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CLARITY – 1-15-20 Giving and Taking

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-15-20

Giving and Taking

What’s Happening: “John Gardner, 64, at 6pm (CDT), barring any successful last-minute appeal, will be put to death by lethal injection tonight in Huntsville, Texas, for shooting to death his estranged wife Tammy, 41, in 2005. It was testified at trial that she had said that she would not come out of her marriage alive. John, who had been married five times, had allegedly shot his pregnant second wife and injured his third. The U. S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976 (https://www.yahoo.com/news/texas-execute-man-convicted-shooting-110739174.html). Quoting the Reuters article by Brendan O’Brien: ‘On Jan. 23, 2005, about a month after she filed for divorce, Tammy Gardner asked a co-worker to help her ‘disappear’ so no one could track her. That night, John went to Tammy’s home and shot her once in the head, prosecutors said. She died two days later at a hospital.’” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Maybe he had anger issues.”

Biblical Response:  “You think?! Everyone gets angry, which is no sin, but to lose control…it looks like in his case he was out of control (Eph. 4:26). The Defense probably tried to lay his anger off on some event in his childhood…that, however, is no excuse for taking a life (Ex. 20:13). Giving your life? Well, that’s a different matter (Gal. 1:4, 1 Tim. 2:6, 14). Why different? Because, as in the case of Christ, he did so voluntarily. (He could have called more than twelve Legions of angels to His aid – Matt. 26:33…and at 6,000 per legion, that’s maybe overkill – if you’ll pardon the pun).”

“Christians? We believe there’s a huge difference in giving your life and taking a life. We also believe that there’s a difference in the first death and the second one (Rev. 20 14). The first separates a person temporally from the requirements of physical life – heart beat, respiration, brain function, etc., the second separates them eternally from what’s necessary for spiritual life: God.”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to control our anger, but to not live dispassionate lives…also, may we realize the difference in giving our lives and taking someone else’s life; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 5-23-19 Whatever Happened to Civility?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-23-19

Whatever Happened to Civility?

What’s Happening: “The jury is still out (no pun intended) on 27-year-old Christopher Cleary, a Utah man that maintains he’s still a virgin and has no girlfriend, He is being charged with a third degree felony (attempted threat of terrorism) for posting on Facebook that he was going to ‘kill as many girls as he could see’ because he was rejected…a dubious claim as two girls claimed to have a sexual relationship with him and he was living with a girl when was arrested (https://www.yahoo.com/news/man-threatened-kill-many-girls-141138663.html). ‘All I wanted to be was loved,” Cleary posted. ‘Yet no one cares about me, I’m 27 years old and I’ve never had a girlfriend before and I’m still a virgin, this is why I’m planning on shooting up a public place soon and being the next mass shooter ‘cause I’m ready to die.’”   

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Sounds like a bad hombre that needs to be removed from society!”

Biblical Response:  “And he may be, though I don’t believe his consorts anymore than I do him. What I want to ask is, where are his parents? Apparently he was not taught how to handle rejection…or anger, for that matter. Life is full of hard knocks. Kids are supposed to learn how to handle that while they’re young…so that when they get older, they have learned discretion…to be angry, but sin not (Eph. 4;26). That’s what parenting is for. (You know, that old-fashioned impediment to a two-income higher standard of living.,,what we have are kids posting threats on social media, still living in their parents’ basements which were afforded by that increased standard of living!)”

“Christians? We’ll probably get accused of child abuse for visiting the ‘woodshed’ so often…maybe you’d like visiting the prison better? See the following ‘outmoded’ scriptures

“Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.” (Prov. 13:24 NLT)

“Withhold not correction from the child; (For) if thou beat him with the rod, he will not die.” (Prov. 23:13 ASV)

“And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;

For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”

(Heb. 12:5-6 NKJV)

ETC., ETC.

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, make the parent impervious to the protests of the disciplined child, but attentive to Your merciful voice of direction: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 4-27-19 Cleaning House

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-27-19

Cleaning House

What’s Happening: “The Archdiocese of New York released a list yesterday of 120 priests and  clerics (the list actually includes Bishops, high school teachers, a Scouting Chaplain, and a Cardinal) for sex abuse. The list only includes those whose abuses have been substantiated. Most of the abuses stem from acts in the ‘70s, ‘80s or early ‘90s. Some have resulted in civil suits and the church has paid out over 65 million dollars to over 350 individuals (https://www.yahoo.com/news/york-archdiocese-names-120-priests-accused-sex-abuse-230007592.html). I realize ‘the shame that has come upon our church due to the sexual abuse of minors’ and I ask for forgiveness ‘for the failings of those clergy’ who betrayed the trust invested in them to protect young people. ‘It is my heartfelt prayer that together we as a family of faith may be healed,’ Cardinal Timothy Dolan said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “How embarrassing! Attendance was already down.”

Biblical Response:  “Yes…but I don’t know which is more shameful…the revelation that what some have suspected is really happening or sweeping it under the ecclesiastical rug for another generation! The Protestants, wisely, are being particularly quiet. I don’t imagine they have much room to throw stones (John 8:7). The scripture about laying hands too quickly also comes to mind (1 Tim. 5:22). Teachers (and essentially, that’s what all Christians are) have a special responsibility to live exemplary lives (James 3;1-2;  1 Pet. 5;3).”

“Christians? Since we believe in accountability, especially for leaders (Heb. 13:17), these abusers should be restricted from ministry. It’s kind of like asking a Christian former alcoholic to minister in bars – there might just be a little too much temptation. Some would even say: Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic. One could also state: once a sinner, always a sinner…hopefully, saved by grace.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be ‘gentle, patient teachers of those who are wrong’ (2 Tim. 2:24); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 1-25-18 Incommunicado

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-25-18

 

Incommunicado

What’s Happening:  “The judge in the recent Turpin case (David Allen and Louise Ann Turpin – recently accused of chaining, torturing and endangering their 13 children) has just ordered the parents, who are held in jail on 12 million dollars bail each, not contact their children in any way until January, 2021. The trial, in Riverside, CA (or some other court assigned venue due to the wide publicity) will probably be over long before then (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/01/24/turpin-parents-court-hearing/1062005001/). ‘You must not contact them, except through your lawyer,’ County Judge Emma Smith said.”

 

Knee-jerk Response:  “Don’t parents have the right to talk with their children? Aren’t folks innocent until proven guilty?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yes, and yes…generally. I mean, it is generally the right and responsibility of parents to communicate with their kids, but sometimes it might be better to have no communication rather than harmful communication. Determining that is what hearings and judges are for.  The trial will determine their innocence or guilt.”

 

“Christians? Of course, we are obligated to care for our kids (Eph. 6:4). Unfortunately, that does not always happen. That’s where families or church leadership steps in to lovingly correct the situation. Occasionally, if all else fails, the law system of a government entity steps in. Failing this, the law of sowing and reaping (Gal. 6:7) takes over.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give the parents their due and help the children move past their abuse in forgiveness and renewed vision for their futures; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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