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CLARITY – 3-12-19 Are You Ready?

CLARITY

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

Are You Ready?

What’s Happening: “Another Boeing 787 Max 8 crashed after departing an Ethiopian airport on its way to Nairobi, killing all 157 passengers and crew aboard (it also happened – same model aircraft and circumstances – 5 months ago, killing all 189 aboard). Local farmers are quoted as saying they heard a bang and the sound of metal on metal before the plane turned and nose-dived to a crash and an explosion that panicked local livestock. Passengers are seeking alternate aircraft (https://www.yahoo.com/news/ethiopian-airlines-plane-trailed-smoke-debris-crash-witnesses-131813600–sector.html). ‘It was a loud rattling sound. Like straining and shaking metal. Everyone says they have never heard that kind of sound from a plane and they are under a flight path,’ said Turn Buzuna, 26-year-old housewife and farmer.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I know 157 people who are having a bad day!”

Biblical Response:  “You think?! It’s hard to identify with the people who died that day (or their families). They were vacationing or just going from point A to point B…some on business…some for pleasure. Life (and death) are just like that. All tragedy is local…some is unexpected. The only real question is (I mean, of course, we need to get to the bottom of the mechanics behind the crash) ‘were they ready?’ There were nearly 30 nationalities represented on board and presumably several different religions…but they all had one thing in common beside the fiery crash: they have now met their Maker (Heb. 9:27).”

“Christians? The above verse says: ‘And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, (Heb. 9:27 NASU). Let me put it in mathematical form for all you engineering types: life in context = (120 {Gen. 6:12}/infinity. Regardless of how you believe, you are going to one day meet God. Whether through a plane crash , a protracted illness or the collateral damage of someone else’s stupidity – the only pertinent question at that time will be: ‘Are you ready?’ Well, ARE YOU?”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to live every day as if it were our last; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 8-6-18 Siberia, Siloam or Switzerland

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-6-18

 

Siberia, Siloam or Switzerland

 

What’s Happening:  “Death is a fact of life…you’ll get no argument from the families of those aboard the Russian chopper that went down over the weekend in Siberia, killing all 18  (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45068113) or from the families of the 20 that were killed in a plane crash in Switzerland last weekend, a 79-year-old aircraft (https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/switzerland-plane-crash-latest-news-swiss-alps-passengers-dead-a8478571.html)  or from the 73 that were shot in Chicago (11 killed) (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-chicago-weekend-violence-20180806-story.html). Is there a point besides the randomness of these tragedies?”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It was too cold or the plane too old or folks just just got in the way of bullets.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Perhaps…I’m sure those were contributing factors…of course, each event must be considered separately. To these we can add the countless people who died in car accidents or at a hospital after a last-hope procedure failed or whatever? Where was God in all this? Indeed, why do bad things happen to good people? Although I don’t pretend to understand God’s mysteries or purposes, I have learned a few things:

 

  1. We live in a fallen world (Gen. 3:17-19)
  2. Some things happen to us because we’ve brought them on ourselves (Gal. 6:7)
  3. Sometimes we are someone else’s collateral damage (1 Cor. 15:33)
  4. God is trying to say something to us (Job 33:14)

 

“Christians? Jesus’ teaching about the 18 that were killed when the Tower of Siloam fell comes to mind (Luke 13:4-5). Oh, that none of these calamities would befall us. Still, we have this promise from God: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Rom. 8:29 NASB)”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we want to be sympathetic to the tragedies of others, we also need to realize You ALWAYS have an agenda; 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

 

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CLARITY – 6-19-18 Paying the Price

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-19-18

 

Paying the Price

 

What’s Happening:  “You drive over 100mph and you pay the price…at least in southern Texas…or if you try to smuggle illegals into the U. S. (which may be the case…at least the five killed and the other nine injured seem to be undocumented)…who knew the subsequent crash would lead to injuries, murder charges and the destruction of an SUV (the price  – unintended consequences – apparently not unusual)? (https://www.yahoo.com/news/texas-border-control-crash-leaves-221109363.html).  ‘The vehicle was traveling around 100 miles an hour,’ Dimmit County Sheriff Boyd reported. ‘The vehicle ran off the road and caught gravel and then tried to re-correct and then caused the vehicle to turn over several times.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “A little excitement!”

 

Biblical Response:  “You think? I guess it’s better to seek asylum with your “family’…even if children are separated from ‘parents.’ A high-speed chase may be ho-hum for the Border Patrol, but I dare-say the crash and subsequent fireball weren’t.”

 

“Christians? Of course, we’re for legal immigration and against human trafficking…smuggling or sexual.  Paying the price? Not so much…Jesus has already done that (Rom. 6:23). The law of reaping and sowing (Gal. 6:7), however, still may cost something (Rom. 6:23 has to do with eternal life).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to consider the costs before we act; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

Share as you like; just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe to any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent