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CLARITY – 10-17-18 In the Weeds

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-17-18

In the Weeds

 

What’s Happening: “Canada, fulfilling a campaign promise of progressive Justin Trudeau, has just legalized pot, making recreational marijuana legal, though rules vary in the provinces. Canada has been the first G-20 country to legalize cannabis, although Uruguay became the first country worldwide in December of 2013. The next on the legislative agenda in Canada may be to revisit recent weed convictions. A new device has even been approved to test DUI motorists (https://www.yahoo.com/news/canada-ushers-historic-new-era-legalization-cannabis-035458897.html). One of the goals is to shut down the marijuana black market by legalization. ‘There’s no black market for beer. There’s no black market for alcohol,’ the Prime Minister said in April of 2017.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Will Canada be better off by legalizing pot?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Good question…I guess time alone will tell. Still, whenever have people exhibited more self-control when given the opportunity? When will we admit that we live in a fallen world, with fallen natures, and no amount of legalizing anything will make that thing safer? Sow the wind… reap the whirlwind (Hos. 8:7).”

 

“Christians? The scripture is full of recommendations for self-control. I love the following scripture:

‘Just because something is technically legal doesn’t mean that it’s spiritually appropriate. If I went around doing whatever I thought I could get by with, I’d be a slave to my whims.’ (I Cor. 6:12 The MESSAGE)”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to realize that whatever controls us… we’re its slave; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 8-13-18 It’s All About Trade

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-13-18

 

It’s All About Trade

 

What’s Happening:  “Bilateral with Mexico and bilateral with Canada or  a trilateral (a re-written NAFTA) agreement…what’s it going to be? Trump’s not sure yet, but he’s open any way that benefits America. He currently is praising Mexico and dissing Canada…but that could change (https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-praise-mexican-president-issues-major-threat-canada/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-WJ&utm_campaign=dailyam&utm_content=western-journal). ‘Deal with Mexico is coming along nicely. Auto workers and farmers must be taken care of or there will be no deal. New President of Mexico has been an absolute gentleman. Canada must wait. Their Tariffs and Trade Barriers are far too high. Will tax cars if we can’t make a deal!’ Trump Tweeted.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Isn’t that kind of mercenary? Should a deal always go to the highest bidder?”

 

Biblical Response:  “‘Yes, and no.’ Yes, it is mercenary…of course, we do live in a world where the wind of money fills the sails of commerce…I didn’t say it was good, I just said it was reality. And, ‘no;’ saying ‘no’ to the highest bidder is sometimes the path of morality. We live in a material world, but morality trumps profit…eternally. Doing the right thing is not always the one that makes the most sense, fiscally…at least not in the short term. Sadly, those in a position to make those decisions are sometimes playing the short game…not the long game. The equalizer is Gal. 6:7.”

 

Christians? Hopefully, we are playing the long game (which is really no game at all…but you know what I mean). The tension between the two – living in the world, but acting like we’re from heaven – is from whence all the conflict comes. Perhaps, that is why Israel was promised land on the King’s Highway, the major trade route of the known world… a city set on a hill cannot be hid (Matt. 5:14-15).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to find and maintain that righteous balance between living in this world without being of this world; 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 – 7-12-18 Are You Kidding (no pun intended) Me?!

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-12-18

 

Are You Kidding (no pun intended) Me?!

 

What’s Happening:  “With the creation of an official designation (MAPs – ‘Minor Attracted Persons) and a flag (to be used in ‘gay pride’ parades), pedophiles have at last made their final stab at joining the ‘accepted’ LGBTQ community…it was started in 2003 by mental health pros (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/pedophiles-desperately-join-lgbt-movement-acceptance-flag/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune). ‘True pedophiles have an exclusive preference for children, which is the same as having a sexual orientation…,’ said retired Prof. Gijseghem of University of Montreal to parliament.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So that would be LGBTQP?”

 

Biblical Response:  “IF they are approved…and only in Canada. Why not just use the whole alphabet? Or simply: SINNERS? Truly, all sin separates us from a holy God…but in this case the collateral damage is unacceptable…or it used to be. We’ve come a long way, baby…but this is not in a good direction! We are not moving heaven and earth to save kids (the ‘Lost and Found…and Rescued!’ of yesterday’s CLARITY blog – subdeo.com) only to have them propositioned…or raped…they were safer in the cave!

 

“Christians? It’s not a sin to be tempted, but to give action to those thoughts…well, it doesn’t lead to a good place (James 1:15). If we don’t call outlaw unacceptable behavior AND use the Bible’s mandates as our standard…well what does it say about sowing the wind? You reap the whirlwind! (Hos. 8:7)”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, nobody wants their passions bridled, but help us to use our reins (and brains!) to bring us back onto the road of sanity; 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 – 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

 

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