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CLARITY – 8-20-20 What Really Matters

CLARITY

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 – 3-9-20 Four Days Left

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-9-20

Four Days Left

What’s Happening: “‘On March 3rd, chief of New York’s Attorney General’s Health Care Bureau, Linda Landau, sent a ‘cease-and-desist’ letter (giving him 10 days to comply) to Jim Bakker who had advertised naturopathic doctor Sherrill Sellman’s $125 Silver Solution as a cure for the coronavirus on the Feb. 12 edition of his Jim Bakker Show.  Although it admittedly has not been tested on this strain of the virus, it claims to have eliminated the threat in other viruses in twelve hours (metallic silver is a known bacteriostat and ingots of silver have been found at the bottom of ancient cisterns).Televangelist Bakker has served five years in prison for fraud (https://www.yahoo.com/news/televangelist-ordered-york-attorney-general-162727214.html).  ‘”In addition to being mindful about our health, we must also beware of unscrupulous actors who attempt to take advantage of this fear and anxiety to scam or deceive consumers. I encourage anyone who believes they are the victim of a scam or predatory action to contact my office and file a complaint,’ Landau said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “How is this any different than the selling of Snake Oil in the wild west?”

Biblical Response:  “Perhaps, it isn’t. It’s easy enough to test the claim’s validity. Of course, in ancient times, the test was that what was said had to come to pass…or the speaker was not speaking for God (Jer. 28:9). In any case, we could just wait:

Truth stands the test of time; lies are soon exposed. (Prov. 12:19 LB)

“Does it work? Probably not (a bacteriostat is not necessarily a virostat). Besides, prayer does not require you (or God) to know scientific terms,”

“Christians? We believe in healing (1 Cor. 12:8-9). We also believe we serve a sovereign God, Who will do His will (James 4:13-16), not necessarily ours.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to discern the truth from a lie, and pray that Your will be done; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-20-20 Pardoned

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-20-20

Pardoned

What’s Happening: “There were nearly a dozen pardoned or had their sentences commuted yesterday by President Trump. Among those was former Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat, who had served 8 years of a 14-year sentence. He was convicted of trying to sell an Illinois Senate seat that was vacated when Barack Obama became President. Also pardoned was former 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr. He was convicted of corruption against former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards. Among those whose sentences were commuted, were Tynice Nichole Hall, Crystal Munoz, and Judith Negron, the first two serving time for drug charges and Negron was convicted of Medicare fraud (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-pardons-blagojevich-barr-roger-stone-chief-law-enforcement-officer-203952347.html).  .When asked by reporters about the pardons/commutations, Trump responded, ’I’m actually, I guess, the chief law enforcement officer of the country. I could be involved if I wanted to.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Who gave him the right to set aside the sentence of a duly-convicted criminal?”

Biblical Response:  “Uh, the Constitution. You see, our Founding Fathers foresaw a possibility of someone imprisoned for mostly political reasons or for crimes they had served sufficiently. Presidential clemency is the cure for that. Is the clemency deserved? I’ll leave that for those of a higher pay grade than mine.”

“The concept of a pardon is nothing new. When Christ went to the cross, He pardoned all of us (1 Pet. 3:18)…not all accept that, but it is offered to all (Rom. 3:22; 6:23).”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in pardon alright. He is the payment-in-full (Rom. 3:25), and the Divine Substitute (1 Cor. 5:7). Does anyone deserve it? NO! But that’s what grace and mercy are all about!”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to rejoice with those who have received freedom, not mentally relitigate their crimes; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 4-9-19 Un-bribeable

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-9-19

Un-bribeable

What’s Happening: “Felicity Huffman, star of ‘Desperate Housewives’, and 13 others in the bribery-for-admission-to-college scandal, have pled guilty. She’s among the 33 parents and coaches, etc., that were charged last month in the largest ever admission-to-college scandal that exposed a scam involving over $25 million. Coaches, College and University Administrators, and Admission Counselors were all implicated – everybody but the kids the bribes were for (https://www.yahoo.com/news/felicity-huffman-others-plead-guilty-u-college-admissions-190250520.html).  ‘My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her,’ Huffman said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “The real crime are all those kids who made legitimate tries to get in but were rejected.”

Biblical Response:  “Right you are…but apparently getting into those ‘prestigious schools’ is not all it’s cracked up to be, anyway. Getting your Master’s Degree from a prestigious school may not be as important as the ‘soft skills’ like getting along with others and handling failure…skills that only experience seems to teach…not learned in any school…masters or undergraduate (https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/01/what-employers-want-from-mba-graduates-and-what-they-dont.html). Maybe that’s why corporations are lining up to get the notoriety of sponsoring MBA programs, but are reluctant to hire any of their graduates. They’d rather hire the very integrity some parents, et al, lack.”

“Christians? Oh. we believe in integrity…maybe that comes from serving an ‘un-bribeable’ God (Acts 8:20). Everybody wants to have sway with those who make decisions, but bribery and fraud are not the way to get it (2 Chron. 19:7). Really, what do you have to offer He does not already possess?”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, save us from lack of integrity…and help us demonstrate Your level of honesty in our own lives; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 3-27-19 “Come-Uppins”

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-27-19

“Come-Uppins”

What’s Happening: “Two bits of news (major to those concerned) came out yesterday that were surprises to almost all (and I’m not talking about the Mueller report of no collusion or the failure of Congress to override Trump’s veto of his National Emergency declaration – though these, too, were newsworthy in their own right). What I am talking about is Empire actor and singer, Jussie Smollett’s charges being mysteriously dropped and his record expunged and sealed (https://www.yahoo.com/news/prosecutors-drop-all-criminal-charges-against-jussie-smollett-his-attorneys-say-153000280.html), AND famed celebrity attorney, Michael Avenatti (think Stormy Daniels), being arrested on extortion and bank fraud charges (https://www.yahoo.com/news/avenatti-arrested-and-charged-with-extortion-embezzlement-bank-and-tax-fraud-193542807.html). If found guilty on all charges, Avenatti could get 97 years. Who knows what the truth is in either case? I guess that’s what courts and trials are for.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Isn’t a man innocent until proven guilty in this country?”

Biblical Response:  “That’s how it’s supposed to work. Of course, there’s also the court of public opinion…ask Trump, Kavanaugh, or Judge Roy Moore about that. Whether or not they are guilty, history is changed. Not forever (the Final Judge will do that), but enough to affect their lives here on earth.”

“Christians? Apart from a mandate to keep things in their proper perspective (Prov. 11:13; 20:19), we are also encouraged to wait for the truth (Gal. 6:9). The facts have a tendency to come out…eventually. As Shakespeare said (Merchant of Venice): ‘the truth will out’…or as the Scripture renders: ‘…be sure your sin will find you out.’(Num. 32:23).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to wait for final justice…we are thankful Your justice makes hell necessary, and Your mercy makes heaven possible; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 3-13-19 Not For Sale

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-13-19

Not For Sale

What’s Happening: “In an example of wealth and privilege run amok, over 50 parents, coaches, SAT Proctors, school administrators and several high profile actors have been charged with racketeering, fraud, money laundering, etc. in a scam to get lesser qualified applicants into elite ivy league colleges (like Harvard, Yale, Stanford, UCLA…to name a few). The FBI and the DOJ teamed up in their investigation and revealed Felicity Huffman (‘Desperate Housewives’), Lori Loughlin (‘Full House’), and others paid William Singer to allegedly fix SAT and ACT scores and create fake online athletic profiles to give their kids fraudulent advantages in the application process in exchange for large contributions to Singer’s fake non-profit…a total of $26 million (https://www.yahoo.com/news/college-coaches-charged-in-largest-cheating-scam-ever-prosecuted-by-feds-170228865.html. ‘”This case is about the widening corruption of admission of elite college and universities, These parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege. … There can be no separate admission system for the wealthy and, I will add, there will not be a separate justice system,’ said U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “They got caught with their hands in the cookie jar.”

Biblical Response:  “At least!  That’s not to mention all the collateral damage…like for instance, gone is all the moral high-ground for those guilty parents wanting to steer their kids in the future. They surely hate the example they’ve set for corruption for their kids. Of course, that’s assuming that what the investigators allege is true. Can you see why the reputation of the FBI and DOJ matter?”

“Christians? There is a story told about Simon the magician getting saved; then, offering money for secrets to performing certain miracles (Acts 8:9-20). He was told, ‘Your money perish with you,’ The same could be said to all those guilty above…those paying the bribes…and those receiving them. Thankfully, there is not enough money in the universe to pay for access to what has already been paid for anyway!”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let our heads not be turned by stuff…after all, I’ve never seen a hearse pulling a U-Haul; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 1-29-19 False Franchise

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-29-19

False Franchise

What’s Happening: “A recent study has revealed there are 95,000  ‘non-U.S-citizens’ voters that have been fraudulently registered in Texas. This should be a source of extreme consternation as 58,000 have voted since 1996…so says Secretary of State David Whitley after a year-long evaluation. Long a concern for lawmakers, voter photo ID laws have been recently passed (http://www.gopusa.com/?p=64110?omhide=true). ‘Integrity and efficiency of elections in Texas require accuracy of our state’s voter rolls…,’ Whitley said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “58,000? That’s no big deal with the millions of Texas voters…and that’s since 1996!”

Biblical Response:  “Really? At 15.7 million registered voters in Texas, that’s only 2.7% if that was just one election…so, not very influential you might be thinking…except for those elections that were won by only a few votes (I’m thinking the Vermont Senate in 1996…won by 2 votes, the US Senate Democratic Primary Runoff in 1948…won by 87 votes, and the 2000 Presidential Race…won by only 537 votes…nationally!) One vote counts.”

“Christians? We believe that every single individual counts (Rev. 21:26-27). We also believe that once you’re in…YOU’RE IN (2 Tim. 1:12).  And sometimes we believe we are the only one holding up a righteous standard…but we’re wrong (1 Kings 19:14-18).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to foster integrity within and without; and help us never to assume we fight alone; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 7-24-18 Knowledge is Power

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-24-18

 

Knowledge is Power

 

What’s Happening:  “The startling truth is that Trump Haters are just getting started. The even more startling truth (to them) is that they can win…truly knowledge is power, but being deceived into thinking you have the upper hand when that premise is itself built on ;lies…well, it’s like believing your own hype…that you might really win if you just keep fighting  (https://amgreatness.com/2018/07/23/just-how-far-will-the-left-go/?utm_source=Hoover+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=d9920cc448-HDR_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_21b1edff3c-d9920cc448-73112785). ‘There was no honeymoon for the unlikely winner of the 2016 election. Progressives have in succession tried to sue to overturn Trump’s victory using several different approaches. First on the bogus claim of fraudulent voting machines. Then they sought to subvert the Electoral College by bullying electors into renouncing their respective states’ votes,’ the above article by Victor Davis Hanson begins.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “They’ve done everything but try an actual assassination attempt.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yep, and I wouldn’t be surprised if planning for an attempt was already underway. The left is frustrated, and if the Maxine Waters and the abolish-ICErs get their way….”

 

“Christians? Keep your eyes and ears open. To change an old quote by Lord Acton:  Power corrupts, and absolute power is only held by the One Who knows everything. Absolute corruption comes those who think they know everything. There are two agendas at work in the world (John 10:10) and, although we are assured ultimate victory, there might just be some damage along the way….60 million voices cry for justice.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we want Your justice…we seek Your mercy; take into consideration Your love for Mankind…the very love that motivated the giving of Your Son: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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