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CLARITY – 1-12-19 A Force for Good

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-12-19

A Force for Good

What’s Happening: “On a nine-nation tour of the Middle East designed to reassure its allies (and to denounce Iranian hegemony), U. S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, defined America’s regional objectives and countered a growing fear that America’s withdrawal from Syria signaled decreased interest in outcomes there (https://www.yahoo.com/news/pompeo-takes-us-anti-iran-message-gulf-arab-074102498.html). ‘A united GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) is the backbone for regional peace, prosperity, security, and stability, and is essential to countering the single greatest threat to regional stability: the Iranian regime,’ said the State Department.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Did Trump leave too soon?”

Biblical Response:  “Actually, not a single one of the 2,000 troops assigned to Syria have left…just some equipment no longer needed…and there is no schedule posted for a withdrawal, though with the decrease in ISIS it will soon occur. Trump is just wanting the other nations to assume more of the role of self-defense, as they are the ones who stand the most to benefit. Sounds reasonable to me.”

“Christians? Although we are to be concerned for others (Phil. 2:3), there is a place for concern for our families first (1 Tim. 5:8). Unity may be hard to achieve, but it has great strength (Eph. 4:11-15; Mark 3:24-25).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us all come to the unity of Your purpose, realize progress is often incremental, and seek Your wisdom is the timing and specifics of actions taken; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-17-18 Spinning Plates and Centrifuges

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-17-18

Spinning Plates and Centrifuges

What’s Happening: “A news report written and released just last Saturday indicates the FBI might be involved in keeping emails from Hillary and Obama concerning Russia’s purchase of Uranium One secret. This may have been suspected before, even accusations may have been voiced, but with no specifics, Now, it has surfaced that support of Iran’s nuclear ambitions may be involved (https://thepatriotchronicles.com/news-for-you/breaking-report-fbi-caught-keeping/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=subscriber_id:1583395&utm_campaign=Breaking%20Report:%20FBI%20Caught%20Keeping%20Hillary%20Clinton%20And%20Obama%E2%80%99s%20Secrets). Quoting a former U.S. official (and the article): ‘There is definitely material that would be illuminating to the issues that have been raised. Somebody should fight to make it public.’   

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Haven’t I seen video footage of Iranians chanting ‘Death to America?’

Biblical Response:  “I don’t know what you’ve seen or even if they were Iranians (though I’m familiar with that video – at least they were protesters – and I’ve seen images of them burning the American flag). However, I’m not confident the FBI, CIA, or even our elected representatives know enough of what’s going on to do the job of ‘plate-spinning’ they are apparently attempting by the control of what is released and what isn’t. What do I mean by ‘plate-spinning?’ Keeping everything going. Unfortunately, that may actually play into our enemies’ hands: it gives them more time to spin centrifuges.”

“Christians? Hopefully, we’ve learned that only God (Who knows the end from the beginning – Isaiah 46:10) is really qualified to spin plates. Maybe that’s what He meant by Acts 17:26. In any case, I think I’ll trust Him, rather than them.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to simply trust You…everyone else…not so much; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 11-22-18 Caught Between

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-22-18

Caught Between

 

What’s Happening: “I thought about telling you how Providential it was for the Pilgrims to land in the territory of the only English-speaking native American in North America (Squanto), but decided to opine on Trump’s Saudi Arabian dilemma. I mean, on the one hand Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) has made a $110 Billion dollar arms purchase (and there’s the jobs to consider) and the fact that the Saudis are a big deterrent to Iranian hegemony…on the other hand, the C. I. A. thinks MbS may have ordered journalist Khashoggi death and dismemberment (to say nothing about the poor humanitarian statement it makes for us not to condemn MbS’s actions wholesale). I’m glad I don’t have the President’s job (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/18/us/politics/trump-khashoggi-saudis.html).  ‘Everything points to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, MbS, ordering @washingtonpost journalist Jamal #Khashoggi’s killing.’ tweeted Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “If Khashoggi’s murder was ordered by MbS, it ought to be condemned in no uncertain terms!”

 

Biblical Response:  “In a perfect world, it would be (of course, in a perfect world, it would have never happened); it’s complicated. The worker, who loses his job when those arms deals get cancelled, didn’t do anything wrong…of course, the civilian collateral damage in the Yemeni clash (which is Saudi’s proxy war against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels) is also unfortunate…I said it was complicated. Trying to make black-and-white decisions in a gray world is not my idea of a good time. Maybe that is why Trump has vacated to Mar-A-Lago for the Thanksgiving holidays.”

 

“Christians? We believe in calling a spade ‘a spade.’ but timing is everything. There are many mitigating factors (including other political hazards):

 

  • The presumption of innocence
  • Israel’s struggle against Iran
  • Our desire that Russia or China not get arms orders

Still, we cannot let murder go. Hopefully, it’ll put a President on his knees.

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our President to know the right thing to do…at the right time; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 10-25-18 A Rock and a Hard Spot

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-25-18

A Rock and a Hard Spot

 

What’s Happening: “The recent (last Tuesday – 2 days ago) discovery of Jamal Khashoggi’s body in the Consul General’s garden and the initial denial of knowledge by Crown Prince Salman, then that a ‘choke hold’ during an interrogation gone bad was responsible and then the announcement of the arrest of 18 Saudis involved in the event, has put Trump in an awkward position. His deal (http://time.com/4787797/donald-trump-yemen-saudi-arabia-arms-deal/)   with the Saudis means a lot of jobs for Americans, yet Turkey is trying to vie with Saudi Arabia and Iran for hegemony in the region….and is using the Khashoggi incident as leverage. It’s complicated.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Erdogan, Salman, Rouhani, Trump…the players in a huge Monopoly game!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Actually, not an inaccurate depiction, but it’s even more complicated than that. It involves sovereignty, conspiracy, power, and, of course, money. They’re not just competing for control of the region, but also its resources. Remember, most of the area powers are not democracies. America might just be trying to bring some sanity to the table. One thing is for sure, the light of truth will change everything…which may be why Khashoggi’s murder cover-up is being so hotly pursued…and leveraged.”

 

“Christians? The light of truth is revealing…sometimes it exposes what we thought was hidden…sometimes we’re ‘shocked’ when we learn what we’ve really known all along…always it is the last word. What really happened to Khashoggi? Who’s really responsible? We may never know all the truth…at least on this side of eternity. Justice makes hell necessary, mercy makes heaven possible (Heb. 9:27).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, I am glad Your light of truth will ultimately prevail; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 10-19-18 A Sacred Trust

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-19-18

A Sacred Trust

 

What’s Happening: “Children are once again being manipulated into terrorism  by the IRGC (Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps) an Associated Press reporter charges. Using targets of U.S. Presidents for practice, children, some as young as 12, are being formed into units to fight along IRGC units. This seems to be in response to sanctions imposed by Trump since the U.S. pulled out of the Nuclear Deal that was joined by Obama in 2015 (https://www.foxnews.com/us/us-targets-network-backing-irans-use-of-child-soldiers). Iranian and Afghan children are then being sent to Syria to fight.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “No youths of that age can be held responsible for their actions.”

 

Biblical Response:  “I agree…but their targets are just as dead. Talk about PTSD! Adults often can’t handle the atrocities of war…imagine these atrocities in the mind of a child! No amount of counseling or therapy will retrieve some…this is a tragedy of epic proportions! Children are supposed to be a sacred trust (Prov. 22:6). What if he’s trained to kill?”

 

“Christians? Children  are supposed to be the hope of the future (look up and read the previous scripture). The ability to train and motivate a child comes with a certain amount of responsibility. There’s bound to be a special hot place in hell for those who violate this trust.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let us consider the most impressionable among us as the  sacred trust they are; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-18-18 Things Are Rough All Over

CLARITY

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

Things Are Rough All Over

 

What’s Happening:  “Nobody has an exclusive  claim on difficulty. There is a typhoon in China (https://www.yahoo.com/news/china-provinces-braced-heavy-rainfall-typhoon-heads-west-005007148.html), a hurricane is ravaging the coasts of North  and South Carolina (https://www.yahoo.com/news/rivers-rise-rescues-continue-florence-055240405.html), there’s turmoil in Idlib (in neighboring Syria – Turkey fears refugees might flood her border…and Europe’s – Iran and Russia are backing Bashir Al Assad’s offensive against the last rebel holdout) (https://news.sky.com/story/idlib-offensive-fears-of-humanitarian-crisis-mount-as-syrians-flee-homes-11495458, to say nothing of North Korea, etc. ”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Maybe Chicken Little really was right…the sky is falling!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably not. Chicken Little was, after all, an alarmist. Things are bad (and may get worse), but God is not asleep (Ps. 121:4). He uses these things to discipline us because He loves us (Heb. 12:6). ”

 

“Christians? I’m not saying He authors these calamities, Just that all these things work out for our good (Rom. 8:28). He’s just as upset we live in a fallen world as we are. He just doesn’t waste a crisis, either.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to put things in perspective; to weep with those who weep (Rom. 12:15), but to realize You’re not finished with us, either; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 8-18-18 Nap Time Is Over!

CLARITY

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

Nap Time Is Over!

 

What’s Happening:  “Iran has sleeper cells (in the form of terrorists like Hezbollah) ready to strike within the U.S….so said intel officers to Congress recently (https://greatamericanpolitics.com/2018/08/congress-warned-iranian-backed-terrorist-sleeper-cells-in-us-ready-to-attack/).  Worse than that, since the U.S. has pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal and has imposed sanctions these ‘sleeper cells’ might be awakened (https://freebeacon.com/national-security/iranian-backed-sleeper-cell-militants-hibernating-u-s-positioned-attack/). ‘Hezbollah is probably the most experienced and professional terrorist organization in the world,’ even more so than ISIS and Al Qaeda. So says Rep. Peter King, (R-NY) and member of the House Homeland Security Committee.” ”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Probably just more fear-mongering.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…but that what folks were saying on September 10, 2001. Things are never desperate…UNTIL THEY’RE DESPERATE! Why are they called ‘sleeper cells?’ Because they are ‘asleep’ (hidden in plain sight) until they are ‘awakened” (activated to perform some terrorist attack).”

 

Christians? We know all about ‘sleeper cells’ (I’m sorry, perhaps I should have used the more familiar term ‘churches’). Sure, Pastors are trying to ‘awaken’ them, but an hour on Sunday is just not enough…so the jobs of ‘going into wall the world’ and ‘teaching them whatsoever I command’ don’t get done (Matt. 28:18-20). Neither does vigilance (1 Pet. 5:8), which might come in handy just now.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to awaken and get about the business of why You left us here, anyway; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 5-1-18 Prince of Lies

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-1-18

 

Prince of Lies

 

What’s Happening:  “Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu said he had the goods on Iranian lies (and displayed replicas of 55, 000 documents and 183 CD’s he said his intelligence services seized) and asked the western world (in English – a video he obviously directed to Trump and American audiences) to get out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or otherwise known ,as the Nuclear Deal. Trump will have to reauthorize the deal May 12 (https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/pm-expected-to-reveal-how-iran-cheated-world-on-nuke-program-1.6045300). ‘Iran did not come clean about its nuclear program,’ said Netanyahu..”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Did anyone believe Iran? This is old news.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yes, obviously Obama and his team believed it (or because they were operating from a position of military weakness, chose to). And it may be old news (although Netanyahu presented it as new corroborating evidence), but you can’t ‘trust, but verify’ if you are not having truly free access. I guess we’ll see on May 12 whether Trump thinks the deal is salvageable.”

 

“Christians? Are the Iranians liars? Obviously, Netanyahu thinks so. We are admonished to be ‘wise as serpents, but gentle as doves (Matt. 10:16). We need to not be naive…even if asking someone to prove their veracity might injure their pride.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our leaders to be wise and look beyond posturing to motive; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 4-6-18 No Mystery to Me

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-6-18

 

No Mystery to Me

 

What’s Happening:  “The YouTube shooter is a perpetrator seeking a motive – not that there aren’t plenty willing to assign one. Nasim Najafi Aghdam was from Iran…seems obvious, doesn’t it? Islamic terrorism…except for one thing…she’s not a Muslim. Some have suggested (without offering proof) that she was an illegal immigrant or a robot or a transgender woman or a woman out to prove women are capable of gun violence, too…anything that fits their narrative (https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2018/04/05/the-youtube-shooter-fits-the-most-important-narrative-of-all/?utm_term=.b55b6b1a1667). Could it be that she was just an evil person? Of course, you’d have to admit first that evil exists…and that doesn’t fit the narrative, either.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What are you saying? That good and evil exist?!”

 

Biblical Response:  “YES! And you should be scared…very scared! Actually, I’ve got good news and bad news. First, the bad news: evil exists and it is powerful. Now, the good news: God also exists, He’s good, and He’s more powerful! I don’t know what was going through Nasim’s mind. Sure, she was demented, No one commits such a heinous act when they are in their right mind. But what was her primary motivation? Vengeance against a company that she perceived had done her wrong? Perhaps. (One thing’s for sure, it wasn’t the gun that made her do it – or a car, a truck, or a nerve agent? Those are only means…what was her motive?) Could it be that she was being influenced more by the bad news than the good news?”

 

“Christians? We all want to point the finger at something…an ideology, at some means, or at society in general. But there’s a mirror in front of us (James 1:23). It’s called the Word of God. That which tells us of a standard by which all actions are to be judged, recommends a course of action we seldom take…that of looking at the other fingers pointed back at us, We may not have pulled the trigger, or have steered the wheel, or released the gas…but we all have a responsibility of overcoming evil with good (Rom. 12:1).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we need Your help in getting the Good News out to others…and in overcoming evil with good; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-6-18 Standing Up for Those Who Laid Down

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-6-18

 

Standing Up for Those Who Laid Down

 

What’s Happening:  “There has been a flurry of activity at the U.N. over Iran – in Tehran, peaceful protesters of their government elicited support from Trump; Nikky Haley, America’s Ambassador to the U. N., has called for an open meeting of the Security Council; in Moscow, Sergei Ryabkov, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister, argued that as Iran did not pose an international threat, they should not be on the council’s agenda; etc. (https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-seeks-un-emergency-meeting-iran-friday-211619638.html). “The United States continues to interfere both openly and covertly in the internal affairs of other countries. They do so shamelessly,” Ryabkov said. ”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “Does anything the U.N. does really matter?”

 

Biblical Response:  “I can see where you are coming from…no power to enforce their ‘resolutions’ and all…still, the media ensures that what they say matters (and sanctions do have some effect).. Besides, the deaths of many (21 protesters have laid down their lives since December 28) cry out for justice. What will come of it all? Some say another war-torn Syria. Others, that the Iranian regime will put down this uprising like they have done others…with horrendous purges.

 

“Christians? Of course, prayer is in order (Phil. 4:6). And we should support those voices that call for freedom (John 8:32). There is a price, however, short-term and long-term. In the short-term, there may be no alternative to blood. Freedom will prevail, no doubt…eventually…but what will be the price in blood? Long-term? Freedom, once acquired, requires ongoing maintenance (read; responsibility and sacrifice).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to communicate to everyday Iranians the lessons we have learned (and are learning) in the struggle for our own freedoms; in Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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