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CLARITY – 8-8-18 Not Far Off

CLARITY

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

 

Not Far Off

 

What’s Happening:  “Kevin Swanson has been accused of making ‘inflammatory’ (pun intended?) remarks about California’s recent spate of wildfires (killing 9, as of Monday), claiming that they are God’s retribution for the state’s promoting of LGBTQ rights (https://www.yahoo.com/news/pastor-blames-california-wildfires-state-194542137.html). He has a radio show on which his remarks were broadcast on August 3… ‘The first gay pride march occurred in San Francisco in 1970, and then San Francisco legitimized homosexuality in 1972…,’ said Swanson. You may also have heard about ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ which started in California and is now worldwide (https://www.dragqueenstoryhour.org/).”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Those remarks should be censored! How discriminating!”

 

Biblical Response:  “We do have free speech (except you can’t yell, ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theatre – no pun intended), or doesn’t that suit your narrative? As far as censoring is concerned, what do you do with Lev. 18:22; Lev. 20:13; 1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Tim 1:10; etc? Leave them out? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ready to assign any disasters to divine retribution, but I do understand his perspective… so undoubtedly do the former residents of Sodom and Gomorrah.”

 

Christians? While we are obligated to love the sinner, we are told to hate the sin, “The good hate the badness of the wicked. The wicked hate the goodness of the good.” (Prov. 29:27 LB) I moved from San Diego in 1976 because the state legislature had just passed (AB489 – 1975) a bill legalizing sex between any two consenting adults. I didn’t want to raise my children in that culture…where should I tell my kids to raise my Grandkids?”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us help ourselves; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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

CLARITY

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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