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CLARITY – 6-7-19 Stepping Up

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -6-7-19

Stepping Up

What’s Happening: “Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard is hopeful that further negotiations or what his government has done so far by sending 6000 National Guard troops to his country’s southern border to stop Guatemalan immigrants on their way to the U.S border will be enough to avoid the promised increase in tariffs that are due to begin Monday (5%, then another 5% each month until 25% is reached). Democrats want to remove President Trump’s ability to unilaterally impose tariffs through declaring National Emergencies (https://www.yahoo.com/news/mexico-scrambles-slow-migrants-trump-tariffs-loom-221454340.html). ‘The U.S. position is focused on migrant control measures, ours is on development,’ Ebrard said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Securing their own southern border…isn’t that just what they’re supposed to do?”

Biblical Response:  “Yeah, but everything costs money. Besides, immigrants are a source of income (‘transit fees’, “human trafficking fees’ – also called graft – ‘coyote fees’ etc….oh, and a major source of future Democrat votes). Stepping up to their responsibilities as a real government reminds me of a scripture encouraging Christians to step up to their responsibilities:

“Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” (1 Cor. 16:13 NASU)”

“Christians? Though we’re often as guilty as the next guy, we know better…and we feel bad about it…hopefully, enough to repent and change. However, the temptation to follow our own interests or take the path of least resistance is strong. God help us.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our leaders (and us) to do the right thing; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-14-18 Mass Extortion

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-14-18

Mass Extortion

What’s Happening: “In a twist no one saw coming, the caravaners demanded a $50,000 payment PER MIGRANT…kind of a pay-or-we’ll-storm-your-border threat that sounds more like a ransom demand than an alternative offered to avoid deportation. What will they do if the U.S. pays up? Go home. Sounds like people fleeing persecution in their home country to me…NOT! (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/outrageous-caravanners-offer-return-home-us-pays-50000/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune) ‘Two groups of Central American migrants made separate marches on the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana Tuesday, demanding that they be processed through the asylum system  more quickly and in greater numbers,’ The San Diego Tribune reported.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Surely, they aren’t responsible for where they were born!”

Biblical Response:  “Surely, we aren’t responsible either! Maybe if they stayed and fought for a peaceable and prosperous society they wouldn’t have come here in the first place. Sure, it may cost them some blood and sacrifice. It certainly did our ancestors.”

“Christians? Freedom isn’t free. No one knows that better than we do. The Good News? It’s already been paid for (Heb. 9:12). And it cost a whole lot more than $50,000!”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to find the balance between current compassion and future justice…and realize destiny is way above our paygrade; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”a

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CLARITY – 11-26-18 Unwelcome Invasion

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-26-18

Unwelcome Invasion

 

What’s Happening: “Is any invasion welcome? That’s why it’s called an invasion! I could be referring to the absence of a Martian welcome mat (we are due to land there today – just an unmanned science probe launched in May), but I’m  referring to the protest that greeted the caravan at the U.S. border…from Tijuana, Mexico residents! )https://dcalert.com/2018/11/20/protests-in-mexico-as-locals-agree-with-trump-this-is-an-invasion/) Apparently they don’t want them any more than the U.S. Border Patrol does https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/11/25/immigrant-caravan-us-agents-fire-tear-gas-slow-migrants/2110267002/). ‘I will not allow our binational relationship to be fractured by bad actions of the migrant caravan. They are doing things outside of the law,’ said Tijuana Mayor Juan Gastelum.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “They are not invading! They just want a new home!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Believe me, I don’t blame them wanting to improve their situation (notice that they are fleeing to capitalism, even though socialist Venezuela is half the distance). However, how long do you think America would remain economically attractive were we to welcome all immigrants? Sure, we want immigrants…we need them…but a merit-based system is good for the immigrants (it gives them a reason to improve themselves) and it’s good for us (it makes us want to compete for the best jobs). Talk about welcoming them…if they come legally!”

 

“Christians? We’ve been regarded as an invading horde…first by the Jewish leaders (Acts 4:1-3)…then by the Romans in the regions under their control (2 Cor. 25-27)…and we should expect persecution (John 15:18-19). Of course, we bring the message of hope…and not everyone is excited about that.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to speak with boldness, not have unreasonable expectations about everyone’s reception, deal compassionately with others, yet demand justice and know that Your hand is often involved in hardship;  in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 11-20-18 The Gray Area is Not Gray

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-20-18

The Grey Area is Not Gray

 

What’s Happening: “A Judge has ordered that asylum seekers don’t have to go to official ports of entry to be legal…nullifying Trump’s Executive Order to the contrary. Maybe this will give new hope to the caravan…maybe the order will be appealed…hopefully, Congress will bring this up (https://www.yahoo.com/news/legal-groups-argue-court-against-trump-asylum-ban-193608107.html). ‘Whatever the scope of the President’s authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden,’ said Obama appointee Judge Tigar.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess there is no gray area…an asylum seeker can enter anywhere.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yep…according to the judge…which may be why a wall gets approved. The Congress may be in a “lame duck” session, but till the new Congress gets sworn in…and there’s a funding bill coming…the Republicans still have the Legislative and the Executive. I wonder what they’ll do with it.”

 

“Christians? Oh, we believe in immigration…after all, we are ‘aliens’ ourselves (John 18:36). And we have been left here to make a difference. However, we have also been called to obey the laws of the land…whether we agree with them or not (Tit. 3:1). Of course, there is a higher authority and a higher law (Acts 4:19-21).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we want to be merciful we don’t want our grace to exceed Your purposes…give us wisdom; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 10-23-18 Timing is Everything

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-23-18

Timing is Everything

 

What’s Happening: “The migrant caravans traveling through Mexico (primarily from the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras – though Mexicans have swelled ranks and Trump claims there may  be some Middle Easterners and MS-13 gang members, too) have 1,300 miles to go and only 14 days to the midterm elections – too late for Democrats (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6307043/SECOND-migrant-caravan-1-000-heading-following-first.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490). ‘Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws! Remember the Midterms! So unfair to those who come in legally,’ Trump said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I thought Soros and other Democrats were funding the caravans.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Perhaps. Since no one could possibly arrive before the midterms, that seems unlikely…they are probably just trying to travel before it gets too cold. But a ‘Catch and Release’ policy is probably pretty attractive to them. I’ve heard figures above 99% that don’t make assigned court dates. They just melt into the 11,000,000 already here.”

 

“Christians? We should be grateful that missionary efforts have been made easier – told to ‘go’ (Matt, 28:18-20), it’s great to have your audience come to you. Still, we can’t encourage aliens to enter our country illegally. I mean, I feel bad that they have violence, drugs, and unemployment in their own countries; some genuinely are seeking asylum. Still, don’t Americans have a prior obligation to their own families? If we need to amend our immigration systems let’s get about that. After all, God controls much of that doesn’t He?”

“And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;” (Acts 17:26 KJV)

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let our elected representatives know Your plan and enact laws that work alongside You; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 10-18-18 It’s All About Strategy

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

It’s All About Strategy

 

What’s Happening: “It looks like the caravans are it again, most of them from Honduras, and they’ve swollen in size from 1,000 to 2,000 (some say as high as 4,000). They are scheduled to arrive just before the midterms (strategy?). There are some efforts being made by Guatemala and Mexico to dissuade the caravan (and by threats by Trump), but the ‘coyotes’ and the cartels have other designs…and then there’s allegations of Soros funding (https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/oct/16/honduras-begs-migrant-caravan-turn-back/). Judd, a border patrol agent said, ‘What they do is they artificially create holes that they can then smuggle their higher profit behind us. It’s a brilliant strategy on the (part of the) cartels.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Can you blame the people in the caravans? They are just seeking a better life here!”

 

Biblical Response:  “No, I can’t blame anyone for seeking a better life…especially now with the latest good news on our economy. Still, if everyone takes the jobs that are available, maybe they won’t be available much longer. And, it’s a wonderful opportunity for the Church. These people have already identified themselves as seekers…so let’s let them know Someone who can really meet their needs! I mean, the U.S. government is generous, especially to those who claim asylum. But that’s nothing compared to God (Phil. 4:19).”

 

“Christians? The real solution is good old fashioned missionary work (Matt. 28:18-20); creating such a life in Central America that the U.S. loses its appeal. Do you think those parents want to send their children off? Immigrants are known for their work ethic…wouldn’t that best be applied there? Let’s take that money we give ($65 Million to Honduras) and designate it for battling the cartels…eliminate the motivation to escape violence and the caravans will disappear.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to have a strategy of our own; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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