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CLARITY – 6-24-20 Deeds of the Flesh


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-24-20

Deeds of the Flesh

What’s Happening: “Madison, Wisconsin, the capital of the state, was the site Tuesday of mayhem that resulted in the assault of State Senator Tim Carpenter, after he stopped to take a photo of the protesters. They were alternatively protesting the death of black man George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of the police and the arrest of one of their crowd earlier. Senator Carpenter described his assaulters as a bunch of ‘thugs’ who hit him a half a dozen times and kicked him in the head. Protesters broke glass at the Tommy Thompson Center, broke the windows of the Dane County jail and toppled statues…some who fought for the Union. Protesters did not stop their rampage until police arrived at 1:00am. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) wondered why Gov. Tony Evers didn’t do anything ( ‘This is absolutely despicable. I am saddened at the cowardice of Madison officials to deal with these thugs,’ Speaker Vos tweeted.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “A State Senator! What is America coming to?!” 

Biblical Response:  “Anarchy…which is what happens in a country without a Christian consensus. The ‘deeds of the flesh’ (Gal. 5:19) are now our default. And it shouldn’t surprise us. To show self-control when you are angry over injustice only comes when you are controlled by the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22). And, this is the price of a society, when you’ve taken prayer and the Bible out of public schools (Engel v. Vitale – 1962), and higher education has been taken over by secular humanism. We can expect things to get worse before it gets better. Do I believe that we are headed back to a peaceable society? Yes, eventually, but I don’t know how many assaults, arson burnings, riots, or other violence lies ahead, first. And, things don’t change automatically.”

 “Christians?  We believe that the only thing that can help men is a nature change (1 Pet. 3:4). We must go from the control of the ‘deed of the flesh’ to the ‘fruit of the Spirit’ (Gal. 5:19-23):

Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality,

idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (NASU)

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, show us, specifically, what we must do to get to that Christian consensus we seek…and the societal sanity it will  yield; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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