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CLARITY – 8-21-19 Watchful But Not Rattled

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -8-21-19

Watchful But Not Rattled

What’s Happening: “North Korea keeps testing short-range missiles (https://www.yahoo.com/news/pompeo-says-north-korea-missile-125513626.html), China keeps threatening the Indo-Pacfific region where U.S. and allied bases are located (https://www.yahoo.com/news/china-could-render-us-military-104141882.html), and now that both Russia and the U.S. have abandoned the INF (Intermediate Nuclear Forces agreement), the testing of those intermediate missiles has been resumed by the U.S., launching its first ground-based missile from California since the early 80s (https://www.yahoo.com/news/pentagon-conducts-1st-test-previously-182317892.html). All this to challenge America’s undisputed leadership militarily: A report has described the US military as an ‘atrophying force that is not sufficiently ready, equipped or postured for great power competition…’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Another arms race…great! Next we can expect our taxes to go up or our deficit to increase!”

Biblical Response:  “Or both. Still, threat-of-force seems only to be deterred by further threat-of-force. Why is that? Because you’re dealing with natural men (Is. 53:6) and fear is the denomination of terror (1 John 4:18). As long as we (metaphorically speaking) ‘trust in horses’ (Ps. 20:7: Is. 31:1), we will be in an arms race. Maybe we should just increase our vigilance (Ezek. 33;3)…through increasing our satellites, I guess…that might be cheaper…still, as long as you’re dealing with natural men, maybe it’s just not possible to completely eliminate the possibility of armed conflict. There will never be peace on earth until the Prince of Peace rules in the hearts of all men. Sounds like heaven. Exactly!”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in dealing with men as they are, not the way you want them…but we also believe in calling those things that are not, as though they were (Rom. 4:17). Hopeful, but not naive.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us wisdom, but help us to look positively…You know, ‘trust, but verify’…but trust; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-1-19 Nukes: Today’s Horses

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-1-19

Nukes: Today’s Horses

What’s Happening: “Are we saying good-bye to the INF (Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces) agreement? Signed by both Soviet leader Gorbachev and then President Reagan in 1987 and hailed as one of the reasons for the end of the Cold War, an exit from the treaty has NATO leaders fearing another arms race and the placement of US nuclear cruise missiles in Europe (https://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-poised-to-leave-nuclear-treaty-stoking-fears-of-new-arms-race-2019-01-31?siteid=yhoof2&yptr=yahoo). ‘So we must prepare for a world without the Treaty,’ Oana Lungescu, chief spokeswoman for NATO, said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Let’s just stay in the treaty.”

Biblical Response:  “We can do so bilaterally probably, but that’s really just so much ‘sticking our head in the sand.’ If Russia is not complying with it, why should we? Sure, we can pretend they are in compliance and not prepare for reality…which is what they are hoping we will do…but try explaining that to the people of Des Moines, Iowa (follow the link).”

“Christians? We don’t believe in trusting in nukes anymore than our ancestors believed in trusting in horses (Ps. 20:7). Still, not preparing for war is only inviting aggression (Joel 3:9). And we must deal in truth. There is nothing else that can set us free (John 8:32).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to trust only in You and give our leaders the wisdom to seek only concrete assurances; 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