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CLARITY – 8-1-18 Comparing Tragedies

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-1-18

 

Comparing Tragedies

 

What’s Happening:  “Whether you speak of the lady who lost all nine members of her family on the Duckboat that swamped recently in Branson, Missouri or the fireman who lost his home to fire in the Carr blaze near Redding, California last week while fighting the  Ferguson wildfire near Yosemite, you almost have cry for their loss…even if it wasn’t your own (https://www.yahoo.com/news/california-firefighter-apos-home-burned-000246141.html). ‘It’s just hard ― it’s so overwhelming, it’s hard to put into words,’  Shyla, the firefighter’s wife, lamented.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What can I do?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Pray…then give (I know the firefighter’s got a GoFundMe page…the woman who lost her family to drowning probably does too). It’s just too easy to read about these tragedies, shake our heads in amazement, and take another sip of coffee, but practical help is so appreciated. Sure, all tragedy (like politics) is local, but nonetheless real!What is needed is practical sympathy. Let me illustrate it this way:

 

An aged man led his tired and ancient horse down a cobbled street making deliveries at first one house and then another. The wagon the horse was pulling seemed overloaded, but the horse struggled on. Suddenly the horse just laid down and breathed his last…almost in relief. People began to gather around the old man weeping on the curb. Finally, a man from the crowd took off his hat,and passed it around. He had put a couple of coins in it and said, “I care this much. How much do you care?

 

“Christians? We are called to weep with those who weep (Rom. 12:15). But more than just weeping or wagging our heads in sympathy. we need to help where we can. There is a tragedy a week it seems. And I know that God is speaking words of comfort and instruction in these dire circumstances, but some practical sympathy from us is also called for (James 2:16-17). What an opportunity for the Church to shine!’”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to identify with the circumstances of others and fulfill the law of Christ (Gal. 6:2); 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 – 7-21-18 Random Tragedy

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-21-18

 

Random Tragedy

 

What’s Happening:  “Seventeen have perished so far (two are still in critical condition) in a freak “duck” accident on a lake in Branson, Missouri. A sudden thunderstorm struck the boats with its 60-mph winds and capsized one of them. These amphibious boat tours are 70 minutes in length and travel land and water routes that sometimes put them in harm’s way unexpectedly (https://www.denverpost.com/2018/07/19/fatal-missouri-tour-boat-accident/). ‘I hope it won’t tarnish Branson, About 80 percent of our income comes from tourists. We love them,’ said Trisha Ayers, a mourner.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So I’m to stay away from Branson?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Unfortunately, giving one of America’s favorite family hot-spots a wide berth is no guarantee against tragedy…even avoiding risky adventure-like outings like backpacking, skiing…or ‘duck’ tours, is no guarantee of safety. Heck, you might be hit crossing the  street or be one of the over 1,000,000 killed each year worldwide in a traffic fatality! The only thing (except for Enoch and Elijah) that is certain is death. That you die may be inevitable, how and when you die unpredictable, but in what condition you die – lost or saved – is not.”

 

“Christians? Jesus, Himself, spoke of ‘random’ tragedy (Luke 13:2-5). We live in a ‘fallen’ world. Being subject to death was not an original part of His plan (Rom. 5:12-15). How we respond in preparation for the inevitable makes all the difference in the world…and in eternity.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to accept the fatal work of our own hands, but to prepare for the consequeces; 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