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CLARITY – 9-21-20 Who Really Selects

 CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-21-20

Who Really Selects

What’s Happening: “To talk to a conservative, you might think that Judge Amy Coney Barrett is the perfect pick for Ginsburg’s replacement. She’s a Christian (but doesn’t wear it on her sleeve), a Catholic (but doesn’t wear that on her sleeve, either), says she’ll consider Supreme Court precedent if called on to rule in a similar case to Roe v. Wade (but has seven kids under twenty – two adopted from Haiti and one of her births was a known-beforehand Down’s syndrome child), graduated Summa Cum Laude from Notre Dame Law School, clerked for twenty-two years for Justice Scalia, and at 48 would be the youngest on the current bench (https://news.yahoo.com/conservatives-barrett-perfect-combination-attributes-115843675.html). . Quoting from The New York Times article earlier today: ‘Her religious convictions are pro-life, and she lives those convictions,’ said Judge Patrick J. Schiltz, a longtime mentor and a U.S. district judge in Minnesota, who like Barrett is Roman Catholic. ‘The question of what we believe as a religious matter has nothing to do with what we believe a written document says.’” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Sounds great…if you’re a conservative…but does Trump really have the right to select her for the appointment? I mean, it IS an election year!”

Biblical Response:  “If you ask him, Trump would say it’s his OBLIGATION. I get his point…the last time I checked, he WAS the President when Ginsburg died, and the people who elected him are expecting a full four years of service. Besides, even if he chooses with a coin toss, who really selects the next Supreme Court Justice (Prov. 16:33)?”

“Sure, we should pray for him to have wisdom, but the Lord will direct his heart. Read what the Word of God has to say on the matter: 

“The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He  wishes.” (Prov. 21:1 NASU)

“Christians? We’re all praying, too. We know we are not unopposed, but we are trusting in His being greater in us (1 John 4:4).” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, President Trump is  not a king (though we might think he acts that way sometimes); nevertheless, direct his heart with Your ultimate will; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 5-24-19 So Goes the Kingdom

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-24-19

So Goes the Kingdom

What’s Happening: “Long embattled Prime Minister (PM) of the United Kingdom and leader of the Conservative Party, Theresa May resigned yesterday. Some say not being able to negotiate a departure from the EU that was acceptable to Members of Parliament meant she was not conservative enough. In any case, her departure is effective June 7, just days after Trump’s pre-planned visit (https://www.yahoo.com/news/theresa-may-resigns-090653622.html).  ‘It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit,’ May said.”   

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Big deal! What does that even mean: ‘deliver Brexit’?”

Biblical Response:  “At least you’re asking….and it is a BIG deal! Let me give an abbreviated history of Brexit so that the average American has a reasonable understanding. The Brits held a referendum (a nationwide vote of the citizenry) in June of 2016. They voted 51.9% to leave the EU and be able to make their own deals economically. They were scheduled to leave March 29 (of this year). Although Theresa May has tried on numerous occasions to negotiate a smooth transition (one that would lead to lasting ties to Brussels), Parliament could not agree, though they did extend the departure date to Oct. 31.  It is believed that the same ‘drain-the-swamp’ sentiment that elected Donald Trump, led to the result of the Brexit referendum. Apparently, the liberalness of much of Europe was just too much for Great Britain.

Does this mean that Brexit is dead? No, just delayed. Will the next PM do better? Not if he or she tries to get the UK out of the EU with strings attached. He or she will stay in office as long as Brexit prospers. As goes the king, so goes the kingdom. Or maybe, as goes the kingdom, so goes the king.

“Christians? We’ve seen kingdoms rise, and kingdoms fall. (And ‘kingdoms’ doesn’t mean what they used to.) Still, it is generally true that the fortunes of a country are tied to its leadership (Gal. 6:7; Prov. 16:12-15). That is why Jesus is called the Good Shepherd. He leads us (His sheep) where we’ll prosper (Ps. 23). And because He’s the King of Kings, of His kingdom there will be no end (Is. 9:7; Luke 1:33). Unlike Theresa May.

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, only you know what will benefit Your people in the long run…bring that to pass and show us what part we are to play; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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