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CLARITY – 11-16-18 Trust But Verify

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-16-18

Trust But Verify

 

What’s Happening: “Ronald Reagan may have said it first (referring to former Soviet promises to de-escalate), but now President Trump gets to use it as a doctrine in real time. And there has only been mixed progress in North Korean president Kim’s pledge to denuclearize. True, North Korea has not done any nuclear testing or launched a missile since the pledge, but there seems to be evidence of further new development…but the sanctions are still on….and also the U.S. has suspended joint U.S./South Korea military games. Obviously, the jury is still out…amid hopes (https://www.yahoo.com/news/pence-says-trump-likely-meet-kim-2019-wont-050838225–business.html). Vice President Pence declared, ‘The plans are ongoing. We believe that the summit will likely occur after the first of the year, but the when and the where of that is still being worked out.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “A lot of talk…”

 

Biblical Response:  “True…but talk is preferred to war, right? Of course, I’m concerned that North Korea is just using talks of peace as a stall technique…while centrifuges continue to spin. But you also have to give diplomacy…and sanctions…a chance. The only problem is that  I think the Chinese are ignoring sanctions to help the North Koreans…and to further delay the convenient distraction that this dance provides.”

 

Christians? The concept of ‘trust but verify’ is biblical. Moses (and later Joshua) sent out spies (Num. 13:2; Josh. 2:1) to determine what the truth of a matter was. It would be great if we were omniscient, but we’re not…God understands our need for verification and He doesn’t want us to operate under presumption. So, what are we called to do? Pray.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to have the faith and hope to trust, but also the wisdom to verify; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 4-23-18 Pompeo and Circumstance

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-23-18

 

Pompeo and Circumstance

 

What’s Happening:  “Having already established a relationship of diplomacy with Kim Jong-Un and been confirmed earlier by a bipartisan majority to be CIA Director, it may be hard for the Senate NOT to vote to confirm Mike Pompeo,  but they will likely try. Already, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (who votes today) has said they will not vote to recommend him, The full Senate vote occurs later this week (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/04/23/pompeo-trumps-pick-for-secretary-state-faces-tough-battle-for-senate-confirmation.html). ‘We certainly hope some members will change their minds,’ White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders-Huckabee said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Going to talk with Kim was kind of like assuming too much, huh?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…of course, you might think such a move might satisfy his critics on the diplomacy front (it’s kind of hard to say he’s  not diplomatic when he’s just pulled off the diplomacy move of the decade!). Probably, this is just another example of Trump-hate. You know, that political bent of being against everything Trump.”

 

“Christians? It’s hard to be against sin and not the sinner, but that is what we are told to do (“The good hate the wickedness of the wicked, and the wicked the goodness of the good.” [Prov. 29:27 LB]) What am I saying? That you cannot oppose the man  just because you oppose his personal preferences.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to see with Your eyes and judge with Your heart; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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