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CLARITY – 6-20-20 A Warning of Impending Doom

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

A Warning of Impending Doom

What’s Happening: “Friday saw an impassioned Pompeo warning Europe of Chinese economic expansionism after meeting in Hawaii with Yang Jiechi, a top Chinese official. The Chinese purchases of port interests in Greece and Spain only served to underscore his remarks. Pompeo warned of pursuing the Chnese ‘surveillance state’ Huawei, the communist-owned giant telecom company. It was as if he was trying to get Europe from making the samw mistakes he says the U.S. has made over the past few decades. He even termed the Chinese as being a ‘rogue actor.’ Can Europe be great again? The U. S.’s doesn’t want to be the sole voice in decrying the Chinese, but it may be singing a solo when it really wants a quartet…or at least a trio… (https://www.yahoo.com/news/pompeo-warns-europeans-against-rogue-actor-china-161831884.html). ‘”There’s also no way to straddle these alternatives without abandoning who we are. Democracies dependent on authoritarians are not worthy of the name,’ Pompeo sid by teleconference to a forum gathered in Denmark.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Why should I care if the price of TVs or computers goes up or down in Europe?”

Biblical Response:  “Because everything is connected today. We live in a global marketplace. Instead of making decisions based on consumer prices, however, perhaps we should direct our efforts at using the interconnectivity to get the Gospel out (Prov. 25:25). More have been freed by exporting the truth (John 8:32), than will ever receive the benefits of our exporting democracy. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for self-determinism…and that’s sure not going to take place under an atheistic communist regime…but self-determinism is ultimately trumped by God-Determinism. Why not cut to the chase?”

“Christians?  We believe in the freeing nature of the truth. We also believe God is much bigger than Xi or Trump or any number of European leaders. Regardless of motivations to the contrary, His will will prevail. Still, it’s always better to align yourself with His purposes than to oppose them.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us insight to how we can be a part of Your plan, and our leaders wisdom to not pursue a course of action that only makes us feel good about ourselves; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 11-12-18 Oh, When Will We Ever Learn?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-12-18

Oh, When Will We Ever Learn?

 

What’s Happening: “The 100th anniversary of the armistice for WWI (also known as the Great War or ironically, ‘the war to end all wars’) was celebrated across Europe Sunday, November 11th (though the article from the link below is just about the celebrations in England). Millions of soldiers died…even 6.32 million civilians died worldwide (https://www.yahoo.com/news/100-years-remember-them-britain-180223241.html). Geoff Talbot, 74, one of those who decorated his home in England said, ‘Lots of people have put a lot of effort to do this. In those days Aldridge was only a village, but a lot of local young men left and never came back. It is an absolutely nice way to do a tribute for them.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “That was a hundred years ago…and we’re still having wars!”

 

Biblical Response:  “And we’ll probably have them for years into the future. As long as there is evil in the world, someone will want to force their will on those less capable….sometimes it’s just a skirmish…but all conflicts have the potential of escalating. If you read about the reasons war was declared, you understand insanity is often met with insanity. That’s not to say that war is not sometimes warranted, but we all look forward to the day when we can beat our swords into plowshares (Isaiah 2:4).”

 

Christians? To say we’re not in a war today denies reality…it’s just that our weapons are not only carnal (2 Cor. 10:4). 2 Timothy 2:1-4 commends us to be strong, committing the lessons we have learned to the faithful and having the dedication of the focused. What are we focused on? The prize (Phil. 3:14), Are we assured the victory? You bet (1 John 5:4)!”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we fight on in a war we are destined to win…sometimes we have to fight physically, but never let us only do that; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 2-21-18 Last Hope

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-21-18

 

Last Hope

What’s Happening:  “In a ‘State of Hungary’ speech from Budapest,  President of Hungary Viktor Orban called Christianity Europe’s last hope. He was, no doubt, reacting to the loose immigration policies of France, Belgium and Germany as Islam slowly takes over demographically (https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-02-18/hungarian-leader-calls-christianity-europes-last-hope?platform=hootsuite). Hungary may seem insignificant and Orban’s voice small, but global forces of tolerance and self-determination seem to be governing in the U.N. and almost everywhere.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “And I don’t even own a burka!”

 

Biblical Response:  “There are a whole lot of things that will change (other than clothing) if we have a world with an Islamic consensus (owning clothing in vogue with the culture will be the least of your worries).. Western civilization was built on a Christian consensus (granted, there are assumptions that are not profitable for individual evangelism, but there are cultural advances that are its result, too). The lie that makes all this possible is that allah and Jehovah are just different names for the same God.”

 

“Christians? If “the truth will set you free” (John 8:32), a lie will enslave you. Don’t think there’s any difference between allah and Jehovah? You obviously haven’t read the Koran or studied history. Sure, we’ve made mistakes…sometimes glaring ones (the Crusades come to mind), but much good has been done, too (hospitals, schools, and feeding programs, etc.). As the bumper sticker says, “Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven.” Besides, Mohammed didn’t rise from the dead, Jesus did. I have no doubt Christianity will win out in the end, I just hope we don’t have centuries of repression and domination to overcome.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may Viktor’s plea be heard and heeded…before it’s too late; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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