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CLARITY – 12-4-18 25 is Low Unless You’re One

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-4-18

25 is Low Unless You’re One

 

What’s Happening: “The number of those missing (just in the Camp Fire in Paradise, California) about two weeks ago was 1,200…today it is 25. Now, 88 killed is still horrific, but the reduction in the number of missing may be the only “good news” in a wildfire that destroyed a community of 27,000. Some blame the fire on equipment problems that PG& E, Corp. reported near the wildfire’s origin at about the same time it started, but no one knows for sure (https://www.yahoo.com/news/number-missing-californias-deadliest-wildfire-drops-25-173544424.html). The fire erupted on November 8.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess everyone is breathing a sigh of relief!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Everyone, but those killed… They may discover the fire’s reason for starting, and I’m sure there will be lawsuits that will attempt to assign blame and value, but how do you retrieve the potential futures that were lost? Every person that died had a mother and father…many had just started their lives… It has been said before, but it bears repeating; ‘All tragedy is local.’ There are at least 88 that will never see a sunrise again…and the families of those folks will be missing their loved ones long after the sun rises today.”

 

“Christians? What an opportunity for the Church to be the Church! We can provide prayer, comfort, and extensive material support (James 2:5-17). Of course, we could just politicize this and wag our heads in commiseration, but that will only make ourselves feel better…and that only temporarily.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to have true sympathy, not some empty pretended sorrow for those who we think should have done differently anyway; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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