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CLARITY – 1-25-20 A House Divided

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-25-20

A House Divided

What’s Happening: “Perhaps the ‘universal’ Shi’a condemnation of Soleimani’s assassination-by-drone is not so universal. In an article posted yesterday, there seems to be a rift between Shi’a regarding his killing…some are in mourning…some are actually in celebration. While pro-Iranian Shi’a  are convinced Quds Force Commander Gen. Soleimani is a martyr, euphoria in South Yemen and sporadic celebrations throughout the Arab Middle East – amongst Shi’a! – has many seeing a rift they didn’t know was there (https://www.yahoo.com/news/damaged-drone-strike-suleimanis-sainthood-155200496.html). Many Iraqi Shi’a just want all foreign troops to get out. It’s more of a sovereignty issue with them.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Who cares how Shi’as are reacting; it doesn’t make Soleimani any less dead…and I am rejoicing.”

Biblical Response:  “While I may share your feelings, rejoicing the just death of a murdering terrorist mastermind, how Shi’as may be responding – that there is a divide – is good news! Let me explain. There are basically two kinds of Muslims: Sunnis and Shiites. Those of the Sunni persuasion are mostly peace-loving. They represent approximately 80% of the Muslim world. Those of the Shiite persuasion think change must happen and favor terrorism and holy war (jihad) to accomplish it. They represent approximately 20% of Islam. Obviously, when there is a factionalization of the Shiites, it is potentially good news, as a house divided against itself cannot stand (Lk. 11:17).”

“Christians? We believe unity is a huge thing, not always to be encouraged (Gen. 11:1-7). To favor the unity of your enemy is insanity, as you don’t want the prosperity of their cause. Of course, we want them to come to the knowledge of the truth: that Jesus is the only way…not Allah (John 14:6), that there is no other name men may call upon to be saved (Acts 4:12). Actually, that is a message for all Muslims.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to favor disunity in our enemies, unity in ourselves; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-31-19 Retribution

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-31-19

Retribution

What’s Happening: “Protesters stormed the American embassy in Baghdad earlier today to object to the air attack on Iran-backed militia bases in Iraq by U.S. warplanes Sunday. The attack killed 25 and wounded 55. The air attack on Kataib Hezbollah forces was in retaliation for the killing of an American civilian contractor killed by an Iranian rocket attack on an Iraqi base. The protesters disbursed after they were repelled by stun grenades and tear gas (https://www.yahoo.com/news/protesters-outside-u-baghdad-embassy-085751803.html). ‘Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will,’ Trump tweeted.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Whatever happened to ‘vengeance is Mine’?”

Biblical Response:  “You are referring to the passage in Romans 12;19 or Hebrews 10:30 (of course, Paul was quoting Deut. 32:35 when he said it). How do you know that the retribution that came was not ultimately from God? That God uses other nations’ acts to effect His will is nothing new (I’m thinking the enslavement of Israel under Egypt and the Babylonian captivity, etc.). Is this the case here? As a friend recently reminded, ‘It is above my pay grade.’ Still, it wouldn’t surprise me.”

“Christians? We believe that vengeance is an arena that should be exclusively left to God…we also believe in being an instrument in God’s hand.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be careful to not usurp You…I guess it takes discernment….of course, that would take prayer and a heart tuned to the voice of the Holy Spirit (which may be His underlying purpose)…so be it; 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:subdeo.com.’  Copyright © 2019 Alan E. Sargent

Reader:

May I indulge in a little self-promotion? Many of you read CLARITY every day…and you hopefully forward it on to still others. Some even subscribe from the website. Thanks! (One mother wrote that she wanted to subscribe to read it to her children everyday – read away!) However you get CLARITY, would you consider donating on the website? I’m happy to find useful purpose in helping folks stay informed and supplying what I think God has to say on the subjects of the day…still, I want to get this word out to others…which is what I’ll do with your gifts. Thanks in advance.

Blessings,

Alan

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CLARITY – 1-1-19 Let’s Hear it for Localism

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

Let’s Hear it for Localism

What’s Happening: “In a surprise attack, two F-16 fighters from Iraq leveled the building where 30+ gang leaders from ISIS were meeting in Syria….perhaps an indication of increased Iraqi involvement now that the US has announced its intention to pull out of Syria (https://www.yahoo.com/news/iraqi-warplanes-strike-islamic-state-leaders-syria-military-125330030.html). This is actually the second withdrawal of U.S. troops. Following the Iraq War, they were at a maximum of 170,3000 in November of 2007 (Wikipedia).. That we have made strides sufficient against ISIS to be able to withdraw those that were deployed there to fight IS is a good thing. Maybe it will devolve into a local insurgency…without our involvement…one can always hope.””  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Nobody wants us to be the world’s policeman…so why do it?”

Biblical Response:  “It’s complicated. Initially (and ostensibly) our involvement in Iraq was to rid Saddam Hussein of WMDs (remember). Subsequent searches revealed no such caches. Were the intelligence services wrong or did the Iraqis just quickly export them? Yes. If you are confused by my answer, it’s because it’s complicated (and that’s just on a small local scale). The intelligence services AND the powers that be in Iraq all had political agendas. Expand this local chaos to the entire world and you have the answer to the wider question why we don’t want to be the world’s policeman….We don’t have enough information (or power) to be God.”

“Christians? While we may arrogantly think we know best., we don’t. That is one of the reasons He gave us the Holy Spirit (John 16:13). Some of what happens on the world stage is God’s doing; others, God effecting Romans 8:28 – wisely, we should leave God’s work to Him (Is. 55;8-9); still others, the devil effecting his failing agenda.

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us patience, humility, discernment and discretion…and wise leaders; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-19-18 Out of the Old Soviet Playbook

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-19-18

 

Out of the Old Soviet Playbook

What’s Happening:  “It has been described as a proxy war – from Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and Iraq – reminiscent of something the failed regime of the old Soviet Union used to practice. This time the ‘unifying” factor is Hezbollah and their enabler, Iran. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the U.S. National Security Adviser, condemned the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Saturday for arming “Hezbollah-style” armies to destabilize the Middle East (https://www.yahoo.com/news/mcmaster-warns-growing-power-irans-network-proxies-124901296.html). ‘So the time is now, we think, to act against Iran,’ he said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So this means war in the Middle East?’

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…though there are some who would say it has already begun. I mean, Iran has sent a surveillance drone from Syria recently and shot down an Israeli F-16 that responded (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel/netanyahu-says-israel-undeterred-after-syria-shoots-down-f-16-idUSKBN1FV0LR). The Iranians like to have plausible deniability. Launching their attacks through surrogates and promising them a seat at the proverbial table. Does that remind you of anyone? (If you said the USSR…ding, ding, ding! You win!).”

 

“Christians? Let’s hope we don’t have to learn the lesson twice. Bad company STILL corrupts good morals (1 Cor. 15:33).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give those that lead the foresight of wisdom so that this world does not have to learn the lessons of history again; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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