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CLARITY – 1-19-19 Running with the Wind

CLARITY

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

Running with the Wind

What’s Happening: “Announcing on January 12 that she would run for President in 2020, Tulsi Gabbard (Democrat Rep. from Hawaii) apologized again for her past statements made against the LGBTQ community. She might have been bending to the prevailing cultural wind…her past statements and actions were particularly condemning (https://www.yahoo.com/news/tulsi-gabbard-apologizes-past-anti-gay-views-195302777.html). Supporting her mom’s views, she was earlier in her life quoted as saying, ‘This war of deception and hatred against my mom is being waged by homosexual activists because they know, that if elected, she will not allow them to force their values down the throats of the children in our schools.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “People have a right to change their views, don’t they?”

Biblical Response:  “Of course they do…even if they are just ‘going along, to get along.’ They also have the right to join in the fate of those they have previously condemned (for that fate, you need to read: 1 Cor. 6:9-10 and 1 Tim. 1:8-11).

You certainly get smooth sailing by running with the wind, but tacking against the wind might take you more in the right direction. Sure, the sailing is more difficult and the opposition will mean it takes you longer to get there, but you might like the destination more.”

“Christians? Standing against the cultural winds has been our lot for centuries (even millenia), but the truth is as unchanging as God (Heb. 13:8)…that’s how you know it’s the truth.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may our leaders speak the truth in love; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 5-26-18 Things That Don’t Burn

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-26-18

 

Things That Don’t Burn

 

What’s Happening:  “The Kilauea volcano (on the big island of Hawaii) continues to spew from its summit and from fissures as much as 25 miles away. There are now 3 flows that have reached the ocean, sending clouds of steam filled with particles of glass skyward (https://www.yahoo.com/news/latest-ash-hawaii-volcano-settles-small-towns-202914961.html. Officials in Hawaii County said a fissure that opened earlier (almost two dozen fissures far from the summit have opened) joined the two flows that entered the ocean and became a third flow into the sea Thursday.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Burn, baby, burn!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Perhaps something a bystanding pyromaniac in fascination would say…why is it Man is so fascinated by burning things (or, at least things that should burn)? – I’m thinking about Moses who ‘turned aside’ to see the strange sight of a bush that burned, but was not consumed (Ex. 3:4). Still, it’s a small fraction of a rural area on a huge island and no real cause for concern for anybody but fear-mongering reporters.”

 

“Christians? As for the fascination with fire…maybe it stems from the burning bush experience; maybe from those who will burn in hell without being consumed – all the pain – no relief (Rev. 20:14-15). Don’t think they will not be burned? How else will they proclaim that He is Lord? (Phil. 2:10-11). Kneel now or later…but you will kneel.”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let us not lose sight of all that we have avoided by making You Lord; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 5-5-18 Surprise! Surprise!

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-5-18

 

Surprise! Surprise!

 

What’s Happening:  “No, it was not an exclamation from a rerun of Gomer Pyle, USMC (‘Surprise! Surprise!’ was a comment Jim Nabors often made on the series), but it was real. The Kilauea Volcano, located on the Big Island (Hawaii) erupted and surprised residents as 1,500 evacuated at least two subdivisions yesterday. The volcano has been continuously erupting since 1983, so it should have come as no real surprise (https://www.yahoo.com/news/hawaii-apos-most-active-volcano-123519315.html). ‘It sounded like if you were to put a bunch of rocks into a dryer and turn it on as high as you could. You could just smell sulfur and burning trees and underbrush and stuff,’ said Jeremiah Osuna, local resident.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Guess I won’t be planning any Hawaiian trips soon!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Actually, Hawaii’s pretty big (the eruption occurred 220 miles from the Oahu Airport). Besides, many people visit the islands because they WANT to see an active volcano…not too closely, mind you. Building close to a volcano? Well, the insurance is probably high, and eruptions, while maybe disappointing, should be no surprise.”

 

“Christians? There are a few things that are inevitable…things that can be prepared for, but will, no doubt, occur. Like the Judgement (Heb. 9:27). Any person who does not prepare, or is not sure that God or the judgment exists…may indeed be surprised.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, there are some things that surprise. Help us not to be surprised with the inevitable; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-15-18 What Would You Do?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-15-18

 

What Would You Do?

 

What’s Happening:  “At 8:07 am (their time), Saturday, the Civil Defense System sent out a message to anyone with a smartphone in Hawaii; BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER . THIS IS NOT A DRILL. And, as was discovered and people were notified 38 minutes later, it wasn’t…it was a mistake. People huddled in garages, called loved ones to say goodbye, some even prayed (https://www.yahoo.com/news/hawaii-apos-false-missile-alert-044316057.html).  Governor of Hawaii, David Ige tweeted: ‘Today is a day most of us will never forget. A terrifying day when our worst nightmares appeared to become a reality. A day where we frantically grabbed what we could, tried to figure out how and where to shelter and protect ourselves and our ohana, said our “I love yous,’”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “I wish I were selling fallout shelters in Hawaii.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Or anywhere, for that matter. Seriously, why hasn’t anyone come up with a mylar-thin lead sheet…like a space blanket…to huddle under? I mean, they can roll out aluminum to make aluminum foil…why not lead foil? Whether it works or not might be irrelevant…at least folks would be thinking it would and have some peace. Of course, that’s not the real question. The real question is: ARE YOU READY? Whether or not Un decides to lob a missile at Hawaii or some mainland U. S. city would be irrelevant to the guy in a fatal car crash tomorrow (with California just making recreational marijuana legal, that might be an increasing possibility). One thing is certain, we’re all going to die…someday.

 

“Christians? In a sense, WE will not die (John 11:26)…at least we are not going to experience the second death (Rev. 2:11, etc.). The first death…well, Adam and Eve made that a certainty (Heb. 9:27; Rom. 3:23). We don’t need missile insurance, but a little fire insurance might go a long way.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the creativity and courage that living in this world will take…and the sense to prepare for an uncertain future…of course, for Some it IS certain; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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