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CLARITY – 12-6-18 Wisdom Defeats Foolishness

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-6-18

Wisdom Defeats Foolishness

 

What’s Happening: “In a series of consequences of poor decisions, two inmates escaped from the Pickens County Prison in South Carolina and one was shot and killed when he entered the home of a woman with a concealed carry permit. It only took one shot (to the head) to subdue the orange attired inmate. The escape was ‘premeditated’ reported Sheriff Rick Clark (https://www.yahoo.com/news/woman-concealed-carry-permit-fatally-195415273.html). ‘This is the shining example of what this lady did. She took the time to get her CWP (Concealed Weapon Permit) and set herself up to be able to protect herself and not be harmed, killed or raped or whatever. She came out on the good end of this and the bad guy didn’t,’ said Sheriff Clark.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “He picked the wrong house.”

 

Biblical Response:  “You think?! Some reaping is permanent (Gal. 6:7). Should the lady feel bad? Perhaps. The dead inmate will not have the opportunity to repent…and that is regrettable. Still, it is more regrettable for him than for her. Actions taken have consequences…some of them deadly. Sure, he picked the wrong house, but his mistakes mark a series of bad decisions or he wouldn’t have been in prison in the first place.”

 

“Christians? Living in a fallen world brings some, out of a motive of self-preservation, to get a concealed carry permit. Is taking someone’s life wrong? Doesn’t the Scripture say we are not to kill? (Exodus 20:13). Actually, it says not to commit murder (the taking of innocent blood). The Scripture really says ‘there is a time to kill’ (Eccl. 3:3). Of course, the death of any individual ends the chance for them repenting and being restored to right relationship with the Father…and that is sad. Still, what happened is an example of wisdom triumphing over foolishness.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may we find the balance between being prepared and trusting You with our future; 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 – 7-7-18 More Than He Bargained For

CLARITY

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

 

More Than He Bargained For

 

What’s Happening:  “He shouldn’t have tried this in Texas…at least I think that’s what the ‘alleged’ kidnapper is saying…Michelle Booker-Hicks was just trying to pay for her gas when a man climbed in and attempted to drive her car away from the convenience store…with her two kids in the back seat! She jumped in the car, reached for the gun in the glove box, and shot him (https://www.yahoo.com/news/alleged-carjacker-shot-woman-tries-135301369.html). Ricky Wright, 36, is being charged with several crimes…and nursing his wound!”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Doesn’t he have rights, too?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yep…and included is the right to be shot when driving off in a car occupied by a Mom with two kids. He should have picked another car to carjack…or maybe another state…one that doesn’t have concealed carry permits.”

 

“Christians? We believe in a peaceable reaction…but that doesn’t mean we won’t (and don’t have an obligation before God) protect what has been given to us to care for. Stewardship is the principle (Luke 12:42). What is the reward for faithful stewardship? More…may she be fruitful!”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be responsible for that with which You have entrusted 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

 

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CLARITY – 4-6-18 No Mystery to Me

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-6-18

 

No Mystery to Me

 

What’s Happening:  “The YouTube shooter is a perpetrator seeking a motive – not that there aren’t plenty willing to assign one. Nasim Najafi Aghdam was from Iran…seems obvious, doesn’t it? Islamic terrorism…except for one thing…she’s not a Muslim. Some have suggested (without offering proof) that she was an illegal immigrant or a robot or a transgender woman or a woman out to prove women are capable of gun violence, too…anything that fits their narrative (https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2018/04/05/the-youtube-shooter-fits-the-most-important-narrative-of-all/?utm_term=.b55b6b1a1667). Could it be that she was just an evil person? Of course, you’d have to admit first that evil exists…and that doesn’t fit the narrative, either.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What are you saying? That good and evil exist?!”

 

Biblical Response:  “YES! And you should be scared…very scared! Actually, I’ve got good news and bad news. First, the bad news: evil exists and it is powerful. Now, the good news: God also exists, He’s good, and He’s more powerful! I don’t know what was going through Nasim’s mind. Sure, she was demented, No one commits such a heinous act when they are in their right mind. But what was her primary motivation? Vengeance against a company that she perceived had done her wrong? Perhaps. (One thing’s for sure, it wasn’t the gun that made her do it – or a car, a truck, or a nerve agent? Those are only means…what was her motive?) Could it be that she was being influenced more by the bad news than the good news?”

 

“Christians? We all want to point the finger at something…an ideology, at some means, or at society in general. But there’s a mirror in front of us (James 1:23). It’s called the Word of God. That which tells us of a standard by which all actions are to be judged, recommends a course of action we seldom take…that of looking at the other fingers pointed back at us, We may not have pulled the trigger, or have steered the wheel, or released the gas…but we all have a responsibility of overcoming evil with good (Rom. 12:1).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we need Your help in getting the Good News out to others…and in overcoming evil with good; 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