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CLARITY – 3-2-18 Be Sure

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-2-18

 

Be Sure

 

What’s Happening:  “Rick Butler’s name will live in infamy forever, at least that is the hope of those who have joined in a class-action lawsuit against him, his wife, Cheryl, and his Chicago-area volleyball training facility. He is being accused of raping and sexually molesting several girls (6, to be exact) hundreds of times in the ‘80’s and, the suit alleges, forced through  intimidation one girl to have an abortion when he impregnated her. He admits the affairs, but says the girls were 18 and the sex was consensual. He was temporarily banned, but his skills always got him off   (https://www.yahoo.com/news/top-volleyball-coach-raped-girls-142705069.html). Christine Tuzi, the lawsuit alleges, was told by Butler to ‘get rid of it.’ She was 16, the suit says, when he first started having sex with her, but 19 when he got her pregnant.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “He’s as guilty as sin!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably, but that’s what ‘Due Process’ is for. If he’s guilty, he’ll have to pay…either here, or in eternity…or both. His attorney will have to convince a jury of his peers, first. You say, no amount of money can erase the damage the suit alleges. True (if true). Still, the amount has been agreed upon to compensate them for his alleged actions.”

 

“Christians? We should let the process play out while praying for the women involved…and those being sued. Justice will have its day…so will mercy. On this earth (and in the U.S.), we have the court system. The best argument prevails. Sometimes, the plaintiff wins…sometimes, the accused. It’s not the best system…just the best on earth. In eternity…well, that’s a different story. There, the truth is always known and you can be sure the truth will out (Num. 32:23),”

 

“Justice and mercy are always displayed. Justice is why there’s a hell. Mercy is why there’s a heaven. Have I done something worthy of hell? Sadly. But Christ’s death made mercy possible for me. It’s like the preacher said, ‘I’ve got Good News and bad news; first the Good News: when you die, you’ll get a new body; it can never be killed; it will experience all the senses to their maximum degree…it lives forever! Now for the bad news: when you die, you’ll get a new body; it can never be killed; it will experience all the senses to their maximum degree…it lives forever!’”

 

“Someone in the crowd said, ‘They both sound alike.’ ‘Yes,’ he said. ‘I guess it depends on where you spend eternity.’”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let justice be rendered…here,,,and in eternity; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 2-28-18 “…Walls Work”

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-28-18

 

“…Walls Work”

 

What’s Happening:  “The Trump Administration won a small victory in court yesterday to build the border wall (though the money has yet to be approved by Congress). U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel ruled against the State of California and various advocacy groups in its ruling in the San Diego court. Mexico continues to deny that it will pay for the wall (https://www.yahoo.com/news/despite-legal-victory-trump-needs-money-border-wall-071213597.html). Department of Justice spokesman, Devin O’Malley applauded the decision saying, ‘this important work [is] vital to our nation’s interests.’ Homeland Security spokesman Tyler Houlton quipped, ‘Simply put, walls work.’”

 

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Don’t drugs and human trafficking come through tunnels under and  by way of people over walls?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yes, currently…where there are short walls or distances to negotiate (though there are some tunnels that get blown up upon discovery)…but not in the border security system the administration is proposing. The difficult-to-scale 30’ walls, increased number of border agents and added technological improvements suggested (drones, ground penetrating radar, etc.) should deter most illegal entry of drugs or people. Now all the administration has to do is come up with the money. This shouldn’t be too hard…privately, publicly…or through the tariffs, customs or border crossing fees we could charge Mexico. ”

 

“Christians? We believe borders are sacred, even determined by God (Acts 17:26). Protecting them only makes sense. Having a country without borders is like living life without rules…that doesn’t work very well, either.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us know what is right and do what is right. While we want to be generous and good stewards, we must first protect what you have given us to steward over;  in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 2-27-18 Ceasing or Increasing?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-27-18

 

Ceasing or Increasing?

 

What’s Happening:  “Although the U.N. Security Council has unanimously declared a ceasefire in Syria, government troops continue to fight (shell, bomb, and even use chemicals) because it says that al-Qaida was included in the agreement. So far, 12 have been killed since the ceasefire was proclaimed, mostly in Eastern Ghouta, though Putin has set a corridor for escape from 9:00am till 3:00pm, beginning today (https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/02/26/588813002/despite-u-n-call-for-cease-fire-strikes-continue-on-damascus-suburb). ‘In this suburb there are said to be a small number of rebels who are aligned with al-Qaida. The government and its allies are basically using that as an argument to say … the cease-fire doesn’t apply here,’ says Ruth Sherlock of NPR.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “i thought whatever the Security Council voted unanimously on was law.”

 

Biblical Response:  “That’s what you get for thinking. Seriously, they have no standing army to enforce their ‘edicts’ so, they’re only ‘desires.’ It’s mostly political posturing, not anything those on the frontline pay any attention to…unfortunately, those recently killed would say..if they could…which they can’t.”

 

“Christians? It would be great if we could have peace by just proclaiming it. It doesn’t work that way in the Kingdom of God…or on earth. As I’ve said before, there won’t be peace on earth until the Prince of Peace rules in the heart of every man. (Lk. 2:14)”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we don’t need unrealistic expectations, but patience; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 2-26-18 The Trouble with Tea Leaves

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-26-18

 

The Trouble with Tea Leaves

 

What’s Happening:  “California’s high-profile Democratic Congressman, Dianne Feinstein, failed to get her state party’s endorsement when they only voted to endorse by 54% (60% is required). Her leading opponent, State Senate Leader Kevin de Leon, took this as the party’s departure from the aging Feinstein’s centrist leanings (she’ll be 85 this year). His progressive agenda supports many things over which Feinstein has equivocated (https://www.yahoo.com/news/california-democrats-decline-endorse-dianne-162631877.html).  Leon quipped, ‘We all deserve a leader who will take our climate action to Washington, and will fight each and every day to protect our human and civil rights, our immigrant families and Dreamers, champion universal health care and create good paying middle class jobs.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “That’s out in California…why should I care?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Often, as California goes, so goes the nation…or so they think (the middle of the country may beg to differ); still, they are quite influential. The trouble with reading tea leaves (or any kind of predictability method) is their changing nature. The Democratic Party was not so progressive until the popularity of Bernie Sanders. Maybe Millenials will rule the day…maybe not. The fickleness of the electorate in 2016 had the polls all wrong…or maybe the predictions were just wrong.”

 

“Christians? Although God was not surprised that Trump won, we do not need to be fatalists: since everything is predetermined, we can just relax. God knows the future, make no mistake (Is, 46:10), but He counts on us being the salt and light {Matt. 5:13-14). We are not to believe any prognosticator, but trust in God’s Word (Ps. 119).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to find the energy and enthusiasm to make the difference in this world we are supposed to…and trust ourselves only to You; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 2-24-18 The Carrot and the Stick

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-24-18

 

The Carrot and the Stick

 

What’s Happening:  “Simultaneous to Ivanka Trump’s visit to the Olympics was President Trump’s announcement (almost as an afterthought at CPAC’s convention) of new U.S. sanctions against North Korea.  Allegedly just there to encourage U.S. Olympic efforts and attend the closing ceremonies, Ivanka, an aide to the President, has been rumored to be there as a softer image than that given by V.P. Mike Pence in the dignitary box at the Opening Ceremony (https://www.yahoo.com/news/ivanka-trump-arrives-south-korea-olympics-080052752.html). ‘North Korea’s participation in the Winter Olympic Games has served as an opportunity for us to engage in active discussions between the two Koreas and this has led to lowering of tensions on the peninsula and an improvement in inter-Korean relations,’ South Korean President Moon was quoted as saying.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “She’s just there to keep the fashion cameras rolling!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Perhaps…she’s certainly got the clothes, looks and celebrity status to pull that off… and she’s a winter sports enthusiast…but the timing of the President’s new sanctions and her attendance is too coincidental for that. And make no mistake, this may well be the DPRK’s last chance for peaceful negotiations. Although past leaders have delayed while centrifuges continued to spin, Trump is likely to realize the can has cul-de-sacced out…that there is NO OUTLET.  Denuclearization is going to happen…one way or the other..”

 

“Christians? Nobody likes to kill (except maybe the psychopath or serial killer). Nobody wants to see some mentally ill person like Cruz of Kim Jong-un die, but sometimes it is better than to see them slaughter innocents. Justice is only one side of a loving God (Matt. 23:23). Is it ever merciful to be just? Ask the parents of those killed in Parkland or those living in Seoul.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we want peace in our time, we don’t want to be so selfish as to sacrifice peace for our kids. Help us, Lord; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 2-22-18 Victory

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-22-18

 

Victory!

 

What’s Happening:  “In a 3-2 shootout, America reclaimed the Gold in the finals of Women’s Hockey over Canada, who won in the last four Olympics, two of them by the same score, also in shootouts. To say this was payback would certainly be an understatement…at least to the U.S. Women’s Team. The heroes? Jocelyn Lamoureaux-Davidson, shooting, and U.S. goaltender Maddie Rooney (http://time.com/5170036/us-canada-womens-hockey-olympics-2018-2/).  ‘What this group has been able to accomplish is way bigger than sports,’ said forward Gigi Marvin. ‘That’s something that’s never going to fade.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Big deal…”

 

Biblical Response:  “And it was…maybe not in the scheme of things, but in the world of hockey (at least a distraction from all the threats of nuclear annihilation, terrorism or public school shootings) it IS a big deal. Forget all the training (read: hard work and sweat) travel, and support, this was the first time in two decades the U.S. girls have brought home the title.”

 

“Christians? Oh, we believe in hard work and sweat, not to mention distraction. We have a tendency, with all the  hardship, poverty, and tragedy in this world, to take things too seriously. A little ‘CHILL’ would do us good. Besides, how can we struggle to keep the main thing the main thing without competition? It’s this struggle that makes maturity possible.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, teach us to enjoy more and fret less; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 2-21-18 Last Hope

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-21-18

 

Last Hope

What’s Happening:  “In a ‘State of Hungary’ speech from Budapest,  President of Hungary Viktor Orban called Christianity Europe’s last hope. He was, no doubt, reacting to the loose immigration policies of France, Belgium and Germany as Islam slowly takes over demographically (https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-02-18/hungarian-leader-calls-christianity-europes-last-hope?platform=hootsuite). Hungary may seem insignificant and Orban’s voice small, but global forces of tolerance and self-determination seem to be governing in the U.N. and almost everywhere.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “And I don’t even own a burka!”

 

Biblical Response:  “There are a whole lot of things that will change (other than clothing) if we have a world with an Islamic consensus (owning clothing in vogue with the culture will be the least of your worries).. Western civilization was built on a Christian consensus (granted, there are assumptions that are not profitable for individual evangelism, but there are cultural advances that are its result, too). The lie that makes all this possible is that allah and Jehovah are just different names for the same God.”

 

“Christians? If “the truth will set you free” (John 8:32), a lie will enslave you. Don’t think there’s any difference between allah and Jehovah? You obviously haven’t read the Koran or studied history. Sure, we’ve made mistakes…sometimes glaring ones (the Crusades come to mind), but much good has been done, too (hospitals, schools, and feeding programs, etc.). As the bumper sticker says, “Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven.” Besides, Mohammed didn’t rise from the dead, Jesus did. I have no doubt Christianity will win out in the end, I just hope we don’t have centuries of repression and domination to overcome.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may Viktor’s plea be heard and heeded…before it’s too late; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 2-20-18 Who’s Indicted…Who’s Not

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-20-18

 

Who’s Indicted…Who’s Not

What’s Happening:  “Announced by the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller just indicted 13 Russians and 3 Russian entities for their involvement trying to influence the 2016 elections. Neither Trump, nor any of his campaign staff have been indicted. We can’t say whether or not Mueller s done with the investigation (https://www.npr.org/2018/02/17/586825413/the-russia-investigations-reading-into-mueller-s-latest-indictments). Although President Trump claims this vindicates him, the investigation is likely to continue.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “There are a lot of people who think this will be bigger than Watergate.”

 

Biblical Response:  “And they might be right, but to date no one has proven there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians. Did the Russians try to meddle in our elections? Probably, though there is no indication they were successful. (But they’ve tried in every election – what we need to be wary of are the protests they have financed since the election). Is Trump out of the woods? Not yet (at least if the Trump-haters have anything to say).”

 

“Christians? Truth is often discoverable…but not often convenient. We are for the truth (John 8:32), but also for the release of the truth in a slow and discreet manner. We’d probably all have apoplexy if everything God knows were revealed in an instant. I’m for telling what needs to be told…WHEN IT NEEDS TO BE TOLD. Good advice for the eternal…and the temporal.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, please consider the frailty of our nature, the excitability of our emotions, and our true need to know when revealing the truth; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 2-19-18 Out of the Old Soviet Playbook

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-19-18

 

Out of the Old Soviet Playbook

What’s Happening:  “It has been described as a proxy war – from Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and Iraq – reminiscent of something the failed regime of the old Soviet Union used to practice. This time the ‘unifying” factor is Hezbollah and their enabler, Iran. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the U.S. National Security Adviser, condemned the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Saturday for arming “Hezbollah-style” armies to destabilize the Middle East (https://www.yahoo.com/news/mcmaster-warns-growing-power-irans-network-proxies-124901296.html). ‘So the time is now, we think, to act against Iran,’ he said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So this means war in the Middle East?’

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…though there are some who would say it has already begun. I mean, Iran has sent a surveillance drone from Syria recently and shot down an Israeli F-16 that responded (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel/netanyahu-says-israel-undeterred-after-syria-shoots-down-f-16-idUSKBN1FV0LR). The Iranians like to have plausible deniability. Launching their attacks through surrogates and promising them a seat at the proverbial table. Does that remind you of anyone? (If you said the USSR…ding, ding, ding! You win!).”

 

“Christians? Let’s hope we don’t have to learn the lesson twice. Bad company STILL corrupts good morals (1 Cor. 15:33).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give those that lead the foresight of wisdom so that this world does not have to learn the lessons of history again; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 2-17-18 It Took a Miracle

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-17-18

 

It Took a Miracle

What’s Happening:  “How about some good news for a change? An American Airlines ticket agent, working at Sacramento International Airport, called the sheriff when two girls, 15 and 17, tried to check in for a flight to New York…which may have been for the purpose of human trafficking. The agent, Denise Miracle (yes, that’s her real name) is being called a hero (https://www.yahoo.com/news/american-airlines-agent-saves-2-153552330.html). Quoting Miracle, ‘It was a first-class ticket. It was very expensive. I told a supervisor, ‘I’m going to call the sheriff. It just doesn’t feel right to me,’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess their parents were relieved!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Shocked is more likely. Their girls had told them they were spending the night at a friend’s house. They were lured by a free ticket (though the one-way ticket they’d been told was 2-way) and an offer of $2,000 to model for a video. Wouldn’t they have been surprised?”

 

“Christians? We’ve all got a price…hopefully Christians realize they’ve been bought with a price (1 Cor. 7:23). Being “not your own” (1 Cor. 6:20) takes a little getting used to. We have to ask the Owner for permission for everything questionable. The trouble comes when we want to do (or allow to be done) things we used to do, but that are no longer allowed.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the discretion and the discernment we need…the discretion not to succumb to our old defaults, and the discernment not to ask in the first place for permission to do those things we already know He will respond to negatively; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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