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CLARITY – 5-6-19 The Power of Knowledge

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-6-19

The Power of Knowledge

What’s Happening: “North Korea launched projectiles over the weekend that some fear may be a signal of the collapse of talks between Kim and Trump (Trump walked out of the last denuclearization talks). Some say they were not ICBMs and should not be taken by us or South Korea as anything but military preparedness (https://www.yahoo.com/news/skorea-says-nkorea-tested-tactical-guided-weapon-094239444.html). Kim’s talks with Putin last week add fuel to the rumor that Kim might be seeking sanction relief elsewhere, too. In any case, the distraction factor is high.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Is it time for ‘duck and cover’ drills?”

Biblical Response:  “Probably not, but ‘fear hath torment’ (1 John 4:18). Besides, those drills from the ‘50s only made school kids (and their parents) feel better about the personal survivability of a nuclear holocaust. If it isn’t North Korea and its bellicosity, it’s Venezuela and the Cuba-Russia-China threat…or the Iranian-Syrian threat against Israel…or what’s happening in the South China Sea…or the latest suicide bombing…or whatever. We just need to ‘chill out’ and realize God is not surprised by any of this. It is merely the ‘torment’ He was referring to.

Fear is like Capitalism…only in the negative. Capitalism works because it correctly assumes Man is basically bad. Greed, avarice, and envy are real (and sinful, but universal) emotions. Profiting from them is predictable. Fear is why mutually assured destruction (MAD) works today as a viable deterrent to nuclear war. This does not mean that we shouldn’t seek a world that is free from these wayward emotions, but realize utopian systems will never work without a Man that has been regenerated.”

“Christians? The reason why, though we are duly concerned, we are not ‘jacked up’ by the fear-mongering media, is that we know the liberation that comes with the knowledge of the truth (John 8:32). We can calmly comfort others while offering wisdom from on high because we know how it all turns out.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to take events in their eternal context and offer Your wisdom   and leave the hand-wringing to the enemy; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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