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CLARITY – 8-6-20 Sometimes Accidents Happen

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-6-20

Sometimes Accidents Happen

What’s Happening: “The explosion in Beirut, Lebanon Tuesday, although compared with MOAB (the Mother of All Bombs) and small strategic nuclear weapons in the U.S. arsenal, was probably not a terrpor attack, but an accidental explosion of hundreds of tons of a fertilizer (ammonium nitrate) seized several years ago and illegally stored. Over 100 people were killed and over 5,000 were wounded in the blast which registered a shock wave of 3.3 on earthquake scales. Further investigation will no doubt yield more information, but the real cause is still a mystery (https://www.yahoo.com/news/deadly-explosion-devastated-beirut-appears-201525323.html). Quoting from an article that appeared yesterday in the Business Insider: ‘Jeffrey Lewis, a nuclear and conventional weapons expert at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in California, estimated the yield to be ‘between 200 and 500 tons, looking at blast damage, the shockwave, seismic signals, and the size of the crater.’’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Wasn’t that also the site of a deadly terror attack on a U.S. Marine barracks in 1983?”

Biblical Response:  “Yep, and it killed 220 Marines, 18 Sailors, and 3 Soldiers. What a tragedy! But the real tragedy is not the fact that America was caught unawares, or, even that the present explosion was so devastating (leaving over 300,000 homeless), though those were and are huge tragedies. No, the real tragedy is the cessation of opportunity to change your eternal destination that any death represents (Heb. 9:27). Jesus spoke about the apparent randomness and tragedy of accidents (like the fall of the Tower of Siloam) in Luke 13:4-5. Listen to His conclusion of the matter:

‘I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.’ (Luke 13:5 NASU)”

“Whether this was a deliberate terror attack or just one of those tragic accidents, those killed are just as dead…were they ready? Are you?”

“Christians? We believe that God made us for eternal life. However, let me ply you with the Good News/bad news approach to the Gospel:

I’ve got Good News and bad news. First, the Good News: When you die, you’ll be given a brand new body. It can never be killed. It can never be destroyed, It experiences all the five senses to their maximum degree, It lives forever. Now the bad news: When you die, you’ll be given a brand new body. It can never be killed. It can never be destroyed. It experiences all the five senses to their maximum degree. It lives forever….. The Good News and the bad new sound identical, huh? I guess it depends on where you spend eternity.’

 Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us seize opportunity when it presents itself and pray and have compassionate care for those families that have experienced tragedy; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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