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CLARITY – 7-9-18 Not Dead, But Not Well, Either

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-9-18

 

Not Dead, But Not Well, Either

 

What’s Happening:  “Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, may have characterized his recent meetings with the DPRK as ‘a great deal of progress was made’, but he also gave this caveat, ‘there’s more work to be done’…sure beats the NK’s accusation that the U.S. was ‘gangster-like’ (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/pompeo-unloads-nk-officials-call-out-gangster-like-denuclearization-demands/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-CT&utm_campaign=dailypm&utm_content=conservative-tribune). ‘If those requests were gangster-like, the world is a gangster, because there was a unanimous decision by the UN Security Council about what needs to be achieved,’ responded Pompeo.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess we will experience the same deceit other administrations have.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe. It’s too early to tell. We didn’t get here overnight and we shouldn’t expect denuclearization will be quick either. At least as long as you are talking you aren’t lobbing nukes at each other. It’s kind of like talking a poisonous snake out of its venom…something that has to be done slowly and with great assurances.”

 

“Christians? Unfortunately, the headline of today’s blog might be an accurate description of the Church…and if we ever needed a vibrant Church, it’s today. We need to be on our knees asking for peace. Admittedly, I have not been a diligent spiritual warrior (Eph. 6:12), have you.? This is not to administer condemnation or even conviction (I’ll leave the Holy Spirit’s job to Him). Still, a little action would be helpful. Our negotiators don’t need to go in unarmed.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be prepared, not repaired. We need Your inspiration,  Your patience and diligence, and like You, we need to see the end from the beginning (Is. 46:10); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-2-18 Proposition vs. Disposition

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-2-18

 

Proposition vs. Disposition

 

What’s Happening:  “Nation Security Adviser, John Bolton, Sunday announced a proposition that would have North Korea denuclearized in a year…if they’re serious…and the President believes they are…recent info suggests that the centrifuges keep on spinning in undisclosed locations (https://www.yahoo.com/news/bolton-us-plan-dismantle-nk-nuclear-program-144159303–politics.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_03). ‘We have developed a program. I’m sure that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be discussing this with the North Koreans in the near future about really how to dismantle all of their WMD and ballistic missile programs in a year,’ Bolton was quoted as saying.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “They’re probably lying again.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably. The proof’s in the pudding, so to speak. There’s nothing productive in being willingly deceived. Still, the possibility of peace is palpable…and harmless…if you’re wary of hype. At least we have very capable and wise negotiators in Trump, Pompeo, and Bolton. They will negotiate with one eye open.”

 

“Christians? The situation is pretty well summed up in Proverbs: ‘Man proposes, but God disposes.’ (Prov. 19:21 LB) As the old saying goes: The road to h__ is paved with good intentions”(you know where it goes…do I have to spell it out for you?!). It’s time for Christians to pray…it’s not about proposals…it’s about performance…it’s not about promises made, but promises kept.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while our naivete might make us harmless as does, our experience (at least with the DPRK) makes us wise as serpents (Matt. 10:16); help us (as You) to see the end from the beginning: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 6-4-18 Good News or Bad

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-4-18

 

Good News or Bad

 

What’s Happening:  “It’s anybody’s guess ,really, the replacement of the DPRK’s top military brass…is it good news or bad? Analysts say that this gives Kim Jong-un more control of the  Korean People’s Army (KPA), preparing for the summit with Trump by surrounding himself with more like-minded leaders. If Kim really intends denuclearization, this might be good news. If he intends to keep North Korea on its historic path of deception and promises made, but not kept, it’s bad. The South thinks it’s good, but someone with “no dog in the hunt” needs to be heard (https://www.yahoo.com/news/north-korea-shakes-military-leadership-ahead-trump-summit-033547734.html). ‘If Kim Jong Un is set on making peace with the U.S. and South Korea and dealing away at least part of the nuclear program, he will have to put the KPA’s influence in a box and keep it there,’ said the director of the International Affairs Group, Ken Gause.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Surely, it doesn’t matter much….this summit.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Not unless you mind the first truly nuclear war! What’s at stake is more serious than anyone can possibly imagine…it’s certainly nothing to yawn at. While I do understand the obvious advantage of approaching peace from a position of strength (thank you, Mr. Trump), I want someone in our delegation in Singapore that has nothing to prove (thank you, Mike Pompeo).”

 

“Christians? Oh we believe in Good News (this gives us hope)…and know the repercussions of bad news (Read Rom. 7 sometime). What we need June 12 is good news… ‘Good news from far away is like cold water to the thirsty.’ (Prov. 25:25) Yep. That just about sums it up.”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help those involved in making peace have NO hidden agendas; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 5-31-18 Still Offered

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-31-18

 

Still Offered

 

What’s Happening:  “Kim Yong Chol, the chairman of the ruling Worker’s Party in North Korea, met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New York yesterday, and as such, became the highest ranking DPRK official ever to go to the U.S. They are seeing if the proposed summit between Kim Jong-un and Trump, originally planned for June 12 in Singapore, could still be held (https://www.yahoo.com/news/mike-pompeo-ramps-pressure-north-094842120.html). ‘Between now and if we’re going to have a summit, they’re going to have to make clear what they’re willing to do,’ a State Department official said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Is the only alternative nuclear war?”

 

Biblical Response:  “No, there is also conventional war…and then there is also the same “strategic patience” of the past that is only a delaying tactic for them to increase their nuclear arsenal to the point where they are a real threat – not just to us, but the region and then world. Hopefully, the DPRK will join the rest of the world and realize the nuclear-war option is unthinkable. Maybe the summit will still go on…at least we should so pray.”

 

“Christians? Thankfully, the peace with God (which is even more desirable than peace here on earth) is still being offered. ..and until we die remains “on the table” (Acts 2:39).”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to recognize that peace with You has an expiration date, too; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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Correction:   Yesterday’s CLARITY (Final Justice) reported an assassination of a Russian journalist in Kiev, Ukraine. It now turns out all this was staged as a sting operation by the local police to catch the intended assassin before he could carry out his contracted killing. No one knew of the operation outside of a few. Even Babchenko’s wife did not know at the time. I repeat, Arkady Babchenko is ALIVE! (https://www.yahoo.com/news/relief-anger-over-russia-journalists-staged-death-183443851.html)

 

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CLARITY – 5-25-18 Continuance

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-25-18

 

Continuance

 

What’s Happening:  “Trump cancelled the historic summit in Singapore scheduled for June 12 with DPRK leader Kim Jong-un because of a threat from Kim of nuclear war. Still, he said the meeting could be held later if tensions subsided (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/05/24/trump-says-north-korea-summit-still-possible-after-pullout-but-warns-us-military-ready-if-necessary.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxnews%2Fpolitics+%28Internal+-+Politics+-+Text%29). ‘Nobody should be anxious. We have to get it right,’ Trump is reported to have said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Why don’t we just nuke ‘em? We’ll win any conflict, right?”

 

Biblical Response:  “It’s not that simple. In the first place, thousands of innocent Koreans would die…in the North…and in the South. Secondly, so might a lot of innocent American soldiers’ families (there are 28,500 soldiers stationed in South Korea). Thirdly, how about the Japanese? Then there’s the possibility of China taking North Korea’s part. Need I go on? I’m as ready as the next guy for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Let’s just get it right. Give the ‘maximum pressure’ campaign a chance. A few months of sanctions will convince them of our solidarity…IF everyone (including China) will get on board.”

 

“Christians? I think patience is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23). Surely, we can demonstrate a little of that can’t we?”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, our leadership needs Your wisdom…not their own bravado…help us; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 5-23-18 Inspectations

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-23-18

 

Inspectations

 

What’s Happening:  “A limited group of media outlets have received invitations (to which they responded yesterday by arriving in N,K.) to witness the closure of the  Punggyeri nuclear test site (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-china-journalists/foreign-media-head-to-north-korea-to-witness-nuclear-site-shutdown-idUSKCN1IN08F). Recent language of reluctance from DPRK has given almost everyone pause. ‘Nonetheless, the government pays due attention to the fact that the North’s pledge to dismantle the Punggyeri nuclear test site, an initial measure for denuclearization, is proceeding as planned, and expects that such action to lead to the successful hosting of the North Korea-U.S. summit,’ said South Korea’s Unification Ministry.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Kim Jong-un may do what he says.”

 

Biblical Response:  “And he may not. If the last 25 years is any indicator, promises made will be followed by deception and further nuclear advancement. People don’t do what you expect, they do what you inspect (which is the reason for the old Ronald Reagan quote, ‘Trust, but verify’). The West is smart to be cautious. It’s great that Kim Jong-un says he wants peace. Now he needs to follow up rhetoric with action.”

 

“Christians? In Christianity we say proof of repentance is changed behavior. Well, you know what the road to hell is paved with (Luke 3:8).”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to believe the best…but with one eye open; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 4-30-18 Forced Peace

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-30-18

 

Forced Peace

 

What’s Happening:  “Whether in response to Trump’s “Maximum Pressure” campaign or Moon’s (the President of South Korea) peaceful overtures or the collapse  of nuclear test site Mount Mantap, Kim Jong-Un’s recent turn-around seems to be uncharacteristic (http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2143878/north-korea-close-mountain-nuclear-test-site-after-collapse). ‘“Once we start talking, the United States will know that I am not a person to launch nuclear weapons at South Korea, the Pacific or the United States,’ Kim was quoted. It’s a far cry from threatening the U.S.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Whatever the reason, I’m glad.”

 

Biblical Response:  “More like: ‘cautiously optimistic,’ but I know what you mean. Still, maybe God gave Kim no other choice. Maybe the mountain collapsed under too much nuclear testing…maybe the Olympics and Moon’s gestures had their non-pugnacious affect…maybe Trump dealing from a position of increased military strength and uncompromising rhetoric…probably some combination…or just maybe an act of God…in any case, as Reagan said, ‘trust, but verify.’”

 

“Christians? Are we for peace? Yes! (John 14:27). But not the ‘absence of conflict’…which is, by the way, what the Armistice that North Korea and South Korea signed on July 27, 1953. And we should not be so naive as to think God has nothing to do with today’s ongoing peace initiatives.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, although we seek peace, it is not ‘peace at any price’…help our leaders to keep both eyes open as we seek denuclearization; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 4-28-18 Agree to Agree

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-28-18

 

Agree to Agree

 

What’s Happening:  “It was quite a photo-op to have the two rivals, Kim Jong-Un of North Korea and Moon Jae-In of South Korea, hug. Much ‘Pomp and Circumstance,’ not much substance…at least not yet. Seoul and Pyongyang have the denuclearization’ of the peninsula and the re-unification of the two peoples as goals; however, the devil may be in the details… (https://www.nknews.org/2018/04/two-koreas-agree-to-end-armistice-agreement-sign-peace-treaty/).  ‘South and North Korea will actively cooperate to establish a permanent and solid peace regime on the Korean Peninsula,’ the ‘agree to agree’ statement read.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess I had better keep my fingers crossed!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Hopefully, continued peace will not rely on your ongoing digital resolve… however euphemistically you might have intended that remark. Seriously, there have been other (previously unsuccessful) attempts at peace. Of course, Trump and his harsh rhetoric was not being brandished then. ”

 

“Christians? Things get done when honesty prevails (James 5:12). Will Trump really back up his words with action…or is his ‘fire and fury’ threat empty. Maybe he has ‘Rocket Man’ convinced.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our leaders (especially Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Trump) discern a real desire for peace from just another obfuscation to buy more time; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 3-9-18 Throwing Around the “D” Word

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-9-18

 

Throwing Around the “D” Word

 

What’s Happening:  “‘Denuclearization’…such a big word for such a ‘little rocket man’…yet that, apparently, is what DPRK leader Kim Jong-un is saying in his offer to meet with South Korean leader Moon and President Trump (who has offered a May meeting). There is much to be gained by all: for the South, peace, and the possibility of re-unification…a long-held dream on the peninsula; for the U.S., a huge political win for Trump, validation for his ‘peace through strength’ posture…and his challenging rhetoric; for the North, an easing of sanctions…and more time for centrifuges to spin? (https://boingboing.net/2018/03/08/noko-denuke.html). ‘He pledged that North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests,’ said South Korean spokesman  Chung Eui-yong. ‘President Trump would meet Kim Jong-un by May to achieve denuclearization.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Whew! We dodged a big bullet!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Not so fast. There’s always hope for diplomacy to be productive, but this has happened before (I’m thinking of Clinton’s efforts, etc….however, you can only kick the can so far down the road). As ‘Ronnie Ray-gun’ was fond of saying: ‘Trust, but verify.’ Maybe Kim is being an honest broker…still, I’d use this opportunity to remove all U.S. citizens and non-essential personnel (I’m thinking the families of servicemen not the soldiers themselves) from South Korea; either the peace talks will work and they’ll be no longer needed or war is inevitable and why expose more than necessary to harm?”

 

“Christians?  Oh we believe in peace…and we believe you should give peace a chance…but we’re not naive. The heart of man is wicked and not to be trusted (Rom. 3:23). Kim Jong-un may want the best for his people…or his petty ego might get the best of him (or he may not be right in what he thinks is best for his people). In any case, let us proceed with one eye open….and the button within reach.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we want peace, we don’t want it at any price. Give our leaders wisdom and discretion; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 2-24-18 The Carrot and the Stick

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-24-18

 

The Carrot and the Stick

 

What’s Happening:  “Simultaneous to Ivanka Trump’s visit to the Olympics was President Trump’s announcement (almost as an afterthought at CPAC’s convention) of new U.S. sanctions against North Korea.  Allegedly just there to encourage U.S. Olympic efforts and attend the closing ceremonies, Ivanka, an aide to the President, has been rumored to be there as a softer image than that given by V.P. Mike Pence in the dignitary box at the Opening Ceremony (https://www.yahoo.com/news/ivanka-trump-arrives-south-korea-olympics-080052752.html). ‘North Korea’s participation in the Winter Olympic Games has served as an opportunity for us to engage in active discussions between the two Koreas and this has led to lowering of tensions on the peninsula and an improvement in inter-Korean relations,’ South Korean President Moon was quoted as saying.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “She’s just there to keep the fashion cameras rolling!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Perhaps…she’s certainly got the clothes, looks and celebrity status to pull that off… and she’s a winter sports enthusiast…but the timing of the President’s new sanctions and her attendance is too coincidental for that. And make no mistake, this may well be the DPRK’s last chance for peaceful negotiations. Although past leaders have delayed while centrifuges continued to spin, Trump is likely to realize the can has cul-de-sacced out…that there is NO OUTLET.  Denuclearization is going to happen…one way or the other..”

 

“Christians? Nobody likes to kill (except maybe the psychopath or serial killer). Nobody wants to see some mentally ill person like Cruz of Kim Jong-un die, but sometimes it is better than to see them slaughter innocents. Justice is only one side of a loving God (Matt. 23:23). Is it ever merciful to be just? Ask the parents of those killed in Parkland or those living in Seoul.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we want peace in our time, we don’t want to be so selfish as to sacrifice peace for our kids. Help us, Lord; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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