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CLARITY – 4-16-18 Orban’s Orbit

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-16-18

 

Orban’s Orbit

 

What’s Happening:  “When Prime Minister of Hungary Victor Orban won re-election last week (in a landslide that likely yeilded him a ⅔ majority in their Parliament), it was a repudiation of ‘The United States of Europe’ concept in favor of an anti-immigration ‘Europe of sovereign nations’ ideal, an endorsing of his far-right Fidesz party (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hungary-election-orban/hungarys-orban-to-seek-eu-of-strong-nations-after-landslide-re-election-idUSKBN1HH12A). ‘“The Hungarian people have defined the most important issues: these are the questions of immigration and national sovereignty,’ said Orban.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “And what happens in Hungary matters to me how?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Living in myopic America may make most contemplate personal navels, but the increasing interconnectedness of our world in the 21st century means that every butterfly wing’s flap has its consequence.  In other words, what happens in Hungary may be uninteresting to some, but it does make a difference. Likely, what has happened in Hungary’s election is a reflection of Trumpism…a sweeping away of the old guard to make room for the new. Brexit, the election of Macron (of France), an exit by the U.S. from the pact on Climate Change, and now the election of Orban should be seen as examples of this. I’m not saying it’s altogether a good thing…or a bad thing…it’s just a thing.”

 

“Christians? Baron John Dalberg-Acton (1834-1902) was the first to say it, but ‘Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’ Whether it’s Trump, Macron or Orban, power is only checked by power.  ‘We the people’ must make our voice heard (Matt. 18:20).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to make our voice heard but not stridently…softly, but insistently; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 2-21-18 Last Hope

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-21-18

 

Last Hope

What’s Happening:  “In a ‘State of Hungary’ speech from Budapest,  President of Hungary Viktor Orban called Christianity Europe’s last hope. He was, no doubt, reacting to the loose immigration policies of France, Belgium and Germany as Islam slowly takes over demographically (https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-02-18/hungarian-leader-calls-christianity-europes-last-hope?platform=hootsuite). Hungary may seem insignificant and Orban’s voice small, but global forces of tolerance and self-determination seem to be governing in the U.N. and almost everywhere.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “And I don’t even own a burka!”

 

Biblical Response:  “There are a whole lot of things that will change (other than clothing) if we have a world with an Islamic consensus (owning clothing in vogue with the culture will be the least of your worries).. Western civilization was built on a Christian consensus (granted, there are assumptions that are not profitable for individual evangelism, but there are cultural advances that are its result, too). The lie that makes all this possible is that allah and Jehovah are just different names for the same God.”

 

“Christians? If “the truth will set you free” (John 8:32), a lie will enslave you. Don’t think there’s any difference between allah and Jehovah? You obviously haven’t read the Koran or studied history. Sure, we’ve made mistakes…sometimes glaring ones (the Crusades come to mind), but much good has been done, too (hospitals, schools, and feeding programs, etc.). As the bumper sticker says, “Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven.” Besides, Mohammed didn’t rise from the dead, Jesus did. I have no doubt Christianity will win out in the end, I just hope we don’t have centuries of repression and domination to overcome.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may Viktor’s plea be heard and heeded…before it’s too late; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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