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CLARITY – 3-21-19 Good Idea vs. God Idea

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-21-19

Good Idea vs.God Idea

What’s Happening: “In an article by Yahoo News today, Elizabeth Warren, hopeful for the Democrat Presidential nomination in the 2020 election, (or ‘Pocahontas’ as President Trump mocks), introduced Universal Child Care  (UCC), a birth-to-kindergarten government-run system that promises healthier, less crime-prone adults…at ONLY $700 Billion in cost (over the first ten years)…all paid by increased taxes on the rich. She praised Scandinavian countries who use this system as a model, only costing from 7-12 dollars per day (https://www.yahoo.com/news/whos-minding-kids-warren-pushes-universal-child-care-090032595.html). The ‘rich’ has been defined by her as only those that make more than 50 million dollars annually and says that will generate 2.75 Trillion dollars (again, over the first 10 years).”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What parent won’t go for that?!”

Biblical Response:  “Not many…at least she hopes (though I do not accuse her of this proposal for purely political reasons). Many married couples seeking a higher standard of living have opted for private and faith-based child care, but complain that increased costs may offset many of the gains made in having two incomes. Warren’s proposals seem to make that elusive goal within reach…but the cost may not be just economic. Scripture plainly says, ‘ Train up a child in the way he should go…’ (Prov. 22:6) and we are told not to seek great things (Jer. 45:5), that the pitfalls of the rich are many (Matt. 6:19).

“Christians? We see two potential problems: Allowing someone else to raise our kids (I’m all for delegation, but you cannot abdicate ultimate responsibility) AND Spending so much time chasing things that we miss the real ‘treasure’ (Matt. 6:20). I’ve yet to meet the parent who regretted hearing their child’s first word or congratulating their first step. I’m not saying that parents don’t often need help…that’s what extended family is for.”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to know the difference between a ‘good idea’ and a ‘God idea’ (Is. 55-8-9); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

Share as you like, just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com.’ He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent


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CLARITY – 3-1-19 Climate Change is Real…CULTURALLY

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-1-19

Climate Change is Real…CULTURALLY

What’s Happening: “Jay Inslee, 68, Democrat Gov. of Washington, just announced (today) his candidacy for Presidency in 2020, emphasizing climate change as an existential threat. He joins a field of over a dozen already, with more just waiting for the right moment to join the fray (https://www.yahoo.com/gma/focus-climate-change-washington-gov-inslee-enters-2020-120403139–abc-news-topstories.html). Quoting Gov. Inslee, ‘”This is a moment. This is the 11th hour to defeat climate change. It is a moment of great urgency, but it is also this incredible opportunity to seize for job creation.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Carbon fuels are making climate change real and urgent!’

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…but probably not…and that’s the least of our worries. Don’t get me wrong. I think that climate change is real. However, it’s not a man-made atmospheric problem…it IS a man-made cultural one! Considering the historical fluctuations of the earth’s mean temperatures, farting cows, Chinese carbon pollution levels, etc.  we have a preponderance of scientists who have it WRONG! Still, climate change (funny how environmentalists only use the term ‘global warming’ during the summer) is real, but it’s a cultural problem.. Since we have eliminated the Word of God from influence in our society, we have raised a godless generation that thinks socialism is to be preferred over capitalism. One problem. Man is not basically good. Man is basically bad.”

“Christians? We’re almost as big a part of the problem as the unchurched secular society. In our attempt to be all things to all men, our tolerance and political correctness has us backing down when we should be standing up (1 Pet. 3:15). The scripture is clear about stewardship of our environment. That was part of man’s original job description (Gen 2:15) and we have been assured that our puny attempts at destroying what God has made will be insufficient (Gen. 8:22). The problem is: we never read the Word anymore. ”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to make a difference in our culture…it’s a pity knowing the answer…and not speaking up; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

Share as you like, just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com.’ He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent