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CLARITY – 10-5-19 Deceptive Lull

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-5-19

Deceptive Lull

What’s Happening: “The lack of Iranian action is deafening to some – case in point: Vice Admiral of U.S. Fifth Fleet Jim Malloy. He shared with Reuters there has been a lull in external actions – after the missile strike on Saudi oil fields September 14 – but says he does not take non-response as inactivity.  Although the Iranians have flatly denied involvement (the Iranian-backed Yemeni Houthis have claimed responsibility), the nations of the UK, Germany, the U.S., France and Saudi Arabia state publicly that they blame the attack on Iran. Ever since the U.S. unilaterally pulled out of JCPOA (the ‘nuclear deal’), Tehran has rattled its arms (interdicted shipping through the Straits of Hormuz, etc.) and the U.S. has increased its sanctions on Iranian oil (https://www.yahoo.com/news/exclusive-iran-not-drawing-back-110000428.html). ‘I don’t believe that they’re drawing back at all,” Vice Admiral Jim Malloy said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Shouldn’t we be happy when  the headlines are full of impeachment or other domestic issues, rather than the latest Iranian aggression?”

Biblical Response:  “Yes…if it truly means a decline in hostilities…which Vice Admiral Malloy obviously doesn’t.  I’m inclined to believe the expert with the intelligence. Besides, one of the first things you learn in ‘Deception 101’ is to keep a low profile – telegraph inactivity when you are really the most active (Ps. 4:2). We need to be as wise as serpents, gentle as doves (Matt. 10:16).”

“Christians? Unfortunately, we have a reputation for being gullible. However, people should not mistake our optimism for turning a blind eye to reality. While we want to believe the best about people, we are not naive to the wiles of the devil. He wants us to let down our guard…but it’s not happening!” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to operate in reality, not become the victims of clever deception; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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