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CLARITY – 1-18-20 Agree…Sort Of

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-18-20

Agree…Sort Of

What’s Happening: “The left-leaning 9th Circuit Federal Court ruled yesterday, that they weren’t going to hear arguments from the Oregon-based advocacy group Our Children’s Trust, representing 21 youths in a Climate Change case filed in 2015. It may have dealt a death blow to the case that was seeking an injunction against the use of fossil fuels. The Court reasoned that steps taken by Congress and the Executive Branch would be insufficient if not in tandem with other countries. Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord in 2017  (https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-court-dismisses-suit-youths-183236607.html). ‘“That’s the heartbreaking thing about this opinion. The 9th Circuit recognizes that climate change is an existential threat … and agrees that the political branches have not done enough to address this problem in the past and are unlikely to do so in the future. But the court just feels it’s in a really difficult situation,” said Cara Horowitz, co-director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “If, as AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) maintains, the planet only has 11 ½ years anyway (the Green New Deal), I don’t think it’s going to matter.”

Biblical Response:  “That’s assuming a worst-case scenario (and there are many who think either that Climate Change is a hoax or not man-made). I’m not saying we don’t have overall rising temperatures (though I do remember the media’s doom-and-gloom predictions of a coming Ice Age in the late 60’s). It really makes a difference how far you go back in time for temperature comparisons.”

“Besides, changes in the Sun or some localized phenomenon is usually discovered to be the cause-agent. I remember during a Christmas vacation and ski trip to Bozeman, Montana in the late 60’s, the temperature going from minus 40 to plus 41 (in 30 minutes!). It turns out a Chinook (southern wind) that blew in was the culprit. When we get all adither about Climate Change or Global Warming, we need to remind ourselves of God’s promise (Gen. 8:22). Of course, the media’s profits, grant funding, and education may already have the deck stacked.”

“Christians? We believe in responsible stewardship of the environment. It’s part of our original purpose (Gen. 2:15). We also believe our God is bigger than our petty fears.”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to be jerked one way, then another in matters that You have well in hand; 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:subdeo.com.’  Copyright © 2019 Alan E. Sargent

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CLARITY – 12-3-19 Oops! Missed That One…?

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

Oops! Missed That One…?

What’s Happening: “United Nations General Secretary, Antonio Guterres, in a message to preface the upcoming two-week global climate summit in Madrid, called on the world to stop its ‘war on climate,’ saying Sunday that man-made global warming is to blame. This after President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord of 2015. Guterres cited the rise in fossil-fuel mining and drilling and the deforestation of the Amazon Basin as examples of what NOT to do (https://www.yahoo.com/news/war-against-nature-must-stop-144802849.html). ‘”Our war against nature must stop, and we know that it is possible,’ said Guterres. ‘We simply have to stop digging and drilling and take advantage of the vast possibilities offered by renewable energy and nature-based solutions.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Hasn’t there been a rise in global temperature?”

Biblical Response:  “Yes…so? There have been many waxes and wanes over the years. I remember the dire warnings when I was in school of the ‘Coming Ice Age’ (https://cei.org/content/our-latest-global-warming-scare?gclid=CjwKCAiArJjvBRACEiwA-Wiqq2AtNUTKRQPHnJSraOBqzs4MmSeZAVcRirgMsvVSOzav5XlNxHm-UhoCLG4QAvD_BwE). Iif you look back far enough, this is not the only global warming cycle we’ve seen. Not everyone is pessimistic about the future (https://cei.org/content/our-latest-global-warming-scare?gclid=CjwKCAiArJjvBRACEiwA-Wiqq2AtNUTKRQPHnJSraOBqzs4MmSeZAVcRirgMsvVSOzav5XlNxHm-UhoCLG4QAvD_BwE), but bad news sells; besides, my Bible says ‘of seedtime and harvest there shall be no end’ (Gen. 8:22).”

“Christians? We believe God is in control of this earth, not man (2 Chron. 33:13). Man would like to be in control (man-made global warming), but it’s just not so. We were even warned that CFCs were destroying the ozone layer…until someone pointed out that they were heavier than air! Since He sees and declares the end from the beginning (Is. 46:10), He is surprised by nothing…we never hear Him say ‘Oops! I didn’t see that one coming!’” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us discern the truth…a lie does not free (John 8:32); 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:subdeo.com.’  Copyright © 2019 Alan E. Sargent

Reader:

May I indulge in a little self-promotion? Many of you read CLARITY every day…and you hopefully forward it on to still others. Some even subscribe from the website. Thanks! (One mother wrote that she wanted to subscribe to read it to her children everyday – read away!) However you get CLARITY, would you consider donating on the website? I’m happy to find useful purpose in helping folks stay informed and supplying what I think God has to say on the subjects of the day…still, I want to get this word out to others…which is what I’ll do with your gifts. Thanks in advance.

Blessings,

Alan

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It’d Be Funny If It Wasn’t So Sad

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-20-19

It’d Be Funny If It Wasn’t So Sad

What’s Happening: “If you can believe it, NBC News has opened an online confessional…for those who want to confess their Climate-Change sins! Although this was not taken seriously by many, it was by people who posted the following: – I sleep with the air conditioning on year-round and justify to myself by recycling; – I fly to much…partially for work, but on the flipside, I don’t own a car; – I travel often to conferences flying. I think about the emissions + try to justify it with, ‘the plane is going there, anyway’ (https://www.theblaze.com/news/nbc-news-online-climate-confessional). ‘Even those who care deeply about the planet’s future can slip up now and then,’ says the website.” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Should I be kneeling while I post?”

Biblical Response:  “Are you asking this seriously?! The guilt that’s removed by such ‘confessions’ is as phony as mand-made Climate Change…or the on-line confessional. Do I think that Climate Change is real? Of course…it’s been happening since creation…though I was raised fearing the coming Ice Age. Anytime the Sun waxes and wanes fusionly (is that a word?), there is a resultant change on the ‘Third Rock from the Sun.’ Man-made Climate Change? Not so much. Our puny attempts, however well-intentioned, at ameliorating the effects of pollution are as ineffectual as the man-made calamity they are supposed to be fixing.

What we really need is more people taking the stewardship of our home seriously (Gen. 2:15), not fake confessions to a fake god. Do we use too many plastics without disposing of them properly; take too many trips in means of transport that are emission-unfriendly; omit recycling because it is just too inconvenient? Probably. We feel bad about it already…read the justifying statements above. But the economics have to work, too. The solution is profitable innovation.”

“Christians? We should be taking the lead in stewardship. But a website for confessing?! We have too many real sins that need absolution to be pouring out our soul over our pollution shortcomings. Besides, the ‘all iniquity’(1 John1:9) probably covers sins of pollution, too.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to ‘strain at a gnat and swallow a camel’ (Matt. 23:24)…to feel good about confessing faux sins when there are much bigger issues that need our attention; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 8-28-19 Mixed Priorities

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -8-28-19

Mixed Priorities

What’s Happening: “If you listen to Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil, the fires in the Amazon are necessary evils (for development). Besides, his country has already set aside $7 Million and readied 44,000 troops to deploy to fight the fires. It wouldn’t even be news except G7 countries have pledged $22.2 Million on Monday to fight what they consider is a global environmental threat (many consider the Amazon rainforest as vital to defeat global warming). Trouble is, the Brazilian President apparently mocked the presence of French President Macron’s wife over the weekend, creating a political brouhaha which is now a backdrop to the G7 offer…at least in some eyes…it justifies Bolsonaro’s refusal of the offer (https://www.yahoo.com/news/amazon-fires-effort-quell-rainforest-073740153.html). ‘We cannot accept that a President, Macron, issues inappropriate and gratuitous attacks against the Amazon, Nor that he disguises his intentions behind an ‘alliance’ of the G7 countries to ‘save’ the Amazon, as if it were a colony or no man’s land,’ Bolsonaro tweeted.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “How can a few (okay, a lot:4600!) fires in a remote jungle matter globally?”

Biblical Response:  “How indeed?! But it’s complicated. Let me see if I can unpack it for you. Bolsonaro wants to take his arguably 2nd-world country of Brazil to a first-world economy. He knows his country is rich in natural resources and ran his campaign on deforesting the Amazon for development. After trees were cut, they were left to dry out so they could be easily be disposed of by burning. The fires got away from them. He responds by pledging money and troops. Enter the G7 and their environmentalism (seen by Bolsonaro as meddling in Brazil’s sovereignty…besides, he’s a proud man and looked on their offer of help as condescension).”

“The real question no one is asking (everyone just assumes global warming and climate change are real and human-caused). Are climate change and global warming real? Yes. Thousands of scientists worldwide are correct. Are humans the primary cause? NO…though that’s not politically correct. I could talk about how what the U.S. and the rest of the world does is irrelevant if China (and other major offenders) are not cosignators on any agreements, but Genesis 8:22 says, “While the earth remains, seedtime and  harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” (NASU)”

“It’s not that humans have no effect…they do…but their effect must be taken into consideration with the devastating effect that the carbon tax and other environmental proposals would have on economies worldwide. Some change can occur…over time…which if you believe AOC, we don’t have. I’d rather believe God.”

“Christians? We believe we have the primary responsibility for managing the environment (Gen. 2:15). That does not, however, give us license to act stupidly. Isn’t there a rise in global temperatures? Perhaps. So? The temperatures have fluctuated globally since creation. So have the Sun’s cycles (an influence?). Do we need to act responsibly? Of course, It’s just that some might disagree on what that looks like.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we need act, help us to not react, and to consider Your Word as the source of ultimate truth; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 7-13-19 The Debate is Heating Up

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -7-13-19

The Debate is Heating Up

What’s Happening: “One thing’s for sure: There is much debate over climate change. Some, like Representative Brooks from Alabama say there is climate change, but not from humans and not as a result of what many claim the Green New Deal is supposed to address tps://www.desiringgod.org/articles/trade-self-help-for-god-help?utm_campaign=Daily%20Email&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=74564732&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8WjluigTaIKUC665tFSCzzGtBCHioadv24nburmbRRLqbNtTuVYHCw6lFDmmv5byVXS40GJ9Jx_PVCX6IccYuhIUyAiQ&_hsmi=74564732). Still, that was in May of 2018, What he said last Thursday has many wondering. Search for it yourselves. You’ll find it hard, Sure, there are websites galore espousing the liberal line and many news stories (https://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/World+News/Environment/Climate+Change), but few that give both sides of the debate. Some say this is just a cyclical warming, some say we only have 12 more years…if we don’t take drastic measures.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What is the truth? Should I be worried?”

Biblical Response:  “The Bible says; “While the earth remains, seedtime and  harvest, And cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not  cease.” (Gen 8:22 NASU) That’s a little more (sarcasm) reliable than a government-funded or GreenPeace-funded study that only rewards a certain conclusion.” 

“Should you be worried? Perhaps. Mostly you should be worried about folks who’ll sell their soul to the highest bidder. Is the earth on its way out? Yes (2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21:1), but not before you  can hit your knees…and I’d say you have at least a little more than 12 years,”

“Christians? We believe the environment is one of Man’s chief stewardships (Gen. 2:15). But we also believe in good science and in not letting our fears manipulate us (1 John 4:18). Besides, Man would like to think he’s in charge, that he is so powerful that he can save (or lose) the planet by his own actions.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to discern the truth and to act responsibly; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 3-20-19 Is Anybody Listening?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-20-19

Is Anybody Listening?

What’s Happening: “Massive flooding in the Midwest causing several states to declare emergencies (https://www.yahoo.com/news/vice-president-mike-pence-visit-103643826.html), earthquakes in Indonesia, Mexico, Guatemala and elsewhere in 2018 and 2019 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_earthquakes_in_2019), volcanoes causing their usual damage (https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano_news.html), to say nothing about other natural disasters of local significance (mudslides in China, tornadoes in Alabama, wildfires in California, drought in Africa, etc., ad nauseum). Most blame these on global warming (or the more popular term – especially in the winter: climate change), but the question is: What is God trying to say? Or, especially among atheists, ‘is anybody listening?’ If you pay attention to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, we only have twelve years to figure out what we are doing wrong.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “The sky is falling! The sky is falling! I mean, didn’t an unexpected  meteor just hit?”’”

Biblical Response:  “You and Chicken Little…but yes, one ‘just’ exploded over the Bering Sea about noon on December 18 – about a few meters in size – but with the force of 173 kilotons (about 10 times Hiroshima). It was only reported a couple of days ago because it went unnoticed  (https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47607696). Fear and panic aside, the Lord might be trying to tell us something. The ‘what’ I’ll leave for the interpreters of those things, but that God still speaks through events is clear…though we may not be listening.”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in God speaking through events (Matt. 16:3-4). The real problem in listening comes from the din of our personal circumstances that competes for our attention. Shutting out that distracting cacophony is difficult, at best.”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to listen carefully to what you are trying to say…you gave us twice as many inputs for sound as outputs for a reason; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 3-1-19 Climate Change is Real…CULTURALLY

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-1-19

Climate Change is Real…CULTURALLY

What’s Happening: “Jay Inslee, 68, Democrat Gov. of Washington, just announced (today) his candidacy for Presidency in 2020, emphasizing climate change as an existential threat. He joins a field of over a dozen already, with more just waiting for the right moment to join the fray (https://www.yahoo.com/gma/focus-climate-change-washington-gov-inslee-enters-2020-120403139–abc-news-topstories.html). Quoting Gov. Inslee, ‘”This is a moment. This is the 11th hour to defeat climate change. It is a moment of great urgency, but it is also this incredible opportunity to seize for job creation.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Carbon fuels are making climate change real and urgent!’

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…but probably not…and that’s the least of our worries. Don’t get me wrong. I think that climate change is real. However, it’s not a man-made atmospheric problem…it IS a man-made cultural one! Considering the historical fluctuations of the earth’s mean temperatures, farting cows, Chinese carbon pollution levels, etc.  we have a preponderance of scientists who have it WRONG! Still, climate change (funny how environmentalists only use the term ‘global warming’ during the summer) is real, but it’s a cultural problem.. Since we have eliminated the Word of God from influence in our society, we have raised a godless generation that thinks socialism is to be preferred over capitalism. One problem. Man is not basically good. Man is basically bad.”

“Christians? We’re almost as big a part of the problem as the unchurched secular society. In our attempt to be all things to all men, our tolerance and political correctness has us backing down when we should be standing up (1 Pet. 3:15). The scripture is clear about stewardship of our environment. That was part of man’s original job description (Gen 2:15) and we have been assured that our puny attempts at destroying what God has made will be insufficient (Gen. 8:22). The problem is: we never read the Word anymore. ”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to make a difference in our culture…it’s a pity knowing the answer…and not speaking up; 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