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CLARITY – 10-4-18 It Gets Worse

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-4-18

It Gets Worse

 

What’s Happening: “The death toll in the Indonesian quake and subsequent tsunami (the subject of 9-29’s CLARITY) has gone from 384 about a week ago to over 1,400…and with the latest volcanic eruption and aftershocks (some of them registering as high as 6.0) the toll might go even higher. No one has yet heard from inhabitants of Donggala, near the epicenter of the initial quake, and the Red Cross thinks that is very worrying (https://www.npr.org/2018/10/02/653541283/in-indonesia-aftershocks-and-uncertainty-remain-after-deadly-earthquake). ‘There are more than 300,000 people living there. This is already a tragedy, but it could get much worse,’ said Jan Gelfand, head of an international relief organization.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It’s not the end of the world…is it?”

 

Biblical Response:  “I doubt it…though I’m sure there are some in Indonesia that might beg to differ…at least it’s the end for 1,400. Something we must keep in mind: although all tragedy is local, so is all relief. People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

 

“Christians? What an opportunity! Of course, we’re shattered at the large loss of life and property. But this is our opportunity to show just how much we care. If every church just gave $1000 the total would be staggering (83, 996 X 1000 = almost 84 million dollars!…and that’s just in America!) If help is not given, we have much over which to repent. Our myopic view of what is important (with all the brouhaha over Kavanaugh and the midterm elections) needs to be re-examined (James 2:15-17).

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to put the right emphasis on what’s important…not that our problems aren’t significant…but they pale by comparison; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY -10-3-18 Unsoft Cotton

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-3-18

Unsoft Cotton

 

What’s Happening: “Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) has been assigned by the GOP to find out who leaked Dr. Ford’s ‘confidential’ letter to the press (Christine Blasey Ford is one of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accusers): Feinstein, her staff, the California Congresswoman, or her staff…the only people who were privy to the letter Dr. Ford did not want to be made public. He has promised to get to the bottom of it (https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA18J04&f=WU18J02). ‘Let’s just remember what happened here,’ Senator Cotton continued. ‘Ms. Ford sent a letter, confidentially, to Dianne Feinstein in late July raising these allegations…Dianne Feinstein hid it from Chuck Grassley, she hid it from the FBI. She and Chuck Schumer kept it in their back pocket until after Judge Kavanaugh’s hearing, until after they had a private session to ask about any sensitive matters, and then leaked it to the media right before the vote — solely to try to torpedo his nomination. The media got it, and only Dianne Feinstein and the Democratic Congresswoman from California and their staffs had it, so it had to come from them somehow. And I think Congress needs to get to the bottom of it.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “The Democrats are just trying to “Bork’ him, aren’t they?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…the court of public opinion is tricky… it may have worked on Judge Bork (strict Constitutionalist denied SCOTUS confirmation in 1987) but it may backfire in the midterm elections…the court of public opinion can be fickle.”

 

“Christians? The concept of the presumption of innocence is a biblical concept (Matt. 18:16). And leaking is not good…of course, there is the myth of confidentiality, too (Matt. 10:27); God is always a witness to everything…even if we pretend we are alone in the closet.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may the truth be known…and it will be ugly…but it will also set us free (Jn. 8:32); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 10-2-18 More to Come

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-2-18

More to Come

 

What’s Happening: “Strikes over Israel celebrating its new Nation-State Law, passed by the Knesset in July of this year, are not the last of a reaction to a wave of religious nationalism that is sweeping across the world. (https://www.yahoo.com/news/palestinians-strike-against-israels-jewish-nation-law-102126675.html). Its counterpart, religious syncretism, the belief that all religions hold a piece of the truth – that no religion or faith has a corner on the truth-market (http://www.religioustolerance.org/tomek22.htm), is a popularly held feeling and a great contributor to a secular pluralism that may be the product of today’s political correctness. This may be just the First Act in a great play.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Those are just big words for ‘let’s all get along.’”

 

Biblical Response:  “Religious syncretism and secular pluralism may be big words, but they describe a pervasive sentiment sweeping this world of partisanship. People may get so weary of fights between the left and the right that they welcome a peace that accepts all views as equally valid – you can believe anything as long as you sincerely believe it. This tolerance may sound good on its face – it’s just unbiblical. Soon, some may find that believing in everything is really believing in nothing.”

 

“Christians? We have a very dogmatic religion. To think that you have the ONLY truth (John 14:6; Acts 4:12) may seem arrogant…but it’s true. I understand Trump’s attitude of American superiority (America first), though it may be a faith statement. Christianity is definitely a superior faith,..it may be true…but it’s unpopular…it’s just too intolerant for many.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us ‘condescend to men of low estate’ (Rom. 12:16)…even when no one wants to think they are of ‘low estate;’ in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 10-1-18 Promises Kept

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-1-18

Promises Kept

 

What’s Happening: “The bottom line; NAFTA out, USMCA in. Just under the wire (US trade negotiators had set a deadline for midnight yesterday), negotiators from Canada joined the bilateral trade agreement Trump had struck earlier with Mexico making key compromises (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-welcomes-canadas-entry-trade-104057060.html). ‘It is a great deal for all three countries, solves the many deficiencies and mistakes in NAFTA, greatly opens markets to our Farmers and Manufacturers, reduce Trade Barriers to the U.S. and will bring all three Great Nations closer together in competition with the rest of the world,’ Trump penned.’Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was a little more brief. It’s ‘a good day for Canada,’ he wrote.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Isn’t this small potatoes globally?”

 

Biblical Response:  “I guess it’s what you consider ‘small potatoes.’  I don’t consider $1.2 Trillion small anything! That Trump campaigned on promises of a border wall and more jobs…well, it’s not his fault that only half of his promises have been kept (he would argue that it’s only been two years and work has already commenced on the wall). “

 

“Christians? The whole Christian faith is built on promises (it’s not accidentally called the ‘Promised Land’). Some promises have been fulfilled (Luke 24 49; Act 2:39). Some are yet to be fulfilled ( Pet. 3:9). We must be patient. Some things have to happen before other things.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to wait patiently for the fulfillment of promises…Yours…and others; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 9-29-18 Meanwhile in Indonesia

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-29-18

Meanwhile in Indonesia

 

What’s Happening: “Most people tuning in the Ford/ Kavanaugh circus missed the fact that an earthquake (magnitude 7.5) and a tsunami (6 meter waves) stuck Sulawesi, Indonesia, and immediately killed 384. I said “immediately” because the death toll is likely to rise (https://www.yahoo.com/news/strong-quake-tsunami-indonesias-sulawesi-island-kill-least-011405645.html).  ‘We’re now getting limited communications about the destruction in Palu City, but we have heard nothing from Donggala and this is extremely worrying. There are more than 300,000 people living there,’ said the Red Cross.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “The Ford/Kavanaugh hearings may be earthquakes/tsunamis of our own.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Anyone who knows the significance of what went on in Washington yesterday will probably agree with you, That doesn’t lessen the deaths in Indonesia. Both places were rocked, but the Indonesian Islands sit directly on an active volcanic zone: “The Ring of Fire”…of course, that also could be said of the partisanship in D.C. “

 

“Christians? We’re not unfamiliar with accusation, innuendo, or upheaval (Acts 4:1-17). And, we are told to commiserate with those who suffer (Rom. 12:15). We need to be soothers, not adding to the misery of others…in either disturbance.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to be unwitting participants…either by our lack of focus…nor in our narcissism; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 9-28-18 Not a Toss Up

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-28-18

Not a Toss Up

 

What’s Happening: “While 6 of the 7 top news stories (as reported by Yahoo News) are about the Kavanaugh hearings of yesterday or the confirmation vote promised today, the real issue is the upcoming midterm elections on November 6. Will the Republicans hold the Senate (the Democrats only need to flip 2 seats)? Will the Democrats take the House (all 435 seats are up for grabs – the Democrats need to flip 28 seats to win a majority and the promise of impeachment)? (https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-midterm-elections-poll-tracker-150552910.html). Some say there’s going to be a Blue (Democrat) Wave, some a Red (Republican) Wave, others predict more of a ‘ripple.’ Almost everyone is saying it’s a toss up.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Who really cares? The swamp rats rule anyway!”

 

Biblical Response:  “While conventional wisdom may deem you right…it doesn’t have to be that way! You want the swamp drained? Vote! Want the Democrats to win? Vote! Want the Republicans to win? Vote! Historically, the midterms (the vote for national offices between the votes for President) usually draw poor voter turnout…but it doesn’t have to be that way.”

 

“Christians? Although the concept of self-government is noble, it’s kind of utopian. I mean, that fallen men could actually make godly decisions is laughable on its face (Rom. 3:23). Why that would require a redeemed electorate! I think that’s what our Founders had in mind.”

 

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion…Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.” – John Adams in 1798

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, motivate us to get off our duffs and make a difference; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 9-27-18 The Truth Needs No Polygraph

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-27-18

The Truth Needs No Polygraph

 

What’s Happening: “It turns out the polygraph (released yesterday) Christine Blasey Ford ‘passed’ never included Kavanaugh’s name…not in the questions (2) that were asked by the non-law enforcement interviewer conducting the test, nor in the written statement Ford was asked to corroborate. (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/ford-polygraph-results-released-just-blow-huge-hole-story/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune). Politico reported that Dr. Ford does not want to fly across the country from her California home because she’s afraid of confined spaces. Many are asking then why the polygraph was given in Maryland?”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So her version varies a little bit. So what?”

 

Biblical Response:  “It matters a lot! We’re talking a lifetime appointment! What about the midterm elections?! Then there’s the issue of character assassination. I’m not saying something didn’t happen or that Dr, Ford doesn’t believe her version (though I have no explanation for the difference in her versions). Today’s hearing is must-see TV. No doubt, the truth will ultimately prevail, but what is the truth?”

 

“Christians? Oh, we can tell you all about the truth. Truth frees, lies enslave (John 8:32).

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our leaders to set aside politics and discern what really happened; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 9-26-18 The Last Laugh May be Filled with Tears

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-26-18

The Last Laugh May be Filled with Tears

 

What’s Happening: “The unexpected laughter that U.S. President Donald Trump received from the U.N. were reactions to his boast that his improvements were historic. He listed accomplishments in the military, diplomatically, trade and otherwise, touting his administration “in less than two years” had accomplished almost more than any other in this country (https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/world/article/Laughter-at-Trump-among-a-long-line-of-shocking-13257529.php). Trump was surprised by the laughter, but later remarked, ‘Oh it was great, well, that was meant to get some laughter, so it was great,’”.

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It wasn’t meant to be a joke…not to him.”

 

Biblical Response:  “I’m not sure what he meant, but if he was expecting that liberal globalist audience to react in any other way, he was ill advised. The Make-America-Great-Again slogan might be acceptable on the campaign trail, but not amongst the leaders of the world…all it evokes from them are the uncomfortable laughs of the jealous. Rather than provoking them to their own greatness, these sovereign nations want less American greatness and more parity.”

 

“Christians? Christianity is not popular among the non-Christians of the world. Saying that your religion offers the ONLY truth flies in the face of religious syncretism and political correctness. No doubt, claims of Jesus being the only way to God (John 14:6) are met with laughter, too.

“For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life.“ 2 Cor. 2:15-16

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be meek and patient teachers of those who are wrong; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 9-25-18 The Loneliest Job

 

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-25-18

The Loneliest Job

 

What’s Happening: “18-year-old Aldi Novel Adilang, was adrift for 49 days before he was rescued by a Panamanian-flagged vessel off Guam having floated off his moorings over 1,000 miles away. His job as a lamplighter on a floating shack designed to attract fish with a light may be the loneliest task on the planet. He gets paid by his Indonesian employer just $130/month (https://www.yahoo.com/news/indonesian-teenager-rescued-drifting-7-weeks-sea-092843308.html). He said he survived on fish and salt water wringed from wet clothes when his supplies ran out. This is the third time this season his raft has broken its moorings.

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “This is where you learn to talk to yourself or go crazy.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Indeed, one might wonder at the boy’s sanity for even taking the job in the first place! I guess it depends on your options…or your destiny. The thought that Christ CHOSE to go o the cross for us (Luke 22:42) makes many question His sanity…or His power. The only reason His act is not considered suicide (he submitted to his capture even healing one of his captors – John 18:10), is that He had the right to lay down His life (John 10:18).”

 

“Christians? Being a lamplighter might indeed be the loneliest job on earth (though we might argue we are all called to be Lamplighters),but dying for Mankind’s sin is a lonely task, too (Matt. 2:55-56).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let us take solace in the fact that You will supply sufficient grace for the task at hand…with the calling comes the strength; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 9-24-18 Death en Masse

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-24-18

Death en Masse

 

What’s Happening:  If blood cries from the ground (Gen. 4:10) the sound must be deafening from Veracruz, Mexico. 250 skulls have been located in a mass grave (many of them children that have gone missing) alongside their clothes (which may aid in their identification) and are probably a direct result of the war declared on the drug cartels by the government nearly a decade ago (https://www.cnn.com/2017/03/15/americas/mexico-mass-grave-skulls-found-veracruz/index.html). ‘”They give us just the bones, but at least I can have them, I can keep it some place where it won’t be rained on, where I can put a flower on it,” a woman told a CNN reporter.

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess fighting the cartels doesn’t pay.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe not in the short-term…everyone who died (some were kidnapped, tortured, then executed) should be regarded as heroes…freedom fighters trying to take their country back. In the long run, their blood spilled, some voluntarily, some involuntarily, will found a country free of drugs and prosperous. At least that is the vision some have.”

 

“Christians? Nobody’s for the indiscriminate taking of lives…except the drug cartels…and they’ll get their just desserts….here, there or both. Freedom isn’t free. Sacrifice is often required (Heb. 9:22). Christ’s death purchased freedom in eternity…temporality may require similar sacrifice.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to mete out justice where we can and count on Your judgement for the rest; 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