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CLARITY – 6-30-20 ‘Xinjiang’ Strikes Fear

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-30-20

Xinjiang’ Strikes Fear

What’s Happening: “It is not a good time to be a woman AND a Uighur AND of reproductive age AND to be in Xinjiang. So says a report by The Associated Press on June 28. Forced sterilization, forced placement of an Intra-Urinary Device (IUD), infanticide, abortion,  or indefinite detention…those are your options if you are of the Uighur people, Muslim, and pregnant. The Chinese Government’s recent efforts of population control have seen a 60% decline in the Uighur minority from 2015-2018, dropping another 24% last year alone. Having too many children has mothers hiding their infants when soldiers do surprise inspections of homes…at neighbors’ recommendations…or paying huge fines…or being punished by detention (https://www.yahoo.com/news/china-forces-birth-control-muslims-040416780.html). Quoting: ‘While individual women have spoken out before about forced birth control, the practice is far more widespread and systematic than previously known, according to an AP investigation based on government statistics, state documents and interviews with 30 ex-detainees, family members and a former detention camp instructor. The campaign over the past four years in the far west region of Xinjiang is leading to what some experts are calling a form of ‘demographic genocide.’” 

“‘People there are now terrified of giving birth,’ one Uighur woman said. ‘When I think of the word ‘Xinjiang,’ I can still feel that fear’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So now we’re against minority desrrimination in America, but for minority descrimination in China?!”

Biblical Response:  “Boy, are you confused! And it is confusing!We should be against minority descimination everywhere…except in heaven, I guess (assuming people who call themselves Christians are a minority in hell…I told you it was confusing…aren’t you glad He’s the judge?) Seriously, population control is one of those issues we should definitely leave up to God (Acts 17:26).”

“Christians?  Like Jeremiah, we believe that He knew us before we were even in the womb (Jer. 1:5 – of course, time is not an issue with God – Jesus was slain from the foundation of the world – Rev. 13:8). And how about this scripture?”

“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from  ancient  times things which have not been  done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,’ and ‘I will  accomplish all My good pleasure’;” (Isaiah 46:10 NASU)

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to leave more and more up to You…after all, aren’t You the Righteous Judge? (Ps. 7:11); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 6-27-20 Falling Behind

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-27-20

Falling Behind

What’s Happening: “In a The National Interest article that appeared yesterday, the Thursday remarks of Senator Jim Inhofe (Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee) from the Senate floor were referenced saying the U.S. was falling behind China and Russia, especially in their pursuit of technological military superiority. The cure: an increase in our priority of scientific advancement…and a consequent increase in military spending. Russia and China have ramped up in the last ten years their pursuit of hypersonics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and quantum computing…and this doesn’t even include China’s recent bellicose activities in the South China Sea or their killing of 20 Indian soldiers on their border (https://www.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-worried-u-military-134900975.html).  Quoting from the article: ‘Inhofe provided a lot of detail about strategic, political, economic and military concerns regarding both Russia and China, citing massive increases in the military budgets of both countries.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So we can’t shout: ‘We’re Number One!’ Big deal; does it really matter if we’re Number Two or Three?”

Biblical Response:  “Yes, it matters. Your adversaries don’t attack if they think they aren’t going to win (Like 14:31-32). Why do you think the governments of our adversaries spend huge amounts on military parades? Two reasons: 1) To make their populace feel secure 2) To make their enemies think twice about attacking (I’m sue it doesn’t harm the military’s morale, either). We shouldn’t trust in military superiority (Ps. 20:7), but our enemies have respect for strength.”

“Christians?  We believe that while we should burnish our shields and sharpen our swords..and put more watchers on the wall (not too vague references to the modern equivalents of defensive and offensive capabilities…and increased electronic surveillance), our trust is in the Lord (the above scripture  reference in Psalms). Of course, we hope we never have to use them, but superior military capabilities may be one of the best deterrents to that possibility.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to remember that missionary agencies have sent many Gospel emissaries from our militarily strong shores (more than the rest of the world combined); and this truth: there will never be peace on earth till the Prince of Peace rules in the heart of every man (the reason we should continue to send); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 6-20-20 A Warning of Impending Doom

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-20-20

A Warning of Impending Doom

What’s Happening: “Friday saw an impassioned Pompeo warning Europe of Chinese economic expansionism after meeting in Hawaii with Yang Jiechi, a top Chinese official. The Chinese purchases of port interests in Greece and Spain only served to underscore his remarks. Pompeo warned of pursuing the Chnese ‘surveillance state’ Huawei, the communist-owned giant telecom company. It was as if he was trying to get Europe from making the samw mistakes he says the U.S. has made over the past few decades. He even termed the Chinese as being a ‘rogue actor.’ Can Europe be great again? The U. S.’s doesn’t want to be the sole voice in decrying the Chinese, but it may be singing a solo when it really wants a quartet…or at least a trio… (https://www.yahoo.com/news/pompeo-warns-europeans-against-rogue-actor-china-161831884.html). ‘”There’s also no way to straddle these alternatives without abandoning who we are. Democracies dependent on authoritarians are not worthy of the name,’ Pompeo sid by teleconference to a forum gathered in Denmark.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Why should I care if the price of TVs or computers goes up or down in Europe?”

Biblical Response:  “Because everything is connected today. We live in a global marketplace. Instead of making decisions based on consumer prices, however, perhaps we should direct our efforts at using the interconnectivity to get the Gospel out (Prov. 25:25). More have been freed by exporting the truth (John 8:32), than will ever receive the benefits of our exporting democracy. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for self-determinism…and that’s sure not going to take place under an atheistic communist regime…but self-determinism is ultimately trumped by God-Determinism. Why not cut to the chase?”

“Christians?  We believe in the freeing nature of the truth. We also believe God is much bigger than Xi or Trump or any number of European leaders. Regardless of motivations to the contrary, His will will prevail. Still, it’s always better to align yourself with His purposes than to oppose them.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us insight to how we can be a part of Your plan, and our leaders wisdom to not pursue a course of action that only makes us feel good about ourselves; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 6-18-20 Honor Amongst Thieves

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-18-20

Honor Amongst Thieves

What’s Happening: “A disputed border area, high altitude, and an ancient weapons protocol, all contributed to a bloody (and deadly) confrontation between the Chinese and Indian militaries. Reports are beginning to filter in about the clash that occurred starting Monday, the worst fighting between the two nuclear powers since 1967, and the deadliest since 1975. Depending on whom you ask (the Chinese have been characteristically mute about it all), the Indians had 20 die, the Chinese, 43 (dead and injured). They, however, refrained from using anything but crude weaponry – clubs with nails in them, rocks wrapped in barbed wire, and fists – many Indian soldiers may have died by being tossed off a cliff or drowned in a river…or both (https://www.yahoo.com/news/fists-stones-clubs-china-indias-brutal-high-altitude-143504194.html). Quoting from the AFP article by Aishwarya Kumar and Parvaiz Buhkari: ‘There is an understanding between the nuclear-armed neighbours that despite their decades-old failure to demarcate their huge border, their troops in the disputed and inhospitable region will not use firearms.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Sounds totally barbaric to me…”

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…but what military engagement isn’t? Would it have been less barbaric than a nuclear exchange? We’re coming up on the 75th anniversary of Hiroshima (August 6, 1945), and the border clash may have been bloody, but killed no innocent civilians (bombing Hiroshima killed at least 90,000). I’m not advocating going back to the stone age or touting the sanity of a Mutally Assured Destruction (MAD)  policy, but you have to say something for handling disputes this way. Is peace, real peace, a pipe dream? Perhaps. As I’ve said before, “Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of God” (2 Pet. 3:14).”

“Christians?  We believe in peace. But there will never be peace on earth until the Prince of Peace rules in the heart of every man (Luke 2:14). The Chinese communists don’t have a good record with border disputes (I’m thinking the South China Sea), but the Lord ultimately determines borders, anyway (Acts 17:26).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to rely on your system of justice; it may not seem fair at the time…but eventually we see Your hand; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 6-4-20 Injuring the Future

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-4-20

Injuring the Future

What’s Happening: “Apparently, America is not the only place where school children are targeted. Thirty-nine were injured in a knife attack by a security guard in China earlier today. Not often do these attacks occur (the last to occur in China was in  October of 2018). Still, it’s an attack on the future as all kids will one day be future adults…if they live long enough. The vulnerability has caused many schools in China (and in the U.S.) to hire security guards…which makes this attack particularly heinous…as it was carried out by a ‘trusted’ security guard. (https://www.yahoo.com/news/least-39-injured-knife-attack-053127388.html). Quoting the Associated Press article: ‘Almost 20 children were killed in school attacks in 2010, prompting a response from top government officials and leading many schools to add gates and security guards.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What’s 39 amongst so many millions?”

Biblical Response:  “It may not be too many percentage-wise, but it only takes one to come up with a cure for cancer or the next pandemic. Children are to be considered a sacred trust. Read what the Bible has to say on the topic:

Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth.” (Ps. 127:3-4 NASU)

The image given is this is how we can affect the future…we shoot our children there. We, the parents, are the warriors spoken of, and the Lord participates (Eph. 6:4). We are to set godly examples (and that may include doing a better job of vetting security guards!).”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in affecting our futures, as the above Scripture indicates. And, thanks to the Holy Spirit, our kids don’t have to rely on our own examples…though we are held accountable for them. The Holy Spirit makes it possible for our kids to each have their own relationship with God…that way, they are not a copy of a copy, etc., till they give off an image that is too faded for others to recognize the Original.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to look at children as the stewardship they are; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 4-29-20 Lack of Knowledge

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-29-20

Lack of Knowledge

What’s Happening: “Speculation persists in the disposition of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Some say he is brain dead. Some say North Korea is just being overwhelmed by a mass exodus of Chinese fleeing the coronavirus and Kim is ‘social distancing’ …in the extreme! (although North Korea has maintained they have NO cases of COVID-19). Is the situation dangerous? Compound the instability of the nuclear potential in chaos, with the current state of flux in the Kim/Trump denuclearization talks, a potential vying for power between Kim Jong Un and his sister Kim Yo Jong. and our lack of intelligence coming from the North…well, you may have the ingredients for a perfect storm…of the highly destructive variety (https://news.yahoo.com/dead-or-alive-the-mystery-over-kim-jong-uns-health-demonstrates-the-limits-of-us-intelligence-on-north-korea-090031301.html). Quoting Jenna McLaughlin, the National Security and Investigations Reporter for Yahoo News today: ‘One possible upside to the current possible crisis is that if North Korea is simply suffering from the impact of the pandemic, it could offer the intelligence community a rare opportunity, said Nixon, the former CIA leadership analyst.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Again, so nobody really knows…let’s just wait and see.”

Biblical Response:  “Not that we have much choice…at least in the intelligence community (for additional input, read yesterday’s blog). The truth is, Somebody knows…but He’s not telling (which is His prerogative – Deut. 29:29). Do we need to know? Maybe. The real problem is what Hosea 4:6 promises:

“My  people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” (NASU)

“Christians? We believe that knowledge is the key to peace…both eternal (read Matt. 7:23 and underline/italicize the word ‘knew’) and here on earth. There is an obscure passage that emphasizes the value of the otherwise few soldiers (only 200) that were listed as the sons of Issachar (1 Chron. 12:32); valued because they ‘understood the times, and knew what Israel should do.’ This is what America needs today.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to pursue both kinds of peace…and realize that knowledge is the key; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 4-18-20 Overloaded and Underreported

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-18-20

Overloaded and Underreported 

What’s Happening: “Increasing its reported death figures from COVID-19 Friday by almost exactly 50% (from 2,579 to 3,869) China said overloaded health systems were to blame for the mistakes made. By contrast, just NY has said their death toll is now over 10,000….of course, they’ve added in about 3,700 deaths that never tested positive for COVID-19, but were presumed to have. Does anyone else think the numbers…on both ends…haven’t been manipulated.?! (https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-wuhan-china-abruptly-increases-death-toll-by-50-2020-4) ‘Do you think you’re getting honest numbers from some of these countries? Do you really believe those numbers in this vast country called China? Does anybody really believe that?’ asked President Trump.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess you really can’t believe what you read.”

Biblical Response:  “You might be painting with too broad a brush. It really depends on where you read it….but politics has spun many a tall tale…political spin in China AND New York have, no doubt, skewed reality. That’s why the source is so important. For example, do you believe what you read in the Bible? You must take into account that at the First Canonical Council in 325 B.C. (also known as the Council of Nicea), those attending had to show proof on their bodies of Christ’s ownershup (read: torture scars) to gain admission. Also, to the man, His apostles, some of whom are credited with writing the bulk of the New Testament, all were martyred for what they believed (except John…although he is credited with martyrdom…it’s not his fault that he miraculously survived being boiled in oil…of course he had not received the Revelation yet, either!). The Word of God is totally accurate in its original languages.”

“Christians? We believe in the inerrancy of scripture and in its purpose (2 Tim. 3:16). All else is questionable. We must regard the political, cultural, and historical contexts before we can determine anything’s accuracy. Everybody’s got an agenda.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us read between the lines to determine the truth of a matter; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 4-4-20 Now We Know

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4A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-4-20

Now We Know

What’s Happening: “Republican Senator Martha McSally (R – AZ) accused WHO (World Health Organization) head Thursday of being a Communist and allowing his belief to help China hide it’s complicity in the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. She said that Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was downplaying the Chinese government’s role in misreporting numbers and said that his actions were causing the global response to the crisis to come late or be less serious (https://www.yahoo.com/news/republican-senator-calls-communist-director-192327579.html).   ‘I think Dr. Tedros needs to step down,’ McSally said. ‘We need to take some action to address this issue. It’s just irresponsible, it’s unconscionable what they have done here while we have people dying across the globe.’” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So he leans this way or that. So what? Isn’t a man entitled to his own opinion?”

Biblical Response:  “Yes…but not his own facts. And, his position as the head of the WHO matters greatly. What he says will be taken for truth…whether it is, or is not. That’s ‘so what!’ His beliefs are reflected by what he says (Matt. 12:34; Prov. 23:7). I agree with McSally. Asking him to change or be quiet is like asking a leopard to change his spots. Not going to happen. He needs to step down. Recusing himself is no option, either. If he cannot speak to the COVID-19 crisis, for what reason does he have his position?”

We often operate under a myth: that you can keep separate your private life – what you believe, what you do when you think nobody is watching, how you treat those you love, etc. – from your public life. It’s just not possible! What you believe will always spill over into speech and action. Besides, God is with you in the closet, anyway (Ps. 139).”

“Christians? We believe we are, in the final analysis, no better at hiding from Man than we are at hiding from God. The truth will always out (the scriptures above and Prov. 12:19).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us deal openly and honestly with You…others…and ourselves; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 3-19-20 It’s Hard to Dispute the Facts

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-19-20

It’s Hard to Dispute the Facts

What’s Happening: “In a press conference yesterday, a reporter asked Trump why he kept referring to COVID-19 in racist terms, as the ‘China virus?’ He responded, because ‘it comes from China…’ It largely silenced the reporter, though accusations of racism and xenophobia remained. These accusations (and of sexism) are nothing new, but Trump’s appointments of people of color, women, and gays throughout the infrastructure of his administration have caused them to diminish. Besides, the statements of Democrat Representatives Ilhan Omar, AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes), etc. have given the opposition much to defend, too (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-defends-chinese-virus-comments-175301464.html). ‘It’s not racist at all. It comes from China, that’s why,’ Trump said. ‘It comes from China. I want to be accurate.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “He might have less accusation if he used less incendiary terms!”

Biblical Response:  “Maybe. But we both know that’s not going to happen. The President is a ‘scab-picker,’ but it’s hard to dispute the facts…at least in this case. Whether the Chinese covered up the real facts about COVID-19…well, let’s just say they aren’t famous for their transparency. Their subsequent accusation of the U.S, military is classic communist disinformation…and patently untrue…but no surprise. Time is a multiplier, and their tardy honesty probably has cost lives…mostly in China.”

“It does seem a shame to accuse people of anything (like ethnicity) over which they have no control. Besides, God has all those things under His control (Acts 17:26).

‘… and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation,’ (NASU)

“Accusers ought to make hay while the sun shines, though. With the advance of technology, transportation, communication, and the rise of multi-ethnic marriage…well, we’re soon all going to look alike, anyway.”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in racial and gender equality. We all fall equally short of God’s requirements (Is. 53::6, Rom. 3:23). Which is the bad news (Rom. 6:23). Of course, if you read all of the previous verse, there is some Good News, too.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to regard all (including ourselves) as sinners, rather than looking down our pious noses at them; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-21-20 Fear and Respect…Coronavirus Update

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-21-20

Fear and Respect…Coronavirus Update

What’s Happening: “As of today (Friday – 2-21-20), there over 76,000 globally that have tested positive for coronavirus and over 2,200 that have died. There are cases in more countries than there were last week (the virus continues to spread – deaths are nearly three times the SARS pandemic which rattled the world in 2003). Report of a huge influx of cases in Chinese prisons, South Korea, and Japan (especially on cruise ships) seem to show the virus radiating from its epicenter in Hubei Province in China. Fear seems to control some as Ukrainian officials detained 24 objecting to forced quarantines (https://www.yahoo.com/news/coronavirus-updates-south-korea-reports-112000109.html). On a positive note (at least in America), quoting the article by Todd Miyazawa: ‘The Public Health Department continues to work closely with healthcare providers, hospitals, and its partners to address novel coronavirus. Currently, there is no evidence that novel coronavirus is circulating in Santa Clara County and risk remains low.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Should we all be wearing masks?”

Biblical Response:  “No, Chicken Little, but a little investment in companies that manufacture masks might be profitable. Seriously, it may not be ethical to profit from the fears of others, though the proper respect ought to be shown to health workers (and the disease they are fighting).”

“The scripture says that “fear has torment” (1 John 4:18)…and it’s easy to let fear get the best of us. Realizing we are in the hands of a merciful God is helpful (Ps. 116:5; 2 Chr. 30:9). Still, proper respect should be shown. Likely, this is more evidence we live in a fallen world (Gen. 3).”

“Christians? We believe God is bigger than any virus. This is not to say that death is not tragic, or that those stricken with this (or any disease) are more wicked, but life is short. Opportunities for repentance are finite. Sure, God may “work all things together for good” (Rom. 8:28), but we certainly don’t have the wisdom to determine what that is. We need to pray and submit to God’s will.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to weep with those that weep (Rom. 12:15), fight the paralysis of fear, pray for the sick…and leave the final outcome to You; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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