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CLARITY – -7-11-19 Untimely


A Biblical Response to Current Events -7-11-19


What’s Happening: “A man went over Niagara Falls unprotected…and lived (!) AFP reported yesterday. The man, unidentified, had climbed over a retaining wall and was swept over Horseshoe Falls, the largest one, and fell 188 feet. He was found sitting on a rock with non-life-threatening injuries. He joins a very elite club: only four other people have ever gone over the falls in an unprotected manner and lived to tell the tale ( A seven-year-old boy went over the falls in 1960 with a life jacket on after a boating accident. He also survived after a ring from a tour boat was thrown to him.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Wow! I’m sure that got his attention!”

Biblical Response:  “You think?!And after such a stupid stunt! Why do you think a retaining wall was built? He committed Reason # 2 of my Four Reasons Why ‘Bad’ Things Happen: 1) We live in a fallen world (Gen. 3); 2) You do something stupid; 3) You are the collateral damage for someone else’s stupidity; or 4) God is trying to teach you something. On second thought, perhaps he falls in more than one category. I guess it was just not his time (Heb. 9:27). By the way, I put ‘bad’ in quotes because what we judge as ‘bad’ today we might call ‘good’ tomorrow (Rom. 8:28).”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in the orchestration of all events (Acts 17:24-26); that we are all on appointments foreseen by an all-knowing God (Is. 46:10). We just need to get in step. Which is not to say we are fatalists…there is such a thing as free will…but I don’t have enough room here.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to collaborate, not obfuscate (look it up); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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