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CLARITY – 3-18-19 No Guarantee

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-18-19

No Guarantee

What’s Happening: “If it isn’t anti-American deaths (2,996 victims – so far – in 9/11 attacks), anti-Muslim deaths (50 killed in New Zealand last week), or just the ‘random’ (?) deaths of 3 shot on a tram (9 wounded, 3 seriously) yesterday in Utrecht, Holland  (https://www.yahoo.com/news/latest-dutch-police-considering-terrorism-111545564.html), then it’s an unexpected crash of a 737 Max 8 (all killed) two of which occurred in Indonesia (in October) and last week (in Ethiopia). Life is fragile. Shoot, there were 37,133 highway deaths in 2017…and that was just in America!”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Seems like death is all around. Good thing I don’t get out much.”

Biblical Response:  “Unfortunately, that’s no guarantee. Each year there are over 6,000 deaths from home accidents(in America). I guess when your time is up, it’s up. I’m not saying you shouldn’t exercise, eat healthfully, or avoid dangerous activities, but no amount of worry, fear, or preparation is going to forestall the inevitable. 100% of people alive today (barring Christ’s return) are going to die.”

“Christians? No doubt, we have the best deal going. Aren’t we  going to die? Sure, physical death…followed by a physical resurrection…’if it were not so’ He would have told us (John 14:2). Won’t there be pain? Maybe…but it’s only temporary…followed by bliss (2 Cor. 5:1-5).  Kind of makes you want to go home, huh? That’s why Paul was ambivalent (Phil. 1:23).

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, don’t let fear of dying cause us not to hear Your voice telling us which way to go … nor let us get too far ahead of You to be out of earshot; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 3-16-19 Bucking the Wind

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-16-19

Bucking the Wind

What’s Happening: “In the unshocking first veto of Trump’s presidency yesterday, he upheld his National Emergency declaration and made many happy – and many sad. The final vote he overthrew? In the House, 245 (including 13 Republicans) to 182 voted to undo the declaration – a majority, but not enough to override a veto. In the Republican-controlled Senate (53 – R), Trump was repudiated by a vote of 59 to 41 (12 Republicans joined with all the Democrats); still not enough to override a veto. Still, Pelosi has scheduled an override vote on March 26 (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-issues-first-veto-continuing-border-emergency-195420804.html). Quoting the article: ‘Today I am vetoing this resolution,” said Trump. “Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it and I’m very proud to veto it.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Doesn’t that veto set a bad precedent for some future Democrat President?”

Biblical Response:  “As if the last 56 times past Presidents have declared National Emergencies weren’t enough! Actually, Trump’s statement that he had the ‘duty to veto it’ was accurate. If he truly felt there was a crisis on the border – and those behind him at the signing ceremony seemed to think so – he really had no choice. If illegal border crossings (and apprehensions) go down after the wall is built, he’ll be proved right. If not, he was just fulfilling a campaign promise on the taxpayer’s dime – a political stunt. Time will tell.”

“Christians? Bucking the wind is what we’ve grown accustomed to…and we shouldn’t be surprised when the standards we demand of ourselves are unpopular (1 John 2:15). Should President Trump be surprised if his veto is unpopular? Since when should leaders’ convictions be governed by popularity?  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the courage of our convictions … and help us to be reluctant (but not intractable) to commit; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 3-15-19 It Spreads

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-15-19

It Spreads

What’s Happening: “In an unprecedented terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand 49 were killed, countless were wounded, and it’s was all on live-streaming video (thanks to the gunman – initially posted on Facebook, the service has since cancelled the gunman’s Facebook and Instagram accounts and taken down all related postings). The Prime Minister of New Zealand, The Queen of England, Prince Charles and President Trump have all extended their sympathies to the victim’s families (https://www.yahoo.com/news/christchurch-gunman-livestreamed-attack-17-051934490.html). Three suspects have been arrested and the event has been categorized a terrorist attack. Two IEDs were located in nearby vehicles and disarmed (https://www.yahoo.com/news/multiple-dead-reported-shooting-attack-zealand-mosque-024735764–abc-news-topstories.html). ‘This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days,’ New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Wow! New Zealand! It’s the last place I would have expected a terrorist attack.”

Biblical Response:  “Evil does not discriminate geographically. Wherever unregenerate people try to take matters into their own hands, the devil will laugh in glee in the corner. Did he motivate this? Yes, ultimately (John 10:10); but God has a different plan (Jer. 29:11)…and His will ultimately prevail (Matt. 16:18). The bias and bigotry of White Nationalism may be to blame here (though no blame has been assigned…yet), but retribution for 9/11 or some other real or imagined injury does not give anyone the right of revenge (Rom. 12:19).”

“Christians? Of course, we are repulsed at this barbarism. And our job now is to empathise (Rom. 12:15) and seek justice (Gal. 6:7). And it will come.  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, comfort the families of those who’ve lost loved ones and quickly restore the injured; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 3-13-19 Not For Sale

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-13-19

Not For Sale

What’s Happening: “In an example of wealth and privilege run amok, over 50 parents, coaches, SAT Proctors, school administrators and several high profile actors have been charged with racketeering, fraud, money laundering, etc. in a scam to get lesser qualified applicants into elite ivy league colleges (like Harvard, Yale, Stanford, UCLA…to name a few). The FBI and the DOJ teamed up in their investigation and revealed Felicity Huffman (‘Desperate Housewives’), Lori Loughlin (‘Full House’), and others paid William Singer to allegedly fix SAT and ACT scores and create fake online athletic profiles to give their kids fraudulent advantages in the application process in exchange for large contributions to Singer’s fake non-profit…a total of $26 million (https://www.yahoo.com/news/college-coaches-charged-in-largest-cheating-scam-ever-prosecuted-by-feds-170228865.html. ‘”This case is about the widening corruption of admission of elite college and universities, These parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege. … There can be no separate admission system for the wealthy and, I will add, there will not be a separate justice system,’ said U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “They got caught with their hands in the cookie jar.”

Biblical Response:  “At least!  That’s not to mention all the collateral damage…like for instance, gone is all the moral high-ground for those guilty parents wanting to steer their kids in the future. They surely hate the example they’ve set for corruption for their kids. Of course, that’s assuming that what the investigators allege is true. Can you see why the reputation of the FBI and DOJ matter?”

“Christians? There is a story told about Simon the magician getting saved; then, offering money for secrets to performing certain miracles (Acts 8:9-20). He was told, ‘Your money perish with you,’ The same could be said to all those guilty above…those paying the bribes…and those receiving them. Thankfully, there is not enough money in the universe to pay for access to what has already been paid for anyway!”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let our heads not be turned by stuff…after all, I’ve never seen a hearse pulling a U-Haul; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 3-12-19 Are You Ready?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-12-19

Are You Ready?

What’s Happening: “Another Boeing 787 Max 8 crashed after departing an Ethiopian airport on its way to Nairobi, killing all 157 passengers and crew aboard (it also happened – same model aircraft and circumstances – 5 months ago, killing all 189 aboard). Local farmers are quoted as saying they heard a bang and the sound of metal on metal before the plane turned and nose-dived to a crash and an explosion that panicked local livestock. Passengers are seeking alternate aircraft (https://www.yahoo.com/news/ethiopian-airlines-plane-trailed-smoke-debris-crash-witnesses-131813600–sector.html). ‘It was a loud rattling sound. Like straining and shaking metal. Everyone says they have never heard that kind of sound from a plane and they are under a flight path,’ said Turn Buzuna, 26-year-old housewife and farmer.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I know 157 people who are having a bad day!”

Biblical Response:  “You think?! It’s hard to identify with the people who died that day (or their families). They were vacationing or just going from point A to point B…some on business…some for pleasure. Life (and death) are just like that. All tragedy is local…some is unexpected. The only real question is (I mean, of course, we need to get to the bottom of the mechanics behind the crash) ‘were they ready?’ There were nearly 30 nationalities represented on board and presumably several different religions…but they all had one thing in common beside the fiery crash: they have now met their Maker (Heb. 9:27).”

“Christians? The above verse says: ‘And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, (Heb. 9:27 NASU). Let me put it in mathematical form for all you engineering types: life in context = (120 {Gen. 6:12}/infinity. Regardless of how you believe, you are going to one day meet God. Whether through a plane crash , a protracted illness or the collateral damage of someone else’s stupidity – the only pertinent question at that time will be: ‘Are you ready?’ Well, ARE YOU?”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to live every day as if it were our last; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 3-11-19 Learning When to Say “No”

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-11-19

Learning When to Say “No”

What’s Happening: “Although there may be a slight increase ($716B to $750B) in defense spending and $8.6B in building a wall on the southern border, there is also a 5% across-the-board cut ($270B) in the budget Trump is delivering today. It’s just a starting point, but what Congress will do with it remains to be seen. It’s a cinch they won’t be favorable to any southern border expenditure…especially with a declared emergency pending (https://www.yahoo.com/news/latest-trump-seek-another-8-6-billion-wall-203035972–politics.html>). ‘There’s no reason to obsess’ about the budget deficit of $1T as long as it remains below 5 percent of the overall economy, said Larry Kudlow, Trump’s economic adviser to Fox News”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess it’s more red ink!”

Biblical Response:  “Yes, and I have mixed emotions about it. On the one hand, I understand that someone needs to be able to spend our hard-earned tax money responsibly…and that should come from the duly elected representatives of the people: the Congress (and sometimes they have to borrow, etc). On the other hand, AGAIN?! I have to balance my accounts! Sure, there’s overdraft protection, but isn’t that costly? On a global scale, our country may soon have reached the point where no more ‘overdraft protection’ is available. When that happens….we may find that the only red we can deal in is blood!”

“Christians? Thankfully, Jesus’ blood shed on the cross paid for our sins, Still (and perhaps because of this…I mean, we are called to maintain a good witness – Acts 14:14-17), if we want to assert that we are fiscally responsible as a Christian nation (though some would argue that we are not), then we should pay our indebtedness (Rom. 13:8) and labor to not incur any more. ”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we need your help to spend only responsibly, learning when we should say ‘no;’ in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 3-9-19 Yes, In America

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-9-19

Yes, In America

What’s Happening: “A Valley View Elementary School 4th grade student, William McLeod, was made to wipe off his Ash Wednesday cross in front of his class this week in Bountiful, UT…and an apology to the student and his family followed from a spokesperson for the school district, Chris Williams (https://www.yahoo.com/news/utah-teacher-forces-boy-wipe-180920691.html).   ‘I asked (the principal) if she read the Constitution with the First Amendment and she said, ‘No’ and ‘Ohhhh,’ Karen Fisher, the boy’s Grandmother, recounted.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Surely, not in America!”

Biblical Response:  “Yes, in America…the home of the persecuted…and apparently, uneducated. Unfortunately, it doesn’t surprise me that anyone in the public school system is more concerned with the offense of others than she is of the offense of Christians…or is unfamiliar with the Constitution or the First Amendment. We aren’t requiring the history of the United States to be taught in our public schools anymore. Ironically, the Mayflower brought pilgrims fleeing religious persecution in England. Our Founders must be doing cartwheels in their graves!”

“Christians? Oh we are not unfamiliar with persecution (John 15:18). In fact, it is quite common…but not in the ‘land of the free.’ I guess this why it makes news. The brouhaha in India and Pakistan is really over religion…they don’t have such freedoms there. We should be thankful it’s not everywhere…and educate our schools once again. You know what they say: ‘Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.’ (Winston Churchill in 1948 to the House of Commons)”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to pay attention to the cultural erosion all around us…and do something about it; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 3-8-19 The Fundamental Question

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-8-19

The Fundamental Question

What’s Happening: “There is an argument going on: should women (18-25) be required to register for the draft? Some cite the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) where women have been serving in combat roles for decades…some say ‘no’ because of inherent weaknesses…and some say that the ‘draft’ itself needs to be eliminated (no one has been drafted since 1973) (https://www.yahoo.com/news/women-required-register-draft-203207069.html). ‘“Requiring women to register will not make the military a social laboratory any more than it has always been one….one of our most famous soldiers, Dwight D. Eisenhower, said about women in 1948, “I am convinced that in another war they have got to be drafted just like men. I am convinced of that,’ said Kara Dixon Vuic, associate professor of history at Texas Christian University, quoting him.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “The draft…what an antiquated system!”

Biblical Response:  “That may be, but that’s not even the question, from my perspective. The fundamental question, as far as I can see it: should women even be in combat roles? I address this issue (and many more) in my book ETHOS–How Should We Then Think? (Ppg. 363-366) To date, I’ve never seen a man giving birth to child. Why put at risk the very people who have this unique ability? There are many considerations, but nothing trumps this.”

“Christians? We believe in gender equality in most things…the equal right to vote…equal pay for equal work…leadership by merit, not gender…at the same time, is a society civil if it puts women on the front lines of battle? Were women not called to be men’s help meets (Gen. 2:18, 20)  or was it the other way around?”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to see things clearly from a biblical perspective, not to see things only from a ‘politically correct’ perspective; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 3-7-19 The Opposite of Anti-

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-7-19

The Opposite of Anti-

What’s Happening: “The Congressional brouhaha that ensued after Democrat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar made her ‘foreign allegiance’ remark was incredible. First, it looked like a resolution condemning anti-Semitism was going to be introduced, then one condemning anti-Semitism and mentioning specifically Congresswoman Omar, then no resolution at all (https://www.yahoo.com/news/asked-ilhan-omar-democrats-turn-230059958.html). ‘When prominent people use anti-Semitic rhetoric, it greenlights more of it. That’s why we’ve called out elected officials in both parties when they spew hate. Congress must send a clear, unambiguous message: there is no place for anti-Semitism in the U.S.,’said Anti-Defamation League spokesman Jonathan Greenblatt.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Surely, no one still speaks against the Jews as a people!”

Biblical Response:  “Where have you been? Of course they still do…or haven’t you been paying attention to Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah and the majority of the Muslim world? To chant ‘death to Israel’ is not being friendly to your nemesis, by any stretch of the imagination! Aren’t all -isms reprehensible? Perhaps…sincere belief in anything is no indication of its veracity (sorry AOC).”

“Christians? There are actions that God hates (Deut. 16:22; Prov. 20:10, 23), but not peoples. He died for all (now all may not accept that gift…but that doesn’t mean He only laid down His life for some). His attitude toward those who accept His love? It’s the opposite of anti-. It’s favor.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to have Your arms-open-wide attitude toward all people, for that is how You died; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 3-6-19 Justice and Mercy

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-6-19

Justice and Mercy

What’s Happening: “The fact that California’s Attorney General, Xavier Becerra decided yesterday to not file charges in the death of Stephon Clark by two police officers responding to a vandalism call, has his children and fiance’ mortified and grief-stricken in their reaction (https://www.yahoo.com/news/stephon-clark-case-ends-no-020842812.html).  The link is obviously written by someone (Stephon Clark’s/his fiance’s attorney) who is seeking justice and feels that it is not going to happen.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Justice will never be served in this situation! A cell phone? Really?!”

Biblical Response:  “Perhaps…justice – like beauty – is usually in the eyes of the beholder. The fellow officers and their families probably feel they have received justice – at long last. Not to say they are not grieving for Stephon’s kids or fiance’. I was not there…and I’m sure those who gave their accounts did their best to be accurate…and only the shooting officers themselves know what really went on. I guess the aggrieved will have to settle for ultimate justice. They can be comforted with the knowledge that THE Judge is never wrong (1 Pet. 2:23).”

“Christians? We should weep with the fiance’, her kids, AND the families of the two shooting officers (Rom. 12:15). Everyone wants mercy for themselves, and justice for everybody else. That’s why there are laws and a court system…and ultimate justice and mercy can only be meted out by Someone Who ‘declares the end from the beginning’ (Is. 46:10)…”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us Stephon’s kids and fiance’ rely on Your ultimate decision…and be comforted till then; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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