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CLARITY – 8-19-20 Secrets

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-19-20

Secrets

What’s Happening: “ It reads like ‘a spy novel’ the LA Times article of the 17th read, as ex-CIA operative was charged with espionage, a charge that could end up with 67-year-old Alexander Yuk Chung Ma in prison for life. Starting in a hotel in Hong Kong in 2001, Ma met with Chinese operatives and received (and the government’s case has him on video tape) $50,000 for his spying services, where he allegedly provided a huge amount of very sensitive information. He also is on tape recently receiving $2,000 twice by an undercover FBI agent posing as a Chinese operative. Others would have been charged, but age and cognitive ability were a factor (https://www.yahoo.com/news/former-cia-officer-charged-providing-194434890.html). Quoting from the article: ‘This case demonstrates the persistence of Chinese espionage efforts,’ said John Demers, the assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s national security division. ‘It shows the willingness to betray one’s adopted country and colleagues…and it reads like a spy novel.’” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Never trust an immigrant…!”

Biblical Response:  “Except for the native Americans who were already here, we’re all immigrants (or children of immigrants). Just because someone has a foreign-sounding name or different appearance does not make him disloyal. Apparently, it was all about money, and I’ll bet the amounts were many times the ones mentioned. It is not the first time spying has been used, however…even the Children of Israel sent 12 spies into Canaan to gather intelligence (Numbers 13 &14). Still, if you get caught…you must pay. The spies that Rahab hid in Jericho would have cost her, but she was on the right side (Josh. 6:17). This is not a warning to do your spying more carefully, but an admonition to be on God’s side. Could He have revealed the spies true intents? Sure. However, He chose not to…and that’s His prerogative (Dan. 2:28-29).”

“Christians? We believe that God alone is the ultimate arbiter of secrets (Deut. 29:29). Sometimes He reveals secrets, sometimes He keeps secrets. When it’s about money, it’s usually about greed…and God takes a dim view of that (Ex. 20:17).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to have pure intentions and be loyal, ultimately, to You; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-26-20 Panic-Demic

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-26-20

Panic-Demic 

What’s Happening: “The coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing fear and panic across the world: the stock market fell 1,800 points in Monday and Tuesday’s trading…the jumping from 39 cases in the U.S. Friday to 53, after you figured in the repatriation of those infected on a cruise ship docked Japan didn’t help….the attendance at Shen Yun (‘Chinese’ dance troupe) performances in Utah might also be affected. Currently the number of confirmed cases worldwide is nearly 80,000, with deaths numbering over 2,600. Is the fear worse than the reality? (https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-coronavirus-cases-jump-again-195046974.html) An undated press release dispelled the rumors: “Shen Yun Is Not From China, Shows In No Way Affected By Coronavirus.” You could see how the fears sparked by rumors have created their own reality.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I’m getting a mask!”

Biblical Response:  “Far be it from me to discourage that…but it’s probably just a fear-filled reaction. Sure, the deaths are over three times what SARS was, but there were only 15 deaths outside the epicenter in Africa (Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone). Who profits from panic? News organizations and stock-market-short-sellers. Bad news sells much better than good news. Why? Probably the instinct to survive. The Bible says ‘fear hath torment’ (1 John 4:18). It’s this torment that ignites our fight-or-flight reaction. And it’s easier to run than it is to develop a vaccine.”

“Christians? No need to panic. We believe we’ll have exactly the number of days we are supposed to (Ps. 39:4). This is no blind optimism that would have us taking unnecessary risks, but a quiet confidence that yields to the peace of the Lord’s purposes.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to give into the temptation of the world’s panic, but rather show others our hope for a better tomorrow; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-21-19 Space Force

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-21-19

Space Force 

What’s Happening: “In a signing ceremony yesterday at Joint Base Andrews, President Trump signed into law a defense bill (for $738 Billion) that created the Space Force, along with a raise and other priorities. He maintains that the military in its rebuilt form,  ‘Our military is now dominant,’ Trump said. ‘Together we are protecting our people.’ He also held a rally this week (Wednesday) in Battle Creek, Michigan where he foreshadowed the creation of the sixth branch of the military (https://www.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-signs-defense-bill-014947727.html). Also passing by being attached to the defense bill was paid leave for parents after giving birth to a child…this had the quite vocal support of Ivanka Trump, the President’s daughter.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Like we’re going to have to worry about an attack from the  Klingons or The Empire anytime soon!” 

Biblical Response:  “Probably not (I know this was a sarcastic reference to popular TV and movie imagination – Star Trek and Star Wars), but maybe the Russians or the Chinese. And I hope that our thinking is not just defensive. We’re also going to need chaplains in the Space Force, as we may have escaped gravity, but we will not escape depravity. Anywhere Man goes, he takes an evil heart with him…to a moon base or to Mars.”

‘This is no surprise to God, Who is the original Space Force (Gen. 1:14; Ps. 19:1-6). As the old saying goes, ‘You can run, but you can’t hide’ (attributed to American boxer ([1931-1954] Joe Louis).”

“Christians? We believe that sin and evil are automatic to our lost condition (Isaiah 53:6; Rom. 3:23), but we also believe faith in Jesus is still the cure (Rom.6:23; Eph. 2:8-9). Our Space Force will need the Original Space Force to be truly  dominant.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to ‘not think more highly of ourselves than we ought’ (Rom. 12:3); 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 – 5-21-19 The Myth of Stealth

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-21-19

The Myth of Stealth

What’s Happening: “It might have been a revelation to the Air Force or those marketing the ‘stealth’ F-22s, that the Chinese have claimed to be tracking them on radar for quite some time, but it does not come to some as news. Of course, if you read the entire article in the link it gets pretty technical. Some think it doesn’t matter – that nothing can be done about it anyway (https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/no-cloaking-device-here-f-22-stealth-fighters-can-be-tracked-58632). One U.S. Navy officer  asked, ‘Does the mission require a cloaking device or is it OK if the threat sees it but can’t do anything about it?’”   

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Stealth matters! It’s hard to destroy what you can’t see.”

Biblical Response:  “True. However, it’s a good thing God sees all…there sure needs to be some destruction going on in my life. I’ve been a Christian for almost 50 years…and I still have some areas that need work. As far as weapons systems and technology are concerned, someone will always one-up the latest development. Remember, there is nothing new under the sun (Eccl. 1:9). Whether in proprietary war technology, or the latest new-fangled innovation, there will always be another radar detector that will defeat the latest speed-gun available. Does that mean that we shouldn’t pursue the latest tech? No. Just that we shouldn’t have unreasonable expectations. Nothing on this earth lasts forever (1 Cor. 15:53).”

“Christians? The myth of stealth is true (or it soon will be). However, there is also the myth of the closet. Many are thinking (and depending) on the belief that what is done privately ‘in the closet’ is seen by no one. Nothing could be further from the truth. God was in the closet with you all along (read Ps. 139).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be one step (at least) ahead of our enemies, but help us only to depend on You; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 3-29-18 That’s Not All That’s Decaying

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-29-18

 

That’s Not All That’s Decaying

 

What’s Happening:  “The sky may well be in rare form as the Chinese spacelab, Tiangong-1’s orbit decays and it comes crashing back to earth…probably this weekend (actually predicted to occur this Easter Sunday + or – 2 days). The spacecraft was launched in 2011 and hosted two 3-man crews of Chinese astronauts for their two-week missions. Lately telemetry was lost and it has come tumbling from its 134-mile up orbit. It will probably break up as it re-enters  (https://www.yahoo.com/news/apos-see-chinese-space-station-113300865.html). Harvard astrophysicist, Jonathan McDowell reported: ‘There will be lumps of about 100 kg (220 lbs.) or so, still enough to give you a nasty wallop if it hit you. Yes, there’s a chance it will do damage; it might take out someone’s car; there will be a rain of a few pieces of metal; it might go through someone’s roof, like if a flap fell off a plane, but it is not widespread damage.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Surely, though I may see it (even that’s not likely), I won’t get hit by it…will I?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably not…see it or get hit. You’ve got more likelihood of being struck by lightning…twice…in the same place. Still, it’s quite unpredictable…solar flares expanding the atmosphere and all.”

 

“Christians? No, we don’t believe this is a sign of the times, or the end of life as we know it, etc., however, it does bring to mind another decay that’s happening. When the serpent got Adam and Eve (by the way, Scripture records – Gen. 3:6 – that Adam was with his wife, Eve, when she was tempted…perhaps he should have spoken up) to eat of the forbidden fruit, it started a decay of what God created that continues to this day. In fact, all creation waits expectantly for this curse to be finally lifted (Rom. 8:20-22).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the patience to wait for You to act…and the calmness and intelligence not to react in fear at things we may not fully understand; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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