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CLARITY – 4-9-20 Distraction Leads to Deafness

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Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-9-20

Distraction Leads to Deafness

What’s Happening: “The watchdog group the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the Hague, reported Wednesday that the Assad regime in Syria had used chemical weapons on its own people in March of 2017 in three separate attacks on rebel-held Latamneh, using Sarin and chlorine (one of the bombs was dropped on a hospital). The report largely fell on deaf ears, except for a reaction from Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo…maybe the COVID-19 virus crisis is too loud for this plea to be heard? This isn’t the first time Assad has used chemical weapons against civilians (https://www.yahoo.com/news/assads-air-force-attacked-syrian-200755950.html). Quoting the NBC article: ‘Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed the report, saying it represented ‘the latest in a large and growing body of evidence that the Assad regime uses chemical weapons attacks in Syria as part of a deliberate campaign of violence against the Syrian people.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Dead’s dead, isn’t it? Why does it really matter how someone dies?”

Biblical Response:  “Yes, dead is dead…it ends your opportunity to change your eternal destination (Heb. 9:27)…which, contrary to all our other expended energies. is the real pursuit of life…or it should be. But if you die of natural causes…or some pandemic…or some chemical weapon, it brings comfort to know it was timely, and it served some purpose. The apostle Paul lived a good life (which he defined as fulfilling the purpose for which he was born – 2 Tim. 4:7-8). Although he died by beheading (See Foxe’s Book of Martyrs), he was prepared to die (2 Tim. 4:6). In fact, due to the seemingly randomness of life and death in this world, we all need to live life prepared to die…but I digress.”

“The real tragedy is the deafness of distraction. We are so distracted by our current calamity (today it’s COVID-19; tomorrow…?), that we sometimes miss the point of it all. Maybe God is trying to get our attention…to break through all the distraction to the important consideration: With Whom will you spend eternity?”

“Christians? We believe that the manner of how we die is not nearly as important as the decisions we make during our life (Heb 12:1-3).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to keep the main thing, the main thing…and remind us to pray that none of our calamities are wasted; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

Share as you like, just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books, or donate, or to subscribe, or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link:subdeo.com.’  Copyright © 2020 Alan E. Sargent

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CLARITY – 11-26-19 Report Defended

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-26-19

Report Defended

What’s Happening: “Reuters reported from the Hague yesterday that the report issued by the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was accurate in saying there were chemical weapons used in an attack that killed 40 on April 7 in Douma, on the outskirts of Damascus (which was currently held by rebels). Although the OPCW was not tasked to determine who dropped those weapons, Syria and Russia have claimed the weapons were planted by the rebels and the resulting missile attacks by the U.S., France and Great Britain were unwarranted (https://www.yahoo.com/news/chemical-weapons-body-defends-syria-144031598.html). OPCW chief Fernandon Arias said, ‘While some of these diverging views continue to circulate in certain public discussion forums, I would like to reiterate that I stand by the independent, professional conclusions’ of the report.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Who cares whether the canisters filled with chemical weapons were placed by rebels or dropped by the Syrians and Russians by air, the innocents are still just as dead!”

Biblical Response:  “True, but who the perpetrators were does matter. Truth is often initially disputed, but it usually comes out in the end. As it says in Proverbs 12:19: ‘Truth stands the test of time; lies are soon exposed’ (LB), … or as Shakespeare said, ‘The truth will out…’ (Merchant of Venice – 1596)… The Syrians and the Russians don’t like to play by the rules (does that really surprise anyone?). It’s hard for the ‘truth’ to ‘set free’ (John 8:32), if the liars are not punished. Of course, it could be argued that it’s not our job to punish, but someone had to be held accountable … by someone.”

 “Christians? We believe ultimate accountability is God’s job. Then again, who’s to say we weren’t acting for Him when we sent the missiles? (I wonder who God is going to hold accountable for the 60 million+ who have been aborted since 1973?)” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, please help us to be mindful of our warped thinking that wants justice for everybody else, but mercy for us; 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:subdeo.com.’  Copyright © 2019 Alan E. Sargent

Reader:

May I indulge in a little self-promotion? Many of you read CLARITY every day…and you hopefully forward it on to still others. Some even subscribe from the website. Thanks! (one mother wrote that she wanted to subscribe to read it to her children everyday – read away!) However you get CLARITY, would you consider donating on the website? I’m happy to find useful purpose in helping folks stay informed and supplying what I think God has to say on the subjects of the day…still, I want to get this word out to others…which is what I’ll do with your gifts. Thanks in advance.

Blessings,

Alan

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CLARITY – 4-9-18 Peace at What Price?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-9-18

 

Peace at What Price?

 

What’s Happening:  “A successful missile attack, likely taken by Israel, resulted in Russian and Syrian accusations of first France, then the U.S. (both have drawn a red line in the event of Syrian use of chemical weapons) for the sarin  gas attack that killed at least 40 in rebel-held East Ghouta. Several countries have called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council (https://apnews.com/d965ed6a364f46fd9888acb9001de501). The Syrian government, of course, denied the claims of using chemical weapons saying,  ‘The army, which is advancing rapidly and with determination, does not need to use any kind of chemical agents.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “There is no excuse, if true, for using chemical weapons!”

 

Biblical Response:  “If true?! Children coughing up blood is not enough proof?! I will agree that there is no excuse or reason…except the blatant ignoring of international conventions… for the use of chemical weapons. Assad has never let world opinion govern his actions and the Russians (as evidenced by their recent attempted murder in the U.K. by a nerve agent) are a bad influence as an ally. ”

 

“Christians? While we are not for war and all its collateral damage, as Solomon wisely said, there is ‘a time for war’ (Eccl. 3:8). Some people do not listen to reason (OR follow convention). Those people must be spoken to in a language they do understand. When any dictator deems it too expensive (powerwise) to take an action he will desist…and not until. Let us pray that God will speak to Assad and Putin before we have to…then again, maybe we’ll be His mouthpiece.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let peace prevail, but not peace at any price; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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