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CLARITY – 10-5-19 Deceptive Lull

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-5-19

Deceptive Lull

What’s Happening: “The lack of Iranian action is deafening to some – case in point: Vice Admiral of U.S. Fifth Fleet Jim Malloy. He shared with Reuters there has been a lull in external actions – after the missile strike on Saudi oil fields September 14 – but says he does not take non-response as inactivity.  Although the Iranians have flatly denied involvement (the Iranian-backed Yemeni Houthis have claimed responsibility), the nations of the UK, Germany, the U.S., France and Saudi Arabia state publicly that they blame the attack on Iran. Ever since the U.S. unilaterally pulled out of JCPOA (the ‘nuclear deal’), Tehran has rattled its arms (interdicted shipping through the Straits of Hormuz, etc.) and the U.S. has increased its sanctions on Iranian oil (https://www.yahoo.com/news/exclusive-iran-not-drawing-back-110000428.html). ‘I don’t believe that they’re drawing back at all,” Vice Admiral Jim Malloy said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Shouldn’t we be happy when  the headlines are full of impeachment or other domestic issues, rather than the latest Iranian aggression?”

Biblical Response:  “Yes…if it truly means a decline in hostilities…which Vice Admiral Malloy obviously doesn’t.  I’m inclined to believe the expert with the intelligence. Besides, one of the first things you learn in ‘Deception 101’ is to keep a low profile – telegraph inactivity when you are really the most active (Ps. 4:2). We need to be as wise as serpents, gentle as doves (Matt. 10:16).”

“Christians? Unfortunately, we have a reputation for being gullible. However, people should not mistake our optimism for turning a blind eye to reality. While we want to believe the best about people, we are not naive to the wiles of the devil. He wants us to let down our guard…but it’s not happening!” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to operate in reality, not become the victims of clever deception; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 9-24-19 Waxes and Wanes

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-24-19

Waxes and Wanes

What’s Happening: “France, Germany, and England, arguably the core of the E.U., have agreed that Iran is the culprit in the drone attack on Saudi oil fields. Citing violations of the 2015 nuclear agreement ((JCPOA), which with Iran they are joint signatories of, and which the U.S, has unilaterally exited, they all signed a statement condemning Iran. It remains to be seen whether this ‘sabre-rattling’ overture will have any effect on the bellicose nature of the Arab regime (https://www.yahoo.com/news/1-britain-france-germany-blame-204522180.html). ‘The time has come for Iran to accept a long term negotiation framework for its nuclear program, as well as regional security issues, which include its missile programs,’ the joint statement read.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Maybe they, too, will exit the 2015 Agreement.”

Biblical Response:  “Probably not,…they are too heavily invested into diplomacy…besides, winter’s coming on, and how will their citizenry heat their homes without Iranian oil? They’re not about to put sanctions on Iran that might jeopardize Iranian deliveries…and they certainly don’t want to go to war…at least this is what the Iranians are counting on.”

“This is the latest episode in a millennia-long drama that began in Babylonia and later Persia (ancient Iran) long ago. It includes such personages as Alexander the Great, Roman Emperors, Mohammed; and subsequent conquests including The Crusades, Genghis Kahn’s exploits, etc. Why does history keep repeating itself? Man refuses to learn its lessons…and that may be due to the fallen nature of man (1 Cor, 10:11-12).”

‘Christians? Nobody claimed learning history’s lessons would be easy or natural…indeed, it may be supernatural (John 16:12-13). The first lesson, which obviously Shakespeare learned: this all needs to be taken in stride…it’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing;””

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to wisely take a course of action that takes into consideration the cyclical nature of Fallen Man; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 9-18-19 Trust Issues

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-18-19

Trust Issues  

What’s Happening: “Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), in an interview with CNN, said that any administration that lies about crowd sizes and weather maps can’t be trusted to give the American people accurate enough information to make a decision to go to war with Iran. The decision about how to respond to Iran is imminent as the drone attack occurring last weekend has sent oil and gas prices soaring worldwide. The only thing to be definitively determined is who is behind the attack. Iran denies any involvement. Trump’s firing of hawkish advisor Bolton may mean he favors a diplomatic solution…which should make Omar happy (https://www.yahoo.com/news/ilhan-omar-trump-admin-cant-121829265.html). ‘We are not in a position to think about another endless war and I really hope that my colleagues in Congress are going to pressure this administration to take a step back and figure out how we use diplomacy in de-escalating the situation,’ said Omar.” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Perhaps we should at least try diplomacy…” 

Biblical Response:  “And perhaps we will…though it’s not like the administration hasn’t tried this before. Our non-military response has seemingly produced nothing except a lot of starving Iranians. Sanctions might work…eventually…but they might not. Omar (and a Democrat- controlled House) seem to have trust issues, not willing to take this administration’s word for anything. On the administration’s side, are trust issues, too…do you trust a country that is the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism? Do you trust Islam, who says there’s no god but Allah? Some of the American people seem to welcome Islam, equating Allah with Jehovah (the Jews’ and Chistians’ God). Heck, some Americans say there is no god…or you can believe in any god…as long as you’re sincere.”

“Until we settle that issue, war or diplomacy may only create more trust issues…and with America as divided as it is, there probably is no solution on the horizon.”

“Christians? We are told to worship no God but Jehovah (Ex. 20:1-6). Even a surface examination of the Quran (Koran) yields a god that is different than the highly relational God of the Bible, even justifying deception to an ‘infidel,’ which Christians are regarded by Islam  (http://muslimfact.com/bm/terror-in-the-name-of-islam/islam-permits-lying-to-deceive-unbelievers-and-bri.shtml). Contrarilly, Christians look at Islam as a huge mission field (Matt 28:18-20), and consider the truth as the only way to freedom (John 8:32) and Jesus as the only name of God ( John 14:6; Acts 4:12). 9/11 told us Islam considers anyone who doesn’t worship Allah as an infidel…and justifiable collateral damage in their effort to dominate the world. And Muslims want us to trust them?!”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father (Jehovah, not Allah), help us to see through a lie to embrace the truth…and help our leaders to know what to do in the present crisis; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 9-4-19 No Such Thing as Dark

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -9-4-19

No Such Thing as Dark  

What’s Happening: “Everybody is scrambling (publicly) to discover the true intentions and the true location of the Grace 1 (an Iranian oil tanker who recently changed her name to Adrian Darya 1, after being released by Gibraltar). It turned off its AIS automatic location identifier signal late Monday, but is believed to be headed for a port in Syria. Offloading oil there or even docking at any port on the Mediterranean will, no doubt, incur further sanctions from the U.S., the E.U….or both. This is getting complicated, though satellite photos are probably revealing much  (https://www.yahoo.com/news/iran-tanker-centre-diplomatic-row-114801451.html).’The fact that Adrian Darya 1 is currently skirting the Syrian coast with its AIS offline, awaiting what the US intelligence services expect to be an imminent ship-to-ship transfer, which will ultimately see its cargo end up in Syria, is politically embarrassing for almost everyone except Iran,’ said managing editor of Lloyd’s List Intelligence, Richard Meade.” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I wonder where it is…”

Biblical Response:  “You are probably the only one…though I’m sure there are many pretending not to know. You are not responsible for acting on knowledge you don’t admit you have. The political dancing that is occurring is quite humorous. We really know…and I think they (Iran) know we know…but nobody is saying anything. Is this really consequential? Probably not in the overall scheme of things, but as an example of systemic problems, it may be telltale.

If there is nothing really hidden from the ‘all-seeing’ eyes of satellites, can you imagine what God knows? The answer is ‘no.’ He Who has access to everywhere (Ps. 139) knows everything, and His omnipresence makes Him a personal witness to all events.

“Christians? Knowing that the ‘closet’ is just a myth causes us to live our lives a little differently…or at least we should.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to make decisions that reflect we have great knowledge…and that means we should have great responsibility…kinda sounds like a superhero mantra…You’re our Superhero, Lord; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 8-19-19 Destination Known

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

Destination Known

What’s Happening: “It’s kind of like a huge ping pong ball…and nobody really knows its destination…or even its real name. I mean, the oil tanker from Iran was the Grace 1 when it was captured by the British near Gibraltar. It was suspected of heading for Syria, which is currently under EU sanctions. Then it was renamed the Adrian Darya 1 and the U.S. issued a warrant for its further detainment, but saying it was bound to release the vessel by EU law, the Adrian Darya 1 was released by Gibraltar and is  believed to be headed to Greece. Who really knows? BTW, the British oil tanker which was seized in the Strait of Hormuz by the Iranians weeks ago is still in an Iranian port (with its British crew) and won’t be released until the Adrian Darya 1 docks (https://www.yahoo.com/news/iranian-tanker-caught-standoff-west-053520289.html). ‘Until the Iranian oil tanker arrives at its destination the British must help end the crisis, This means that the crisis with Britain is not over. Britain has the primary responsibility for ending the oil tanker crisis,’ Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, a member of parliament’s national security and foreign affairs committee said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Sounds to me like the Iranians are holding the British crew hostage.”

Biblical Response:  “You’re probably right…and, at least until Brexit (no later than Oct. 31), the Brits are dancing to the EU’s timid tune. It’s all political…which much in our world  lately seems to be…and our time to pray…and be grateful that our destination is already sealed (2 Tim. 1:12). The world may be full of uncertainties, but a Christian’s ultimate destination is not one of them…and He promises we’ll never be alone (Matt. 28:20).” 

“Christians? Eternal security is one of our comforts. I wonder about that British crew…and the crew of the Adrian Darya 1.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to make things that are so complicated…simple. We will need Your wisdom, of course; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 7-22-19 Preventing the Inevitable

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -7-22-19

Preventing the Inevitable

What’s Happening: “Iran moved closer last week to war as they seized the British-flagged oil tanker Steno Impero. Although Britain has registered a complaint with the UN,  there is little that can be done about the seizure. The tanker and its crew of 23 lies in a heavily militarized port in Iran. Iran claims the Impero hit a fishing boat; Britain denies this allegation and says it was just sailing in international waters in the Strait of Hormuz when gunboats surrounded it and boarded.  The British frigate, HMS Montrose, was 60 minutes away…too far to intervene in the seizure (https://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-audio-shows-british-navy-ship-was-too-far-away-to-prevent-iran-from-seizing-tanker-2019-07-21?siteid=yhoof2&yptr=yahoo). Quoting British Foreign Minister Heiko Maas: ‘This is about preventing war.’

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So? I mean, I’m sorry for the Brits, but what does that have to do with me?”

Biblical Response:  “Everything. When a bully rules the schoolyard, even the spectators are eventually pulled into the conflict. Sure, they may start on the sidelines, cheering on one or the other of the combatants. But upending peace has its consequences…sometimes the playground monitor wisely intervenes and both are sent to the Principal’s Office to ascertain the truth. When the truth is revealed, someone’s going to be suspended. Of course, we’re not really talking about non-lethal bullying. Real lives will be lost… energy markets will fluctuate…and, in the case of the world’s leading state sponsor of terror with nuclear ambitions (who, by the way, think they have a mandate from Allah)…we’re looking at mass destruction. We may have a reluctance (and naturally so) to go to war, but time is a multiplier.”

“Christians? There is much more going on here than meets the eye. The real conflict is in the spiritual realm (Eph. 6:12). Meanwhile, though we may be assured of final victory (Matt. 16:18-19), there are bound to be casualties…at least temporally. We should pray for peace…and prepare for the inevitable.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the courage of our convictions, protect the innocent, and help us to embrace the principle of time’s multiplication; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 7-2-19 The Futility of Limiting Power

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -7-2-19

The Futility of Limiting Power

What’s Happening: “Iran has announced that it has exceeded the maximum set by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA – the nuclear deal) for medium grade (3.67% purity) fissionable material (661 pounds)…not to mention the 22,046 pounds of weapons grade – 20% – fissionable material it already stockpiles. Although the U.S. (Trump) unilaterally pulled out of the deal over a year ago, E.U. nations that signed on have tried to hold the deal together. Now they have clear evidence of non-compliance (https://www.yahoo.com/news/iran-says-broken-stockpile-limit-121553069.html). ‘The Iranian regime, armed with nuclear weapons, would pose an even greater danger to the region and to the world,’ Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said.” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Great! Just what we need! Another war!”

Biblical Response:  “Nobody wants war, but we’re talking about a whole paradigm shift. Give the world’s greatest state sponsor of terrorism a nuclear weapon  and we’re immediateley talking nuclear ransom on an unprecedented scale (actually, I don’t know whether it would be worse to have a nuke explode or just to fear one exploding – sometimes the unknown becomes more fearsome because it’s unknown). In any case, ‘power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely’ (Lord Acton). If anyone thinks that Iran could get close to the power it hungers for…but control itself, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you. Iran deals in the torment of fear (1 John 4:18); that’s the denomination of terrorism.”

“Christians? Fear? We’d like to say we only fear God (Matt. 10:28), but we are aspiring to that…meanwhile, we pray for wisdom (Matt. 10:16).” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us fight naivete’…with knowledge (John 8:32); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 6-17-19 Appealing to a Higher Authority

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -6-17-19

Appealing to a Higher Authority

What’s Happening: “The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, began a hunger strike Saturday in front of the Iranian Embassy in London, in solidarity for his wife’s unjust imprisonment since April, 2016, in Tehran. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested after a family visit and at the airport, charged, convicted, and sentenced to five years for allegedly plotting to overthrow Iran’s clerical establishment (https://news.yahoo.com/jailed-british-iranian-aid-worker-170658469.html). She has begun her own hunger strike, her second one…the first was for ignored heath issues. ‘Today I received a phone call from Nazanin in prison. She had informed the judiciary that she has begun a new hunger strike – she will drink water – to protest at her continuing unfair imprisonment,’ the husband said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What good will a hunger strike do?”

Biblical Response:  “Not much, especially if unaccompanied by prayer. Actually, I don’t know if the media is using the secular term ‘hunger strike’ to hide the real ‘fasting’ or not. If either of them is appealing to God for her release…and fasting, too – fasting proves fervency (James 5:16) – they may get what they’re praying for. The clerics of Iran can be overruled by God. When faced with obstacles to overcome, one should go to the One Who has the power to change things. Besides, haven’t we been told how to overcome (Rev. 12:11)?”

“Christians? The ayatollahs of Iran may not acknowledge it now, but there is a Higher Authority. He rules (and overrules) in the affairs of men (The Declaration of Independence – based on Jer. 32:17).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may others add fervency to their prayers for Zaghari-Ratcliffe; after all, some things only come out by fasting and prayer (Matt. 17:20)…and may she be released soon; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 6-14-19 Who’s Really Behind the Attack

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -6-14-19

Who’s Really Behind the Attack

What’s Happening: “Now the Pentagon has released a video which it says proves that Iran was involved in the attack on the oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz while they were en route to Japan. The video purports to have caught an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel removing an unexploded mine from the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous. The Iranians have used before the limpet mine, which attaches magnetically to the hull and is intended to cripple but not sink (https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-says-iran-removed-unexploded-020504854.html). ‘The U.S. and the international community stand ready to defend our interests, including the freedom of navigation,’ said Central Command spokesman Capt, Bill Urban. The United States has no interest in engaging in a new conflict in the Middle East. However, we will defend our interests.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “The video proves unmistakably who was behind the attack. I say tomahawk missiles are in order.”

Biblical Response:  “Iran was probably involved…I say ‘probably’, because it is now technically possible to simulate digitally through CG (Computer Graphics) anything you like. Still, simulated or not, Iran has a history of attacking vessels. One thing’s for sure, ‘the thief has come but for to steal, kill and destroy…’ (John 10:10). The enemy (the devil) is behind it all. He would like nothing more than to inflame two governments into a conflict that will destroy innocents on both sides. We must think carefully before we respond.”

“Christians? There is no ambivalence in the devil’s intent. And Iran is the ideal proxy. Now is the time to pray…for our leaders, for those that will be the ‘innocent’ victims, and for God’s will and justice.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, bring order out of chaos and help us to realize whom our real enemy is; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 5-27-19 Laboring in Vain

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-27-19

Laboring in Vain

What’s Happening: “Appropriately, George Will writes a Memorial Day article for the National Review that deals with why our policy in Iran is wrongheaded. While I agree, it is not for the same reasons. He fears a unilateral action by a White House that likes to counterpunch and (rightfully) sees regime change as a good and necessary thing….conversion at the point of a sword, however, ultimately won’t work…like the Crusades, it’s medieval!  (https://www.yahoo.com/news/blame-america-disturbing-iran-policy-093036906.html).  Mr. Will’s problems with the administration are mostly Constitutional, mine are ideological. Quoting from the article: ‘Many conservatives who preen as ‘originalists’ when construing all the Constitution’s provisions other than the one pertaining to war powers are unimpressed by the Framers’ intention that Congress should be involved in initiating military force in situations other than repelling sudden attacks.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Why tie the President’s hands? He seems to be doing well with other things.”

Biblical Response:  “Doing well with the economy is one thing, and our military is obviously  superior, but being successful in the short run is not what we should be after.The Crusades had noble intentions…just not noble methods. And nothing but regime change will ever make a difference long-term. But it must be voluntary regime change, not forced regime change. That’s why victory on the battlefield in Iraq or Afghanistan has not (nor ever will) led to voluntary regime change. It’s one thing to win over the body…quite another to win over the heart. Apparently, MacArthur understood that. He called for the Christian mission organizations of the world to send immediately 30,000 missionaries to Japan (he was made President of Japan at the close of WWII). Their hearts swelled up the size of buckshot and they sent 3.”

“Christians? Why wait until some General calls. We’ve already been sent (Mark 16:15). Giving the heart makes every other godly act possible.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to have leaders who will play their roles…so that You can play Yours;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