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CLARITY – 8-22-19 Unreliable

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -8-22-19

Unreliable

What’s Happening: “A press conference was called this week by Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich) and Tlaib ‘teared-up’ when referring to her Palestinian grandmother – ‘sitty’ in Arabic – who, though barred because of her antisemitic remarks and calls for a  boycott of Israel, has received a waiver to visit in the West Bank. Though initially accepting this invitation, she later rejected it amid emotional expressions (https://www.yahoo.com/news/blocked-visit-tlaib-gets-emotional-220606966.html). ‘All I can do as my Sitty’s granddaughter, as the granddaughter of a woman who lives in occupied territory, is to elevate her voice by exposing the truth the only way I know how, by humanizing the pain of oppression,’ Tlaib said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I’d be emotional, too, if it was my grandmother.”

Biblical Response:  “Perhaps…but can you cry on command? Seriously, I’m suspect of the tears of any granddaughter who hasn’t visited her grandmother in over a dozen years. Don’t get me wrong…they may be real…or just convenient. Tears may be regret on her part, too…so why didn’t she accept the opportunity when it was afforded? I’m just saying emotions are unreliable. When Joseph was confronting his brothers for the treachery they’d done to him, he lost control and had to retreat to cry in privacy (Gen. 43:30-31). Maybe Tlaib should have done that…of course, emotion expressed can underscore sincerity…or increase manipulation. Truly, only God knows the heart (Lk. 9:47; Acts 1:24).”

“Christians? It is one thing to express emotion (indeed we are told to ‘weep with those who weep’ – Rom. 12:15), it is another to manipulate with the emotions expressed. Thankfully, we have been given discernment to know the difference (Prov. 10:13; Ps.119:66 ).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us wisdom and discernment; and help us not to be manipulated by manufactured emotion, if You’ve determined it’s only that; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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