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CLARITY – 2-5-20 An Exercise in Futility…

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-5-20

An Exercise in Futility…

What’s Happening: “With the State of the Union (SOTU) address behind him, today’s impeachment vote in the Senate may show the President finally has the wind at his back…an unfamiliar condition since before his inauguration. Sure, a petulant and pouting Nancy Pelosi dramatically tore up his speech; her guest, a Parkland father of a student killed when a gunman opened fire at a Florida school, who tried to shout down Trump’s 2nd Amendment plea…and was removed by Capitol Police…but the list of this administration’s accomplishments amid the political headwinds are nothing short of amazing (https://www.yahoo.com/news/what-has-impeachment-accomplished-162642136.html). Quoting directly: “Three years ago, we launched the great American comeback. Tonight, I stand before you to share the incredible results. Jobs are booming, incomes are soaring, poverty is plummeting, crime is falling, Confidence is surging, and our country is thriving and highly respected again!’” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “As the old saying goes, ‘I’d pat you on the back, but your hand is in the way.’”

Biblical Response:  “Yes, he can never be accused of humility…but show me another President who doesn’t take credit for every good thing done on his watch! The Democrats may have shot themselves in the foot by going after Trump in a purely partisan way…and that’s not good for the Republic. Sure, there will (and must) be opposing voices. Seldom is any political position purely right. The answer from Peter and John when dragged before the Council in Acts 4 (19-20) is instructive:”

“‘Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.’ (Acts 4:19-20 NASU)”

“However, this is not that. While Trump may have a mandate from the people—he was elected in 2016 (much to the Democrats chagrin)—his mandate is not from God…unless you believe ‘God rules in the affairs of men.’ It wouldn’t be the first time God used the foolish to confound the wise (1 Cor. 1:27)”

 “Christians? Oh, we believe in a sovereign God (Is. 55:8-9). We also believe we are to pray for our leaders (1 Tim. 2:2).” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to obey while overlooking faults; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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