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CLARITY – 20-13-18 Toxic Red Tide


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-13-18

Toxic Red Tide


What’s Happening: “In the wake of Hurricane Michael, there is a toxic red tide that is sweeping Florida beaches. The symptoms are flu-like and temporary…at least to humans…but it may be fatal to marine life…it’s not clear whether it’s red tide that has caused thousands of fish to wash up or red algae blooms. ( ‘Sometimes you get red tide up there in the Panhandle so that’s the issue, the tide’s right along the coastline and now the hurricane, with the storm surge, is going to carry the toxin inland,’ said Larry Brand, marine biologist.”


Knee-Jerk Response:  “If it doesn’t affect me, I’m not interested.”


Biblical Response:  “That is truly reflective of most of America…for that matter, most of the world..and I’m sorry. When anyone suffers, we should commiserate. Sure, there’s a limit to largesse…or there should be, but to care nothing is going beyond the limit in the opposite direction. Where’s the balance? If God lays something on your heart, then act. But don’t be dismissive out of hand. Just because you don’t live in Florida doesn’t mean you aren’t to care about those who do (Rom. 12:15).”


“Christians? The Scripture commands to ‘bear ye one another’s burdens’ (Gal. 6:2). Besides, there is a ‘red tide’ whose toxicity is healing. I’m talking about the blood of Jesus…and its toxicity to sin is what makes it so…well, welcome…if uncomfortable. Of course, it’s a painful toxicity at first, but, like medicine, sometimes it’s the only thing that will work.”


Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to care. Sure, it’s easy to go about life more self-focused, but that doesn’t bring anybody glory. We want to live a life that demands an explanation; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”


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