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CLARITY – 1-3-19 Innocent But Not Stupid

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-3-19

Innocent But Not Stupid

What’s Happening: “The return of a man arrested for spying (Paul Whelan) who was attending his brother’s wedding in Moscow, may really be to give Putin a bargaining chip for Maria Butina, arrested for trying to influence the 2016 elections in the U.S. (https://www.yahoo.com/news/retired-u-marine-suspected-spying-russia-innocent-family-170106701.html). Daniel Hoffman, former CIA Moscow station chief said, ‘Putin knows there will be a lot of public square pressure to get this guy out.’”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Do I hear ‘prisoner exchange’?”

Biblical Response:  “Probably. I sure am praying for his release and his family meanwhile. His arrest? It should not be unexpected (especially if your resume’ is one that may look suspect for spying – former marine, Security Director for his company, etc.). In fact, anyone traveling outside of the U.S. is in a reduced safety position. Traveling to Moscow, Beijing, or Pyongyang – I’m thinking Otto Warmbier – …well that just comes with an even higher level of wariness..or it should.”

“Christians? We are cautioned to be ‘wise as serpents, innocent as doves’ (Matt. 10:16). Are we not to travel outside the U.S.? Of course we are to travel (haven’t we been given a command to

‘go into all the world’ – Matt 28:18; Mark 16:15)? It’s just that we should listen carefully to what the Holy Spirit says. We will be protected if we are supposed to be (Acts 11:12). Perhaps Jim Elliot and John Allen Chau (both martyred by the tribes they were seeking to evangelize) have done more in their deaths than most Christians in their lives (I know the early Apostles did – all are credited with martyrdom).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give our State Department negotiators wisdom,  those who travel abroad discretion, and all of us empathy; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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