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CLARITY – 11-10-18 Retribution is Often Tragic


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-10-18

Retribution is Often Tragic


What’s Happening: “Paradise, California, a town of 27,000 was consumed by a wildfire…the cause of which is still unknown, though an electrical spark may be the culprit. So far, nine incinerated bodies have been found, including four who succumbed in their car presumably during the evacuation traffic jam. Malibu too, home to many of Hollywood’s stars, was evacuated ( Including fires in Southern California, nearly 250,000 have been displaced. All 6,700 homes in Paradise appear to have burned.”


Knee-Jerk Response:  “Wow! Talk about devastation….”


Biblical Response:  “Yeah…it’s apocalyptic, for sure! A fire of biblical proportions! Actually, that assessment may not be far off. You can’t flout God like the people of California have and remain unscathed. The scripture concerning reaping and sowing comes to mind (Gal. 6:7). One thing’s for sure, when you have environmental policies that preclude removing undergrowth and no rain for long periods, your vulnerability to wildfires increases.”


Christians? This is an opportunity for the Church to shine – not just in commiserating (Rom. 12:15), but in practical ways, too (James 2:16-17). Now is not the time to wag a finger, but lend a hand.”


Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to offer tears to extinguish the flames… and practical help to rebuild; there’ll be plenty of opportunity to correct. After all, doesn’t the Scriptures say: ‘Let him who is without sin, cast the first stone’?; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”


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