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CLARITY – 12-31-19 Retribution

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-31-19

Retribution

What’s Happening: “Protesters stormed the American embassy in Baghdad earlier today to object to the air attack on Iran-backed militia bases in Iraq by U.S. warplanes Sunday. The attack killed 25 and wounded 55. The air attack on Kataib Hezbollah forces was in retaliation for the killing of an American civilian contractor killed by an Iranian rocket attack on an Iraqi base. The protesters disbursed after they were repelled by stun grenades and tear gas (https://www.yahoo.com/news/protesters-outside-u-baghdad-embassy-085751803.html). ‘Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will,’ Trump tweeted.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Whatever happened to ‘vengeance is Mine’?”

Biblical Response:  “You are referring to the passage in Romans 12;19 or Hebrews 10:30 (of course, Paul was quoting Deut. 32:35 when he said it). How do you know that the retribution that came was not ultimately from God? That God uses other nations’ acts to effect His will is nothing new (I’m thinking the enslavement of Israel under Egypt and the Babylonian captivity, etc.). Is this the case here? As a friend recently reminded, ‘It is above my pay grade.’ Still, it wouldn’t surprise me.”

“Christians? We believe that vengeance is an arena that should be exclusively left to God…we also believe in being an instrument in God’s hand.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be careful to not usurp You…I guess it takes discernment….of course, that would take prayer and a heart tuned to the voice of the Holy Spirit (which may be His underlying purpose)…so be it; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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Reader:

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CLARITY – 7-19-19 Lest We Forget

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -7-19-19

Lest We Forget

What’s Happening: “25 years have passed, but the memory is still fresh…at least for the 85 victims’ families who were killed (hundreds more were wounded) in the 1992 attack and again in the 1994 Hezbollah bombings that hit two Jewish sites in Argentina. Although there have been accusations of a cover-up and a plethora of investigations, no one has yet been incarcerated (https://www.yahoo.com/news/argentina-honors-terror-attack-victims-152226960.html). In addition to the grief experienced in today’s recollections there will be much celebration tomorrow at the 50th anniversary ceremony of Neil Armstrong’s historic walk on the moon. He became the first man on the moon, saying, ‘One small step for man, one giant leap for Mankind.’ (https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/armstrong-walks-on-moon).  These two events represent the broad spectrum of Man’s tragedies and triumphs.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So, am I to be sad or happy?”

Biblical Response:  “Both…respectively. And there are lessons to be learned from both. That the price of liberty is eternal vigilance (pay attention Argentina – actually, Thomas Jefferson might be the original author in 1817)…and that few things of greatness are accomplished without the help of others (there were 400,000 engineers and millions of taxpayers that made Neil Armstrong’s feat possible). And we are right to cry and rejoice. In fact, we are commanded by God to do so (Rom. 1:15). And we are to remember…that anything is possible…bad or good. The real importance is that we learn what we are supposed to learn…lest we condemned to learn those lessons again.”

“Christians? We believe in learning…and in remembering. Only God has the luxury of forgetting…and we are still the beneficiaries of that (Jer. 31:34).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to remember, as painful or joyful as that may be…and LEARN; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY -4-10-19 Guilt by Association

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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.”

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CLARITY – 8-18-18 Nap Time Is Over!

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-18-18

Nap Time Is Over!

 

What’s Happening:  “Iran has sleeper cells (in the form of terrorists like Hezbollah) ready to strike within the U.S….so said intel officers to Congress recently (https://greatamericanpolitics.com/2018/08/congress-warned-iranian-backed-terrorist-sleeper-cells-in-us-ready-to-attack/).  Worse than that, since the U.S. has pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal and has imposed sanctions these ‘sleeper cells’ might be awakened (https://freebeacon.com/national-security/iranian-backed-sleeper-cell-militants-hibernating-u-s-positioned-attack/). ‘Hezbollah is probably the most experienced and professional terrorist organization in the world,’ even more so than ISIS and Al Qaeda. So says Rep. Peter King, (R-NY) and member of the House Homeland Security Committee.” ”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Probably just more fear-mongering.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…but that what folks were saying on September 10, 2001. Things are never desperate…UNTIL THEY’RE DESPERATE! Why are they called ‘sleeper cells?’ Because they are ‘asleep’ (hidden in plain sight) until they are ‘awakened” (activated to perform some terrorist attack).”

 

Christians? We know all about ‘sleeper cells’ (I’m sorry, perhaps I should have used the more familiar term ‘churches’). Sure, Pastors are trying to ‘awaken’ them, but an hour on Sunday is just not enough…so the jobs of ‘going into wall the world’ and ‘teaching them whatsoever I command’ don’t get done (Matt. 28:18-20). Neither does vigilance (1 Pet. 5:8), which might come in handy just now.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to awaken and get about the business of why You left us here, anyway; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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