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CLARITY – 8-10-20 Is Being # 2 About Money?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-10-20

Is Being # 2 About Money?

What’s Happening: “In a Politico article that appeared earlier today, the much-ballyhooed Biden announcement of a pick for the Democrat’s VP slot appeared to be a matter of fund-raising ability, Elizabeth Warren at $7.7 Million, leading the pack. Of course, she’s not black but she has a reportedly extensive email list. Sen. Kamala Harris at reportedly over $5 Million probably leads the ‘women of color’ group, and Susan Rice has never run for office (she was an Obama appointee). Then there’s Tammy Duckworth, etc….Biden out-raised Trump in May and June, and nearly caught up, but Trump’s team bested Biden by over $30 Million In July (https://www.yahoo.com/news/decision-day-nears-vp-hopefuls-083005007.html). ‘Do donors lobby for the person they want? Yes. If their person wins, they know the VP now,’ said one Democratic donor. ‘They’re going to show up for them in force.’” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Sounds like money is everything.”

Biblical Response:  “Maybe not everything…but it does rank right on up there. And whoever is Biden’s VP choice…IF he gets elected…will likely be President (if Biden – and many think he will – gets declared mentally incompetent). Otherwise being # 2 might get interesting anyway. Pence has done a masterful job, being just the right balance of being his own man and being a rubber-stamp for the President’s agenda. Will anybody Biden picks strike the same balance? Being # 2 is not easy. Ask any Christian. Being # 2 is what servanthood looks like. Perhaps that is one of the reasons He gave us His Holy Spirit? (John 16:12-13)”

“Christians? We believe  being # 2 to God is a big deal…but He designed ir that way. He said He was the light of the world (John 9:5). He also said, we were the light of the world (Matt. 5:14. If that weren’t enough, read these words:

The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.’ (Phil. 4:9 NASU)

Seems pretty plain to me.”

 Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us remember it’s not about money. It’s about who’s #1; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 6-9-20 Wet Finger in the Air

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-9-20

Wet Finger in the Air

What’s Happening: “A CNN Poll, putting Biden ahead of Trump by double digits, was bashed Monday by the Trump campaign saying Trump was behind Hillay, too, at this point in the campaign in 2016. The poll was different by 7 points over last month’s poll (dropping in job approval from 45% to 38%) and shows Biden winning amongst likely voters – still, it’s 5 months out from the November elections. The GOP pollster, McLaughlin and Associates said CNN’s poll was skewed as it didn’t include enough Republican voters. CNN’s margin of error was 3-4%  (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-fumes-cnn-poll-finds-184338902.html). ‘I have retained highly respected pollster, McLaughlin & Associates, to analyze 1todays CNN Poll (and others), which I felt were FAKE based on the incredible enthusiasm we are receiving. Read analysis for yourself. This is the same thing they and others did when we defeated…Crooked Hillary Clinton in 2016. They are called SUPPRESSION POLLS, and are put out to dampen enthusiasm. Despite 3 ½ years of phony Witch Hunts, we are winning, and will close it out on November 3rd!’ Trump tweeted.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess it depends on to whom you talk and what their agenda is…”

Biblical Response:  “True…and both sides have an agenda: the Biden camp wants to dampen Trump-voter enthusiasm, the Trump camp wants no one to believe the polls. At least Trump has history on his side…the Hillary camp polls had her winning the 2016 election…but Trump won by a comfortable margin.To me, the real issue is the importance of polls these days. Has the American public really sunk to the unthinking level as to let polls dictate how they are going to vote?. Surely not! I guess we’ll find out who’s telling the truth. After all, the Scripture says:

Truthful lips will be established forever, But a lying tongue is only for a  moment.” (Prov. 12:19 NASU)

“Christians? We believe in truth prevailing (the above Scripture) ,… and in its freeing ability (John 8:32). That means that those who believe lies are imprisoned by them.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us think for ourselves and seek the truth, rather than be manipulated to be imprisoned by lies; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 5-1-20 Allegations, Accusation, and the Truth

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-1-20

Allegations, Accusations, and the Truth

What’s Happening: “In a response that came over a month after the allegation (in an interview on Morning Joe on MSNBC earlier today), Presumptive Presidential Democrat Nominee Joe Biden categorically denied the accusations of sexual assault that were leveled at him by former staffer Tara Reade in March.. Although, unlike Ford’s accusations of Kavanaugh during his Senate hearing for Supreme Court there is evidence that she was a staffer and did allege at the time  (1993) that the incident did occur, Biden says that the National Archives have no such record (https://news.yahoo.com/people-need-to-hear-the-truth-joe-biden-denies-sexual-assault-allegation-121648189.html). Quoting from the article: ‘Vice President Biden has dedicated his public life to changing the culture and the laws around violence against women,’  Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s communications director, said in a statement to the New York Times in April. ‘He authored and fought for the passage and reauthorization of the landmark Violence Against Women Act. He firmly believes that women have a right to be heard — and heard respectfully. Such claims should also be diligently reviewed by an independent press. What is clear about this claim: It is untrue. This absolutely did not happen.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Aren’t people in the U.S. innocent until proven guilty? Shouldn’t we cut him some slack?”

Biblical Response:  “Absolutely! (Though the Republicans…understandably so…might want to give him the same treatment the media gave Brett Kavanaugh.) The list of people who have been crucified in the ‘Court of Public Opinion’ is long and is littered by people in both parties. Maybe that’s why the biblical qualifications for leadership are so stringent (1 Tim. 3:1-13). To be ‘above reproach’ (Phil. 2:15; Tit. 1:6-7), is not easy, especially in this fallen world. Perhaps one of the reasons why many are called, but few are chosen (Matt. 22:14).”

“Christians? We believe that those whose footsteps we are to follow, whose example we are to emulate, need to be modelable (is that a word?). The Apostle Paul said it best:

‘Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.’ (1 Cor. 11:11 NASU) 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to follow Your example, before we invite others to follow ours; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 11-5-19 A Quid Without a Quo

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-5-19

A Quid Without a Quo

It’s Happening: “Is Trump offering a new defense? ’The quid did not happen, but if it did, so what?’ This seems to be the tack some Republican lawmakers are now (as of Sunday) trying to say. The old saying: quid pro quo, means that if you do something, I’ll do something…I’ll give in on the promised Ukrainian military aid, if you’ll investigate the Bidens…which Trump says you can only read into the transcript of the call…it was never said. But that is moot…so say some )https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-no-quid-pro-quo-perhaps-not-impeachable-143731986.html). On Friday night, the Washington Post (and later Axios) reported ‘a growing number of Senate Republicans are ready to acknowledge that President Trump used U.S. military aid as leverage to force Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his family.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Whom should I believe? Trump or the media?”

Biblical Response:  “That”s a question many are asking…I guess we may not know what the public thinks until the election. Trump claims the transcript is accurate and he clearly made no conditional demand. The Dems say that others, who were privy to the call disagree. Perhaps the truth cannot be known by anyone but God. One thing’s for sure, Jesus death (and God’s love) is unconditional. In fact, Romans 5:8 says that ‘But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.’ (KJV) I didn’t have to clean up my act to be worthy. His righteousness was my sufficiency! (Rom. 3:25-26)

“Christians? We believe God offered a quid without a quo…it was unconditional. It is our job to get this Good News out to others. That’s what evangelism is all about.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to not strain at a gnat politically and realize that getting the message of free salvation out to others is our task…a blessed task, at that; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 10-30-19 Denied

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-30-19

Denied

It’s Happening: “Last Sunday, in a South Carolina Catholic Church, history was made…Vice President and 2020 Democrat Presidential hopeful Joe Biden was denied holy communion by a priest saying, any ‘public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching.’ Rev.Robert Morey, the priest of Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Florence refused to serve Vice President Biden because the Catholic Church is vehemently Pro-Life, and Biden, though his philosophy on the issue has been varied over the years (recently – in June – dropping his long-standing support of the Hyde Amendment which blocks government funding of abortions), he considers the issue a private one now (https://www.yahoo.com/news/catholic-priest-denies-joe-biden-144747433.html). ‘Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to Former Vice President Joe Biden,’ Morey was quoted. ‘Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other and the Church. Our actions should reflect that.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So, I’m a Protestant…does that make any difference to me?”

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…maybe not. It really depends on God’s posture on the subject. Let’s see what He has to say:  ‘For the life of the flesh is in the blood…” (Lev. 17:11) Life at least begins at the circulation of the blood…some say at conception…  ‘I will give thanks unto thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…’ (Ps.139:14) ‘…thou didst form my inward parts: Thou didst cover me in my mother’s womb.’ (Ps 139:13)  Hmmm…seems obvious to me.

“Christians? We could have the argument as to whether Catholics or Protestants are Christians…that’s a subject for another blog. Still, there is no doubt that God seems to be for the life of the unborn…and certainly a priest has the right (some would correctly say the responsibility) to serve whom he will in Communion (1 Cor. 11:27-28). Of course, maybe Mr. Biden should not have presented himself for Communion.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the courage of our convictions and to pay whatever price that may cost; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 9-23-19 The Illusion of Privacy

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-23-19

The Illusion of Privacy

What’s Happening: “It’s not ‘1984’ (from the book of that title by George Orwell), but ‘Big Brother’ may be watching…or at least listening – and a ‘whistleblower’ in the intelligence community is complaining about a call he/she alleges President Trump made to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Allegedly, the complaint concerns pressure that may have been applied in the phone call to investigate Biden’s son, Hunter, who is on the board of a large energy company in Ukraine. If true, this might supply Trump’s opponents with another impeachment issue, now that the Mueller investigation of a possible collusion with Russia in the 2016 election has proven false. I say ‘allegedly’ because the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Joseph McGuire. has refused to share the complaint with a demanding Congress (https://www.yahoo.com/news/rundown-trump-biden-whistleblowers-complaint-162233535.html). Trump complains this is just another ‘witch hunt.’

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Trump may or may not have done something wrong, but I guess we’ll never know for sure.”

Biblical Response:  “Probably not, but that doesn’t mean Somebody won’t know. Aside from the ‘whistleblower,’ who may have partisan motivations, nobody is supposed to know the content of ‘private’ Presidential phone calls. Sure, there are a few from the intelligence community who listen in (presumably, that is where the ‘whistleblower’ is from}, but the presumption of privacy on phone calls is an essential ingredient to foreign policy. Of course, this is a political hotbed – with Biden being the Democrat front-runner for 2020 and Russia having invaded Ukraine under Biden’s (and Obama’s) watch.”

“This post is titled “The Illusion of Privacy,’ not because there are so many leaks in Washington (though that is a valid point), but because God, being omnipresent (Ps. 139; prov. 15:3), is an eye-witness to all things…including Presidential phone calls”

‘Christians? We believe that even what is done in secret will one day be revealed (Luke 12;3); that there really is no such thing as privacy (Jer. 23:24; 32:19). Maybe that’s why we are told to avoid even the appearance of evil (1 Thess. 5:22).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may the truth be revealed and lies soon exposed;  in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 4-4-19 Space Invaders

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-4-19

Space Invaders

What’s Happening: “More women have come forward (two yesterday – to date, that makes four – Lucy Flores, Caitlyn Caruso, D. J. Hill, and Amy Lappos) to make claims that former VP and undeclared front-runner for the Democrat nomination for President in the 2020 election, invaded their space with inappropriate physical gestures…from laying a hand on a thigh, to smelling hair followed by a slow head-kiss, to rubbing noses, etc. (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/04/02/joe-biden-donald-trump-cracks-jokes-new-accusers-come-forward/3347778002/). ‘In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort. And not once – never – did I believe I acted inappropriately. If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention,’ said Joe Biden, Sunday.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “His opponents are just taking potshots at an innocent man…”

Biblical Response:  “Probably…and ‘if you can’t stand the heat you should get out of the kitchen’….which is exactly what Bernie, Warren and Kamala want. Still, in this #MeToo-era, there is little room for ‘innocent’ gestures. What may be Biden’s common mannerisms are apparently not welcomed by all. Maybe his explanation statement above, while not an actual apology, may suffice…maybe not. Time alone will tell..”

“Christians? We’re a huggy bunch, too. And it’s not generally wrong to show innocent affection (Rom. 16:16; 1 Cor. 16:20). However, one of the fruit of the Spirit is self-control (Gal. 5:22). Perhaps, a little more sensitivity to the reception of our affectionate gestures is in order.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to steer clear of the wrong signals we could be unwittingly sending; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 4-1-19 Appearance of Evil

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-1-19

Appearance of Evil

What’s Happening: “When Lucy Flores, former Nevada lawmaker, in a personally written piece in the New York Magazine, alleged that in 2014 she was approached from behind by then Vice President Joe Biden at a campaign rally in which he inappropriately touched her, it came as a completely believable accusation by many. Although he says he cannot remember the incident, the former Vice President, and as yet undeclared 2020 contender for the Democrat nomination for President (and front-runner – 29%), ‘Uncle Joe’ was filmed by accident being similarly ‘friendly’ to the wife of Ashton Carter, who was then being sworn in as Defense Secretary (https://www.yahoo.com/news/joe-biden-accused-kissing-former-164948342.html). ‘Neither then, nor in the years since, did he or the staff with him at the time have an inkling that Ms. Flores had been at any time uncomfortable, nor do they recall what she describes,’ a spokesman for Biden said last Friday.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Where there’s smoke there’s fire…what were they doing behind the scenes?!”

Biblical Response:  “No, sometimes there’s just smoke. Besides, there was probably nothing going on elsewhere…why would she invite additional scrutiny if there was? And it is just an allegation…of course, as Brett Kavanaugh found out, that can do damage by itself. However, as leaders, we have to set an example (1 Tim. 4:12). We are to be so well known by our good behavior that the ‘appearance of evil’ (1 Thess. 5:22) is unbelievable. By that standard, not many qualify (James 3:1). Maybe that is as it should be.”

Christians? Of course, there are few who call themselves Christian who qualify, either. However, I’m not saying that the blood of Christ doesn’t make us clean before God. I’m just saying the electorate may not be as forgiving as He.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, thank You for forgiving AND forgetting; help us when we feel tempted to act ignobly; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 3-4-19 Snapshots

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-4-19

Snapshots

What’s Happening: “A recent poll has the electorate in 2020 preferring someone NOT referring to themselves as a ‘socialist’ and not over 75 (Biden is 76, Sanders is 77, Trump is 72). There were many other factors tested, but this poll, like many others, is just a snapshot – today’s feelings and subject to change (https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-voters-don-t-want-150731203.html). ‘We’re getting early signals from Democratic primary voters that they are looking for bigger change and someone who agrees with them on policy,’ said Republican pollster Bill McInturff.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Bad news for Biden and Sanders…good news for Trump, huh?”

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…it really only means that the formers will have to justify why their wisdom is to be preferred.  Polls are indeed snapshots, brief pictures taken to gauge the electorate’s reaction to recent news (accurate or inaccurate) and only showing what subjects want revealed – have pictures ever been taken when the photographer asked people to say ‘crud’ instead of ‘cheese’? Decisions based on polls should be as fluid as the emotions of those being polled. (Is. 28:8).”

“Christians? Pollsters are at a distinct disadvantage. Unlike God, Who sees the end from the beginning (Is. 46:10), their perception is limited to temporal horizons (God, however, is omnipresent – spatially and temporally; everywhere and EVERYWHEN).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be patient and withhold judgment… or at least take into consideration  the changeable heart and untrustworthy nature of man; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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