first seem…we just don’t have all the facts.’Exactly,’ shout the leakers. The problem is we all have a tendency to remember things as whatever suits our cause. Only God knows all things…absolutely (Ps. 139)…and sometimes He only reveals what suits His purposes (Deut. 29:29).”

“Is it wrong to reveal things we know are true? Better questions might be: How did you come by that revelation? Are you violating a confidence by revealing it? Do you have something to gain personally by that revelation?”

“Christians? We believe that there are things that should be revealed…and some things that are not to be revealed (Dan 2:20-22). Since we do not know His specific purposes, we should be reluctant when it comes to revealing what we have been told in confidence.”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the discernment to know what is Your Absolute Reality…and the wisdom to know when (or if) we are to reveal it; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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