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CLARITY – 2-5-19 Making a Statement

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-5-19

Making a Statement

What’s Happening: “Those in attendance make a statement just by being there – certainly true of the Democrat and Republican Representatives and Senators, true of the Supreme Court Justices, true of Speaker Nancy Pelosi who extended the invitation to the President, true of Donald J. Trump who accepted the invitation, (nothing here to be taken for granted) – AND true of invited guests (the article in the link just discusses six), but there will be others…all making their own statements by just being there (https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/02/04/6-of-the-notable-guests-invited-to-the-state-of-the-union-address/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWTJabU5qUXpNell6WkRJeCIsInQiOiIwKzNMbTVmcFppUlhCczV3T0dGZG5NYjhLbGhvRFo2d05OcFFXMkhhWUdMWXRzNkpKVEc4bXVER3FLS0FnSU5lWWwrZDZVM3BcL1ZrMFNcL0VycjNcL0JCMUtvQTlRQUNZZEpmOEt3OVZKamkrZzFXVTNiTEpoOVFuZk1SUTVMTXYwSCJ9) “

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It’s just a license to brag!

Biblical Response:  “Maybe. There’s certainly much to brag about. And it’s a cinch Trump won’t spend much time on those things he had hoped would be much farther along…health-care, North Korea nuclear disarmament negotiations, troop withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan, border security, etc. Still, it’s no doubt he’s well on the way to ‘Making America Great Again.’ Doesn’t fit in too well to the 2020 Democrat election narrative ….I guess they’ll do a lot of sitting.”

“Christians? Any event is all about whom is in attendance. The most important celebration of all (the marriage supper of the Lamb) will be by invitation only…one list you simply must make (Rev. 3:5)!”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, hopefully, our attendance at the marriage supper of the Lamb, will be for statements we’ve already made, not just for the statement our presence there will make; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-4-19 The Hits Just Keep On Coming

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-4-19

The Hits Just Keep On Coming

What’s Happening: “The Democratic Gov. of Virginia  is under fire again…not for his passionless remarks supporting  a recent pro-abortion bill up for consideration in Virginia (it went on to defeat), OR his medical school yearbook photo which he admitted to over the weekend (saying he was in the photo of a person in blackface standing next to a person in a KKK costume…though he did not say which person he was), OR even for the the alleged photo of a Confederate-flag-toting pickup with his opponent-for-Gov.’s bumper sticker on it which he ran in a campaign ad (the truck was running over minority children)… RATHER, it was a his disdain for touching his black Republican running mate, revealed in a video uncovered by Mike Huckabee (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/mike-huckabee-unearths-classless-va-governor-interview-hours-photos-surface/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=conservative-brief-CT&utm_campaign=dailyam&utm_content=conservative-tribune). The calls for his resignation are coming from his own party!”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess he could just deny those photos…”

Biblical Response:  “Yeah, but it’s a little late for that…I mean, what’s the credibility of denying something you’ve already admitted to? Maybe  it’s the things he’s done. Maybe it’s the things he’s said about the things he’s done. In any case, it appears he’s forgotten the first rule of self-destructive hole-digging: PUT DOWN THE SHOVEL!”

“Christians? Our actions should excuse us from any accusations of racism (Phil. 2:15). Or maybe our actions, though excused by a forgiving God (assuming you have repented), disqualify you from serving in certain capacities. God may have forgiven you, but why assume people will be as overlooking?”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we should pray for Gov. Northam and his family…help him to see the way forward; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-2-19 Speaking of Do-Overs

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-2-19

Speaking of Do-Overs

What’s Happening: “It’s ironic that on Groundhog Day (the day where legendary Punxsutawney Phil comes out to check his shadow – if he sees it, he retreats in terror, signaling 6 more weeks of Winter; if not, an early Spring – also a movie with Bill Murray made in 1993 where he finds himself redoing a day till he gets things right) Virginia Gov. Northam (Dem.) may resign (https://www.yahoo.com/news/virginia-governors-1984-yearbook-page-shows-racist-imagery-220241494.html). The irony? He may wish he had a do-over from his medical school days (follow the link).”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Oops! Those pesky photos seem to last forever.”

Biblical Response:  “He may have changed since then, but the Dems might lose their campaign issue in 2020 if they don’t abhor the racism of the photo of Northam (for which he apologized yesterday) in either black-face or KKK garb in his med school yearbook. The unfortunate thing for the GOP is that if he resigns, he’ll only be replaced by his Lieutenant Gov., another Democrat.”

“Christians? We better believe in ‘do-overs.’ Our whole new lives (after we have been born again – John 3:3-8) are about ‘do-overs.’ That’s where forgiveness comes in. Gov. Northam may have changed. Of course, his comments supporting a recently defeated late-term abortion bill might also have to be forgiven…his apology over the appearance of racism didn’t cover that. No repentance, no forgiveness.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be forgiving, but demanding…just not hypocritical; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-1-19 Nukes: Today’s Horses

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-1-19

Nukes: Today’s Horses

What’s Happening: “Are we saying good-bye to the INF (Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces) agreement? Signed by both Soviet leader Gorbachev and then President Reagan in 1987 and hailed as one of the reasons for the end of the Cold War, an exit from the treaty has NATO leaders fearing another arms race and the placement of US nuclear cruise missiles in Europe (https://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-poised-to-leave-nuclear-treaty-stoking-fears-of-new-arms-race-2019-01-31?siteid=yhoof2&yptr=yahoo). ‘So we must prepare for a world without the Treaty,’ Oana Lungescu, chief spokeswoman for NATO, said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Let’s just stay in the treaty.”

Biblical Response:  “We can do so bilaterally probably, but that’s really just so much ‘sticking our head in the sand.’ If Russia is not complying with it, why should we? Sure, we can pretend they are in compliance and not prepare for reality…which is what they are hoping we will do…but try explaining that to the people of Des Moines, Iowa (follow the link).”

“Christians? We don’t believe in trusting in nukes anymore than our ancestors believed in trusting in horses (Ps. 20:7). Still, not preparing for war is only inviting aggression (Joel 3:9). And we must deal in truth. There is nothing else that can set us free (John 8:32).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to trust only in You and give our leaders the wisdom to seek only concrete assurances; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 1-30-19 No Guarantees

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-30-19

No Guarantees

What’s Happening: “Pakistan’s Supreme Court yesterday refused to reconsider the lower court’s acquittal of Asia Bibi who has spent 8 years on death row for blasphemy. Her alleged heinous crime? Drinking from the same water cup as a practicing Muslim. It is important to note that the court did not overturn the antiquated and religiously-biased blasphemy law, but cited conflicting witness accounts. Her attorney had to seek asylum because of death threats against him (https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA19A58&f=WU19A20). She may get to relocate now…but she has to get out of the country alive first.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Just for drinking from the same cup?! I’m glad I don’t live in Pakistan!”

Biblical Response:  “Yeah! Can you believe it?! And it’s not the only Muslim nation that has such laws. To think we are seriously contemplating Sharia Law in some states makes me tremble. That’s why I’m against any state establishment of religion…Christianity or otherwise. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of religion (not freedom from religion). Christianity needs no ‘leg up.’ It should prevail (and will – Matt. 16:18). It’s inherent superiority will win out…not the hyper-religious church that pretends their volume can make up for their lack of absolute truth; not any group that makes up with sincerity what is lacked in reality…I mean the real deal…the Church that Jesus died for.”

“Christians? We live in a ‘fallen world.’ There are no guarantees…if you live in the U.S. or Pakistan. We should pray for Asia’s safety (Rom. 12:15), but she (or you) should have no unreasonable expectations. Not pessimistic… just realistic. That’s why heaven is so anticipated!”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be aware of others’ plights, fight for the right, and trust in Your help; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 1-29-19 False Franchise

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-29-19

False Franchise

What’s Happening: “A recent study has revealed there are 95,000  ‘non-U.S-citizens’ voters that have been fraudulently registered in Texas. This should be a source of extreme consternation as 58,000 have voted since 1996…so says Secretary of State David Whitley after a year-long evaluation. Long a concern for lawmakers, voter photo ID laws have been recently passed (http://www.gopusa.com/?p=64110?omhide=true). ‘Integrity and efficiency of elections in Texas require accuracy of our state’s voter rolls…,’ Whitley said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “58,000? That’s no big deal with the millions of Texas voters…and that’s since 1996!”

Biblical Response:  “Really? At 15.7 million registered voters in Texas, that’s only 2.7% if that was just one election…so, not very influential you might be thinking…except for those elections that were won by only a few votes (I’m thinking the Vermont Senate in 1996…won by 2 votes, the US Senate Democratic Primary Runoff in 1948…won by 87 votes, and the 2000 Presidential Race…won by only 537 votes…nationally!) One vote counts.”

“Christians? We believe that every single individual counts (Rev. 21:26-27). We also believe that once you’re in…YOU’RE IN (2 Tim. 1:12).  And sometimes we believe we are the only one holding up a righteous standard…but we’re wrong (1 Kings 19:14-18).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to foster integrity within and without; and help us never to assume we fight alone; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 1-28-19 Missing?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-28-19

Missing?

What’s Happening: “The death toll in the wake of the collapse of Dam #6 in Brumadinho, Brazil has risen to 58, with over 300 still reported as missing, Sunday. The dam held back the iron ore mining waste of a mine operated by Vale, a Brazilian company. Search for the missing has resumed after it was called off for fear of another dam collapsing. The other dam was owned by the same company…it has now been declared as safe (https://www.yahoo.com/news/latest-israeli-searchers-help-brazil-dam-collapse-092504619.html) Rescue teams as far away as Israel have come to locals’ aid.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “That’s down in Brazil…not my problem.”

Biblical Response:  “It might not be ‘your’ problem, but you sure would be singing a different tune if it was your house being buried by mud. Like has been said before, ‘all tragedy is local.’ Let me add to the list of altruisms: ‘everyone experiences a tragedy sometime.’ If it isn’t mud, it’s a tornado (mine, in 2011). If not a tornado, it’s sickness (2 brainstem strokes in 2009). If not sickness, it’s the death of a loved one (I preached my father’s funeral in 1994). If not the death of a loved one, it’s divorce in your family…or a hurricane…or a bankruptcy or whatever (BTW, I’ve been through all the aforementioned). God is still God and I am not He.  By the way, He knows where those ‘missing’ are…so I guess they aren’t missing to Him..”

“Christians? We are called to have a different perspective…about tragedy and time. First: tragedy. We are to ‘weep with those who weep’ ((Rom. 12:15). But we are not to show our empathy in tears only. Ours must be more practical than that (James 2:16-17)

Concerning time? We must remember the following formula to put things in their proper perspective: 120 (Gen. 6:3) /eternity= life in perspective. We all are here for only the blink of an eye (Is. 40:7).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, everyone under the age of 30 thinks they are going to live forever. Help us to view life in perspective; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 1-25-19 Silent, But Not Inactive

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-25-19

Silent, But Not Inactive

What’s Happening: “You’ve seen little of Sarah Sanders lately, and that may be by design. The President told her ‘not to bother’ and she seems to have taken that to heart…only appearing twice in October, once each in November and December, and not at all since then (https://conservativebuzz.net/no-more-press-briefings-for-sanders/). Talk about ‘controlling the narrative!’In this era of Fake News, it’s hard to blame Trump or Sanders. ‘Nick Sandmann and the students of Covington have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be,’ Trump said. ‘They have captivated the attention of the world, and I know they will use it for the good – maybe even to bring people together. It started off unpleasant, but can end in a dream!”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Don’t we need the media’s input?”

Biblical Response:  “Yes, but only the UNVARNISHED input. It’s one thing to comment on facts, and another thing to make the facts up to fit your design. When you cannot rely on the news’ narrative being true, you arrive at false conclusions. FEAR has been acronymically defined as: ‘False Evidence Appearing Real.’ Maybe that’s why conclusions drawn (and actions taken) often are done impulsively…more of a ‘Knee-Jerk reaction’ than a carefully thought out response.”

“Christians? If the ‘truth will set you free’ (John 8:32), lies will enslave. We should not think silence, however, is lack of interest or activity (either on Sarah Sanders part or God’s). The four hundred years from Malachi (the last book of the Old Testament) to Matthew (the first book of the New Testament) were not really silent, though they are often labelled the Silent Years; it’s just that God was speaking through actions and circumstances. Equally eloquent, no doubt.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be attentive and discerning, however You choose to speak; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 1-24-19 Recognized

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-24-19

Recognized

What’s Happening: “You may not have heard of him, but 35-year-old Juan Guaido is the newly recognized interim leader of Venezuela…at least so says the US, Canada, and dozens of other countries…(https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-president-donald-j-trump-recognizing-venezuelan-national-assembly-president-juan-guaido-interim-president-venezuela/). Quoting Guaido: ‘Violence is the usurper’s weapon; we only have one clear action: to remain united and firm for a free Venezuela.’ To say ‘he has his work cut out’ may be an understatement. It has been recently reported that inflation rates have reached two million percent! To put that in terms the average person can grasp, imagine a cup of coffee going from 50 cents to $800.00!”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I’m glad I live in the U.S.”

Biblical Response:  “True, but it’s a tragedy for the 30 Million that live there (though the recent mass exodus to neighboring Columbia may have decreased that somewhat – heck, some of them are no doubt in the next caravan). Will Gen. Maduro (‘elected’ in a highly suspicious election last May) have him arrested? It’s complicated (if it weren’t, he’d already be incarcerated). The opposition might riot worse if he is detained…though Maduro would be rid of a thorn to his socialist rule. That Maduro still has the loyalty of military leaders and their Supreme Court, only makes the tension higher.”

“Christians? In addition to the prayers that should go up (Phil. 4:6), we should be cautiously optimistic. However, unless God has transformed the heart, self-rule doesn’t go very well (2 Pet. 2:10-11). Still, the rule of law and a good Bible-based Constitution has served us well these last 232 years.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to back the right man’s play…the only thing worse than opposing God and failing, is opposing Him and succeeding…and He might just let us have our way…even when we’re wrong…Lord, help us; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 1-23-19 Most Quoted

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-23-19

Most Quoted

What’s Happening: “Judge Paul Ridgeway refused to certify that the North Carolinian Republican Representative was elected in the last contested race of 2018. Mark Harris was supposedly elected by a close 905-vote margin (though there is some dispute that third parties may have collected and submitted some Absentee Ballots – there is an investigation into this and the result is what the judge awaits). The opposition contests the results of the election (https://www.yahoo.com/news/judge-rejects-republicans-bid-certified-winner-north-carolina-181426188.html).’”Certification is not appropriate until the investigation into the protest is concluded by final decision,” Judge Ridgeway said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Are we still quibbling over 2018?!”

Biblical Response:  “Yes, and the North Carolina constituency deserves the person they truly selected…so getting it right IS important. Judging whether Mark Harris (or his competitor) was elected is what Judge Ridgeway has been charged to certify, though there are many who would shrink back from that task. In fact, the most quoted verse in the Bible is: “Judge not…” (from Matt. 7:1). Few people quote the rest of the verse, and the first parts’ context: “…that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. (Matt. 7:1-2 KJV). The verse is not saying we are not to judge, but to not judge HYPOCRITICALLY, In fact, we are called to judge (1 Cor. 6:3).”

“Christians? We make judgments everyday (should we buy this product or that… Let’s compare prices and ingredients… we contemplate). Justice may be blind, but every jury is asked to weigh the evidence and make a JUDGEMENT…with their eyes and ears open. Knowing this, should make us pray for our judges.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to judge too hastily or hypocritically…and to pray for those who judge…and not to shrink back from that job, if selected; 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: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent