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CLARITY – 8-10-19 Citizenship is Everything

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -8-10-19

Citizenship is Everything

What’s Happening: “The recent (Wednesday) ICE raids, which netted 680 illegal immigrants from seven chicken processing plants in Mississippi, managed to arrest 122 from Mexico, 176 from Guatemala, and 2 from Honduras; according to officials, all these foreign citizens were given future court dates. Although the raids temporarily housed those arrested in nearby air hangars until they were processed, 300 of them were released with instructions to appear in court (https://www.yahoo.com/news/hundreds-mexicans-guatemalans-among-those-114016514.html). Arresting illegal immigrants has been a priority of the Trump presidency.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Leave those poor people alone – they are doing jobs others don’t want – at least at a wage that is less.”

Biblical Response:  “That’s the whole point…if they continue down that path, they will be poor for the foreseeable future…and they are taking what should be American jobs…and the employers are complicit. Employers are opportunists. Capitalism makes them naturally want undesirable jobs done at the least wages possible.- this increases their profits. They take advantage of the illegals’ desperate circumstances to give them a pittance wage for jobs that are otherwise hard to fill. They will continue this practice until laws are enforced and employers are made to check national databases for true eligibility. Industry and hard work are to be rewarded (Prov. 6:6-11; 13:4), but not at the cost of integrity – on the part of the illegal (already trying to circumvent the law by coming here surreptitiously) or the employer. Sure, the price of chicken might go up, but perhaps prices have been artificially low. ‘Cheap’ can be too expensive.”

“Christians? We should be championing the industriousness of the immigrant who is legal, noting that our citizenship is important, too. Obviously, I’m not talking about an earthly citizenship, but a heavenly one (Phil. 1:20; 3:27). While we are to be compassionate toward the illegal immigrants’ plight, we should encourage them to take the slower route to improvement staying in their own country might demand – taking our own advice, at the same time.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be compassionate, but realize we do no favor by looking the other way; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 7-17-19 Them That Have the Rule

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -7-17-19

Them That Have the Rule

What’s Happening: “In cities across the land, illegal immigrants are being rounded up for deportation. LULAC, or League of United Latin American Citizens, are none too happy about it and are providing their constituency with answers to give if approached by federal officers. Numbers of people arrested is unavailable. As an example, immigration attorney, Arturo Rios said he is trying to quell the fears of undocumented immigrants in the Tampa Bay, Florida area (https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2019/07/16/bay-area-immigrant-community-in-fear-of-ice-raids). ‘I can tell you that it’s mass hysteria in the immigrant community, because they believe it’s a mass crackdown on anybody that’s here without proper documentation. We have nothing to say that Tampa Bay area or Central Florida is being targeted. Of course, that could change in a heartbeat,” Rios said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Should I be concerned?.”

Biblical Response:  “No, unless you are not here legally or if you’ve hired somebody that’s an illegal immigrant (oops! I mean the more politically-correct ‘undocumented worker’ – what about those children we hear so much about? They aren’t workers. No, but they are ‘future workers’). Besides, ICE is only deporting those who’ve already been notified of their deportation status and have not shown up for deportation…and many of them were prior felons. The Bible is quite clear: 

‘Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit (to them): for they watch in

 behalf of your souls, as they that shall give account; that they may do this with joy, and not with grief: for this (were) unprofitable for you.’ (Heb. 13:17 ASV)

LULAC and other non-profits out there still have the obligation to set good examples. Their lack of submission (and their instructing of others how not to submit) is just plain wrong. If you disagree with a law, petition Congress to change the law, don’t foment rebellion. But you say Congress is non-responsive. Then elect others.

“Christians? We too have the obligation to submit. If we disagree, we, if we are American voters, have the right (and obligation) to elect those who will change the laws…or we can go to jail – Paul spent much of his life there. We should just be thankful we are Americans. Many others don’t have that option. That’s why immigrants line up to get in America – you don’t see that anywhere else – certainly not in Iran, North Korea, Russia, Red China, etc…

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be grateful and submissive to ‘them that have the rule’; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 7-9-19 Citizenship and the Census

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -7-9-19

Citizenship and the Census

What’s Happening: “The Department of Justice announced a new legal team (identified) and a new legal strategy (unidentified) to have another run at getting a citizenship question added on the 2020 Census. Asking a citizenship question, though vehemently protested by Democrats for what they claim will result in gross under-counts of immigrants, is not unprecedented. The 1950 Census had a citizenship question on it (https://news.yahoo.com/trump-administration-tells-court-push-185946959.html). ‘Q: Are you going to issue an executive order on the census?’A: President Trump: ‘We’re thinking about doing that. It’s one of the ways, we have four or five ways we can do it. It’s one of the ways we’re thinking of doing it.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Aren’t their biblical bans on numbering yourselves?”

Biblical Response:  “Yes, and no (Num. 1:49; 1 Chr. 27:23). It really depends on why you’re numbering – do you exult in your own strength or God’s? Citizenship is really another matter as citizenship is a determining factor of benefits – both in America (of course, we call them ‘entitlements’ here) and in the kingdom of God (strict admission guidelines are in place for the latter – Rev. 20:11-15). Being citizens of heaven (Phil. 3:20), we have certain rules we play by (it’s called the Word of God). Actually, we sort of have dual citizenship. Not that we accept worldly obligations, but we do recognize there are certain laws as American we have to obey (and that is right – 1 Tim. 2:1-2).”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in exclusivity and obligations of citizenship – and the obligations as Americans are subservient to the obligations of citizenship in the kingdom of God. Hopefully we elect leaders who pass laws our obedience to which does not create a conflict for us.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to see through the political maze to find that path that honors both of our obligations; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-29-18 Shutdown Govt?…Immigration?…Border?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-29-18

Shutdown…of Govt?…of Immigration?…of Border?

What’s Happening: “Yesterday, the President, in the face of a government shutdown, said he may shutdown the entire southern border. There is currently an impasse between Democrats and Republicans over the demanded $5 Billion (really only a downpayment on the overall border security cost of $26 Billion). What this Congress, which is currently on permanent recess, or the one scheduled to convene January 3, 2019, with a newly elected Democrat majority, will do is anybody’s guess…but it’s a cinch they won’t call any money allocated: “for the wall” (https://www.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-venting-fury-over-151943226.html).  ‘I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught – and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!” the President tweeted.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “How long can the government be shut down?!”

Biblical Response:  “The popular mantra among the media..and Chicken Little…is the sky is falling. It’s not. 87% of government services will continue unabated. There is nothing to fret…unless, of course, you are John Kerry or his family  (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/john-kerrys-family-fights-border-security-palatial-french-villa-terrorism/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=patriotupdate&utm_campaign=dailyam&utm_content=libertyalliance). What is sauce for the goose is apparently not sauce for the gandee.

“Christians? Some Universalists and Unitarians might disagree, but heaven is only for those who come though the gate…and there is a wall (allowing access for the righteous – and excluding others). Sure, I know Christ died for everyone…but all have not received His gift.

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the love to pray for others; we’ll leave the judgement to the Judge; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 11-20-18 The Gray Area is Not Gray

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-20-18

The Grey Area is Not Gray

 

What’s Happening: “A Judge has ordered that asylum seekers don’t have to go to official ports of entry to be legal…nullifying Trump’s Executive Order to the contrary. Maybe this will give new hope to the caravan…maybe the order will be appealed…hopefully, Congress will bring this up (https://www.yahoo.com/news/legal-groups-argue-court-against-trump-asylum-ban-193608107.html). ‘Whatever the scope of the President’s authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden,’ said Obama appointee Judge Tigar.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess there is no gray area…an asylum seeker can enter anywhere.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yep…according to the judge…which may be why a wall gets approved. The Congress may be in a “lame duck” session, but till the new Congress gets sworn in…and there’s a funding bill coming…the Republicans still have the Legislative and the Executive. I wonder what they’ll do with it.”

 

“Christians? Oh, we believe in immigration…after all, we are ‘aliens’ ourselves (John 18:36). And we have been left here to make a difference. However, we have also been called to obey the laws of the land…whether we agree with them or not (Tit. 3:1). Of course, there is a higher authority and a higher law (Acts 4:19-21).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we want to be merciful we don’t want our grace to exceed Your purposes…give us wisdom; 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