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CLARITY – 3-16-19 Bucking the Wind

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-16-19

Bucking the Wind

What’s Happening: “In the unshocking first veto of Trump’s presidency yesterday, he upheld his National Emergency declaration and made many happy – and many sad. The final vote he overthrew? In the House, 245 (including 13 Republicans) to 182 voted to undo the declaration – a majority, but not enough to override a veto. In the Republican-controlled Senate (53 – R), Trump was repudiated by a vote of 59 to 41 (12 Republicans joined with all the Democrats); still not enough to override a veto. Still, Pelosi has scheduled an override vote on March 26 (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-issues-first-veto-continuing-border-emergency-195420804.html). Quoting the article: ‘Today I am vetoing this resolution,” said Trump. “Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it and I’m very proud to veto it.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Doesn’t that veto set a bad precedent for some future Democrat President?”

Biblical Response:  “As if the last 56 times past Presidents have declared National Emergencies weren’t enough! Actually, Trump’s statement that he had the ‘duty to veto it’ was accurate. If he truly felt there was a crisis on the border – and those behind him at the signing ceremony seemed to think so – he really had no choice. If illegal border crossings (and apprehensions) go down after the wall is built, he’ll be proved right. If not, he was just fulfilling a campaign promise on the taxpayer’s dime – a political stunt. Time will tell.”

“Christians? Bucking the wind is what we’ve grown accustomed to…and we shouldn’t be surprised when the standards we demand of ourselves are unpopular (1 John 2:15). Should President Trump be surprised if his veto is unpopular? Since when should leaders’ convictions be governed by popularity?  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the courage of our convictions … and help us to be reluctant (but not intractable) to commit; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 9-1-18 Who Pays is Critical

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-1-18

Who Pays is Critical

 

What’s Happening:  “Everyone was suspecting something might be up (well, at least I was) when it was announced that the U.S. and Mexico had reached a trade deal…and one talk-show host is willing to say it: Yep…Mexico just paid for the wall, but didn’t even know it (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/trump-got-mexico-pay-wall-dems-didnt-notice/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune). But Trump tweeted: ‘Our new Trade Deal with Mexico focuses on FARMERS, GROWTH for our country, tearing down TRADE BARRIERS, JOBS and having companies continue to POUR BACK INTO OUR COUNTRY. It will be a big hit!’ Would you announce to the world you had just hoodwinked a country?”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “No way!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Way! Wayne Allyn Root is just a talk radio host and that doesn’t matter much (which may be by design), but we have just made a deal which benefits us many times more than the cost of a border wall. I know we don’t have a deal with Canada…yet.’

 

“Christians? Our whole belief system is based on Somebody else paying for something…it’s because Jesus paid for our freedom that we are free (John 8:31-36), not because we paid for anything! Not that we aren’t willing, but the payment would just have been insufficient (Heb. 9:22-28).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help me to not be so proud as to reject when the freedom You offer costs me nothing, but You everything; 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 – 1-26-18 Details

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-26-18

 

Details

What’s Happening:  “The Administration finally released Thursday the long-promised details on a starting point for negotiations on immigration reform: 1.8 million “dreamers” can be on a long path to citizenship, limited immigration for spouses and children only (no other “chain migration”), $25 Billion in trust funds for a border wall (and beefed up security on our borders – more technology and border guards, etc.), and an elimination of the visa lottery system, etc. (https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/25/politics/white-house-immigration-framework/index.html). The White House termed it a ‘dramatic concession’ and a ‘compromise.’”

 

Knee-jerk Response:  “The devil’s always in the details!”

 

Biblical Response:  “You may be right…in any case it’s a long way from done…whatever compromise is agreed to must get at least 60 votes in the Senate and whatever House changes are made still have to be signed by the President. I’d say we were still a long way from the ‘details.’”

 

“Christians? Should we be merciful? Of course! (Matt. 10:8) I mean, who doesn’t want to live in ‘Disneyland’ (read; America)? However, it’s not enough to want to get free stuff paid for by taxpayers, immigrants must also assimilate (read: speak English), make a valuable contribution to our society (read: merit-based immigration), put America first (before the country they came from), be non-felons, …the list could go on.

 

Sounds like you are making a lot of conditions for immigrants…this is ‘Disneyland,’ isn’t it? I mean, they could go home.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to see people for what they are dead set on becoming…we weren’t anything to write home about when we first arrived, either; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-23-18 Border Wall Looking Better

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-23-18

 

Border Wall Looking Better

What’s Happening:  “Mexico’ murders, at 25, 339 (mostly by drug cartels), is more than three times as high as the U.S. (and not as populous). The border wall is looking better all the time (https://www.yahoo.com/news/were-more-25-000-homicides-010954454.html). ‘Even though Mexico has a significant problem with violence, it is plainly false that Mexico is the most dangerous country in the world,’ said Mexico’s Foreign Minister.”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “Maybe I should cancel my vacation south of the border.”

 

Biblical Response:  “You think? Not that you’re going to be there to raise the ire of a drug cartel, but just being an American with money makes you a target…Texas beaches are looking better all the time! So is Trump’s border wall. Sure, determined smugglers can find a way (over, under, or through), but that’s what the Border Patrol and high-tech surveillance are for. No wonder folks want to come here…where the rule of law trumps (pun intended) might makes right.”

 

“Christians? Of course it’s wrong to kill (Ex.20:13), but more than that, it’s wrong to even force your philosophy on someone else (2 Tim. 2:24). Although we believe we have the superior ideology, we also believe that its superiority will out (will be eventually proven to be right) (1 John 5:9). Keeping bad out may win the short game, but producing good from within is the only recipe for long-term success.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, teach us that you defeat an ideology with an ideology…that there’s a belief system that squelches (and pays in full for) the evil, while the good eventually dominates…humbly so; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

Share as you like; just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe to any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent