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CLARITY – 11-6-19 Mandatory Appointment

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-6-19

Mandatory Appointment

It’s Happening: “Another tragedy may have been a case of mistaken identity as 9 people from Utah with dual Mexican/American citizenship were brutally murdered early yesterday by rival drug cartels, four of them children, all on their way to a wedding they never attended. Several escaped, some of them wounded, and several are missing and feared kidnapped. The grisly details include the torching of one of the three cars they were traveling in and the murder of 4-month old twins. It all occurred in Sonora State just south of the border in Mexico and evoked a tweet by President Trump, offering help to the Mexican President (https://www.yahoo.com/news/least-10-members-mormon-family-124805674.html). ‘A wonderful family and friends from Utah got caught between two vicious drug cartels, who were shooting at each other, with the result being many great American people killed, including young children, and some missing. If Mexico needs or requests help in cleaning out these…..’””

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I’m glad I don’t live in Mexico!”

Biblical Response:  “…or apparently in Chicago. I don’t know if it was a case of mistaken identity or delayed retribution (they were kin to activist Benjamin LeBaron, who was murdered in 2009). Perhaps they were just in the ‘wrong’ place at the wrong time. An acquaintance of mine just lost his 22-year old son to being shot by a robber a couple of blocks from me. He was trying to protect the four women who were also there. Perhaps another case of being in the ‘wrong’ place at the wrong time. In any case, we live in a fallen world (read Genesis 3) and the resultant evil that was unleashed occasionally has devastating collateral damage.”

“We all have an appointment with death. We shall get so many days…no more, no less (Ex. 23:26; Job 14;1-12); and after that comes judgment (Heb. 9:27). Just because God knew when it would occur (Is. 46:10), does that make Him culpable? Hardly! He’s just as upset about it as we are (Heb. 4:15). I thought He was in control of all things…He is! Just because we don’t like an outcome, doesn’t mean it wasn’t appointed.”

“Christians? We believe we all have an appointment with death, but that God is going to see to it that we get the full measure of our days (Ps. 39:4). Since we don’t know exactly when our demise is going to occur, we should live every day as if it were our last..”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to live meaningful lives…and keep short accounts…not knowing when our account may be called due: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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