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CLARITY – 3-20-19 Is Anybody Listening?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-20-19

Is Anybody Listening?

What’s Happening: “Massive flooding in the Midwest causing several states to declare emergencies (https://www.yahoo.com/news/vice-president-mike-pence-visit-103643826.html), earthquakes in Indonesia, Mexico, Guatemala and elsewhere in 2018 and 2019 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_earthquakes_in_2019), volcanoes causing their usual damage (https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano_news.html), to say nothing about other natural disasters of local significance (mudslides in China, tornadoes in Alabama, wildfires in California, drought in Africa, etc., ad nauseum). Most blame these on global warming (or the more popular term – especially in the winter: climate change), but the question is: What is God trying to say? Or, especially among atheists, ‘is anybody listening?’ If you pay attention to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, we only have twelve years to figure out what we are doing wrong.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “The sky is falling! The sky is falling! I mean, didn’t an unexpected  meteor just hit?”’”

Biblical Response:  “You and Chicken Little…but yes, one ‘just’ exploded over the Bering Sea about noon on December 18 – about a few meters in size – but with the force of 173 kilotons (about 10 times Hiroshima). It was only reported a couple of days ago because it went unnoticed  (https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47607696). Fear and panic aside, the Lord might be trying to tell us something. The ‘what’ I’ll leave for the interpreters of those things, but that God still speaks through events is clear…though we may not be listening.”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in God speaking through events (Matt. 16:3-4). The real problem in listening comes from the din of our personal circumstances that competes for our attention. Shutting out that distracting cacophony is difficult, at best.”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to listen carefully to what you are trying to say…you gave us twice as many inputs for sound as outputs for a reason; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 9-20-18 The Responsibility of Stewardship

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-20-18

The Responsibility of Stewardship

 

What’s Happening:  “Calls came for charges of attempted murder by Ann Coulter (and others) for leaving dogs caged to drown by rising flood waters, the aftermath of hurricane Florence (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/ann-coulter-calls-attempted-murder-charges-video-shows-6-dogs-left-drown-nc/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-CT&utm_campaign=dailypm&utm_content=conservative-tribune). Reporter Marcus DiPaola tweeted: ‘Rescued six dogs in Leland, NC, after the owner LEFT THEM locked in an outdoor cage that filled with flood water that was rapidly rising.We got them out, but by the time we left, the water was so high that they would have drowned. BRING YOUR PETS WITH YOU!’ Although he didn’t actually make the rescue, he did film it all.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “They’re just dogs. What’s the big deal?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Spoken like a true NON-STEWARD! There is a hierarchy of value that should have (and does) place humans above animals, but pet ownership comes with certain responsibilities. Anybody who can’t treat pets with the dignity and care they deserve should not own. Animals are totally dependent on the actions (or inactions) of their owners. Pets should NEVER be left to starve or drown and there are laws (cruelty to animals) that can and should be enforced.”

 

Christians? We were given stewardship of all of creation by God (Gen. 2:15); it was our first job. That we have given over that job to the devil does not abrogate our culpability in the matter. Otherwise, we might be lumped in with those evil stewards the Lord talks about (Matt. 33-41).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the compassion of the greater-over-the-weaker that You obviously demonstrated by Your death for us: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

Share as you like; just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent