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CLARITY – 10-7-20 Be Sure

 CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-7-20

Be Sure

What’s Happening: “Yesterday, the National Review wrote an article about a memo from then CIA head John Brennan that detailed a brief of President Obama of the approval of a plan by Hillary Clinton to vilify Donald Trump to distract from her use of a private email server in 2016. Mr. Brennan was deposed yesterday, along with former FBI Director, James Comey, concerning the email and the latter said he could not remember any such memo. The alleged collusion then caused the creation of  a dossier that was created by Christopher Steele (allegedly paid for by the Clinton campaign) that was used to get  permission to spy on Carter Page of the Trump campaign…which collusion has been the subject of much of most of Trump’s time in office (https://www.yahoo.com/news/dni-releases-cia-documents-hillary-204337457.html). Quoting from the article: ‘The heavily-redacted CIA memo references ‘an exchange discussing U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s approval of a plan concerning U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering U.S. elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “That’s old news, isn’t it?”

Biblical Response:  “Yeah…at least that’s what the Democrat Party hopes you’ll think with the 2020 election looming. Accusations of Russian collusion is what led to a vote by the House of Representatives to impeach last February…and that’s this year. To now have the revelation that it was all a set-up (no revelation to some) is a big deal…of course, ignored by the main-stream media (they ran not one second of this story yesterday). But, as the Scripture warns, ‘be sure your sin will find you out’ (Num. 32:23). There may be no repercussions here, but that does not mean there will be no consequence (Mal. 3:16-18). I love how the Living Bible renders those verses:

‘Then those who feared and loved the Lord spoke often of him to each other. And he had a Book of Remembrance drawn up in which he recorded the names of those who feared him and loved to think about him. ‘They shall be mine,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘in that day when I make up my jewels. And I will spare them as a man spares an obedient and dutiful son.  Then you will see the difference between God’s treatment of good men and bad, between those who serve him and those who don’t.’ (Mal. 3:16-18 LB)”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in final justice, alright….there’s no escaping that. Will it come in time for  this election? It might…we’ll see. Maybe the Lord has something else in mind…aborting over 60 million is hard to overlook (God forgive us).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we believe in final justice, we also believe (and are counting on) the shed blood of Christ; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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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 – 10-25-19 The Scoop on Area 51

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-25-19

The Scoop on Area 51

It’s Happening: “No less than CIA/NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden totally debunked all the conspiracy theories regarding aliens being held at Area 51 in Nevada when he broadcast  from Russia Wednesday via ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ podcast. No doubt many conspiracy theorists were profoundly disappointed. Snowden, on the run since 2013, also said that we really did land on the moon, and that climate science is not a hoax (https://www.businessinsider.com/edward-snowden-no-evidence-in-cia-databases-that-aliens-exist-2019-10). ‘”Everybody wants to believe in conspiracy theories because it helps life make sense.’ said Snowden to Rogan. ‘It helps us believe that somebody is in control, that somebody is calling the shots.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Life still doesn’t make sense to me.””

Biblical Response:  “Or me, either…of course, I chalk that up to me not being God (there was a sign in the cafeteria where I taught Bible college that said: ‘There are two immutable facts in the universe: 1 – There is a God, and 2 – You are not He.’), me not knowing how the present fits into the future (God does – Is. 46:10), some things falling into the category of mystery (Eccl. 7:24), etc. Just because some things don’t seem to make sense could be due to Man’s limited (by time and space)  perspective. That there are no aliens is no surprise to me, but I don’t expect anyone to ever find evidence of former life anywhere in the universe, either…not just a testimony of evolution being a pipe dream, but also testifying to the specialness of the Earth.”  

“Christians? We, especially, should not be surprised when the truth matches up with what the Word of God teaches (and we should not spread the false rumors that many ‘conspiracy theories’ teach – Tit. 3:9).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be grateful for our uniqueness, and not have to know all things…to trust Someone Who does; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 8-16-18 True Transparency

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-16-18

 

True Transparency

 

What’s Happening:  “It came as a surprise to the former head of the CIA when Sarah Sanders-Huckabee announced at the beginning of her White House Press Briefing yesterday that President Trump had revoked his security clearance. Quoting the Yahoo News article by Hunter Walker, included in the list of those whose clearances the President had revoked were: ‘former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper; ex-FBI Director James Comey; Michael Hayden, who led both the NSA and CIA; erstwhile deputy Attorney General Sally Yates; President Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice; ex-deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe; recently fired FBI agent Peter Strzok; Lisa Page, an FBI attorney; and Bruce Ohr, a member of the Justice Department’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces.’ (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-revokes-security-clearance-former-cia-director-criticized-white-house-213823096.html). ‘It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent,’ Brennan was quoted as saying.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Isn’t it professional courtesy to continue the clearances of those who had them even though they are no longer in their respective positions?”

 

Biblical Response:  “‘Yes, but maybe that shouldn’t be. If the intelligence these folks are privy to is really sensitive maybe they should all have their security clearances revoked when they leave, as a matter of course. They can always re-apply in the future for specific things they ‘need to know.’ Or perhaps this just makes too much sense.”

 

Christians? True transparency really only belongs to God (the walls of the ‘closet’ we thought we retreated to for the really ‘private’ things are transparent). And, I dare say, only He can handle that level of knowledge (1 John 3:20). Knowledge is indeed power and a security clearance could be a dangerous thing in the wrong hands…after all, what is a security clearance but a way to determine who gets to see what.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give our leaders the requisite wisdom to accompany the knowledge with which they are entrusted; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 5-21-18 The Truth Will Make You Free

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-21-18

 

The Truth Will Make You Free

 

What’s Happening:  “Truly a bombshell was lobbed the other day and the media is scrambling to get all the facts. It turns out that the FBI and the CIA may have been spying on the Trump campaign for political purposes…and the mole they planted has done it before (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/anti-trump-campaign-spy-exposed/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune). The spy: Stefan Halper.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “This may be bigger than Watergate!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yeah, it might…the best thing is to let it play out and see what reality and the truth will reveal. One advantage the media has…the truth always gets found out. There may be an unwillingness by the media to say things that don’t fit their narrative, but their desire for viewership and ratings always trumps (pun unintended) their pursuit of a liberal agenda. It’s almost as if the truth had its own inexorable inevitable agenda…and it does.”

 

“Christians? The Word says: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

(John 8:32 KJV). Sure, their is Fake News, but the only reason we know it’s fake is the truth was finally revealed. I’m not saying we should just sit back and let a lie be believed, but we need to take confidence in the fact that the truth will always out. How long we allow a lie to masquerade as the truth…well, that’s sometimes up to us.”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to discern the truth and trumpet it when it is revealed; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 3-13-18 Few Things Are Permanent

 

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-13-18

 

Few Things Are Permanent

What’s Happening:  “Out with Tillerson, in with Pompeo…President Trump reportedly asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to step down, but not until he had CIA Director, now Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and team set for the upcoming talks with Kim Jong-un. Gina Haspel, the CIA Deputy, is to become the new Director of the CIA, the first woman ever to hold that position (https://www.yahoo.com/gma/trump-replaces-secretary-state-tillerson-cia-director-125003830–abc-news-topstories.html). Trump tweeted, ‘Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!’ I guess few things are permanent.

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “There’s a whole parade of folks leaving Trump’s cabinet…chaos!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Actually, Tillerson is only the second cabinet appointee to leave (Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price left in September over his use of taxpayer funded private jets), however there has been a lot of ‘palace intrigue’ over other White House staff (Priebus, Spicer, etc., out and Gen. Kelley, Sanders, etc., in). Whether for a break or posturing or for greater effectiveness, these departures underscore the transitory nature of political appointments.” .”

 

“Christians?  With most Youth Pastors eyeing higher pastoral positions to which  they can advance, we are not unfamiliar with the procedure of ‘getting the right team’ in place. Sometimes, moves are legitimate…sometimes to demonstrate power…but, sometimes to truly answer an increasing call. Still, everyone likes the stability of the predictable. Unfortunately, change is often necessary. Few things are truly permanent….maybe it’s better that way.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we love for everything always to remain comfortably the same, progress is impossible without change. Help us to be pliable and full of faith for the future; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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