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CLARITY – 3-16-19 Bucking the Wind

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-16-19

Bucking the Wind

What’s Happening: “In the unshocking first veto of Trump’s presidency yesterday, he upheld his National Emergency declaration and made many happy – and many sad. The final vote he overthrew? In the House, 245 (including 13 Republicans) to 182 voted to undo the declaration – a majority, but not enough to override a veto. In the Republican-controlled Senate (53 – R), Trump was repudiated by a vote of 59 to 41 (12 Republicans joined with all the Democrats); still not enough to override a veto. Still, Pelosi has scheduled an override vote on March 26 (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-issues-first-veto-continuing-border-emergency-195420804.html). Quoting the article: ‘Today I am vetoing this resolution,” said Trump. “Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it and I’m very proud to veto it.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Doesn’t that veto set a bad precedent for some future Democrat President?”

Biblical Response:  “As if the last 56 times past Presidents have declared National Emergencies weren’t enough! Actually, Trump’s statement that he had the ‘duty to veto it’ was accurate. If he truly felt there was a crisis on the border – and those behind him at the signing ceremony seemed to think so – he really had no choice. If illegal border crossings (and apprehensions) go down after the wall is built, he’ll be proved right. If not, he was just fulfilling a campaign promise on the taxpayer’s dime – a political stunt. Time will tell.”

“Christians? Bucking the wind is what we’ve grown accustomed to…and we shouldn’t be surprised when the standards we demand of ourselves are unpopular (1 John 2:15). Should President Trump be surprised if his veto is unpopular? Since when should leaders’ convictions be governed by popularity?  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the courage of our convictions … and help us to be reluctant (but not intractable) to commit; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 4-12-18 Family First

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-12-18

 

Family First

 

What’s Happening:  “When Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan,  announced yesterday that he would not seek reelection…that he was resigning after his term was up, Democrats cheered, no doubt, but those sounds were probably drowned out by cheering from his family. Although Democrats are calling it ‘fleeing a sinking ship,’ he said he doesn’t want to be known by his kids as a ‘weekend Dad’ (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43729218). ‘You all know that I did not seek this job. I took it reluctantly,’ Ryan said. ‘But I have given this job everything. I have no regrets whatsoever for having accepted this responsibility. But the truth is, it’s easy for it to take over everything in your life, and you can’t just let that happen.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “You mean I have Nancy Pelosi to look forward to?!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Let’s hope not…even if the Democrats win the 23 seats necessary to flip the House (and nearly 30 Republicans have resigned – some term-limited by their state), they still have to elect a Speaker and it’s not clear that Pelosi would win. Also, as far as legislative progress is concerned, there are over two dozen Senators up for reelection and 24 of them are Democrats. ”

 

“Christians? Although we might hate to see a young (48) clean-cut conservative Republican go, we can sympathize with him. Family must come first (Gal. 6:10), but it’s hard to lose a calm voice amidst so much shouting…SUCH DRAMA! ”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our leaders to navigate their mixed priorities successfully;  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