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CLARITY – 6-7-19 Stepping Up

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -6-7-19

Stepping Up

What’s Happening: “Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard is hopeful that further negotiations or what his government has done so far by sending 6000 National Guard troops to his country’s southern border to stop Guatemalan immigrants on their way to the U.S border will be enough to avoid the promised increase in tariffs that are due to begin Monday (5%, then another 5% each month until 25% is reached). Democrats want to remove President Trump’s ability to unilaterally impose tariffs through declaring National Emergencies (https://www.yahoo.com/news/mexico-scrambles-slow-migrants-trump-tariffs-loom-221454340.html). ‘The U.S. position is focused on migrant control measures, ours is on development,’ Ebrard said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Securing their own southern border…isn’t that just what they’re supposed to do?”

Biblical Response:  “Yeah, but everything costs money. Besides, immigrants are a source of income (‘transit fees’, “human trafficking fees’ – also called graft – ‘coyote fees’ etc….oh, and a major source of future Democrat votes). Stepping up to their responsibilities as a real government reminds me of a scripture encouraging Christians to step up to their responsibilities:

“Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” (1 Cor. 16:13 NASU)”

“Christians? Though we’re often as guilty as the next guy, we know better…and we feel bad about it…hopefully, enough to repent and change. However, the temptation to follow our own interests or take the path of least resistance is strong. God help us.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our leaders (and us) to do the right thing; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 6-19-18 Paying the Price

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-19-18

 

Paying the Price

 

What’s Happening:  “You drive over 100mph and you pay the price…at least in southern Texas…or if you try to smuggle illegals into the U. S. (which may be the case…at least the five killed and the other nine injured seem to be undocumented)…who knew the subsequent crash would lead to injuries, murder charges and the destruction of an SUV (the price  – unintended consequences – apparently not unusual)? (https://www.yahoo.com/news/texas-border-control-crash-leaves-221109363.html).  ‘The vehicle was traveling around 100 miles an hour,’ Dimmit County Sheriff Boyd reported. ‘The vehicle ran off the road and caught gravel and then tried to re-correct and then caused the vehicle to turn over several times.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “A little excitement!”

 

Biblical Response:  “You think? I guess it’s better to seek asylum with your “family’…even if children are separated from ‘parents.’ A high-speed chase may be ho-hum for the Border Patrol, but I dare-say the crash and subsequent fireball weren’t.”

 

“Christians? Of course, we’re for legal immigration and against human trafficking…smuggling or sexual.  Paying the price? Not so much…Jesus has already done that (Rom. 6:23). The law of reaping and sowing (Gal. 6:7), however, still may cost something (Rom. 6:23 has to do with eternal life).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to consider the costs before we act; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 2-17-18 It Took a Miracle

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-17-18

 

It Took a Miracle

What’s Happening:  “How about some good news for a change? An American Airlines ticket agent, working at Sacramento International Airport, called the sheriff when two girls, 15 and 17, tried to check in for a flight to New York…which may have been for the purpose of human trafficking. The agent, Denise Miracle (yes, that’s her real name) is being called a hero (https://www.yahoo.com/news/american-airlines-agent-saves-2-153552330.html). Quoting Miracle, ‘It was a first-class ticket. It was very expensive. I told a supervisor, ‘I’m going to call the sheriff. It just doesn’t feel right to me,’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess their parents were relieved!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Shocked is more likely. Their girls had told them they were spending the night at a friend’s house. They were lured by a free ticket (though the one-way ticket they’d been told was 2-way) and an offer of $2,000 to model for a video. Wouldn’t they have been surprised?”

 

“Christians? We’ve all got a price…hopefully Christians realize they’ve been bought with a price (1 Cor. 7:23). Being “not your own” (1 Cor. 6:20) takes a little getting used to. We have to ask the Owner for permission for everything questionable. The trouble comes when we want to do (or allow to be done) things we used to do, but that are no longer allowed.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the discretion and the discernment we need…the discretion not to succumb to our old defaults, and the discernment not to ask in the first place for permission to do those things we already know He will respond to negatively; 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