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CLARITY – 4-19-18 Does the Revolucion Continue?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-19-18

 

Does the Revolucion Continue?

 

What’s Happening:  “The announcement of a transition from the reign of the “Revolutionary” Castros (Fidel Started his reign in 1959, stepping aside for his brother, Raul, in 2008) to Diaz-Canel is supposed to occur sometime today. The big question is: Will the new leader continue the reforms of late or will Diaz-Canel be even more repressive? (https://www.yahoo.com/news/raul-castro-step-down-cuba-012055924.html). Said Prof. at American University School of Public Affairs and Latin American expert William Leogrande, ‘If the updating fails, Raul will be remembered as just one more reform communist who couldn’t force the system to change despite his best efforts,’

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I don’t care who leads, we just don’t need to send down there anymore personnel.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Who leads matters…a whole lot. And your reference to additional people is probably because so many have been sent home with a mysterious hearing loss (which indeed may be caused by an infrasonic sound being broadcast as a American Consulate ‘welcoming package’). Whether Diaz-Canel will lead on or lead back matters to Cubans and Americans who are praying for them.”

 

“Christians? While the door is cracked open…it may shut any day… churches across America should start missionary efforts in Cuba and raise up nationals (Cubans going to Cubans – you can kick non-Cubans out, but it’s harder to eject citizens). Regardless of who leads, our calling has not changed (Matt. 28:18-20). With an open-to-the-Gospel leader, however, will go much blessing. ”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we are asking Your Holy Spirit to undergird the efforts of people we send, either from here or there; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 2-2-18 Depressed

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-2-18

 

Depressed

What’s Happening:  “It has been reported today that Fidel Castro Diaz- Balart took his life (committed suicide) at age 68. He spoke four languages, was a nuclear physicist, but had been treated recently for depression. He is the only child of a short marriage between Fidel and Mirta Diaz-Balart, but as Castro’s eldest son and looking a lot like the Communist dictator, he was called “Fidelito” or little Castro. He was in charge of Cuba’s nuclear program from 1980-1992 (https://www.yahoo.com/news/fidel-castros-son-commits-suicide-cuban-state-run-013151712.html). ‘Castro Diaz-Balart, who had been attended by a group of doctors for several months due to a state of profound depression, committed suicide this morning,’ the Cubadebate website said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What does all this mean?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Simply that power, wealth, and education do not exempt anyone from depression. There are some that will try to spin this into a conspiracy theory…or that he, like his father (who died Nov. 25, 2016) isn’t really dead… etc., but the truth remains: there, but for the grace of God, go we.”

 

“Christians? Can a Christian be depressed? Yes. Should a Christian be depressed? Of course not. We have everything to look forward to (Heb. 13:5). However, we still live in this world and we have to constantly consider ourselves as citizens of another kingdom (Eph. 2:19), just passing through. We may live in this world, but we don’t have to be of this world (John 15:19:17:14). Besides, in a sense, suicide is really murder as “you are not your own.” (1 Cor. 6:19)

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to exhibit the kind of selflessness that leaves how long we are here up to You, in spite of our misery…and knowing You will supply the grace; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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