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CLARITY – 4-3-18 Safety is Costly

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-3-18

 

Safety is Costly

 

What’s Happening:  “If you thought the ‘Caravan’ referred to a Dodge, you were partially correct, but it’s not the American car brand…rather, it’s over 1,200 migrants trying to ‘dodge’ the U.S.’s LEGAL asylum system and gain admission to the U.S. by joining up with Alex Mensing’s Pueblos Sin Fronteras (People Without Borders) group. It’s not sitting so well with Trump’s CBP (http://5newsonline.com/2018/04/01/immigrant-caravan-heading-to-us-mexico-border-sparks-trumps-concern/).  Trump tweeted, ‘Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release. Getting more dangerous. ‘Caravans’ coming. Republicans must go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws NOW. NO MORE DACA DEAL,’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Everybody deserves a safe home.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Really? I can’t even find that in the Bible. In fact, the only ‘safe’ home Man ever knew (the Garden of Eden) he got kicked out of (Gen. 3:22-24). The see right to ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’ is not in the Constitution (it’s in the Declaration of Independence). It is listed as an ‘inalienable’ right, but it also said that ‘to secure these rights’ governments are formed; that includes the governments of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador from whence the majority of these refugees hail. Our rights were secured by the blood of patriots. Why not theirs?”

 

“Christians? Sacrifice is always the cost of freedom (John 8:36; Rom. 5:8). I’m afraid if the refugees are willing to make the sacrifice of the trek, we may be taking them from a sacrifice for which their heritage back in their respective homes will reap great benefits, We certainly have.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to champion the right causes, not fight battles that shouldn’t be won; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 2-13-18 Dream On

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-13-18

 

Dream On

What’s Happening:  “The immigration deal that President Trump has proposed (1.8 million  ‘Dreamers’ on path to citizenship + 25 billion in border protection + end to immigration lottery + end to chain migration) doesn’t sit well with Republicans or Democrats. Whether enough of either party is willing to hold their nose and vote for it remains to be seen – reminds me of budget (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-pushes-immigration-deal-says-last-chance-pass-111634053–politics.html). ‘”Wouldn’t it be great if we could finally, after so many years, solve the DACA puzzle,” Trump tweeted, ’This will be our last chance, there will never be another opportunity! March 5th.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What are those brought here by parents to do?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Gee, they could apply legally…as long as this deal is approved it would really be a plus for them to get citizenship out of the deal…and it may happen. I guess we’ll know by March 5th…or whenever the courts decide. I appreciate that the ‘Dreamers’ were brought here through no fault of their own…and this deal provides a path to citizenship for them (800,000) and their parents (1,000,000); This is what Trump is willing to concede if he can only get the rest mentioned above.”

 

“Christians? Of course, we’re all here through no fault of our own (did we choose where we were born?). Here’s what I propose: at your 18th birthday (when your majority rights kick in – you are allowed to make your own decision as a legal adult), you can choose any country of the world in which to apply for citizenship; until accepted you’ll be from the country of your birth by default;  you have to decide by your 19th birthday. Sounds reasonable to me. As Christians we’re citizens by adoption, anyway (Eph. 2:18-19). I guess that makes us all ‘Dreamers.’”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let us realize we’re all here by someone grace; therefore we should, as recipients of grace, show grace; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-26-18 Details

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-26-18

 

Details

What’s Happening:  “The Administration finally released Thursday the long-promised details on a starting point for negotiations on immigration reform: 1.8 million “dreamers” can be on a long path to citizenship, limited immigration for spouses and children only (no other “chain migration”), $25 Billion in trust funds for a border wall (and beefed up security on our borders – more technology and border guards, etc.), and an elimination of the visa lottery system, etc. (https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/25/politics/white-house-immigration-framework/index.html). The White House termed it a ‘dramatic concession’ and a ‘compromise.’”

 

Knee-jerk Response:  “The devil’s always in the details!”

 

Biblical Response:  “You may be right…in any case it’s a long way from done…whatever compromise is agreed to must get at least 60 votes in the Senate and whatever House changes are made still have to be signed by the President. I’d say we were still a long way from the ‘details.’”

 

“Christians? Should we be merciful? Of course! (Matt. 10:8) I mean, who doesn’t want to live in ‘Disneyland’ (read; America)? However, it’s not enough to want to get free stuff paid for by taxpayers, immigrants must also assimilate (read: speak English), make a valuable contribution to our society (read: merit-based immigration), put America first (before the country they came from), be non-felons, …the list could go on.

 

Sounds like you are making a lot of conditions for immigrants…this is ‘Disneyland,’ isn’t it? I mean, they could go home.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to see people for what they are dead set on becoming…we weren’t anything to write home about when we first arrived, either; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-20-18 The Blame Game Strikes Again

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-20-18

 

The Blame Game Strikes Again

What’s Happening:  “The Republicans call it the ‘Schumer Shutdown’ (winning the alliteration game – they’ve actually got a website: SchumerShutdown.com), while the Democrats lay the blame squarely on the Republicans because, they say, that they are completely in charge having the White House, the House of Representatives and the Senate. Of course, they say nothing when it’s pointed out that nothing can pass the Senate now without a super-majority (https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/us-government-shuts-down-as-midnight-deadline-passes-live-updates-1802448). The best comment was probably made by Vice President Mike Pence: ‘It’s disappointing to every American that Democrats in the Senate would shutdown the government when we have troops in harm’s way.’”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “Don’t we (the taxpayers) win anytime government workers have to stay home without pay?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Perhaps…I mean, I do understand the sentiment…though those doing without a paycheck might disagree. Too bad the Congress’ paychecks are not tied to their performance. I think we should propose a Balanced Budget Amendment – when we have a surplus, Congress gets a bonus…when we have a deficit, they get no pay…of course, that just makes too much sense.”

 

“Will the shutdown really accomplish anything? Probably not. It’ll probably be short-lived. Although there appears to be intractable differences, both sides know this is an election year.”

 

“Christians? We are to be fiscally responsible (Rom. 13:8), yet we are also to be merciful (Rom. 11;32). Surely, there’s a balance there somewhere.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to find the balance between mercy and responsibility; isn’t Your provision both? In Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY -1-11-18 Fear Works

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-11-18

 

Fear Works

 

What’s Happening:  “The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted raids of 98 7-Elevens in 17 states (making 21 arrests). That and Trump’s tough talk on immigration during the campaign has reduced illegal border crossings since his election(today’s numbers are the lowest since 1971). Calling the recent outreach to both parties on creating a solution for DACA (the so-called ‘dreamers’)immigrants a ‘bill of love,’ Trump seems to be having a little compassion for those brought to America by parents seeking illegal work…much to conservatives’ consternation (https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/11/577271488/ice-targets-7-eleven-stores-in-nationwide-immigration-raids). ‘Today’s actions send a strong message to U.S. businesses that hire and employ an illegal workforce: ICE will enforce the law, and if you are found to be breaking the law, you will be held accountable,’ said ICE Deputy Director Thomas D. Homan.”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “Some of them really do want work.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Of course. That’s not the point. The fact that most illegals have a good work ethic, or just want to feed their families, etc., is not the point, either. What is the point? Don’t we need cheap labor? Yes, but you only have a country when you can control who gets admitted. If that means more raids, or employer discipline, or even a wall, so be it. No employer likes paying more for good help. Believe me I know (talk to me sometime about the illegals who worked hard at reasonable wages, who paid good money for SS numbers that were fake…that I had to fire in my landscape business). The point is that low wages keep finished products at artificially low prices. And those jobs should be going to those who are citizen-taxpayers. It might make prices go up, but taxes will go down because the demand for support services will go down, too (free education, food stamps, etc.).

 

“Christians? We want to be merciful, but we want to respect the law, too (Heb. 13:16-17). We can and should do both. When the Church allows the government to be the main or sole source of help, we promote their valueless  handouts. At least we preach a Gospel that can transform more than a hungry body or mind…how about ministering to the soul? The government can’t do that and still be neutral…hmmm.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our leaders to promote what is right and deter what is wrong. Help us to do that, too; in Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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