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CLARITY – 11-14-18 I’ve Got the Solution

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-14-18

I’ve  Got the Solution

 

What’s Happening: “Everybody’s frustrated and the claims of ‘stealing’ the election are not restricted to a party designation – the Democrats in Georgia claim’ stealing,’ the Republicans in Arizona claim ‘stealing,’ and there have been complaints from both sides in Florida . All of this could be avoided by an old analogue (as opposed to the more modern ‘digital’) method: (https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-composition-of-the-indelible-ink-used-in-the-elections-in-India) ELECTION INK! As the article reveals, India has been using this method for years. Sure, it’s messy, but the stain can also be regarded as a badge of proud self-determination and participation. The ink cannot be removed for 7 days, plenty long enough for counting and certification.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Yeah, but then there will probably be efforts to cheat even that system.”

 

Biblical Response:  “No doubt. Nothing is foolproof. As long as there are men and women who lack integrity, there will be attempts at cheating. Still, we don’t have to make it so easy for folks….I mean, really…hanging chads?…‘found’ ballots?”

 

Christians? Staining is nothing new. There is nothing so indelible as the blood of Christ . It changes a man forever. Sure, you may still sin…but His blood testifies against you until you repent (Gen. 4:10). Sure, people may falsify most reality, but there a reality that can’t be falsified.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to accept outcomes we don’t like, and find ways of voting that are harder to falsify; 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

 

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CLARITY – 20-13-18 Toxic Red Tide

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-13-18

Toxic Red Tide

 

What’s Happening: “In the wake of Hurricane Michael, there is a toxic red tide that is sweeping Florida beaches. The symptoms are flu-like and temporary…at least to humans…but it may be fatal to marine life…it’s not clear whether it’s red tide that has caused thousands of fish to wash up or red algae blooms. (https://www.yahoo.com/news/hurricane-michael-victims-face-another-172702432.html). ‘Sometimes you get red tide up there in the Panhandle so that’s the issue, the tide’s right along the coastline and now the hurricane, with the storm surge, is going to carry the toxin inland,’ said Larry Brand, marine biologist.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “If it doesn’t affect me, I’m not interested.”

 

Biblical Response:  “That is truly reflective of most of America…for that matter, most of the world..and I’m sorry. When anyone suffers, we should commiserate. Sure, there’s a limit to largesse…or there should be, but to care nothing is going beyond the limit in the opposite direction. Where’s the balance? If God lays something on your heart, then act. But don’t be dismissive out of hand. Just because you don’t live in Florida doesn’t mean you aren’t to care about those who do (Rom. 12:15).”

 

“Christians? The Scripture commands to ‘bear ye one another’s burdens’ (Gal. 6:2). Besides, there is a ‘red tide’ whose toxicity is healing. I’m talking about the blood of Jesus…and its toxicity to sin is what makes it so…well, welcome…if uncomfortable. Of course, it’s a painful toxicity at first, but, like medicine, sometimes it’s the only thing that will work.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to care. Sure, it’s easy to go about life more self-focused, but that doesn’t bring anybody glory. We want to live a life that demands an explanation; 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

 

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CLARITY – 3-6-18 The Difference of 15 Minutes

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-6-18

 

The Difference of 15 Minutes

 

What’s Happening:  “The Florida State Senate voted to ban the sales of AR-15’s, the most popular sporting gun in America…and then voted 15 minutes later to reverse themselves. To be fair, the first vote was a voice vote and ruled ‘passed’….and the second one was a roll-call vote which reversed the amendment 21-17, two Republicans joining the Democrats to make the 17 (https://conservativetribune.com/senate-bans-ar-15s-15-minutes/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=patriotupdate&utm_campaign=weeklypm&utm_content=libertyalliance). The measure now goes to the House, hopefully by Monday (yesterday), to be considered. It must pass and be signed by the Governor before they adjourn Friday to become Florida law.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Great! More deaths by AR-15’s!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Not necessarily; in fact, while sales have recently skyrocketed, deaths by AR-15’s have gone down. Since we are not willing to ban blunt objects, baseball bats, and fists (all of which have caused more death than the AR-15), we may see more deaths. Actually, we might get more desired results by just enforcing the laws already on the books (of course, law enforcement might actually have to respond with real action – hear that Sheriff’s Department and FBI?). Parents and students might feel safer by passing new laws (and I’m not saying our mental health system doesn’t need an overhaul), but for there to be an end to shootings you’d have to ban evil – wait a minute, that’s what all existing laws do..”

 

“Christians? We like that verse in Proverbs 29:27, ‘The good hate the wickedness of the wicked, and the wicked the goodness of the good.’ Of course, maybe if we didn’t hate the wicked, just their wickedness, a few more things would change.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to ‘throw out the baby with the bathwater;’ while we should despise the evil  that infects people, we need to love the people it infects; thank God You did; in Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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