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CLARITY – 8-13-20 A Little Perspective Please

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-13-20

A Little Perspective Please

What’s Happening: “Wednesday, Israel struck Hamas sites in Gaza over fire balloons they unleashed across the border Tuesday. Although over 60 fires were reported, there were no casualties. Hamas has been using kites and balloons for years to attack Israel who has been at war three times with Hamas since 2008 and often has skirmishes, border crossing closures, and other retaliations in response. Tanks, attack helicopters and jets were used in the retaliatory attack yesterday and some launch sites were destroyed…this is situation normal for a region that has been under siege since 2007 (https://www.yahoo.com/news/israel-strikes-hamas-positions-gaza-054549181.html). Quoting from the AFP article by Said Khatib: ‘Explosives tied to balloons and kites first emerged as a weapon in Gaza during intense protests in 2018, when the makeshift devices drifted across the border daily, causing thousands of fires in Israeli farms and communities.’” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So you’re saying that now would not be a good time to visit Israel, huh?”

Biblical Response:  “With COVID-19, restricted air travel, mandatory quarantines…now add in unrest in Israel…probably not (though there really hasn’t been a ‘safe’ time in decades). Of course, we talk today about safety as if it were our number one priority (I’m thinking about our over-reaction to a smalltime virus – see blog of 6-29-20). I agree, one death is too many, but we lost in excess of 55,000 in VietNam and millions in WWII. Let’s get a little perspective and not make a HUGE deal over this. Sure, for the families of those who’ve lost loved ones, it is quite tragic. Still, while I’m all for caution, over-reaction can be mostly political. As the Scriptures warn, ‘fear hath torment’ (1 John 4:18).”

“Christians? We believe in not making an unnecessary big deal over temporal life. It’s eternal life we should be more concerned with. Read Jesus’ reference to a local tragedy to get His sense of balance:

‘And Jesus said to them, ‘Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.’ Luke 13:2-3 NASU)”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to view things increasingly from Your perspective and have a more balanced approach; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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