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CLARITY – 5-31-19 A Heartbeat Away

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-31-19

A Heartbeat Away

What’s Happening: “It’s hard to believe, but a Democrat Governor, John Bel Edwards, signed a bipartisan anti-abortion bill into law in Louisiana yesterday, making abortion illegal if a heartbeat can be detected – as early as six weeks in some pregnancies. In so doing, the Democratic Governor was only being consistent, however. Although he supports LGBTQ rights, a minimum wage increase, and many feminist initiatives (common liberal Democrat positions), he is also pro-life…quite an anomaly for a liberal Democrat (https://www.yahoo.com/news/louisiana-democratic-governor-signs-heartbeat-220316274.html). ‘I know there are many who feel just as strongly as I do on abortion and disagree with me — and I respect their opinions,’ Governor Edwards said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I’m glad I don’t live in Louisiana!”

Biblical Response:  “Which, because you’re an American, is your right. If you don’t like something a state legislature does, you can always move. But Louisiana is the fifth state to pass a similar ‘heartbeat’ law…Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, and Georgia have recently passed similar legislation. And the mood in the country is such that the Supreme Court may eventually be called upon to look again at Roe v. Wade.

“Christians? Are all Christians Pro-Life? Hardly. Many are untaught. The real question is can a Christian be Pro-Choice? (notice how I framed the question – I could have called Pro-Choice the more inflammatory ‘Pro-Death’…the Pro-Choice crowd calls the Pro-Life group, Anti-Abortion or Anti-Choice) I will not judge any who claim to be Christian and are Pro-Choice. Only God knows the heart (1 Kings 8:39). God, of course, is all about life (there are over 60 scripture references in the the King James Version that establish this). He is all about getting us to choose life (Deut. 30:19). The unborn who get aborted never get that opportunity.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father,  help people to see that everyone deserves a choice; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 4-4-19 Space Invaders

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

Space Invaders

What’s Happening: “More women have come forward (two yesterday – to date, that makes four – Lucy Flores, Caitlyn Caruso, D. J. Hill, and Amy Lappos) to make claims that former VP and undeclared front-runner for the Democrat nomination for President in the 2020 election, invaded their space with inappropriate physical gestures…from laying a hand on a thigh, to smelling hair followed by a slow head-kiss, to rubbing noses, etc. (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/04/02/joe-biden-donald-trump-cracks-jokes-new-accusers-come-forward/3347778002/). ‘In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort. And not once – never – did I believe I acted inappropriately. If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention,’ said Joe Biden, Sunday.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “His opponents are just taking potshots at an innocent man…”

Biblical Response:  “Probably…and ‘if you can’t stand the heat you should get out of the kitchen’….which is exactly what Bernie, Warren and Kamala want. Still, in this #MeToo-era, there is little room for ‘innocent’ gestures. What may be Biden’s common mannerisms are apparently not welcomed by all. Maybe his explanation statement above, while not an actual apology, may suffice…maybe not. Time alone will tell..”

“Christians? We’re a huggy bunch, too. And it’s not generally wrong to show innocent affection (Rom. 16:16; 1 Cor. 16:20). However, one of the fruit of the Spirit is self-control (Gal. 5:22). Perhaps, a little more sensitivity to the reception of our affectionate gestures is in order.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to steer clear of the wrong signals we could be unwittingly sending; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-29-18 Shutdown Govt?…Immigration?…Border?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-29-18

Shutdown…of Govt?…of Immigration?…of Border?

What’s Happening: “Yesterday, the President, in the face of a government shutdown, said he may shutdown the entire southern border. There is currently an impasse between Democrats and Republicans over the demanded $5 Billion (really only a downpayment on the overall border security cost of $26 Billion). What this Congress, which is currently on permanent recess, or the one scheduled to convene January 3, 2019, with a newly elected Democrat majority, will do is anybody’s guess…but it’s a cinch they won’t call any money allocated: “for the wall” (https://www.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-venting-fury-over-151943226.html).  ‘I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught – and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!” the President tweeted.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “How long can the government be shut down?!”

Biblical Response:  “The popular mantra among the media..and Chicken Little…is the sky is falling. It’s not. 87% of government services will continue unabated. There is nothing to fret…unless, of course, you are John Kerry or his family  (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/john-kerrys-family-fights-border-security-palatial-french-villa-terrorism/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=patriotupdate&utm_campaign=dailyam&utm_content=libertyalliance). What is sauce for the goose is apparently not sauce for the gandee.

“Christians? Some Universalists and Unitarians might disagree, but heaven is only for those who come though the gate…and there is a wall (allowing access for the righteous – and excluding others). Sure, I know Christ died for everyone…but all have not received His gift.

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the love to pray for others; we’ll leave the judgement to the Judge; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 11-6-18 The Red Wave

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-6-18

The Red Wave

 

What’s Happening: “The talk of a Blue Wave has now become a talk of a ‘Pink Wave’ as more and more women are voting AND running for office (239 of the candidates are women compared to the 84 in Congress already). Whether they will vote Republican or Democrat depends on to whom you’re talking (https://www.yahoo.com/gma/closer-look-3-times-many-democratic-women-ballot-081824156–abc-news-topstories.html). ‘“On both sides we have a system that might still be dominated by men, and I think we ought to wherever possible do everything we can to make sure we have diverse candidates that look like America. I want to be a part of a nationwide party not a regional party,” Republican strategist Matt Schlapp said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Isn’t a woman’s place in the home?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Perhaps…I mean that’s where they will most affect the future (by raising kids), but the day of ‘barefoot-and-pregnant’ is over…and maybe it should be. Women are a lot more in touch with how people feel about issues. And their experience in corporate America seems to grow and grow, yielding them skills that are well-suited for leadership. Hopefully, they will not sacrifice their vital home-role in pursuit of significance…whoever said being a homemaker was not important?”

 

“Christians? We believe in a ‘Red Wave’; not the political one…the one that’s stained red by the blood of Jesus (Heb. 9:22). Oh, and we believe in the significant role of women…everyone has a mother…even the Savior…and no one disputes their vital role in shaping the direction of the future.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to regard Jesus’ as the Shaper of Mankind and women as an important and vital part of our future; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 9-28-18 Not a Toss Up

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-28-18

Not a Toss Up

 

What’s Happening: “While 6 of the 7 top news stories (as reported by Yahoo News) are about the Kavanaugh hearings of yesterday or the confirmation vote promised today, the real issue is the upcoming midterm elections on November 6. Will the Republicans hold the Senate (the Democrats only need to flip 2 seats)? Will the Democrats take the House (all 435 seats are up for grabs – the Democrats need to flip 28 seats to win a majority and the promise of impeachment)? (https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-midterm-elections-poll-tracker-150552910.html). Some say there’s going to be a Blue (Democrat) Wave, some a Red (Republican) Wave, others predict more of a ‘ripple.’ Almost everyone is saying it’s a toss up.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Who really cares? The swamp rats rule anyway!”

 

Biblical Response:  “While conventional wisdom may deem you right…it doesn’t have to be that way! You want the swamp drained? Vote! Want the Democrats to win? Vote! Want the Republicans to win? Vote! Historically, the midterms (the vote for national offices between the votes for President) usually draw poor voter turnout…but it doesn’t have to be that way.”

 

“Christians? Although the concept of self-government is noble, it’s kind of utopian. I mean, that fallen men could actually make godly decisions is laughable on its face (Rom. 3:23). Why that would require a redeemed electorate! I think that’s what our Founders had in mind.”

 

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion…Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.” – John Adams in 1798

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, motivate us to get off our duffs and make a difference; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 2-6-18 They Said…They Said

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-6-18

 

They Said…They Said

What’s Happening:  “Again, it depends on to whom you talk…the Democrats (with their response memo) or the Republicans (with their Nunes memo saying the Trump Dossier was the reason for the FISA Court approval of wiretaps). Nobody but the House Intelligence Committee has read the Democrats’ memo…and they voted unanimously to release it. Trump can stll block it (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/02/05/intelligence-committee-approves-release-dems-rebuttal-to-fisa-memo.html). ‘We think this will help inform the public of the many distortions and inaccuracies in the majority memo,’  Schliff, the memo’s author, said.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Who are we to believe?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Both…and neither. Everyone’s got an agenda. The Republicans are convinced the FBI and DOJ of the Obama Administration were biased. The Democrats say they weren’t. (probably they were – and so are those Trump has picked to lead his FBI and DOJ). If you think the leadership of anyone appointed by one administration or another  is unbiased, you don’t understand the foundation of political appointees (I know that the FBI and the DOJ are supposed to be apolitical, but do you really think it ends up that way? – sure, the lower you go the more independent your leadership is – but at the top…not so much). No thinking person expects lack of bias. Elections have consequences.”

 

“Christians? In a perfect world everyone does what is absolutely right. But until then, we’ll have to learn how to discern through all the distortions – Republican AND Democrat – that are told by fallen men (John 8:32).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to read between the lies and understand the varying perspectives of what our leaders will swear is the truth; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 2-1-18 It’s Only a Memo

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-1-18

 

It’s Only a Memo

What’s Happening:  “The FBI has indicated the Nunes’ memo, which might be released today (the President has had it since Monday – he has five days to decide whether it should be released – the Senate Intelligence Committee voted for it to be released) might not be accurate and should not be released – of course, they fear the contents of the memo might show that they have abused the FISA Warrant’s power and the unmasking that might have occurred (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-memo/fbi-expresses-grave-concerns-over-republican-memos-accuracy-idUSKBN1FK25P). ‘The FBI was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it,’ the FBI said. ‘As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.’

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What about the Democrat’s memo? Whom should we believe?”

 

Biblical Response:  “The Republicans have blocked the Democrat version (presumably because they hold the majority on the Committee). As far as belief? Neither…Both… Whatever…it’s just a memo…it has no officiality (is that a word?). As if we didn’t have enough to worry about! (the DPRK is on the cusp of declaring nuclear war…so is Iran, Palestine is apoplectic about our declaring Jerusalem as Israel’s capital [which we actually did back in 1995 … by law], we just had a suicide bomb kill over a hundred in Kabul, we’ve declared that Pakistan, [a nuclear state] is not our friend, etc.).”

 

“Christians? Do we give much credence to something written about something? Not as much as the ‘something’ itself (John 21:25).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we need and want to be led only by the truth, let us not get too worked up over what others think; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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