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CLARITY – 8-25-18 “Who I Am” vs. “Who I Know”

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-25-18

“Who I Am” vs. “Who I Know”

 

What’s Happening:  “A cop gets lamblasted by a teen who gives the lamest responses ever when pulled over for speeding…for your Saturday entertainment (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/watch-punk-kid-tells-cop-dads-mayor-cop-tells-kid-got-wrong-town/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune). ‘This isn’t going to hurry up because you don’t have your driver’s license,’ Officer McClendon said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Cut him some slack…it was just speeding!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Was it? Is there no law against abusive language being used? No law against driving without a license? What about the laws that should be on the books?! Good thing there’s no law against stupidity!”

 

Christians? We’ve all been guilty of name dropping. There is only one situation where it will cut any ice, though…and you’d better drop the right Name…and you’d better be able to prove your relationship with a right heart or you’re in trouble (Matt. 7:22-23).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to know that who we are is dependent on Who You are…and, therefor, Who’s we are;  in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 6-29-18 Not a Matter of Opinion

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-29-18

 

Not a Matter of Opinion

 

What’s Happening:  “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a proud Democratic Socialist, defeated Democratic incumbent (10 terms!) Joe Crowley in an upset in Tuesday’s New York primary and is proof positive the Bernie-Sanders-like shift to the left of the Democrat Party is here to stay (https://www.thenation.com/article/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-wins-democratic-socialist-21st-century-vision/). Quoting John Nichols” article, ‘Matt Blizek, the elections-mobilization director for MoveOn, extended on that theme, saying: “These results are also a shot across the bow of the Democratic establishment in Washington: a young, diverse, and boldly progressive Resistance Movement isn’t waiting to be anointed by the powers that be. Americans from all walks of life who demand change are taking reins of power and showing the Democratic Party what its future looks like.”’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It used to be ‘a chicken in every pot’, now it’s free health-care, free higher education, and a guarantee of housing…What will they promise next?”

 

Biblical Response:  “True, it seems that promises rule the day, but promises made and promises delivered might be two different things…especially when it comes to paying for everything. Maybe, kicking the can down the road or just turning up the printing presses a little won’t solve the problem, but as long as folks are willing to believe it will…perhaps that’s the problem. Besides, it’s not a matter of opinion.”

 

“Christians? Oh, we SAY we believe differently…but often we vote the same way. The truth is, who doesn’t want free health-care or free education?  But life has a tendency to bring us all back to reality. What does that scripture say? ‘For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.’  (2 Thess. 3:10 KJV) Socialism is not a matter of opinion, no matter how good it sounds.

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to see through lies, and seek only Your truth…which sets us free; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 3-8-18 Remarkable AND “Fortuitous”

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-8-18

 

Remarkable AND “Fortuitous”

 

What’s Happening:  “It has been reported in yesterday’s Huffington Post that a woman has discovered the oldest ‘message in a bottle’ ever  found…from 1886! It was actually discovered on the coast of Australia by a woman who was going to display it on her mantle as a novelty and it has been confirmed it was part of an experiment by a German scientific company researching sea currents; it was listed in the log of a steamer as dropped in the Indian Ocean in 1886 (https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/oldest-message-in-bottle_us_5aa036d9e4b0e9381c14d579). Leading off the article was the comment, ‘I hope they weren’t expecting a quick reply.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “That’s miraculous!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…as the article states. Kym Illman, the discoverer’s husband also owns a company named ‘Messages on Hold’…and this might just be his publicity stunt. You never know…”

 

“Christians?  The real oldest ‘message in a bottle’ ever discovered occurred in 1946-9 at the site of the ancient Caves of Qumran. As the story goes, a shepherd was trying to chase a wayward sheep out of the caves by throwing a rock in after it. The sound of a breaking ’bottle’ (actually a clay jar) invited further inspection and the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Left by an Essenic community in the First Century, it would actually be the oldest ‘message’ ever left. Parts of every book in the Old Testament have been found and translated..”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may we respect the antiquity and accuracy of the Word of God; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 3-2-18 Be Sure

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-2-18

 

Be Sure

 

What’s Happening:  “Rick Butler’s name will live in infamy forever, at least that is the hope of those who have joined in a class-action lawsuit against him, his wife, Cheryl, and his Chicago-area volleyball training facility. He is being accused of raping and sexually molesting several girls (6, to be exact) hundreds of times in the ‘80’s and, the suit alleges, forced through  intimidation one girl to have an abortion when he impregnated her. He admits the affairs, but says the girls were 18 and the sex was consensual. He was temporarily banned, but his skills always got him off   (https://www.yahoo.com/news/top-volleyball-coach-raped-girls-142705069.html). Christine Tuzi, the lawsuit alleges, was told by Butler to ‘get rid of it.’ She was 16, the suit says, when he first started having sex with her, but 19 when he got her pregnant.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “He’s as guilty as sin!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably, but that’s what ‘Due Process’ is for. If he’s guilty, he’ll have to pay…either here, or in eternity…or both. His attorney will have to convince a jury of his peers, first. You say, no amount of money can erase the damage the suit alleges. True (if true). Still, the amount has been agreed upon to compensate them for his alleged actions.”

 

“Christians? We should let the process play out while praying for the women involved…and those being sued. Justice will have its day…so will mercy. On this earth (and in the U.S.), we have the court system. The best argument prevails. Sometimes, the plaintiff wins…sometimes, the accused. It’s not the best system…just the best on earth. In eternity…well, that’s a different story. There, the truth is always known and you can be sure the truth will out (Num. 32:23),”

 

“Justice and mercy are always displayed. Justice is why there’s a hell. Mercy is why there’s a heaven. Have I done something worthy of hell? Sadly. But Christ’s death made mercy possible for me. It’s like the preacher said, ‘I’ve got Good News and bad news; first the Good News: when you die, you’ll get a new body; it can never be killed; it will experience all the senses to their maximum degree…it lives forever! Now for the bad news: when you die, you’ll get a new body; it can never be killed; it will experience all the senses to their maximum degree…it lives forever!’”

 

“Someone in the crowd said, ‘They both sound alike.’ ‘Yes,’ he said. ‘I guess it depends on where you spend eternity.’”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let justice be rendered…here,,,and in eternity; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 2-19-18 Out of the Old Soviet Playbook

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-19-18

 

Out of the Old Soviet Playbook

What’s Happening:  “It has been described as a proxy war – from Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and Iraq – reminiscent of something the failed regime of the old Soviet Union used to practice. This time the ‘unifying” factor is Hezbollah and their enabler, Iran. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the U.S. National Security Adviser, condemned the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Saturday for arming “Hezbollah-style” armies to destabilize the Middle East (https://www.yahoo.com/news/mcmaster-warns-growing-power-irans-network-proxies-124901296.html). ‘So the time is now, we think, to act against Iran,’ he said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So this means war in the Middle East?’

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…though there are some who would say it has already begun. I mean, Iran has sent a surveillance drone from Syria recently and shot down an Israeli F-16 that responded (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel/netanyahu-says-israel-undeterred-after-syria-shoots-down-f-16-idUSKBN1FV0LR). The Iranians like to have plausible deniability. Launching their attacks through surrogates and promising them a seat at the proverbial table. Does that remind you of anyone? (If you said the USSR…ding, ding, ding! You win!).”

 

“Christians? Let’s hope we don’t have to learn the lesson twice. Bad company STILL corrupts good morals (1 Cor. 15:33).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give those that lead the foresight of wisdom so that this world does not have to learn the lessons of history again; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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