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CLARITY – 5-18-19 Who Gets In to Change?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-18-19

Who Gets In to Change?

What’s Happening: “In a Rose Garden roll-out, the Trump Administration proposed sweeping reforms to our legal immigration system Thursday. Trump’s proposal increases applicants’ merit-based consideration from the current level of 20% to over 65%, making up the difference by reducing family-based considerations and removing the lottery-diversity program entirely. Democrats and their advocacy groups decry many things, including not dealing with the 11 million ‘dreamers’ and the plan’s overall vagueness. Republicans remind them that it is just a starting place, has no legislative power, and mandates employers joining an e-verify system (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-proposes-overhauling-legal-immigration-224654862.html). ‘Much work remains ahead of us on several issues, including the creation of market-based temporary worker programs and responsibly addressing the unauthorized alien population in the U.S., but the Chamber looks forward to working with the White House and Congress to find bipartisan solutions to fix our nation’s broken immigration system,’ said Neil Bradley, Executive V.P. of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Doesn’t that value one person over another? Is that even right?”

Biblical Response:  “It does…and I can’t think of anywhere it’s more appropriate. We have college admission being determined by SAT and ACT scores (unless your a parent trying to get your kid in – that’s said with tongue firmly placed in cheek), people preparing resume′s touting their education and experience, even the electorate considering a candidate’s qualifications before voting. Determining merit is biblical…the fact that we all fall short (Rom. 3:23) of that merit is why Christ had to come (Rom. 6:23; Rom. 5:8).”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in a merit-based entry system…only it’s admission to God’s eternal kingdom we seek, not some temporal country’s admission. Thankfully, we are leaning on Christ’s merits, not our own!”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, it seems those we have chosen to be our leaders are squabbling again…help us all to find peace and do what You would have us do; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

Share as you like, just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com.’ He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent

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CLARITY – 5-9-19 Great Responsibility

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-9-19

Great Responsibility

What’s Happening: “Yesterday, what many have said is the largest cache of weapons ever confiscated from the home of a private individual, was seized and catalogued by the LAPD. Where the over 1,000 weapons, some of them automatics, were seized is just as surprising: Holmby Hills, a posh Los Angeles neighborhood, next door to Beverly Hills and the location of the Playboy Mansion. The owner, Girard Saenz, 57, is being held on $50,000 bond and is accused of illegally selling firearms from his home (https://www.yahoo.com/news/police-seize-thousands-guns-piles-ammunition-los-angeles-052029825–abc-news-topstories.html). ‘I had never seen so many weapons in my career of 31 years,’ said LAPD Lt. Chris Ramirez. ‘That’s such a big arsenal in a residence like this, in this type of neighborhood. It’s astounding.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What about the 2nd Amendment? Doesn’t he have the right to own these guns?”

Biblical Response:  “Own? Yes (except for the automatic weapons). Sell? Perhaps not (I don’t know if he possesses the right permits and licenses, etc.). I’ll let the courts decide. Still, there’s a greater point to be made here. To use (or abuse) the old superhero’s mantra: ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’ And this warning: Those that live by the sword, will die by the sword (Matt. 26:52). Which is NOT to say there is anything wrong with gun (or sword) ownership. After all, Peter didn’t just happen to have a sword in the Garden of Gethsemane, he was instructed to take one (Luke 22:36-38). Training and restraint should be a prerequisite. The first can be taught…the second is more of a character issue.”

“Christians? We believe everyone has the right of self-protection…as it regard those of your own family, even more so (1 Tim. 5:8). However, a certain amount of wisdom should be exercised, especially when it comes to the awesome power of life and death (Rom. 8:6).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us exercise power with the wisdom only You can provide; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

Share as you like, just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com.’ He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent

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CLARITY – 12-28-18 Ill Eagle

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-28-18

Ill Eagle

What’s Happening: “Five hours after legal immigrant from Fiji Corporal Ronil Singh of Newman, California police took a Christmas photo with his wife and 5-month-old son, he was brutally murdered at a 1:00 am traffic stop on December 26, allegedly by an illegal.The suspect was pulled over for a DUI stop, and shot Singh who radioed his plight…then died of gunshot wounds at an area hospital. The suspect, considered armed and dangerous, is still at large (https://www.foxnews.com/us/suspect-in-fatal-california-cop-shooting-is-in-us-illegally-authorities-say). ‘This suspect…is in our country illegally. He doesn’t belong here. He is a criminal. We will find him, we will arrest him, we will bring him to justice,’ Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What a tragic thing to happen the day after Christmas.”

Biblical Response:  Anytime a cop is murdered, it’s a tragedy. And, I agree with you, the timing is even more tragic. So is the fact that the murder was allegedly perpetrated by an illegal…AGAINST A LEGAL! Immigration is in a gray area right now, but there could not be anything more tragic or more ironic.

“Christians? We should be committed to following laws that are on the books…and change those laws with which we disagree (1 Pet 2:13-15). Right now, our country is sick. It rewards those who violate the law, and kills those who respect it. This kind of sickness, if not soon cured, will tear us apart.

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, grant us the courage we need to take on injustice wherever it’s found; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

Share as you like; just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent

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CLARITY – 6-23-18 It’s TIME for Truth

 

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-23-18

 

It’s TIME for Truth

 

What’s Happening:  “Appearing on this week’s TIME magazine’s cover is a 2-year-old Honduran girl crying up to a photoshopped image of President Trump, but the deception doesn’t stop there. Further investigation reveals she wasn’t separated from the mother who kidnapped her from her unsuspecting father (who is still in Honduras)…and the mother has been deported before (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/truth-about-girl-on-cover-destroys-time-magazines-credibility-she-was-never-separated/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune). ‘On July 9, 2013, she was transferred to ICE ERO custody. On July 18, 2013, Sanchez was removed to Honduras under expedited removal,’ according to an ICE statement.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Oops!’”

 

Biblical Response:  “That would be my response, too… except many people believe the Fake News the media keeps pumping out. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want what is happening on our southern border any more than the next guy. It’s just that I think the problem is different AND the solution is different. What is the problem if not separating families? The problem is trying to enter the U.S. illegally. The solution: immigration reform. People willingly risk their lives and the lives of their family and try to enter illegally because we have not made it easy for them to do it legally…but dealing in falsehood is not the answer! (John 8:32)”

 

“Christians? Again, what a great opportunity! I haven’t heard of any churches who have opened up their facilities for housing…or any individuals who have opened up their homes (of course that may not be judged newsworthy or fit the media’s narrative). So, if there’s anyone out there who needs warm and dry housing, I have a couch. Oh, by the way….we will be praying over our food, and my wife teaches English at school.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to extend a hand of Christian compassion to those who truly seek asylum…or help us not to claim that moniker as our own; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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