A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-19-20
What’s Happening: “In an effort to deceive the U.S. from governing who is exempt from sanctions over Venezuelan oil (humanitarian oil-for-food is allowed), new sanctions were levied on three individuals, eight entities, and two vessels Thursday. According to investigators at U.S, Treasury, they were attempting to mask Venezuelan oil sales to Europe via Mexico, and Mexico’s Libre Abordo was accused of helping Caracas evade U.S. sanctions. A complicated shell game netted conspirators millions in profits…Maduro’s government’s efforts at obfuscation have proven failures (https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-sanctions-mexican-firms-individuals-184309210.html). Quoting the Reuters article by Daphne Psaledakis and Marianna Parraga: ‘Mexico’s peso slumped 2% after the U.S. action. Among those blacklisted were Mexico-based Libre Abordo and related Schlager Business Group, as well as their co-owners, Olga Maria Zepeda and Veronica Esparza.’”
Knee-Jerk Response: “Will this affect the price I pay at the pump?”
Biblical Response: “Maybe…probably not…though hungry-for-profit oil companies will watch news of this closely and may try to maximize the consumers’ fears…or at least be accused of this…like I said, it’s complicated. What isn’t complicated is the attempt at profiting from deception. As the old saying goes: ‘Truth stands the test of time, lies are soon exposed.’ Oh wait, that’s a scripture (Prov. 12:19)”
“It might not make the headlines (at least that’s what Venezuela is hoping), but that’s what we have watchdogs for (like the U.S. Treasury and the NSA). Discovering deception and responding to it is what they are all about.”
“Christians? We believe in truth. And truth, the real facts, are always eventually discoverable. God knows which shell covers the hidden object as there is nothing hidden from Him (Luke 8:17).”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, help us to rely on You for the exposure of what should be exposed…in Your good timing; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”
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