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CLARITY – 1-28-20 Rule by Polls

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-28-20

Rule by Polls

What’s Happening: “The latest Fox News poll has the economy approved by most (56%), but a confusing 45% overall approval rating for Trump. How do you think the economy is okay, but think the President is not? It could be the areas where Trump is underwater (guns, immigration, foreign policy, health care, government spending, the environment, race relations and trade deals). Ruling by polls has proven chaotic and ever-changing…especially when the pollsters also have an agenda….and then there’s of the media…whose only loyalty seems to be profit (https://www.yahoo.com/news/fox-news-poll-trump-economy-113724981.html). Quoting from the Yahoo article: Republican pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson sees the glass half full: ‘The President’s job approval on the economy has consistently outpaced his overall job approval.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I’m confused…so how am I supposed to vote?”

Biblical Response:  “Many folks are equally confused. Maybe you (and they) need to learn how to think for yourself. The only thing consistent about polls is inconsistency. Then only thing right about polls is their snapshot accuracy. I use the word snapshot because it only accurately portrays reality at a moment in time…and life is a series of those, a video. The Scripture says, “Truth stands the test of time, lies are soon exposed (Prov. 12:19 LB). If your vote (and your opinion) are in as much a state of flux as those polls, you better hope you’re living in Oklahoma (there they say, ‘If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute’). This may mean you are hopeful, but, resignedly, you believe life is inevitable…not the way life in America was intended. How did our Founders intend? They gave us the right to vote…they presumed an informed public, a free press, and a Christian consensus…maybe not too prescient. And, as with anything written just after (and with much influence from) the Enlightenment, the U. S. Constitution may need much further amendment.”

 “Christians? We are citizens of the Kingdom  of God first, not Americans first. This does not absolve us of our responsibility as Americans…the need to be informed and to vote…but all under the counsel of the Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16).” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to think for ourselves…read the polls, but take into account what the Word says, the context of the times, what the questions were, how they worded them, the margin of error, the agenda of the pollsters, etc. in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 10-18-18 It’s All About Strategy

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-18-18

It’s All About Strategy

 

What’s Happening: “It looks like the caravans are it again, most of them from Honduras, and they’ve swollen in size from 1,000 to 2,000 (some say as high as 4,000). They are scheduled to arrive just before the midterms (strategy?). There are some efforts being made by Guatemala and Mexico to dissuade the caravan (and by threats by Trump), but the ‘coyotes’ and the cartels have other designs…and then there’s allegations of Soros funding (https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/oct/16/honduras-begs-migrant-caravan-turn-back/). Judd, a border patrol agent said, ‘What they do is they artificially create holes that they can then smuggle their higher profit behind us. It’s a brilliant strategy on the (part of the) cartels.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Can you blame the people in the caravans? They are just seeking a better life here!”

 

Biblical Response:  “No, I can’t blame anyone for seeking a better life…especially now with the latest good news on our economy. Still, if everyone takes the jobs that are available, maybe they won’t be available much longer. And, it’s a wonderful opportunity for the Church. These people have already identified themselves as seekers…so let’s let them know Someone who can really meet their needs! I mean, the U.S. government is generous, especially to those who claim asylum. But that’s nothing compared to God (Phil. 4:19).”

 

“Christians? The real solution is good old fashioned missionary work (Matt. 28:18-20); creating such a life in Central America that the U.S. loses its appeal. Do you think those parents want to send their children off? Immigrants are known for their work ethic…wouldn’t that best be applied there? Let’s take that money we give ($65 Million to Honduras) and designate it for battling the cartels…eliminate the motivation to escape violence and the caravans will disappear.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to have a strategy of our own; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 10-15-18 Not Ready Yet

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-15-18

Not Ready Yet

 

What’s Happening: “In addition to all the commotion over whether Saudi-born journalist Jamal Khashoggi was actually killed by a Saudi hit squad, Trump is also dealing with the trade situation with China. He says that their economy is going down while ours is going up…and the stats seem to bear that out. Still , he says they’re not ready to make a bilateral trade deal (https://dcalert.com/2018/10/14/trump-says-china-economy-not-well/). ‘How will you know when China is ready to negotiate again?’ A Breitbart News reporter asked.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “That will probably mean no more cheap ‘Made in China’ stuff, huh?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yeah…kind of…it really depends on your definition of ‘cheap.’ Lower quality goods should cost less. Maybe we would rather buy less expensive stuff than the more expensive ‘Made in the USA”, better-economy-because-stuff-is-made-by-people-who-pay-taxes stuff that fills the Walmart shelves. Besides, don’t you usually get what you pay for?”

 

“Christians? We need to pray for all those lower-level bureaucrats that will do the real negotiating. They need to ‘be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.’  (Matt. 10:16 ASV)”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, since whoever has the best negotiators wins, help our leaders do what’s in Your people’s best interests; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-28-18 The Cure for Rust

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-28-18

 

The Cure for Rust

 

What’s Happening:  “The announcement that the 2nd Quarter’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) was at 4.1% was almost immediately followed by predictions that this was not sustainable. The GOP wants to take credit for a robust economy, the Democrats want to warn of impending doom…both hope their message will resonate with mid-term voters (https://www.investors.com/news/economy/gdp-expanded-41-annual-rate-in-q2-best-since-2014/ ‘I wouldn’t want to overstate the underlying strength in GDP growth based on Friday’s numbers, There was a big boost from trade, but that’ll go away,’ said Omair Sharif, senior U.S. economist at Societe Generale ”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What’s the difference between 3.1 and 4.1? I think it’s all hype anyway!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Actually, about 1 Trillion Dollars…as far as hype is concerned, it depends on which side you land politically…conservatives point to the lowest unemployment rate since 1969 (lowest ever for blacks and hispanics) and raises and bonuses, ad nauseum…liberals want to point away from the economy…to Cohen…to Stormy…to Manafort…ANYWHERE but the economy!”

 

“Christians? The cure for materialism (read: ‘rust’ – Matt. 6:19-21) is use. And, if we are put on earth for anything, it is to fulfill God’s purpose. What is His purpose? In a word: giving., which, by the way, is what all you capitalists need to do with excess (Socialists want to give what is not theirs – Capitalists realize you can only give what is yours).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to glorify You in giving praise (and excess) where it can never rust; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 6-2-18 GIGO

CLARITY

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

 

GIGO

 

What’s Happening:  “A recent survey found younger voters (those 30 and under) most concerned about the economy and social inequality. Only 6% listed gun control as a major concern, compared to 21% after the Parkland, FL shooting. NextGen America, a progressive climate action committee said students surveyed listed college affordability, health care, racial injustice and climate change as their areas of primary concern…why Democrats do well among youth (https://www.yahoo.com/news/young-people-plan-vote-year-key-issues-may-surprise-090006929.html). Olivia Bercow, a spokesperson for the organization said, ‘I think that, for the most part, young people are really, really engaged on the issues and right now, we’re seeing what having a certain type of leadership in office looks like on issues that matter.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Young voters usually don’t show up at the polls, so I’m not worried.”

 

Biblical Response:  “A survey done in 2018 said only 37% of youth intend to vote. Who knows what fraction of that will actually show up…so I’m inclined to relax with you – except the youth ARE the future. Conservatives may rejoice over low participation rates of the youth, but that is not good news. The public education system in America doesn’t teach conservative family values….like voting…but that’s not a fact we want to tout.”

 

“Christians? You can’t ask a pagan to vote his conscience…especially when the world has programmed him (1 John 2;15). Their is an old saying in computer circles: Garbage In, Garbage Out (GIGO). Or as the prophet Hosea said, “You sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind…” (Hos. 8:7).”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to consider the youth as the sacred trust that they are and teach them the values that made America great (Eph. 6:4); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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