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CLARITY – 1-4-19 Not Universal

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-4-19

Not Universal

What’s Happening: “Although (and not unexpectedly) Nancy Pelosi won the election of Speaker of the House, it was not unanimous (actually 12 Democrats did not vote for her). In fact, the only thing unanimous about the vote was the unanimous opposition of House Republicans (https://www.yahoo.com/news/democrats-didnt-vote-nancy-pelosi-house-speaker-202202741.html). She did not take impeachment of the President off the table after her election (https://dcalert.com/2019/01/03/pelosi-vague-about-impeaching-indicting-trump/), but left other lieutenants to introduce bills to do just that (https://www.dailywire.com/news/39931/breaking-democrats-introduce-bill-eliminate-ryan-saavedra?utm_source=cnemail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=010419-news&utm_campaign=position1). What will come of it all? Will the Democrats legislate or investigate? It remains to be seen.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I thought the government was ‘shut down’…how can anybody do anything?”

Biblical Response:  “‘…mostly dead is still slightly alive’…as was remarked by Miracle Max (played by Billy Christol) in the Princess Bride. Or, you might say: ‘Shutdown, but not as you think of SHUT DOWN.’ Or as some would say, ‘The show must go on.’ In any case, the above articles (links) paint an ongoing, but not universal picture. It might do well to have a ‘wait-and-see’ attitude.”

“Christians? Although unanimity is seldom reached, unity should be sought (Heb. 12:14). Sometimes it is not possible (Rom. 12:18), but still it should be sought.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give our elected leaders the civility that elevates us all, not the incivility that only underscores barbarism; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 11-29-18 The Cure

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-29-18

The Cure

 

What’s Happening: “You could probably have titled today’s blog: “You’re Fired,” but President Trump had little to do with the impeachment Wednesday of three (of the five) West Virginia Supreme Court Justices (actually, additionally Justice Menis Ketchum retired and agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud and the remaining Justice will probably be impeached, too). This is the cure West Virginia’s Founders (and America’s too) created for “lifetime” appointments (https://leadpatriot.com/three-members-of-wv-supreme-court-impeached-in-one-day-then-comes-number-four/347/). Allow me to highly recommend a book: Impeachment: Restraining an Overactive Judiciary, by historian and political activist/Christian, and my friend, David Barton (https://wallbuilders.com/summer-1997/).”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “They’re all Democrats and the legislature is predominantly Republican…isn’t that fishy?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yeah, but those same legislators were elected by a majority, too. That’s the way our system works. Winston Churchill may have been quoting Richard M. Langworth when he famously quipped: “Democracy is the worst form of government…except for all the others.” There might be a higher standard for our judges, but there should be. When you appoint (some states vote) a judge, you are setting up a man or woman to decide the fates of those that come before them. That’s an awesome power and responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly.”

 

“Christians? Probably the most quoted verse comes from Matthew 7:1: “Judge not…” The problem is that almost nobody quotes that verse in context. The rest of the verse is: “…that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” (Matt. 7:1-2 KJV) We are called to judge angels (1 Cor. 6:3)…of course nobody wants to live the kind of life that qualifies them to be anybody’s judge.” Of course, what qualifies anyone is Christ’s sacrifice.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to live a life above reproach, not to just settle for the world’s standards;  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 – 8-23-18 Dumb Like a Fox

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-23-18

Dumb Like a Fox

 

What’s Happening:  “Mark Levin, Constitutional scholar, and former Chief of Staff for Attorney General Edwin Meese under President Reagan, said on Fox News Tuesday night (to Sean Hannity): ‘The general counsel for the Clinton mob family, Lanny Davis, he had his client (Michael Cohen) plead guilty to two counts of criminality that don’t exist..’ (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/levin-trumps-clear-clinton-lawyer-cohen-plead-crimes-dont-exist/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-CT&utm_campaign=dailypm&utm_content=conservative-tribune). Trump supporters will hope he’s right…the DNC will hope he’s wrong.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Is that an ‘Oops!’?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…it might end up in the Supreme Court…which may be altered  by the hearings for Kavanaugh…which begin September 4. I guess we won’t know for a while…though the mainstream press will negative prognosticate, no doubt. Cohen says he has more to say, and Manafort has another trial to go. I guess it all comes down to who wins the midterms.”

 

Christians? Sometimes, there is distraction, but we are called to be wise as serpents and gentle as doves (Matt. 10:16).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to choose leaders with no hidden agendas…whose promises of transparency are only exceeded by their performance; 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 – 3-23-18 Republicans Call for Impeachment?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-23-18

 

Republicans Call for Impeachment?

 

What’s Happening:  “Unsurprisingly, Senate RINO’s Flake and Graham (both support gun control and amnesty, etc.) have indicated they would be in favor of Presidential impeachment if Trump fires Mueller (http://greatamericandaily.com/two-rino-senators-plan-to-impeach-trump/). Flake tweeted, ‘We are begging the President not to fire the special counsel. Don’t create a Constitutional crisis. Congress cannot preempt such a firing. Our only Constitutional remedy is after the fact, through impeachment. No one wants that outcome. Mr. President, please don’t go there.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Is Trump really going to fire Mueller?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably not, that’s just a made-up media narrative…more ‘Fake News.’ Still, Senators Flake and Graham seem to have drawn a line in the sand. No one should favor chaos…and that’s just what would happen with Trump’s impeachment.”

 

“Christians?  We should not favor unjust impeachment either…anytime authority is disrespected everyone loses…which is why the electorate ultimately wants to ‘drain the swamp.’ Don’t forget that the swamp must then be replaced….I guess that’s what November is for . The qualifications for bishops given in Timothy would be well applied to Congressmen (1 Tim. 3:2).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, I know it’s important for the Church to have good leadership, but we might need Your wisdom in selecting political leaders, too; 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