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CLARITY – 12-4-19 “How The Mighty Are Fallen!”


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-4-19

“…How The Mighty Are Fallen!”  

What’s Happening: “Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who died recently at 95, left a large estate (at over $10 Million in an account + two houses + a farm + 10 cars, etc.) it was announced Tuesday. He is survived by his wife and his children (two daughters, a son and a stepson). They’ll probably get the assets as the family has been unable to locate a will ( ‘Mrs. Grace Mugabe was listed as the sole surviving spouse while Bona, Robert, Bellarmine and stepson Russel Goreraza were listed as surviving children,’ the Herald, a government-owned newspaper, reported.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Aren’t a third of Zimbabweans impoverished?”

Biblical Response:  “Yes, actually the article in the link says that 34% (5.7 million) are in ‘extreme poverty’… and the nation’s GDP is not faring well, either. Maybe they are suffering because of his radical left-wing ideologies. In any case, his wealth is in stark contrast…but he’ll soon get his ‘come-up-ins’ (Heb.9:27). Today’s title is taken from 2 Sam. 1:19, as David mourns the death of Saul and Jonathan, and underscores a grim reality: ‘you can’t take it with you’ – or, as my erstwhile pastor used to say, ‘I’ve never seen a hearse pulling a U-Haul.’ They’re only earthly assets anyway. Mugabe may find himself quite impoverished in another more eternal account…”

“Christians? Our value system should be other-worldly. Sadly, sometimes we struggle to get our priorities right. It’s hard to live in two worlds. It’s kind of like trying to walk two fences that are headed in different directions…you don’t make much progress in either of them (1 John 2:15).” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to make deposits in the right account…and be satisfied with Your provision here; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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