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CLARITY – 11-5-18 Reportedly Innocent

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-5-18

Reportedly Innocent

 

What’s Happening: “The Senate Judiciary Committee, in a 414-Page report of Brett Kavanaugh, just concluded there was no credible evidence to support any of the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct (that range from groping to gang-raping). In fact, several names of his accusers were turned over to the DOJ and the FBI to investigate possible lying to the committee and obstruction of justice (see CLARITY blog of 11/3/18) (https://www.yahoo.com/news/senate-judiciary-report-exonerates-kavanaugh-044657605.html). ‘This was a serious and thorough investigation that left no stone unturned in our pursuit of the facts. In the end, there was no credible evidence to support the allegations against the nominee,’ said committee chair, Sen. Chuck Grassley.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It was kind of embarrassing to watch that confirmation hearing.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Kind of?! I feel so sorry for his family. The only thing I would say that he should regret is his drinking (whether it was excessive or not). Still, haven’t we all made poor decisions in some situations when we were too young to understand the consequences? I’m sure Brett, like us all, wish there were ‘do-overs’ for some of his behavior…that’s why criminal records of juveniles are expunged after adulthood.”

 

“Christians? We are called to a higher standard once we are saved. Still, though salvation occurs at a moment in time, we are never free (in this world) of the temptation to default to our deadly lower nature. Read the warnings (and assurance) of Paul:

 

‘I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question? The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.’ (Rom. 7:22-25 MSG)”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be patient with others (and ourselves) as the transformation process (Rom. 12:2) has its effect; 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 – 11-3-18 She Confesses

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-3-18

She Confesses

 

What’s Happening: “One of his accusers confessed, and I’m not even talking about Roy Moore (https://wentworthreport.com/2017/11/21/roy-moores-lying-accuser-admits-he-didnt-ever-touch-her/), but Brett Kavanaugh.  Judy Munro-Leighton, who admitting to being the ‘Jane Doe from Oceanside’ (the one who accused Kavanaugh and a friend of raping her in the back seat of a car) who sent Senator Chuck Grassley a letter accusing the nominee for the SCOTUS position (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6348439/Kavanaugh-accuser-investigated-confessing-making-rape-claims.html) has confessed she was only ‘seeking attention.’ ‘Such acts are not only unfair; they are potentially illegal. It is illegal to make materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements to Congressional investigators. It is illegal to obstruct Committee investigations,’ Grassley said.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Brett’s probably guilty of something.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…but then there’s the presumption of innocence (which the Democrats on the Judicial Committee completely ignored). And we can be grateful that the Committee is pursuing her prosecution. But why did many folks believe her in the first place?!  Is there an insatiable desire for scandal?”

 

“Christians? We are called not to be so inclined (2 Tim. 2:23-26). Titillation and sensation are tempting, but we must not bite. If we do, we might find ourselves too busy chewing to notice we are choking!”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to believe the best about people…even though it might be boring; 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 – 9-19-18 The Latest Tack

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-19-18

The Latest Tack

 

What’s Happening:  “That a PR firm might be behind the latest attempt at scuttling the Kavanaugh nomination to the Supreme Court may not come as a surprise to many more conversant on social media, but this latest barrage will definitely mean that his nomination won’t sail through the committee or the full Senate. Both are scheduled for questioning on Monday (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/pr-firm-kavanaugh-accusations/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=conservative-brief-CT&utm_campaign=dailyam&utm_content=conservative-tribune). Ian Millhiser tweeted:’Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s number is (202)-224-6665. Sen. Susan Collins’ is (202)224-2523. If you live in Alaska or Maine, and don’t want someone credibly accused of attempted rape on the Supreme Court, now is the time to call them.’ Some are pointing to the frequency of the term credibly accused in social media to point out the likelihood of PR firm involvement… or at least concerted coordination.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Except when there isn’t…frankly, I don’t know who is right: accuser or accused. But if mere allegation and innuendo means guilt, then America may be no different than Venezuela…or North Korea…or Iran…etc. A man (or a woman) is innocent until proven guilty. Kavanaugh may have been vetted more than any human alive…and came out clean. This latest stall tactic may be only that.”

 

“Christians? We cannot be for sexual assault…but neither can we be for those who want to give too much weight to allegation or innuendo. What we need is discernment:

Prov 2:3-7 ASV

‘Yea, if thou cry after discernment, And lift up thy voice for understanding;

If thou seek her as silver, And search for her as for hid treasures:

Then shalt thou understand the fear of Jehovah, And find the knowledge of God.

For Jehovah giveth wisdom; Out of his mouth (cometh) knowledge and understanding:

He layeth up sound wisdom for the upright; (He is) a shield to them that walk in integrity.’”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our leaders to listen carefully to the Holy Spirit’s input…and then act upon it; 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 – 9-17-18 It Remains to be Seen

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-17-18

It Remains to be Seen

 

What’s Happening:  “The high school student (now 51) that alleged sexual harassment by then 17-year-old Kavanaugh at a party in a letter to Congresswoman Dianne Feinstein has now identified herself as Christine Blasey Ford. Nobody seems to know for sure why the letter, received months ago, was just released last week or what the GOP is now going to do (https://conservativebuzz.com/2018/09/16/kavanaughs-accuser-steps-forward-gop-confused/). ‘A lawyer from the White House, when asked if Kavanaugh would now withdraw his nomination, said: ‘“No way, not even a hint of it. If anything, it’s the opposite. If somebody can be brought down by accusations like this, then you, me, every man certainly should be worried. We can all be accused of something.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Be sure your sin will find you out!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Of course…but that doesn’t answer the question: Did he do it? He swears he didn’t…65 other contemporaries said he didn’t (some who don’t align with him politically) (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6173619/65-women-knew-Brett-Kavanaugh-high-school-sign-letter-support.html)…whatever happened to the presumption of innocence? I don’t claim to have inside knowledge, but I think it strange that so horrific an incident was not complained about at the time.”

 

“Christians? We are used to baseless accusations and innuendo. We have fought that battle before (Acts 4:16-17). We must assume the enemy of our souls (satan, the deceiver, old slewfoot, etc.) will not go ‘peacefully into the night.’ He has an agenda, but so do we (John 10:10). However, we have an advantage…the truth (John 8:32).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to ferret out the truth in a timely manner; help us not to assume anything; 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 – 4-26-18 Pleading the 9th

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-26-18

 

Pleading the 9th

 

What’s Happening:  “Michael Cohen, the President’s embattled personal attorney who recently had his office raided by the FBI, has stated that he’ll assert his Fifth Amendment right of non-self-incrimination if he testifies on anything concerning porn star Stormy Daniels (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-lawyer-says-hell-plead-fifth-porn-actress-230526635–politics.html). In other news, Trump’s nominee to head the VA, Dr. Ronny Jackson, is weighing his options amid allegations from unnamed sources claiming he has a drinking problem and he ‘prescribed’ errantly…couple that with Democrat accusations that he has no experience leading large corporate-like concerns (like the VA’s 300,000+ employees) and the President’s leaving the current status of his nomination up to him and you have some doubts as to his confirmation (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-veterans-nominee-faces-allegations-drinking-prescriptions-004043253.htm). It’s not been a good week for the President.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Chaos, chaos everywhere!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Much to the delight of the Democrats, who are trying to score a “blue wave” upset in the midterm elections. However, the American people may be smarter than to buy into media storms that smack of creativeness and Democrat obstructionism. Truth is not mere allegation  and ‘unnamed sources’ are too-easily obtained and too-often cited to be believable. In fact, I think ‘chaos’ is an old Cold War communist tactic (and the name of an evil nemesis organization in a James Bond movie).”

 

“Christians? There’ll be no ‘pleading the Fifth’ in heaven (you might plead the 9th [thou shalt not lie – Ex. 20:16]…actually, it’s kind of hard pleading either in front of an all-knowing God). Confession is the biblical alternative (James 5:16).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to choose leaders that are men and women of integrity who live by what they say and free us from false or baseless accusation; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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