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CLARITY -4-10-19 Guilt by Association

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-10-19

Guilt by Association

What’s Happening: “When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo officially designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IGRC) a terrorist group, it was unprecedented…but long expected. Iran immediately saw the move as Trump supporting Israel’s Netanyahu (who was running for reelection  yesterday). Iran has long been in material support of Hamas and Hezbollah and is suspected of being behind the 1996 Khobar Towers attack and the attempt on the life of the Saudi Ambassador in 2011 in Washington, D.C. Add to that the ongoing detention of U.S. citizens (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-takes-unprecedented-action-against-iran-165738982.html). ‘The Iranian regime’s use of terror as a tool of statecraft makes it fundamentally different from any other government. This historic step will deprive the world’s leading state sponsor of terror the financial means to spread misery and death around the world,’ said Pompeo.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Yeah, but to designate a whole country’s military!”

Biblical Response:  “Whether it’s guilt by association or they’ve been caught red-handed (no pun intended), they get what they’ve earned. You can’t do the things they’ve done with impunity forever. I hear no military leaders from the IGRC denouncing terrorism….oh, that’s right, they’d probably get shot!”

“Christians? We are told not to be friends with corruption (1 Cor. 15:33; Prov. 22:24). Their desire is to infect because misery loves company. We are recommended, rather to associate with men of good character (Prov. 13:20).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, teach us to influence others for good, not evil; 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 – 12-7-18 Making the Naughty List

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-7-18

Making the Naughty List

 

What’s Happening: “Nikki Haley, as U. S. Ambassador to the U.N., proposed an official resolution of condemnation of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas yesterday…and it failed to get the ⅔ majority required. She may be leaving her post at year’s end, but you can rest assured that the U.S. (and Israel) is taking note of who supported the resolution and who did not (https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-fails-win-enough-support-u-n-condemn-234533621.html). Hamas has lobbed dozens of missiles at Israel lately. ‘Before the General Assembly can credibly advocate compromise and reconciliation between the Palestinians and Israel, it must on record, unambiguously and unconditionally, condemn Hamas terrorism,’ Haley said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Once again the U.N. proves its irrelevancy.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yep…but it had help (Kuwait proposed a resolution that made the condemnation measure a ⅔ vote, instead of a simple majority). Of course, Israel would object, and nobody fears loss when it votes against it…but the U.S. might not give as much or any largesse to those who voted against them: a threat that could really mean something.”

 

“Christians? We are against any violence (Heb. 12:14) that is random and kills innocents. The Palestinians might argue that all Israelis are guilty of prejudice against them. That’s like the frog telling the leaf it is green (the political correctness police accuse those who use a more familiar phrase of racism); they call for the destruction of Israel. Forget the US., it’s not a good idea to get on God’s bad side,”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let us never get weary of doing what is right…or condemning those who do wrong; 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 – 6-21-18 Meanwhile…Back and Forth

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-21-18

 

Meanwhile…Back and Forth

 

What’s Happening:  “Meanwhile, as if border troubles, denuclearization talks, trade wars, and the legalization of marijuana in Canada were not enough to be dealing with, Israel just hit targets in Gaza, in response to Hamas sending 45 rockets crashing into Israeli neighborhoods, in response to Israel’s targeting of kite and balloon launch sites (Palestinians have been sending over the border incendiary devices),which was in response to…it seems the world is busy (http://www.siouxlandproud.com/news/israel-says-it-struck-hamas-after-rocket-attacks-from-gaza/1250264765). ‘Just imagine living in fear..’ said Cabinet Minister Naftali Bennett.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Just more reasons to realize things are out of control!”

 

Biblical Response:  “You mean, just more fodder for prayer. ‘In the world, you shall have tribulation…(John 16:33)…but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.’As long as we’re in this world,we’ll have to deal with the chaos of this world. Thankfully, ‘Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.’ (1 John 4:4)

 

“Christians? We realize that there are two competing agendas (John 10:10)…and which one will prevail.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to see all the chaos around us and rejoice…not only do we have the answer, we know the Answer…and better still, He knows 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 to 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 – 6-15-18 Majority Report

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-15-18

 

Majority Report

 

What’s Happening:  “Last evening, on a 62 for, 58 against, 42 abstentions vote, the U. N. failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed for the U.S.-led amendment to also condemn Hamas for lobbing over 100 rockets into Israel. Instead, the resolution to condemn Israel passed by a vote of 120 for, 8 against and 45 abstentions – the vote obviously received much Islamic-nation support had(https://www.yahoo.com/news/latest-palestinians-urge-un-condemn-israel-over-gaza-210331357.html). The draft resolution being considered Wednesday (without the U.S,-led amendment) was proposed by Arab and Islamic countries. ”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I thought the majority was always right.”

 

Biblical Response:  “This may be an American pipe dream – or maybe it presumes a Christian consensus – in any case, due to the fallen nature of man, society’s recent bent all but assures the majority is wrong. Sad, but true. It was John Adams who said: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” He was right.”

 

“Christians? Oh, we believe in the rule of the majority, WHEN that majority decides anything that lines up with God’s Word (James 1:22). Unredeemed Man is seldom right…and then only by accident. That is why taking God’s Word out of public education only assures anarchy.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, since what we believe (especially the young and impressionable) is primarily the responsibility of the family, bring revival to this land. Help us to be that ‘shining light on a hill’ that is our destiny;in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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