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CLARITY – 6-20-20 A Warning of Impending Doom

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-20-20

A Warning of Impending Doom

What’s Happening: “Friday saw an impassioned Pompeo warning Europe of Chinese economic expansionism after meeting in Hawaii with Yang Jiechi, a top Chinese official. The Chinese purchases of port interests in Greece and Spain only served to underscore his remarks. Pompeo warned of pursuing the Chnese ‘surveillance state’ Huawei, the communist-owned giant telecom company. It was as if he was trying to get Europe from making the samw mistakes he says the U.S. has made over the past few decades. He even termed the Chinese as being a ‘rogue actor.’ Can Europe be great again? The U. S.’s doesn’t want to be the sole voice in decrying the Chinese, but it may be singing a solo when it really wants a quartet…or at least a trio… (https://www.yahoo.com/news/pompeo-warns-europeans-against-rogue-actor-china-161831884.html). ‘”There’s also no way to straddle these alternatives without abandoning who we are. Democracies dependent on authoritarians are not worthy of the name,’ Pompeo sid by teleconference to a forum gathered in Denmark.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Why should I care if the price of TVs or computers goes up or down in Europe?”

Biblical Response:  “Because everything is connected today. We live in a global marketplace. Instead of making decisions based on consumer prices, however, perhaps we should direct our efforts at using the interconnectivity to get the Gospel out (Prov. 25:25). More have been freed by exporting the truth (John 8:32), than will ever receive the benefits of our exporting democracy. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for self-determinism…and that’s sure not going to take place under an atheistic communist regime…but self-determinism is ultimately trumped by God-Determinism. Why not cut to the chase?”

“Christians?  We believe in the freeing nature of the truth. We also believe God is much bigger than Xi or Trump or any number of European leaders. Regardless of motivations to the contrary, His will will prevail. Still, it’s always better to align yourself with His purposes than to oppose them.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us insight to how we can be a part of Your plan, and our leaders wisdom to not pursue a course of action that only makes us feel good about ourselves; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 3-28-19 Putting Your Finger on the Scale

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-28-19

Putting Your Finger on the Scale

What’s Happening: “After Secretary of State Mike Pompeo interviewed former Chinese prison camp detainee (and Muslim minority) Mihrigil Tursun, he criticized Chinese treatment of religious minorities such as the Uighur ethnic group, one million of which are in Chinese camps (https://www.yahoo.com/news/china-slams-us-criticism-muslim-treatment-absurd-095417128.html). China hit back today calling these camps ‘vocational training centers.’ ‘We urge the US to respect the facts … and stop the malicious smearing and groundless accusations against the Chinese side,’ Chinese Foreign Minister Geng Shuang said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess they don’t have freedom of religion over there.”

Biblical Response:  “No, they don’t. They want you to espouse the tenants of the State, Communism, or nothing…atheism is the only religion promulgated. Some have said that our Founders missed the boat in not making Christianity the state religion. The occupants of the Mayflower, having fled Europe for religious freedom, would have rightfully seen that as hypocrisy.  Leaving Christianity to fend for itself in the marketplace of ideas – not putting your proverbial ‘finger on the scale’…requires faith….which, I believe, is the point anyway.

Christians? We believe in the inherent superiority of Christianity (Jn. 8:32) It needs no help from government or man…or it’s not the truth. The First Amendment only guarantees a level playing field.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to take the easy way…and to apply the truth ‘written on our hearts’ (Rom. 2:15); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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