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CLARITY – 10-10-20 As Though They Weren’t

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-10-20

As Though They Weren’t

What’s Happening: “An article in National Review yesterday relates an interview with the 2016 Democrat Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton saying that there had to be something amiss for her to win the popular vote by more than 3 million, but lose in the electoral college. More than sour grapes, she contends that widespread voter fraud might be the culprit…hmmm…kinda sounds like Donald Trump (https://www.yahoo.com/news/hillary-clinton-maintains-2016-election-160716779.html). Quoting from the article: ‘There’s just a lot that I think will be revealed. History will discover,’ the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nominee continued. ‘But you don’t win by 3 million votes and have all this other shenanigans and stuff going on and not come away with an idea like, ‘Whoa, something’s not right here.’ That was a deep sense of unease’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “But fears of COVID-19 will probably mean more use of the mails…and more potential for fraud! Right?”

Biblical Response:  “You may be right. No doubt whoever loses will claim they really won. With mail-in voting, there will be a great temptation to reverse Rom. 4:17 (calling those things that are as though they weren’t).  I guess Founding Father Thomas Jefferson was prescient when he said, ‘The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.’ Though we must be vigilant, we also must be willing to accept reality.”

“Christians? We believe God is bigger than our petty complaints at impropriety…even if the ‘wrong’ side seems to win in the short term…He is quite able to place or displace as He chooses…ultimately (Acts 17:26;) I love the quote in the Living Bible: 

‘Man proposes, but God disposes.’ (Prov. 19:21)

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be vigilant and to try our hardest to achieve election integrity…but to leave things ultimately to You; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 10-9-20 Secret Things

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-9-20

Secret Things

What’s Happening: “Remember the brouhaha over Trump’s unreleased tax returns? Whether it was leaked accidentally or not, it only showed he was wealthy and took every deduction that was legal…who wouldn’t? No revelation there. Joe Biden’s and Kamala Harris’s dodge on whether they are in favor of Supreme Court packing is, however, another matter. In addition to not releasing a list of potential Supreme Court nominees – which Trump keeps requesting – Biden Thursday said he would not reveal his attitude on Supreme Court packing until after the election (https://www.yahoo.com/news/biden-says-announce-position-court-202850704.html). Vice President Pence and Senator Harris conducted a debate Wednesday in which the subject was breached. Quoting from the National Review article that appeared yesterday: ‘The American people deserve a straight answer and if you haven’t figured it out yet, the straight answer is they are going to pack the Supreme Court if they somehow win this election,’ Pence said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Are we just supposed to have faith they’ll do the right thing?”

Biblical Response:  “Great question. I guess that’s what both of them are expecting. But for a representative government…and neither of them being God…that’s kind of a heavy lift. I mean, it’s one thing to know the end from the beginning (Is. 46:10) and to choose when, how much, and to whom secret things are revealed (Deut. 29:29) if you are God, and quite another if you are not. Calling for faith if you’ve parted the Red Sea and raised the dead may be a little more reasonable than asking for it when you’ve done nothing in the past so miraculous.”

“Christians? Believing by faith may be a necessary ingredient to saving faith (Acts 16:31), but there is nothing written anywhere that says we must vote for someone that won’t reveal how they’ll act if elected.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to trust You, and anyone who has demonstrated what they’ll do…and trust no one else; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 9-29-20 Choose For Yourselves

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-29-20

Choose For Yourselves

What’s Happening: “In an article by the Associated Press yesterday, the debate location, the six topics to be discussed, and the rules were given…and the likely fireworks expected. This first debate is expected to clearly lay out the differences in their reaction to: the Trump and Biden Records, the Supreme Court nominee that has been made, the Coronavirus, the Economy, Race and Violence in Our Cities, and the Integrity of our Elections.This election has been called the most important one in American history. Has there been an unimportant one? (https://www.yahoo.com/news/viewers-guide-trump-biden-meet-042419904.html). Quoting from the article: ‘With the election 35 days away and early votes already being cast in some states, Biden has kept a lead over the Republican President in most national polls. While debates have not significantly shaken up the election in recent years, Tuesday’s highly anticipated matchup will offer the clearest contrast yet between the two men.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “You can rest assured I’ll be tuned in!”

Biblical Response:  “You, and half the viewing world…literally! There will probably be more watchers in history…and no more clear choice…though I have to say, in my opinion, it is the lesser of two evils. Neither are paragons of virtue…neither could I point to as a sterling example of character…but, then again, neither am I…(of course, I’m not running for President of the leading country of the free world, either).  I guess I’ll have to make my decision based on whom I think will be the best for the country. That’s clear to me…and hopefully is for you, too.  Without revealing my vote, let me say, if you’re registered to vote it is your obligation to choose:

“‘If it is  disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the river, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.’ (Josh. 24:15 NASU)”

“Self-government is not for cowards…it is hard. It calls for an informed electorate (watching or reading the news); staying up on the issues and the candidates’ stands (watching the debates and listening to the commentary afterwards); and lots of prayer and listening, Few are really fully prepared…but a choice will be made.”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in choosing…He even knows how we’ll choose. What we do after the choice…well that’s a subject for another day…after November 3rd.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to choose wisely, not as fools (Eph. 5:15); in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 9-25-20 Is This the Tip of the Iceberg?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-25-20

Is This the Tip of the Iceberg?

What’s Happening: “In an ABC News article that appeared yesterday, it was reported that a ‘small’ number (9) ballots were discovered in a dumpster outside a Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, board of elections office. Seven of those ballots were outside their envelopes and were apparently military votes for Trump…..the other two were unknown because they were in resealed envelopes. Although the DOJ was involved, it was not clear the administration had been informed until the whole story was revealed by White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. The Trump campaign has warned about voter fraud and saw this as a vindication of their claims (https://www.yahoo.com/gma/us-attorney-battleground-pennsylvania-investigating-023800972.html). Quoting from the article: ‘In a letter provided to ABC News by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Middle District of Pennsylvania, U.S. attorney David Freed wrote to Luzerne County’s Director of Elections, Shelby Watchilla, that the office first began its review in conjunction with the FBI on Monday at the request of Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis.’” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I wonder if an attempt at a cover-up was made…”

Biblical Response:  “We may never know…while the DOJ is pro-Trump, the FBI may still have some pro-liberal Comey left-overs. It is a shame that these government organs can’t be non-partisan, but we must be realistic, too. The statement of British historian Lord Acton (of the late 19th century) seems apropos here: ‘Power tends to corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’ As power increases, morality has a tendency to decrease. Apply this to all that’s going on in this election and it’s easy to see why the American electorate might become a little jaded.  That is why the following scripture might have some application, even if the ballots found were small in number:

‘He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? (Luke 16:10-11 NASU)’”

“Christians? We believe in trusting where trust is earned. Without a Christian consensus, America may flail about staggeringly.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to find and establish those leaders who will restore integrity to our system; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 9-19-20 It Just Got Crazier

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-19-20

It Just Got Crazier

What’s Happening: “The death of liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of pancreatic cancer yesterday may be overshadowed by the political implications in an election year. The last time it happened when Justice Scalia died in February of Obama’s last year, the Senate was held by the Republicans who pledged not to confirm anyone till after the election.  Pundits are counting votes and admit that V. P. Mike Pence might have to cast the deciding tie-breaking vote. Add to that the length of time for normal vetting…well, you get the picture (https://www.yahoo.com/news/mitch-mcconnell-supreme-court-vote-ruth-bader-ginsburg-024711319.html). Quoting Jon Ward, the Senior Political Correspondent for Yahoo News, and the author of the source article last night: ‘The most difficult months in a generation are now upon us. Pray that God protect our country and provide wisdom to our people,’ said Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in a tweet on Friday.” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “You certainly can’t make this stuff up!”

Biblical Response:  “No you can’t…and indeed it’s intriguing…but let’s not lose sight of (to use the words of President Trump), ‘an amazing woman,’ her unique contributions to the Court, or her grieving family (Rom. 12:15). Having spent much of recent times in the hospital (though she maintained a full judicial schedule), her passing surely comes as little surprise. Still, death is always sudden in eternal terms and she’ll be judged by God with little credit given for her political stances or her votes …and it will come immediately upon her death (Heb. 9:27); which fact should sober us all.”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in earthly and heavenly judging. We are not all so highly honored by men as to be selected as a Supreme Court Justice, but we are all called to judge (1 Cor. 6:1-3). This mostly occurs here. All the eternal judging we leave to Him (2 Tim. 4:8)  What influence will the passing of Ruth Ginsburg have on the upcoming election? I like the prayer of Sen. Marco Rubio, above.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we echo the prayer Your servant offered, and we, too, seek Your wisdom; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 8-20-20 What Really Matters

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-20-20

What Really Matters

What’s Happening: “The closer it gets to election day (Novemer 3), the louder the brouhaha over mail-in voting becomes. With only 75 days to go, the Democrats are pushing early and mail-in voting while the Republicans are stoking fears of voter fraud. The Democrats are trying to overcome the apparent enthusiasm lead of the Trump Camp…the Republicans are threatening their opposition’s efforts at increasing emergency funding for the Postal Service. If Democrats get their way, we may not know the election results for weeks or months after the election – a bill is being contemplated that will make the postmark, not the day a ballot is received, the determining factor as to whether a vote gets counted (https://www.yahoo.com/news/could-the-fight-over-mailin-voting-decide-the-election-215232239.html). Quoting from the Yahoo News 360 article of the 18th: ‘“Democrats call it voter suppression; we can all agree to call it disturbing. For Republicans trying to stave off a Democratic takeover of the Senate and the White House, owning this outrage is mind-bogglingly dumb.” — A.B. Stoddard, RealClearPolitics.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So, use the mail, or don’t use the mail?”

Biblical Response:  “It is a little confusing…I guess it depends on to whom you are talking. The funny thing is, it’s not the real issue. What scares me is that the ‘Grand Experiment’ that is America – a people voting for others to lead them – is antithetical for anybody but a Christian electorate. We used to have a Christian consensus…but not anymore. Generations of atheistic teaching in our institutions of higher education and the removal of prayer and the Bible from public schools has had their cumulative secularizing effect. As long as the American electorate could be counted on to hear from God, we would only elect those leaders that He wanted. What really matters – whether the electorate can still hear from God – is conditional on the majority asking for His guidance. They no longer do, so He no longer guides them The result is rule by a secular majority…and, as Ben Franklin was quoting Scripture, that has never worked out well (Ps. 127:1).”

“Christians? Now is the time to fast and pray:

‘…and My  people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their  wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their  sin and will heal their land.’ (2 Chron. 7:14 NASU)”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we need Divine intervention…just as You orchestrated our founding, we ask You to be heavily involved in this election; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 5-1-20 Allegations, Accusation, and the Truth

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-1-20

Allegations, Accusations, and the Truth

What’s Happening: “In a response that came over a month after the allegation (in an interview on Morning Joe on MSNBC earlier today), Presumptive Presidential Democrat Nominee Joe Biden categorically denied the accusations of sexual assault that were leveled at him by former staffer Tara Reade in March.. Although, unlike Ford’s accusations of Kavanaugh during his Senate hearing for Supreme Court there is evidence that she was a staffer and did allege at the time  (1993) that the incident did occur, Biden says that the National Archives have no such record (https://news.yahoo.com/people-need-to-hear-the-truth-joe-biden-denies-sexual-assault-allegation-121648189.html). Quoting from the article: ‘Vice President Biden has dedicated his public life to changing the culture and the laws around violence against women,’  Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s communications director, said in a statement to the New York Times in April. ‘He authored and fought for the passage and reauthorization of the landmark Violence Against Women Act. He firmly believes that women have a right to be heard — and heard respectfully. Such claims should also be diligently reviewed by an independent press. What is clear about this claim: It is untrue. This absolutely did not happen.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Aren’t people in the U.S. innocent until proven guilty? Shouldn’t we cut him some slack?”

Biblical Response:  “Absolutely! (Though the Republicans…understandably so…might want to give him the same treatment the media gave Brett Kavanaugh.) The list of people who have been crucified in the ‘Court of Public Opinion’ is long and is littered by people in both parties. Maybe that’s why the biblical qualifications for leadership are so stringent (1 Tim. 3:1-13). To be ‘above reproach’ (Phil. 2:15; Tit. 1:6-7), is not easy, especially in this fallen world. Perhaps one of the reasons why many are called, but few are chosen (Matt. 22:14).”

“Christians? We believe that those whose footsteps we are to follow, whose example we are to emulate, need to be modelable (is that a word?). The Apostle Paul said it best:

‘Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.’ (1 Cor. 11:11 NASU) 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to follow Your example, before we invite others to follow ours; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 9-2-19

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -9-2-19

Liars Contest  

What’s Happening: “Wow! This is, no doubt, the most scathing and well-documented op-ed piece I’ve ever read. National Review printed an article about Joe Biden and the other leading contenders for the Democrat nomination for President in 2020 that leaves the reader (hopefully) despairing. That we might not be despairing is an even worse prospect. Perhaps, as they contend, we have arrived at a place in our history where the voting public thinks the truth is irrelevant (https://www.yahoo.com/news/talk-joe-biden-103028716.html). Quoting the Washington Post,  excoriating Biden over a recent dramatic campaign speech: ‘Biden got the time period, the location, the heroic act, the type of medal, the military branch and the rank of the recipient wrong, as well as his own role in the ceremony.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “You’re not telling me anything I don’t know already…I don’t think I’m going to vote.”

Biblical Response:  “Unfortunately, too many people are thinking that way. However, the way to solve the lack of integrity is MORE integrity…not just throwing your hands up in disgust. Believe me, many are tempted to do the same thing…or accept the lesser of two evils…with a clothespin firmly in place! Is the path to restoration easy? Heck no. It may even take a generation or two. But unless, in spite of personal cost, more men and women of uncompromising integrity run, we’ll continue to have nothing from which to choose. The Bible has much to say about the fate of liars (Rev. 21:8; etc.), and lies are a direct violation of the Ten Commandments (# 9 – Ex. 20:16). Still, everybody’s done it (Is. 53:6; Rom. 3:23). That’s why everybody needs a Savior (Rom. 10:9-10).

Of course, we also need servant-leaders who are going to take our trust seriously and set good examples (1 Pet 5:2-4). From parents to pastors to Representatives, Senators and even the Vice President and President, we must have leaders of integrity or we will continue  to wander…and be judged for where we arrive. That is why we are culpable in this choice.

“Christians? As goes the shepherd, so goes the flock. We believe in choosing wisely. In Joshua 24:15 we are told we must choose the Lord, but what if the leaders don’t even acknowledge Him truthfully? Time to pray…and serve…is the Lord calling you?”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, as the entrance to the Air Force Academy said (when I was a cadet there): “Bring us men to match our mountains…”…to which I’ll add…”and women…”; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 6-20-19 Head Turning

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -6-20-19

Head Turning

What’s Happening: “Former Vice President and 2020 Presidential hopeful, Joe Biden, would not criticise rich donors at a fund-raiser Wednesday. His competitors for the Democrat nomination have threatened the well-heeled with new taxes and have heaped blame on the ‘wealthy 1%’for much of what they say is the middle class’s plight. Joe Biden, however, wants to cultivate relationships with them saying they are just as patriotic as others (https://www.yahoo.com/news/biden-tells-elite-donors-doesnt-005357188.html). ‘Remember, I got in trouble with some of the people on my team, on the Democratic side, because I said, you know, what I’ve found is rich people are just as patriotic as poor people. Not a joke. I mean, we may not want to demonize anybody who’s made money,…’ said Biden.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It’s convenient to change your tune when it suits you. I guess that’s politics.”

Biblical Response:  “Sad, isn’t it? And we are supposed to pick among these folks our next leaders?! As long as we reward those who are the most adept at telling people what they want to hear…with a straight face…we will continue to get what we deserve: an opportunistic politician (we used to call them ‘liars’, but that’s not politically correct). To have your head turned this way, then that…would give some people whiplash. But not politicians, they only develop their neck muscles.

You can’t be friends with everybody (1 John 2:15-16). If you are friends with one, you make enemies of the other…except for politicians, of course…enemies seldom vote for you. I said seldom, because occasionally (read ‘often’) we have to pick the lesser of two evils.

“Christians? Discernment is just not possible unless you’re tuned into God’s Spirit. (Rom. 8:6-9). Maybe that’s why there’s still wars… As I’ve said before, there will never be peace on earth until the Prince of Peace rules in the heart of every man.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to choose wisely what turns our head…and help us to elect true servants; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 1-23-19 Most Quoted

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-23-19

Most Quoted

What’s Happening: “Judge Paul Ridgeway refused to certify that the North Carolinian Republican Representative was elected in the last contested race of 2018. Mark Harris was supposedly elected by a close 905-vote margin (though there is some dispute that third parties may have collected and submitted some Absentee Ballots – there is an investigation into this and the result is what the judge awaits). The opposition contests the results of the election (https://www.yahoo.com/news/judge-rejects-republicans-bid-certified-winner-north-carolina-181426188.html).’”Certification is not appropriate until the investigation into the protest is concluded by final decision,” Judge Ridgeway said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Are we still quibbling over 2018?!”

Biblical Response:  “Yes, and the North Carolina constituency deserves the person they truly selected…so getting it right IS important. Judging whether Mark Harris (or his competitor) was elected is what Judge Ridgeway has been charged to certify, though there are many who would shrink back from that task. In fact, the most quoted verse in the Bible is: “Judge not…” (from Matt. 7:1). Few people quote the rest of the verse, and the first parts’ context: “…that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. (Matt. 7:1-2 KJV). The verse is not saying we are not to judge, but to not judge HYPOCRITICALLY, In fact, we are called to judge (1 Cor. 6:3).”

“Christians? We make judgments everyday (should we buy this product or that… Let’s compare prices and ingredients… we contemplate). Justice may be blind, but every jury is asked to weigh the evidence and make a JUDGEMENT…with their eyes and ears open. Knowing this, should make us pray for our judges.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to judge too hastily or hypocritically…and to pray for those who judge…and not to shrink back from that job, if selected; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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