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CLARITY – 6-19-19 How The Mighty Are Fallen

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events -6-19-19

How The Mighty Have Fallen

What’s Happening: “Dr. Mohammed Morsi, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt’s first democratically elected president, died unexpectedly at age 67 Monday, while making an an impassioned appeal to the convictions that ended his presidency after only one year. Convicted of jailbreaks during an uprising in May of 2015, and sentenced to death, his election ended the autocratic rule of Hosni Mubarak, and increased the political influence of ISIS (https://www.yahoo.com/news/morsi-egypt-election-triumph-death-inmate-165433903.html).  AFP reported on Monday: ‘Morsi himself was put on trial several times on charges ranging from killing protesters to jailbreaks to spying for Iran, Qatar, and militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I can’t tell whether he was a good guy or a bad guy.”

Biblical Response:  “A lot of things in the Middle East are kind of grey…at least to me. Was he guilty of what he was accused? Probably…and a whole lot more. Still, that’s beyond my paygrade. Would his appeal have been successful? Maybe…we’ll never know. Pride may have been his underlying problem. You can’t go from being raised on a farm to graduating as an engineer to reaching the pinnacle of power in the most populous Muslim nation, and not be affected (2 Sam. 1:25). I think political pride (and his desperation to not be executed) was the motivation behind his appeal. Nonetheless, justice will prevail (and perhaps has). – Rom. 12:19”

“Christians? We know the inebriating effect of pride. It has been the downfall of many (Prov. 16:18). Giving glory to God, where it belongs, is really the only long-term cure..”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we’re all guilty of pride from time to time. Help us to keep short accounts with You and to humble ourselves before You have to; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY -5-15-19 Freedom Isn’t Free

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-15-19

Freedom Isn’t Free

What’s Happening: “The latest in Venezuela’s struggle for freedom (in January Juan Guaido, the National Assembly head, declared Maduro’s re-election bid to be a sham and his claim to the presidency illegitimate – last week, Guaido’s ‘coup’ attempt failed because the Russians and the Cubans stepped in to support Maduro) has the Security forces under Maduro blockading the members of the assembly from physically entering their building to meet. This intimidation follows the arrest of Guaido’s deputy, Edgar Zambrano (https://www.yahoo.com/news/venezuelan-lawmakers-accuse-security-services-intimidation-172132591.html).’SEBIN agents, using the excuse that there’s an explosive device within the facilities, took over the federal palace. We’re surrounded by intelligence agents,’ said lawmaker Manuela Bolivar.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I thought Maduro would have backed down by now…is there going to be a war?”

Biblical Response:  “Me, too. I guess Russia and Cuba have more influence over Maduro than anyone thought. As far as the question about war, I don’t know. What I do know is that freedom isn’t free. Sure, spiritual freedom was purchased by Christ on the Cross, But ‘setting the prisoners free’ (ps. 146:7) was personally costly. Physical freedom in this world is not free, either. Ask Nathan Hale (Revolutionary War martyr, who famously said, ‘Give me liberty, or give me death’…just before he was hung by the British as a spy).  Was there bloodshed for America to obtain its freedom? Yes…lots. Will there be bloodshed in Venezuela? No doubt. Many have died already…freedom isn’t free?”

“Christians? The concept of physical freedom is opposed by the devil and his minions…the same forces that oppose spiritual freedom. The devil will ultimately lose both battles (Matt, 16:18), but there has already been much bloodshed, and there will be more, before we beat our ‘swords into ploughshares’ (Isaiah 2:4).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be wise, but ready to sacrifice for freedom…You were; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 5-4-19 Elections Have Consequences

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-4-19

Elections Have Consequences

What’s Happening: “Ilyan Omar’s comments blaming the U.S. for intervening in Venezuela were not appreciated by Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and he said so. He referred to her remarks as ‘ignorant’ and ‘disgusting,’ citing the decades of negative economic and social slide that came first under Chavez and then Maduro as context for the current crisis (https://www.yahoo.com/news/pompeo-omar-venezuela-comments-ignorant-152941658.html). ‘The nicest thing I can say is, it is unbelievable ignorance. It’s just factually wrong,’ Pompeo said. ‘The problems in Venezuela have been years in the making. It’s been a socialist regime, first with Chavez, now with Maduro. And for a member of Congress, who, frankly — one who sits on an important national-security committee — to make a statement blaming America first in this way, it’s not only ignorant, it’s disgusting.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “She’s just a newly-elected Congresswoman…big deal!”

Biblical Response:  “It is a big deal! Or did you not know she sits on the powerful Foreign Affairs Committee? She even used the Russian line of ‘coup attempt.’ If you had wanted the enemy to infiltrate the U.S. Congress, could you have done more damage than to put Omar in office? Elections do have consequences and the un-American actions of the Representative from Minnesota could not be more devastating. If we think that no way will America ever choose socialism…think again. We cannot sit idly by and let an ‘ignorant’ electorate just say ‘oops.’”

“Christians? If we had been polled a week before the crucifixion, when palm branches were being waved as Christ made His humble yet triumphant entry into Jerusalem for the Passover (John 12:13-15), no way we would we have predicted Jesus’ meteoric fall from favor ending in His crucifixion just a week later.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to take seriously the enemy’s attempts to sift us; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-20-19 Not If, But How

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-20-19

Not If, But How

What’s Happening: “In a stirring speech (at least to the Venezuelan and Cuban  immigrants) in Florida, President Donald Trump said that Maduro’s days are numbered and all options are on the table. He was also fighting the socialism of Venezuela that has produced an average weight loss of 24 pounds and an inflation rate of 10 million percent … and perhaps the socialism of many of the 2020 election Presidential Democrat party contenders (https://www.yahoo.com/news/nicolas-maduro-attacks-trump-apos-105545947.html).  Maduro’s reaction? ‘We will not make of the honorable Venezuela a Venezuela of beggars,’ Maduro said. ‘We will not accept it.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I smell armed conflict.”

Biblical Response:  “It may come to that…I certainly hope not; a lot of innocents may die. The outcome, however, is certain…what isn’t is the method of transition: peaceable…or not. With Russia, China, and, of course, Cuba backing Maduro…and most of the west backing Guaido…it is set up for a conflict. Sad, but if unchecked now it will get worse.”

“Christians? We believe that God really determines the outcome. Let me elaborate with a scripture:

‘…and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, …’ (Acts 17:26 NASU)

Like I said, the final outcome is determined. The details…not so much…at least from our perspective.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to act wisely and promote peace…You’ve already paid the price for that; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 1-24-19 Recognized

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-24-19

Recognized

What’s Happening: “You may not have heard of him, but 35-year-old Juan Guaido is the newly recognized interim leader of Venezuela…at least so says the US, Canada, and dozens of other countries…(https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-president-donald-j-trump-recognizing-venezuelan-national-assembly-president-juan-guaido-interim-president-venezuela/). Quoting Guaido: ‘Violence is the usurper’s weapon; we only have one clear action: to remain united and firm for a free Venezuela.’ To say ‘he has his work cut out’ may be an understatement. It has been recently reported that inflation rates have reached two million percent! To put that in terms the average person can grasp, imagine a cup of coffee going from 50 cents to $800.00!”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I’m glad I live in the U.S.”

Biblical Response:  “True, but it’s a tragedy for the 30 Million that live there (though the recent mass exodus to neighboring Columbia may have decreased that somewhat – heck, some of them are no doubt in the next caravan). Will Gen. Maduro (‘elected’ in a highly suspicious election last May) have him arrested? It’s complicated (if it weren’t, he’d already be incarcerated). The opposition might riot worse if he is detained…though Maduro would be rid of a thorn to his socialist rule. That Maduro still has the loyalty of military leaders and their Supreme Court, only makes the tension higher.”

“Christians? In addition to the prayers that should go up (Phil. 4:6), we should be cautiously optimistic. However, unless God has transformed the heart, self-rule doesn’t go very well (2 Pet. 2:10-11). Still, the rule of law and a good Bible-based Constitution has served us well these last 232 years.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to back the right man’s play…the only thing worse than opposing God and failing, is opposing Him and succeeding…and He might just let us have our way…even when we’re wrong…Lord, help us; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 8-15-18 An Eventuality

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-15-18

 

An Eventuality

 

What’s Happening:  “Today, August 15, is a day of National Mourning in Bangladesh.  On this day, 43 years ago, Major AM Rashed Chowdhury was part of an assassination team that murdered President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and others in his family (18 in all, including pregnant women and children), then fled to the U.S. and applied for and received asylum…until now. After previous administrations did nothing, this administration is deporting Chowdhury, et al, to face trial and justice in his country (https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-deport-known-assassin/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-WJ&utm_campaign=dailyam&utm_content=western-journal).’Unfortunately, one of the convicted murderers, Rashed Chowdhury, remains at large in the U.S.’ wrote Ambassador Mohammad Ziauddin in 2014 in U.S. News and World Report.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Does it really matter now, after all these years?”

 

Biblical Response:  “‘Yes. There is no statute of limitation on murder. And I’m sure his remaining family (and the whole nation) wants justice. The way other administrations have acted may be lawful…but there’s no way you can dismiss there inaction as merely immoral…it borders on the criminal. Imagine this being perpetrated on George Washington! (The Bangladeshis look at Rahman as the country’s Founder) ”

 

Christians? We believe in eventual justice. The Scripture says that ‘your sin will find you out’ (Num. 32:23). In other words, you can run, but you cannot hide. The Good News is that all your sins (murders included) were paid by Christ’s death on the cross (Rom. 6:10) AND He forgets (Ps. 103:20-16). There is physical justice in this world (that may be delayed or escaped altogether), but eventually, in heaven, it all catches up with you. For Christians, however, the many drawers of files on our previous sins, though full…are mysteriously empty…praise God.

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may we be diligent to confess and place each of our sins under the blood of Your Son; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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