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CLARITY – 9-23-20 Legendary

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-23-20

Legendary

What’s Happening: “Operation Legend, an anti-drug-trafficking and money-laundering effort launched in July by the DOJ, has netted over 3,500 arrests (800 on federal charges) and millions of dollars for local law enforcement ($12 Million for the Milwaukee PD, alone). Barr’s visit to battleground Wisconsin was to announce the arrest of 26 drug trafficker/money-launderers in Milwaukee. He confiscated a package of $20,000 cash that was one of 87 perpetrators had sent to California. Bringing down the drug-trafficking/money-laundering ring was just one of the accomplishments of the special task force since July (https://www.yahoo.com/news/ag-william-barr-milwaukee-announces-005437004.html). Quoting from the USA Today article that appeared yesterday: ‘Barr’s visit to election swing-state Wisconsin came a day before Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s scheduled foreign policy speech in the state Capitol in Madison on Wednesday and Vice President Mike Pence’s planned visit to Eau Claire on Thursday, his third visit to Wisconsin this month.’”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Operation Legend…I don’t see anything memorable about that!”

Biblical Response:  “Unless you are one of those arrested. Hopefully, it’s a turning point for them …or at least for the neighborhoods they were infecting. Maybe the name ‘Legend’ refers to the infamous addictions they were encouraging.”

“All drugs are not bad, however. I have some friends that get huge and necessary relief from prescriptions. What IS bad is addiction. Read what 1 Cor. 6:12 has to say on the subject:

‘All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.’ (NASU)”

It’s when we can’t say ‘NO!’ that we get into trouble.”


“Christians? We believe we should have only one Master…and that’s not alcohol, marijuana, or drugs…only Jesus. Yielding control to anything else is idolatry.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to make wise choices…we want to be addicted only to You…being controlled by the One Who made us is legendary…it’s like…well…coming home; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 9-22-20 2nd Verse, Same As First

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-22-20

2nd Verse, Same As First

What’s Happening: “For the second time (the first time was while living in exile in the U.S. but working for the OMN – Oromo Federalist Congress – an opposition political party in Ethiopia), media mogul Jawar Mohammed was charged with terrorism and fomenting violence, where popular singer Hachulu Hundessa was murdered and 150 were killed in June. Jawar feels he and 22 others had been the subject of a political cleansing of opposition to the ruling Prosperity Party. Jawar had been held since June, but made his first public appearance Saturday (https://www.yahoo.com/news/jawar-mohammed-top-ethiopia-opposition-131507210.html). Quoting from the BBC article that appeared yesterday: ‘I am proud to be charged with terrorism for the second time in my life,’ he told the court. The charges for the first time were dropped when reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power in April 2018.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess it doesn’t pay to oppose, huh?”

Biblical Response:  “Sounds to me like he’s counted the cost and is willing to pay the price. It seems a waste to suffer for something that doesn’t really matter in the scheme of things, though it obviously mattered to him. (I’m not saying whether his cause is just or not…that’s for Someone Else to decide.) All I am saying is that we must all have the courage of our convictions. The scripture records an incident where Peter and John DID have the courage of their convictions (Acts 5:18-42). God obviously backed their play, too.”

“Christians? The Scriptures records many divine interventions, but note  the resolve of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego: 

If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not [emphasis mine], let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.’ (Dan 3:17-18 NASU)”

I could mention Esther’s ‘If I perish, I perish’ comment (Est. 4:16) or many others, but I think you get the point.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to look for Your intervention…but br willing to bear the consequences…regardless; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 9-21-20 Who Really Selects

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-21-20

Who Really Selects

What’s Happening: “To talk to a conservative, you might think that Judge Amy Coney Barrett is the perfect pick for Ginsburg’s replacement. She’s a Christian (but doesn’t wear it on her sleeve), a Catholic (but doesn’t wear that on her sleeve, either), says she’ll consider Supreme Court precedent if called on to rule in a similar case to Roe v. Wade (but has seven kids under twenty – two adopted from Haiti and one of her births was a known-beforehand Down’s syndrome child), graduated Summa Cum Laude from Notre Dame Law School, clerked for twenty-two years for Justice Scalia, and at 48 would be the youngest on the current bench (https://news.yahoo.com/conservatives-barrett-perfect-combination-attributes-115843675.html). . Quoting from The New York Times article earlier today: ‘Her religious convictions are pro-life, and she lives those convictions,’ said Judge Patrick J. Schiltz, a longtime mentor and a U.S. district judge in Minnesota, who like Barrett is Roman Catholic. ‘The question of what we believe as a religious matter has nothing to do with what we believe a written document says.’” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Sounds great…if you’re a conservative…but does Trump really have the right to select her for the appointment? I mean, it IS an election year!”

Biblical Response:  “If you ask him, Trump would say it’s his OBLIGATION. I get his point…the last time I checked, he WAS the President when Ginsburg died, and the people who elected him are expecting a full four years of service. Besides, even if he chooses with a coin toss, who really selects the next Supreme Court Justice (Prov. 16:33)?”

“Sure, we should pray for him to have wisdom, but the Lord will direct his heart. Read what the Word of God has to say on the matter: 

“The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He  wishes.” (Prov. 21:1 NASU)

“Christians? We’re all praying, too. We know we are not unopposed, but we are trusting in His being greater in us (1 John 4:4).” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, President Trump is  not a king (though we might think he acts that way sometimes); nevertheless, direct his heart with Your ultimate will; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 9-19-20 It Just Got Crazier

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-19-20

It Just Got Crazier

What’s Happening: “The death of liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of pancreatic cancer yesterday may be overshadowed by the political implications in an election year. The last time it happened when Justice Scalia died in February of Obama’s last year, the Senate was held by the Republicans who pledged not to confirm anyone till after the election.  Pundits are counting votes and admit that V. P. Mike Pence might have to cast the deciding tie-breaking vote. Add to that the length of time for normal vetting…well, you get the picture (https://www.yahoo.com/news/mitch-mcconnell-supreme-court-vote-ruth-bader-ginsburg-024711319.html). Quoting Jon Ward, the Senior Political Correspondent for Yahoo News, and the author of the source article last night: ‘The most difficult months in a generation are now upon us. Pray that God protect our country and provide wisdom to our people,’ said Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in a tweet on Friday.” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “You certainly can’t make this stuff up!”

Biblical Response:  “No you can’t…and indeed it’s intriguing…but let’s not lose sight of (to use the words of President Trump), ‘an amazing woman,’ her unique contributions to the Court, or her grieving family (Rom. 12:15). Having spent much of recent times in the hospital (though she maintained a full judicial schedule), her passing surely comes as little surprise. Still, death is always sudden in eternal terms and she’ll be judged by God with little credit given for her political stances or her votes …and it will come immediately upon her death (Heb. 9:27); which fact should sober us all.”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in earthly and heavenly judging. We are not all so highly honored by men as to be selected as a Supreme Court Justice, but we are all called to judge (1 Cor. 6:1-3). This mostly occurs here. All the eternal judging we leave to Him (2 Tim. 4:8)  What influence will the passing of Ruth Ginsburg have on the upcoming election? I like the prayer of Sen. Marco Rubio, above.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we echo the prayer Your servant offered, and we, too, seek Your wisdom; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 9-18-20 The Right to Kill

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-18-20

The Right to Kill

What’s Happening: “There was a plan to kill Syrian head of state Bashir al-Assad, Jared Kushner said to interviewer James Rosen of Sinclair Broadcasting. The year was 2017 and reportedly Trump actually considered the option in spite of Executive Order #11905, signed by President Gerald Ford in 1976 (the order prohibits political assassination, but does not define it). A drone strike killed top Iranian General Qassem Suleimani. Kushner defended the right of assassination saying the President ‘keeps all options on the table’ (https://www.yahoo.com/news/jared-kushner-strongly-suggests-trump-103705351.html). ‘This is not touch football’ Kushner said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Can he do that?”

Biblical Response:  “He almost did…maybe it depends on what your definition of political assassination is – it might be a legal technicality, but targets are just as dead – it then wouldn’t matter to al-Assad. Is it right? Does someone who used WMDs on his own citizens deserve death? Can the President of the U.S. decide? He is the Commander in Chief.”

“It is a temptation to just not judge the situation and say it’s above my pay grade, and one could ask how that was much different than dying from some bullet from a soldier’s gun in war? But the right to kill is reserved ultimately with God (read the story about Ananias and Sapphira – Acts 5:1-11). He gave life, and He can take it away. War and the criminal justice system may be delegated ways of Man depriving offenders of physical life, but the second death (Rev. 20:14) ) is truly His exclusive purview. The rest may be up to definition…but this is not.”

“Christians? We believe in the first death (physical death) and in the second death (eternal damnation). While we should endeavor to avoid the first one, avoiding the second one is vastly more important. Temporality is overruled by eternity.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to judge rightly…and to let You determine in Your mercy when our temporality is over, and when our eternity begins; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – Bad Information, Bad Judgment…Or Both

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-17-20

Bad Information, Bad Judgment…Or Both

What’s Happening: “A couple, Phillip (68) and Millicent (77) Sheriff Kory Honea said probably heard the bullhorn announcement of the area fire being 51% contained…that was before the fire’s resurgence…in any case, though they were packed and ready to go, the flames overtook them and they were both found dead. Truly. A tragedy. To date, there are still 25 wildfires fires or clusters of fires burning, over 5 million acres burned or burning in Washington, Oregon and California and 17,000 firefighters laboring. The cause of the wildfires? It depends on to whom you talk: conservatives complain of lack of forest management, liberals talk of ‘Climate Change’ (read blog of (9/12)…and the lack of rainfall, inadequate power insulation and excessive lightning probably had something to do with it (https://www.yahoo.com/news/man-woman-died-california-fires-172200886.html). Quoting an NBC News article on the 16th: ‘[Don – the one who had used the bullhorn] Tesdal said he posted a video of himself returning to his destroyed home — which he had unsuccessfully tried to save late Monday by draping it with hoses and sprinklers before evacuating — because he wanted people to know that.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Wow! I’m moving from the west!’”

Biblical Response:  “So are a lot of folks..if it isn’t one thing it’s another…rioting in major cities, wildfires…just wait till the fall rains start with all their mudslides! But you can’t run from misinformation…which is what the couple tragically learned. Speaking of misinformation, there are some who have been told that all they need to cancel out their bad deeds, is compile a list of good ones. That all that God is really, they say, some kind of cosmic accountant balancing out a heavenly ledger…one that you hope puts you on the right side. Nothing could be further from the truth (Rom. 3:23;6:23).”

“Christians? We believe it’s the truth that sets us free (John 8:32), not someone giving us a bullhorn warning (which me may or may not heed), or even telling us something that makes sense to us. The Good  News, summed up in Eph. 2:8-9, is believable, but almost too good to believe (1 John 4:8-10).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to trust Your Word, it is the only thing on which our eternity should depend; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 9-15-20 May Cooler Heads Prevail

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-15-20

May Cooler Heads Prevail

What’s Happening: “It didn’t take long for the media to be full of universal condemnation of the shooter of the two deputies in L. A. Both Presidential campaigns weighed in with Trump calling for the death penalty for the perpetrator and Joe Biden saying that he should face the ‘full brunt of the law.’ Even Najee Ali, a seasoned L.A. activist, condemned the shooting and the spontaneous protest that occurred outside the hospital entrance that called for the officers’ deaths. A video captured a black man of 28-30 years of age running away after he shot the officers in their parked squad car in the face – miraculously, they are in stable condition in a local hospital and are expected to make a full recovery. Although the suspect remains at large and there is no known motive, Dr. Sarah Vinson listed a possible motive of ‘confirmation bias,’ the shooter possibly justifying his actions as a general retaliation against perceived racism…fueled by rhetoric (https://www.yahoo.com/news/shooting-l-deputies-latest-flashpoint-120008175.html.  Quoting the LA Times article that appeared yesterday: ‘”Words have consequences,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva said, apparently stoking that idea even though his department has not named a suspect or offered any motive for the attack.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It’s not safe to be a cop in America anymore!”

Biblical Response:  “As any law enforcement individual will readily attest, it was NEVER safe to be a cop! But with all the stoking of emotions – on both sides – it’s even less safe (Eph. 4:26). Why do they risk life and limb for a paltry sum (and little appreciation)? Because they believe in law and order and want to see justice served…almost universal desires in a Christian society. Unfortunately, today’s culture is no longer Christian. We are reaping the whirlwind our sowing of the wind has wrought.(Hosea 8:7; Gal. 6:7). If you allow it (Gal. 5:19), evil prevails.”

“Christians? We believe in Man’s fallen nature. We also believe this nature can be changed  (John 3:7). Even then it requires constant supervision ‘until  we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.’ (Eph. 4:13-15 NASU) That requires a permission (Phil. 2:5), and a complete transformation (Rom. 12:2).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to see that our natural destruction can only be interrupted by Your supernatural transformation and submit ourselves to that process; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 9-14-20 ‘Peaceful’ Riots?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-14-20

‘Peaceful’ Riots?

What’s Happening: “By definition a riot is a ‘violent disturbance of the peace by a crowd’ (Google), so ‘peaceful’ riots would be oxymoronic, but that is just what organizers would say of the riots that got India student Umar Khalid arrested for demonstrations where those he allegedly started resulted in over 50 deaths. He was protesting the passage by the legislature of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which he claims is anti-Muslim and unconstitutional.  The peaceful demonstration later turned violent and police say Khalid was on of the ‘key conspirators’ (https://www.yahoo.com/news/umar-khalid-india-student-leader-062536516.html). Quoting from the BBC article:; ‘The law – which critics say is anti-Muslim – sparked massive protests across India after it was passed last year. One such demonstration in Delhi turned violent and it soon took on religious overtones. The rioting continued for three days, leaving more than 50 people dead.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “He was just organizing…he shouldn’t be arrested for that…he pulled no trigger…weilded no stick.”

Biblical Response:  “Yeah, and I guess those over 50 that died did so of natural causes! And he’s not being charged with murder. Besides, I wasn’t there…were you? We all have a tendency to Monday-morning-quarterback – to judge an event from the comfort of our couch…after the fact.”

“What does the Bible say? It acknowledges the emotion of anger, but reminds us of ‘self-control (Which is one of the fruit of the Spirit – Gal. 5:22):

‘Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:’ (Eph. 4:26 KJV)”

“Christians? We believe in God’s power to control our emotions (if we submit that part of us to Him). God acknowledges we are emotional creature; we’d be so bland and heartless if we weren’t; still, He expects us to yield to a different default now that His nature controls us…now that we’ve been born again (Jn. 3:7). Presumably Umar Khalid did not have that advantage.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be reflections of You in all that we do…to default to Your nature; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 9-11-20 Still Pursuing Revenge

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-11-20

Still Pursuing Revenge

What’s Happening: “Some might see the recent ruling of Federal Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn, as the U.S. government still pursuing revenge for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The families of the nearly 3,000 killed are certainly elated, an article by Yahoo News yesterday reported. In all, four planes were involved: the two that destroyed the twin world trade towers, the one that hit the Pentagon, and the one that crashed in the Pennsylvania countryside, presumably headed for the U.S. Capitol building. The judge ruled that the Saudi government should compel several former government officials to testify as to their involvement. The historically favorable relationship between Riyadh and Washington is at stake (https://www.yahoo.com/news/judge-orders-testimony-from-saudi-officials-in-suit-over-involvement-in-911-attacks-013620481.html). Quoting from the article: ‘In her discussion of Bandar, Judge Netburn noted that lawyers for the Saudi government had persuasively argued that no documents show that he directly oversaw the work of al-Jarrah and al-Thumairy in the United States. But, she added, court documents obtained during the course of discovery — much of which remain under seal — ‘indicates that Prince Bandar likely has firsthand knowledge … [of] the role that al-Thumairy was assigned by the Kingdom and the diplomatic cover’ provided to him.’” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “That happened almost twenty years ago…and isn’t ISIS destroyed?”

Biblical Response:  “Wow! That’s errant AND insensitive! First, I’m sure it seems like just yesterday to the spouses and children left behind. Second, it was al-Qaeda, a different Islamic jihadist organization, that was responsible (I’m not saying the two aren’t connected). Besides, vengeance is the Lord’s (Deut. 32:35; Rom. 12:19). Should we not retaliate? Wasn’t our killing of Osama bin Laden justified? If retaliation prevented the demented jihadists from striking the U.S. again…of course we should (who’s to say we were not the hand of the Lord in obtaining justice?…though ultimate justice may still await – and they were expecting 72 virgins?!). As far as the killing of the mastermind behind 9/11? Again, heavenly power may have been using earthly hands. Generally, we common folk should leave matters of justice to God (Who may in turn use earthly authorities to effect His will).”

“Christians? Of course, we believe that murder is wrong (Ex.20:13). Ultimately, it’s like the sign said in the dining commons I saw in the Bible college where I taught for 25 years:

There are two immutable truths in the universe:

  1. There is a God.
  2. You are not He.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to forgive…and let You sort out who deserves what; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 9-10-20 Bad News vs. Good News

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-10-20

Bad News vs. Good News

What’s Happening: “If you believe the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics Evaluation (IHME), the Fall, Winter and Spring will bring us a huge increase in both COVID-19 cases and deaths. However, as Youyang Gu, trained at MIT, projects there will be an increase, but not nearly so severe. The difference? 400+%! (Gu projects 400 daily deaths by Nov. 1…IHME projects over 1,825!). Gu has been much more accurate in his predictions, but IHME’s forecast is the one that will make news (https://www.yahoo.com/news/a-new-covid-19-forecast-predicts-more-than-400000-deaths-by-the-end-of-2020-will-the-fall-wave-really-be-that-big-215402962.html). Quoting the Yahoo News article that appeared yesterday: ‘The truth is, nobody — not even the top coronavirus experts — has any clue how the pandemic is going to evolve over the next four months. That’s frightening in and of itself, of course. But it’s also why projecting the exact number of deaths and infections four months in advance is almost certain to be misleading.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Does that mean I need to go out and buy life insurance before the rates go up?”

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…I have no idea which projection the actuarialists (is that a word?) will use. I do have a little insight into which projection the media will use. Bad news means higher ratings. America seems more fascinated by how bad thing might get, not reality…though they are quite willing to breathe a collective sigh of relief when what they feared does not come to pass. It’s all about managing expectations.”

“Which narrative best serves which party? I’ll let you figure that out. Suffice it to say: ‘Good news from far away is like cold water to the thirsty.’ (Prov. 25:25 LB)” 

“Christians? We believe our knowledge of the truth will set us free (John 8:32) and that ‘fear has torment’ (1 John 4:18). The only problem is people want to believe a lie…if it’s bad enough (that’s why Stephen King sells). Or to put it another way, safety is more important than another person’s hardship…selfishness rules in the heart of a fallen man.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to default to optimism…(of course, that will require a new nature); in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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