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CLARITY – 7-25-18 Fascination Then Reality

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-25-18

 

Fascination Then Reality

 

What’s Happening:  “The Kilauea Volcano continues to spew – at first it was a nuisance, then a danger to local residents, then an impediment to tourism, now a source of revenue…maybe getting too close in tour boats is not as good an idea as it was once thought to be…at least not for the 22 that were injured on one tour boat; fascination gave way to reality, however https://www.westernjournal.com/passengers-recounts-moments-lava-hit-hawaii-tour-boat/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-WJ&utm_campaign=dailyam&utm_content=western-journal). ‘This stuff was magical and exciting, and no one was saying a word,’ said Bryan, one of the injured.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Can’t blame the tour owners. They’re just trying to make a living.”

 

Biblical Response:  “True, if the Coast Guard’s 300 yard limit is not enough deterrence, maybe the lawsuits of patrons will speak louder. I don’t blame them for trying to make something good out of a natural disaster, or people from having some fascination with ‘Mother Nature’, but when wisdom and caution are ignored in favor of catering to an appetite for being close to raw, uncontrolled power and a greed for handsome profits….well everyone gets what they deserve…I’m just concerned for the innocent bystander.”

 

“Christians? Playing close to the cliff might be more scintillating, but taking foolish risks is not a good idea (Prov 14:16 – ‘The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.’ NLT).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us when fascination wants to rule over good sense; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-24-18 Knowledge is Power

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-24-18

 

Knowledge is Power

 

What’s Happening:  “The startling truth is that Trump Haters are just getting started. The even more startling truth (to them) is that they can win…truly knowledge is power, but being deceived into thinking you have the upper hand when that premise is itself built on ;lies…well, it’s like believing your own hype…that you might really win if you just keep fighting  (https://amgreatness.com/2018/07/23/just-how-far-will-the-left-go/?utm_source=Hoover+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=d9920cc448-HDR_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_21b1edff3c-d9920cc448-73112785). ‘There was no honeymoon for the unlikely winner of the 2016 election. Progressives have in succession tried to sue to overturn Trump’s victory using several different approaches. First on the bogus claim of fraudulent voting machines. Then they sought to subvert the Electoral College by bullying electors into renouncing their respective states’ votes,’ the above article by Victor Davis Hanson begins.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “They’ve done everything but try an actual assassination attempt.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yep, and I wouldn’t be surprised if planning for an attempt was already underway. The left is frustrated, and if the Maxine Waters and the abolish-ICErs get their way….”

 

“Christians? Keep your eyes and ears open. To change an old quote by Lord Acton:  Power corrupts, and absolute power is only held by the One Who knows everything. Absolute corruption comes those who think they know everything. There are two agendas at work in the world (John 10:10) and, although we are assured ultimate victory, there might just be some damage along the way….60 million voices cry for justice.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we want Your justice…we seek Your mercy; take into consideration Your love for Mankind…the very love that motivated the giving of Your Son: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-23-18 Uncivil But Not Unheard Of

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-23-18

 

Uncivil But Not Unheard Of

 

What’s Happening:  “It’s hard to believe…but not really. The treatment that other conservatives have received on ‘The View’ is not pretty, but a new low has been reached: Jeanine Pirro alleges that she was spat upon by Whoopi and told to ‘get the f**k out’ of the building. https://www.dailywire.com/news/33319/shock-whoopi-goldberg-spit-judge-jeanine-screamed-ryan-saavedra?utm_source=cnemail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=072218-news&utm_campaign=position1). ‘I’m still reeling from it to be honest with you’ Pirro said in an interview on the Sean Hannity show.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What did she expect? Civility?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably not…that would have been an unreasonable expectation. Still, to spit and the use the ‘f’ word?! The ‘right’ would be excoriated over such behavior…an apology would have been demanded! Unfortunately, this is what our society has devolved to…if there’s no outrage, you weren’t nasty enough. God help us!”

 

“Christians? We are to have a different standard. Ours is: ‘turn the other cheek’ (Matt. 5:39). Is there a practical benefit from doing good to those who spitefully use you? (Lk. 6:28) Absolutely! (Rom. 12:20) This is impossible for man…but not for God. After all, wasn’t Jesus spat upon? (Matt. 27:30)”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to have the patience You exhibited when You were reviled and subjected to verbal (and actual) onslaught; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-21-18 Random Tragedy

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-21-18

 

Random Tragedy

 

What’s Happening:  “Seventeen have perished so far (two are still in critical condition) in a freak “duck” accident on a lake in Branson, Missouri. A sudden thunderstorm struck the boats with its 60-mph winds and capsized one of them. These amphibious boat tours are 70 minutes in length and travel land and water routes that sometimes put them in harm’s way unexpectedly (https://www.denverpost.com/2018/07/19/fatal-missouri-tour-boat-accident/). ‘I hope it won’t tarnish Branson, About 80 percent of our income comes from tourists. We love them,’ said Trisha Ayers, a mourner.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So I’m to stay away from Branson?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Unfortunately, giving one of America’s favorite family hot-spots a wide berth is no guarantee against tragedy…even avoiding risky adventure-like outings like backpacking, skiing…or ‘duck’ tours, is no guarantee of safety. Heck, you might be hit crossing the  street or be one of the over 1,000,000 killed each year worldwide in a traffic fatality! The only thing (except for Enoch and Elijah) that is certain is death. That you die may be inevitable, how and when you die unpredictable, but in what condition you die – lost or saved – is not.”

 

“Christians? Jesus, Himself, spoke of ‘random’ tragedy (Luke 13:2-5). We live in a ‘fallen’ world. Being subject to death was not an original part of His plan (Rom. 5:12-15). How we respond in preparation for the inevitable makes all the difference in the world…and in eternity.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to accept the fatal work of our own hands, but to prepare for the consequeces; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-20-18 Lost…and Restored

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-20-18

 

Lost…and Restored

 

What’s Happening:  “Sure, the Russian warship was found (by search teams of the Shinil Group), but 50% of the over $100 Billion in gold is going to be ‘restored’ to the Russian government. The ship was sunk (and found) about a mile off the coast of South Korea at about 1,400 feet of depth. It was sunk by the Japanese in 1905 during the Russo-Japanese War . Its cargo was Russian pay (https://www.yahoo.com/news/russian-warship-carrying-100-billion-073452844.html).   ‘The body of the ship was severely damaged by shelling, with its stern almost broken, and yet the ship’s deck and sides are well preserved,’ reported the Shinil Group, who plans to raise it.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Found or Restored, it’s a lot of money!”

 

Biblical Response:  “It is…and I’m glad that a portion is going to some worthwhile projects (though I’m not sure the Ruskies will do anything with the money we might approve). As to whether it should be considered ‘found’ or ‘restored,’ I guess it depends on to whom you talk.”

 

“Christians? Milton wrote ‘Paradise Lost’ (talking about all that was lost in the ‘Fall’). David Chilton wrote ‘Paradise Restored’ (talking about all that is restored in Jesus). We believe in giving back to the original owner (God) 100% of what was lost…of course, that doesn’t give a search company much incentive. Still, we are the main beneficiaries…and we suffered the brunt of the loss; so I guess the incentive is with us…where it should be.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to realize all that was lost in the ‘Fall’ and strive to give everything back to its Original Owner; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-19-18 Closer Not Necessarily Better

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-19-18

 

Closer Not Necessarily Better

 

What’s Happening:  “The Coast Guard has increased the distance tour boats may come to where the lava flow enters the sea at the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii after 23 were injured by an explosion. The distance is now 300 meters…before, you could apply for a 50-meter permit (https://www.yahoo.com/news/hawaii-volcano-boat-tours-continue-063516524.html).  ‘”If we stop operating, it not only hurts us, it hurts the community,’ tour director  Kanoa Jones said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Oops! I guess they got too close, huh?”

 

Biblical Response:  “You think?! That’s what they make binoculars for. They say, ‘Curiosity killed the cat,’ … but he (or in this case ‘they’) at least had a good view. Of course, the free publicity of a major natural disaster has helped many tour directors…except those who got too close.”

 

“Christians? Playing close to the edge is not worth the risk (2 Tim. 2:22). The question is not how close to danger you can get and remain unscathed…but how far away from temptation you can live and still feel the ‘heat.’ Like it says in James 4:8 ‘Draw nigh to God…’

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while fascination may drive us closer, let us take Your Word for things we were never intended to experience; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-18-18 Freedom Isn’t Free

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-18-18

 

Freedom Isn’t Free

 

What’s Happening:  “Dong Yaoqiong, 28, an activist in China, was detained recently by the Communist government of China when she splashed ink on a poster of President Xi Jinping…no surprise there (as many from Tiananmen Square days will attest). She actually expected to be arrested and she was; a reasonable expectation…those in China who want the freedoms Americans enjoy must also pay the price our Founders and others have paid (https://www.yahoo.com/news/chinese-woman-detained-tossing-ink-xi-poster-activists-053044789.html). AFP reports: ‘The US-based Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) activist network said authorities have also taken the woman’s father and a Chinese artist into custody after they sought to publicize her plight on social media.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Her act was stupid!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably not…at least to her. She protested to get arrested…and she was successful. Sure, it’s a shame China does not have true freedom of speech…(neither do we on some college campuses)…but things will change for them only with bloodshed…at least that has been the historical fact.”

 

“Christians? Whether it is freedom of expression or freedom from the slavery of sin (Rom. 6:10), we believe in bloodshed. Our Founders shed blood for the former, our Savior shed His blood for the latter. Like this woman, we know that freedom isn’t free.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to applaud the courage of others as they seek freedom, and be brave (but wise and patient) ourselves as we seek to effect godly change; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-17-18 Controlling the Narrative

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-17-18

 

Controlling the Narrative

 

What’s Happening:  “The news is abuzz about what Trump said about our intelligence services…that he believes Putin over them…that he believes maybe Russia didn’t meddle in the the 2016 election…that his ego is so big that he couldn’t see past the ‘witch hunt’ of the Mueller probe and even doubted the indictment of the twelve Russian spies…and that’s the conservatives (https://www.dailywire.com/news/33123/trump-slams-his-own-intelligence-agencies-insists-ben-shapiro?utm_source=cnemail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=071718-news&utm_campaign=position1). But perhaps he’s just taking a cue from the liberal playbook and controlling the narrative. Even conservative Allen West tweeted: ‘There are those who say you do not go into such a summit to embarrass, or confront. I say you do not sit with the devil and offer him something cool to drink.’ Perhaps a better saying is: You don’t confront a snake about the viciousness of his bite!’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Dumb like a fox?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yeah…kind of. I mean, you know what the liberals are going to say…whatever you say they are going to find fault with it. And you know how everyone believes (including Putin) about the size of your ego…say something that will give Putin pause. If you want to charm a tyrannical despot (or a snake), you can’t start by making accusations, however true they may be. Again…controlling the narrative..”

 

“Christians? Controlling the narrative is what the Sermon on the Mount was all about (Matt. 5-7). Read how many times Jesus said what was written in the law, then went on to say ‘But I say…’ or started his edicts with a ‘But…’ (Matt. 5:32,37,39,44; 6;3,6,7,15,17,23, 27, 33). I’m not saying President Trump is so wise or does not have a huge ego, I’m just say that controlling the narrative determines the direction of conversation…you attract more bees with sugar than with vinegar.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to gain victory over the enemy by being wise as serpents and gentle as doves (Matt. 10:16); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-16-18 Progressives Regress

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-16-18

 

Progressives Regress

 

What’s Happening:  “Though 85-year-old Feinstein is likely to win, the California Democratic Party has endorsed her opponent, State Senator Kevin de Leon. Senator Feinstein has been a centrist, but progressive elements of the Democratic Party have forced her to the left on the legalization of marijuana, where she has been historically against it (https://www.yahoo.com/news/california-democratic-party-snubs-dianne-133348215.html). ‘I just think we need a younger, progressive person there. The Democratic Party in California has moved to the left, and he personifies those values,’ said state Democratic committee member Lynne Standard-Nightengale.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Doesn’t Feinsein epitomize the swamp?”

 

Biblical Response:  “She is definitely a part of the establishment…being 85 almost certifies that. Still, just because something is new is not a sign automatically of a step forward. Not learning the lessons of the past only guarantees mistakes will be repeated…or worsened. Progressives assume that less control is forward thinking. But what if more control yielded progress? Sometimes it does.”

 

“Christians? Sometimes change is good…sometimes it is bad. How can we be certain when there are forces pulling both ways? Thankfully, God has given us a standard to judge by…a standard that is unchanging. It is called the Word of God (Matt. 4:4). When we begin to call things that are wrong right, it is because we have conveniently used our own desires as a standard (2 Cor. 10:12).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we want progress, we don’t want to have to compromise to get it. Help us establish a standard to live by; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-14-18 AND Stick

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-14-18

 

AND Stick

 

What’s Happening:  “Let’s see, President Trump has told NATO they need to stop immigrating so many disaffected people and contribute more to defense, met with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and hinted he was not too pleased with her visions of implementing Brexit, has pledged to spend on our military over $700 Billion this year (and over $700 Billion next), and is scheduled to meet in Helsinki with Vladimir Putin…sounds like he believes strength is the best negotiating position (https://www.yahoo.com/news/whats-stake-trumps-summit-putin-215539617.html). ‘If I were still secretary of Defense, I would have urged President Trump not to even hold the summit at this time,…’, said former Secretary of Defense William Cohen.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It’s a dangerous game.”

 

Biblical Response:  “In fact, it’s no game at all. This is serious stuff, but I’d much rather not exclusively use the carrot…all the benefits peace with us might engender them…but also the stick…what will happen if you don’t. We,ve already expelled some diplomats (over Russia’s use of nerve agents in the U.K.), indicted 12 Russian spies (for election meddling, offered Germany the option of buying their natural gas from us (rather than Russia), put trade tariffs on the Chinese, and peace with North Korea might be imminent. Sounds like President Trump believes in the old apothegm: “Fear of loss is a greater motivator than hope of gain.”

 

“Christians? Sounds peculiarly like that scripture in Proverbs: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” (Prov. 9:10) Of course, the fear of Trump is miniscule (or it should be) when compared with God. But it’s a cinch strength is more riveting than weakness.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our leaders to use time-tested biblical principle when negotiating with our allies and adversaries; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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