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CLARITY – 12-8-18 Road’s End

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-8-18

Road’s End

 

What’s Happening: “Congress just kicked the government shutdown can a little further down the road this week – actually, till December 21 – choking over the southern border wall and being distracted by the funeral of former President George H. W. Bush. Will Pelosi cave? Will Schumer cave? Probably not…but then there’s Trump’s signature too (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/12/06/government-shutdown-congress-oks-temporary-spending-bill-keep-lights/2228449002/). Quoting from the USA Today article: ‘The extension buys lawmakers more time to reach a consensus on spending but also raises the possibility that a budget showdown – and, potentially, a partial government shutdown – could happen just days before Christmas.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Nobody wants a shutdown,”

 

Biblical Response:  “That’s what Pelosi and Schumer are counting on. We’ll see. These threats are always fun to watch. Well, maybe not for those who depend on at-risk government services…on which many may have become too dependent.”

 

“Christians? It’s a good thing our TRUE source is God. Oh sure, He may use the U.S. government (via Social Security, Medicare or Disability), or doctors (who only treat – God alone is in the healing business), or the Stock Market (or a wise financial counselor, a trust, or inflating values), but ultimately God is the Orchestrator. The end of the road? Only God knows (Isaiah 55:8-9; Prov. 3:5-6).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to find the balance between self-responsibility and dependence on You; 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 – 12-7-18 Making the Naughty List

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-7-18

Making the Naughty List

 

What’s Happening: “Nikki Haley, as U. S. Ambassador to the U.N., proposed an official resolution of condemnation of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas yesterday…and it failed to get the ⅔ majority required. She may be leaving her post at year’s end, but you can rest assured that the U.S. (and Israel) is taking note of who supported the resolution and who did not (https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-fails-win-enough-support-u-n-condemn-234533621.html). Hamas has lobbed dozens of missiles at Israel lately. ‘Before the General Assembly can credibly advocate compromise and reconciliation between the Palestinians and Israel, it must on record, unambiguously and unconditionally, condemn Hamas terrorism,’ Haley said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Once again the U.N. proves its irrelevancy.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yep…but it had help (Kuwait proposed a resolution that made the condemnation measure a ⅔ vote, instead of a simple majority). Of course, Israel would object, and nobody fears loss when it votes against it…but the U.S. might not give as much or any largesse to those who voted against them: a threat that could really mean something.”

 

“Christians? We are against any violence (Heb. 12:14) that is random and kills innocents. The Palestinians might argue that all Israelis are guilty of prejudice against them. That’s like the frog telling the leaf it is green (the political correctness police accuse those who use a more familiar phrase of racism); they call for the destruction of Israel. Forget the US., it’s not a good idea to get on God’s bad side,”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let us never get weary of doing what is right…or condemning those who do wrong; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 12-6-18 Wisdom Defeats Foolishness

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-6-18

Wisdom Defeats Foolishness

 

What’s Happening: “In a series of consequences of poor decisions, two inmates escaped from the Pickens County Prison in South Carolina and one was shot and killed when he entered the home of a woman with a concealed carry permit. It only took one shot (to the head) to subdue the orange attired inmate. The escape was ‘premeditated’ reported Sheriff Rick Clark (https://www.yahoo.com/news/woman-concealed-carry-permit-fatally-195415273.html). ‘This is the shining example of what this lady did. She took the time to get her CWP (Concealed Weapon Permit) and set herself up to be able to protect herself and not be harmed, killed or raped or whatever. She came out on the good end of this and the bad guy didn’t,’ said Sheriff Clark.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “He picked the wrong house.”

 

Biblical Response:  “You think?! Some reaping is permanent (Gal. 6:7). Should the lady feel bad? Perhaps. The dead inmate will not have the opportunity to repent…and that is regrettable. Still, it is more regrettable for him than for her. Actions taken have consequences…some of them deadly. Sure, he picked the wrong house, but his mistakes mark a series of bad decisions or he wouldn’t have been in prison in the first place.”

 

“Christians? Living in a fallen world brings some, out of a motive of self-preservation, to get a concealed carry permit. Is taking someone’s life wrong? Doesn’t the Scripture say we are not to kill? (Exodus 20:13). Actually, it says not to commit murder (the taking of innocent blood). The Scripture really says ‘there is a time to kill’ (Eccl. 3:3). Of course, the death of any individual ends the chance for them repenting and being restored to right relationship with the Father…and that is sad. Still, what happened is an example of wisdom triumphing over foolishness.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may we find the balance between being prepared and trusting You with our future; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 12-5-18 Tariffying

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-5-18

Tariffying

 

What’s Happening: “The stock market fell almost 800 points yesterday making it the biggest sell-off since October 10…mostly on fears of tariffs: ours on China ($250 Billion) and China on us ($110 Billion). Also, the starting date of the 90-day pause in those tariffs, agreed by Presidents Trump and Xi at the G20 Summit, was corrected from  January 1 to begin December 1 (https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/04/stock-market-dow-futures-fall-amid-us-china-trade-deal-skepticism.html) ‘ From a math standpoint, this is screaming buy. The only concern I have is people are going to start getting irrational. That’s when the emotional trading starts taking place,’ said Steven Dudash, president of IHT Wealth.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Sell!”

 

Biblical Response:  “That’s just the kind of emotionalism that a lot of financial experts are warning against. Sure, you can probably find those that urge the other way…maybe just as many, but I’m cautioning against fear. The Scripture says, “Fear hath torment” (1 John 4:18). Of course, fear of danger can also help you escape. But we are not called to react, but act. Will the U.S. and China settle their differences? Yes…eventually. Isn’t it better to leave the timing of that to God?”

 

“Christians? To be ruled by fear is just what the enemy wants. To be ruled by faith is what God wants. Is it ever time to sell? Of course…just not out of fear. Better to do things slowly, at the prompting of the Holy Spirit.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the wisdom and attentiveness, financially, to invest and divest at Your leading, not from the basis of fear; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 12-4-18 25 is Low Unless You’re One

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-4-18

25 is Low Unless You’re One

 

What’s Happening: “The number of those missing (just in the Camp Fire in Paradise, California) about two weeks ago was 1,200…today it is 25. Now, 88 killed is still horrific, but the reduction in the number of missing may be the only “good news” in a wildfire that destroyed a community of 27,000. Some blame the fire on equipment problems that PG& E, Corp. reported near the wildfire’s origin at about the same time it started, but no one knows for sure (https://www.yahoo.com/news/number-missing-californias-deadliest-wildfire-drops-25-173544424.html). The fire erupted on November 8.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess everyone is breathing a sigh of relief!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Everyone, but those killed… They may discover the fire’s reason for starting, and I’m sure there will be lawsuits that will attempt to assign blame and value, but how do you retrieve the potential futures that were lost? Every person that died had a mother and father…many had just started their lives… It has been said before, but it bears repeating; ‘All tragedy is local.’ There are at least 88 that will never see a sunrise again…and the families of those folks will be missing their loved ones long after the sun rises today.”

 

“Christians? What an opportunity for the Church to be the Church! We can provide prayer, comfort, and extensive material support (James 2:5-17). Of course, we could just politicize this and wag our heads in commiseration, but that will only make ourselves feel better…and that only temporarily.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to have true sympathy, not some empty pretended sorrow for those who we think should have done differently anyway; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 12-3-18 Render to Caesar

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-3-18

Rendering to Caesar

 

What’s Happening: “Paris is under siege – no, not by Napoleon – but by protesters that are complaining about the high cost of living and a new fuel tax (that has much to do about ‘climate change’). Macron promises to deal with the protests (that are the most violent since 2005) when he returns from the G20 Summit in Argentina. 224 have been arrested and over 100 injured so far. The protesters are trashing monuments, burning cars and looting boutiques (https://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2018-12-01/french-police-deployed-amid-new-round-of-protests-over-taxes). ‘(Violence) has nothing to do with the peaceful expression of a legitimate anger,’ Macron said from Buenos Aires.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Nobody likes paying taxes.”

 

Biblical Response:  “You’re right. Opposition to the Stamp Act and the Tea Act fostered riots that turned into the American Revolution…so I guess we have no room to talk. Still, both are to blame – the government (for passing a nonsensical tax), and the protesters (for the violence). You cannot push either beyond a certain point. What will be the end? Macron, whose popularity is understandably flagging, may cave…but so may the protesters.”

 

“Christians? Sometimes, a government taxes too harshly or does something else unpopular. However, we are to pay our taxes (Luke 20:22-25; Rom. 13:6-7). Nothing is said about whether we like it or not. I guess God wants us to object only for the more serious. What’s more serious than our money you ask? Well, in the first place…it’s not your money (Ps. 24:1). Peter and John protested before the Jewish leaders over the more serious wrong of preaching in the name of Christ (Acts 3:1-4:22), but continued. In the second place…well, you’re in second place, not in first. As my pastor once said, ‘That’s a funny way for God to spend His money.’”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to have and maintain the right priorities, but save us from a tyrannical government; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 12-1-18 The Way of All Flesh

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-1-18

The Way of All Flesh

 

What’s Happening: “Former President George Bush has died at 94. Although he only served one term, his resume’ reads like that of one of the greatest Americans in history: the son of a Senator and father of a President (which had not happened since John Quincy Adams became a successor to John Adams), a war hero in WWII (winning the Distinguished Flying Cross), Congressman, U.N. Ambassador, Republican Party Chairman, Envoy to China. CIA Director, and Vice President…twice (under Ronald Reagan). He started and won the 1st Gulf War in 1991, presided over the end of the Cold War and the demise of the former Soviet Union (USSR), and much more (https://www.westernjournal.com/spokesman-former-u-s-president-george-h-w-bush-dies-age-94/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=WJBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=western-journal). His wife, Barbara died earlier this year in April, having been married longer than any presidential couple in history. He may have lost any hope of re-election with the famous quote he had to later eat: “Read my lips. No new taxes.””

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Those were the days of unity.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Not hardly (though they may not rival the partisanship of today). The brouhaha that erupted over the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (by Bush-41) indicated early the leftward leanings of the media and they FBI. The Judge he faces today is the real Supreme Court Justice! His resume’ will do him little good now. It’s not what you know, it’s Who.”

 

“Christians? The way of all flesh (Gen, 6:13) is the way of George Bush…and me…and you. Although it may be too late to pray for the eternal fate of George Bush, it’s not too late for anyone reading this (Heb. 9:27).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we pray for comfort for the Bush family and we pray for their (and our) eternal destiny; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 11-29-18 The Cure

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-29-18

The Cure

 

What’s Happening: “You could probably have titled today’s blog: “You’re Fired,” but President Trump had little to do with the impeachment Wednesday of three (of the five) West Virginia Supreme Court Justices (actually, additionally Justice Menis Ketchum retired and agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud and the remaining Justice will probably be impeached, too). This is the cure West Virginia’s Founders (and America’s too) created for “lifetime” appointments (https://leadpatriot.com/three-members-of-wv-supreme-court-impeached-in-one-day-then-comes-number-four/347/). Allow me to highly recommend a book: Impeachment: Restraining an Overactive Judiciary, by historian and political activist/Christian, and my friend, David Barton (https://wallbuilders.com/summer-1997/).”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “They’re all Democrats and the legislature is predominantly Republican…isn’t that fishy?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yeah, but those same legislators were elected by a majority, too. That’s the way our system works. Winston Churchill may have been quoting Richard M. Langworth when he famously quipped: “Democracy is the worst form of government…except for all the others.” There might be a higher standard for our judges, but there should be. When you appoint (some states vote) a judge, you are setting up a man or woman to decide the fates of those that come before them. That’s an awesome power and responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly.”

 

“Christians? Probably the most quoted verse comes from Matthew 7:1: “Judge not…” The problem is that almost nobody quotes that verse in context. The rest of the verse is: “…that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” (Matt. 7:1-2 KJV) We are called to judge angels (1 Cor. 6:3)…of course nobody wants to live the kind of life that qualifies them to be anybody’s judge.” Of course, what qualifies anyone is Christ’s sacrifice.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to live a life above reproach, not to just settle for the world’s standards;  in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 11-28-18 Confusion

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-28-18

Confusion

 

What’s Happening: “Imagine being a six-year-old child and being from divorced parents (that’s bad enough, but the bad news doesn’t stop there). Now imagine being encouraged to dress like a guy with your Dad and like a girl when with your Mom. The Texas child, born a boy with all the attendant ‘boy parts,’ has been diagnosed by his pediatrician Mom as having gender dysphoria. He identifies with the name James when he’s with his Dad, and ‘Luna’ when he’s with his Mom, who is threatening to remove him from his Dad’s influence permanently (https://www.dailywire.com/news/38728/mom-says-6-year-old-son-transgender-dad-disagrees-amanda-prestigiacomo?utm_source=cnemail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=112818-news&utm_campaign=position1). Sarah Scott, a mother of three sons and a friend of the family, said,‘His mother came to pick up the boys to take them to [his brother’s] soccer game. [He] hugged his dad and said, ‘Love you.’ He refused to go to the soccer game as a girl with Mom and stayed with dad. That evening they came to our house.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Isn’t the boy too young to make any decision so weighty?”

 

Biblical Response:  “That presumes someone other than God can make that choice. It seems obvious to me that the boy just wants to please everyone. He probably blames himself for his parents’ divorce and is just trying to make peace. I feel sorry for the confusion they’ve introduced to him….at any age!”

 

“Christians? We believe God was not confused when he made man and woman (Gen 1:26; 2:7,  21-25). Though sin may have introduced aberration into the system (Matt. 19:12), we don’t have to encourage that confusion, especially when the physicality seems obvious.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to make ‘our’ children into the image we want, but to leave Your job to You;  in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 11-27-18 Bullies Will Bluster

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-27-18

Bullies Will Bluster

 

What’s Happening: “First, the Annexation of Crimea (remember the ‘little green men’?), then the opening of a bridge by Putin (last May) over the Strait of Kerch (connecting Russia with  the Crimean peninsula just south of the Sea of Azoz and north of the Black Sea), then the forced inspection by the Russian Navy of all vessels entering the Sea of Azoz, and then, most recently, (last Sunday) the firing on and subsequent capture of three Ukrainian vessels attempting to sail under the bridge into the sea of Azoz (https://www.yahoo.com/news/tensions-between-russia-ukraine-flaring-134830896.html). ‘Regardless of who lives in Crimea, Russia signed a treaty upon the dissolution of the Soviet Union to respect the boundaries of all its former republics. Since then, Russia has separated Transnustria from Moldova, invaded Georgia separating Abcazia and South Ossetia and taking over Crimea. Not to mention instigating and supporting the war in eastern Ukraine,’ commented Oleh.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I thought we were not supposed to be the world’s policemen.”

 

Biblical Response:  “We aren’t…but it’s complicated. Ukraine is looking to the West (the EU and US) for intervention…we need to respect all nation’s sovereignty, but we don’t want Russia to bully Ukraine either (besides, inaction only further encourages Russia). If we don’t get involved, Russian influence will only increase. That’s tolerable, except where freedom is involved and innocent lives are at stake. Also, it’s general wisdom to realize a war fought later might have been avoided by earlier checking of unfair  aggression, Hence Nikki Haley’s words of condemnation yesterday at the U.N.”

 

“Christians? We’re generally for nations respecting the rule of law (Rom. 13:7), but there are those who disrespect the weak (that’s what bullying is all about). Besides, doesn’t God control borders ultimately (Acts 17:26)?”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give our leaders the wisdom and discretion that furthers Your will;  in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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