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CLARITY – 10-19-18 A Sacred Trust

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-19-18

A Sacred Trust

 

What’s Happening: “Children are once again being manipulated into terrorism  by the IRGC (Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps) an Associated Press reporter charges. Using targets of U.S. Presidents for practice, children, some as young as 12, are being formed into units to fight along IRGC units. This seems to be in response to sanctions imposed by Trump since the U.S. pulled out of the Nuclear Deal that was joined by Obama in 2015 (https://www.foxnews.com/us/us-targets-network-backing-irans-use-of-child-soldiers). Iranian and Afghan children are then being sent to Syria to fight.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “No youths of that age can be held responsible for their actions.”

 

Biblical Response:  “I agree…but their targets are just as dead. Talk about PTSD! Adults often can’t handle the atrocities of war…imagine these atrocities in the mind of a child! No amount of counseling or therapy will retrieve some…this is a tragedy of epic proportions! Children are supposed to be a sacred trust (Prov. 22:6). What if he’s trained to kill?”

 

“Christians? Children  are supposed to be the hope of the future (look up and read the previous scripture). The ability to train and motivate a child comes with a certain amount of responsibility. There’s bound to be a special hot place in hell for those who violate this trust.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let us consider the most impressionable among us as the  sacred trust they are; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 9-24-18 Death en Masse

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-24-18

Death en Masse

 

What’s Happening:  If blood cries from the ground (Gen. 4:10) the sound must be deafening from Veracruz, Mexico. 250 skulls have been located in a mass grave (many of them children that have gone missing) alongside their clothes (which may aid in their identification) and are probably a direct result of the war declared on the drug cartels by the government nearly a decade ago (https://www.cnn.com/2017/03/15/americas/mexico-mass-grave-skulls-found-veracruz/index.html). ‘”They give us just the bones, but at least I can have them, I can keep it some place where it won’t be rained on, where I can put a flower on it,” a woman told a CNN reporter.

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess fighting the cartels doesn’t pay.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe not in the short-term…everyone who died (some were kidnapped, tortured, then executed) should be regarded as heroes…freedom fighters trying to take their country back. In the long run, their blood spilled, some voluntarily, some involuntarily, will found a country free of drugs and prosperous. At least that is the vision some have.”

 

“Christians? Nobody’s for the indiscriminate taking of lives…except the drug cartels…and they’ll get their just desserts….here, there or both. Freedom isn’t free. Sacrifice is often required (Heb. 9:22). Christ’s death purchased freedom in eternity…temporality may require similar sacrifice.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to mete out justice where we can and count on Your judgement for the rest; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 6-18-18 Talk About Separation!

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-18-18

 

Talk About Separation!

 

What’s Happening:  “Democrats and Republicans agree on one thing: separation of immigrant families of those attempting border crossings is messy and disheartening, especially for minors, the innocent victims in all this. While many are illegal immigrants using minors as an excuse at the border – actually lying that the children are part of their families – many are seeking asylum from drug cartel threats and oppressive government regimes. The different proposed ways of handling them comes from different proposals that are being considered on capitol hill (https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/gop-democrats-are-outraged-but-at-odds-over-ending-family-separation-at-border/2018/06/17/6667f3a4-7247-11e8-b4b7-308400242c2e_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.29542dc5545a). ‘Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike on Sunday called for Congress to pass a law ending the Trump administration’s practice of separating and detaining families trying to cross the border into the United States, but the two sides remain sharply divided on what that bill should look like,’ the Washington Post records.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Imagine being separated from your family!”

 

Biblical Response:  “I can’t imagine making the trip in the first place – maybe being separated will make parents think twice about moving in the first place. I’m not saying that every asylum seeker is using kids to game the system, though that has worked in the past…that’s what ‘catch and release’ was all about…I’m just saying there is a legal process for everything. Instead of spending our time on how to handle children at the border, maybe we should spend our time overhauling the entire immigration system, making things more timely, more accountable (read: mandatory employer checks), and more humane.”

 

“Christians? Separating children from their parents may seem cruel and unusual, but that is exactly what is going to happen at the judgment (Luke 16:26). However the greatest pain of separation will be experienced by those who are eternally separated from God. (Heb. 9:27; Matt. 7:23). Imagine that separation!”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to do what is right at the border…and what is right eternally; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 1-19-18 Where Were the Neighbors?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-19-18

 

Where Were the Neighbors?

What’s Happening:  “Details continue to be revealed as the 13 children (2-29) are being treated in local hospitals for the forced incarceration by the parents, David Allen and Louise Ann Turpin, who were arrested last Sunday on torture and child endangerment charges. They might still be there if a 17-year-old sibling had not escaped out a window and called police for help (https://www.yahoo.com/news/13-children-held-captive-parents-161714493.html). ‘We do need to acknowledge the courage of the young girl who escaped from that residence to bring attention so they could get the help that they so needed,’ said Captain Greg Fellows of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “Where were the neighbors?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Good question…though I have to say that when I moved from San Diego in 1977, the neighbors came to say goodbye…sadly, it was the first time I had met them. Of course, that was only after a year…the Turpins had been there since 2010..I guess it depends on your definition of ‘neighbor.’ Perhaps we do tend to be too focused on our screens (phones, tablets, laptops, TV’s) to lift our heads to discover what is going on all around.”

 

“Christians? The Bible has a lot to say on how to be a good neighbor (Luke 10:25-37). Additionally, care for our children should be the parents’ first calling. Our children should be our first disciples…their salvation and godly upbringing our primary concern.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, forgive us where we have fallen short in our God-given responsibilities and help us to do better; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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