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CLARITY – 6-19-19 How The Mighty Are Fallen

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

How The Mighty Have Fallen

What’s Happening: “Dr. Mohammed Morsi, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt’s first democratically elected president, died unexpectedly at age 67 Monday, while making an an impassioned appeal to the convictions that ended his presidency after only one year. Convicted of jailbreaks during an uprising in May of 2015, and sentenced to death, his election ended the autocratic rule of Hosni Mubarak, and increased the political influence of ISIS (https://www.yahoo.com/news/morsi-egypt-election-triumph-death-inmate-165433903.html).  AFP reported on Monday: ‘Morsi himself was put on trial several times on charges ranging from killing protesters to jailbreaks to spying for Iran, Qatar, and militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I can’t tell whether he was a good guy or a bad guy.”

Biblical Response:  “A lot of things in the Middle East are kind of grey…at least to me. Was he guilty of what he was accused? Probably…and a whole lot more. Still, that’s beyond my paygrade. Would his appeal have been successful? Maybe…we’ll never know. Pride may have been his underlying problem. You can’t go from being raised on a farm to graduating as an engineer to reaching the pinnacle of power in the most populous Muslim nation, and not be affected (2 Sam. 1:25). I think political pride (and his desperation to not be executed) was the motivation behind his appeal. Nonetheless, justice will prevail (and perhaps has). – Rom. 12:19”

“Christians? We know the inebriating effect of pride. It has been the downfall of many (Prov. 16:18). Giving glory to God, where it belongs, is really the only long-term cure..”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we’re all guilty of pride from time to time. Help us to keep short accounts with You and to humble ourselves before You have to; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 1-12-19 A Force for Good

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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 – 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 – 8-21-18 “Naive” is a Nice Way to Say “Stupid”

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-21-18

“Naive” is a Nice Way to Say “Stupid”

 

What’s Happening:  “Recently (late July), two American cyclists, both 29, were spending their life savings traveling by bicycle around the world when they were stabbed to death in Tajikistan by five ISIS terrorists. In a daily journal they had just written: ‘Badness exists, sure, but even that’s quite rare. By and large, humans are kind. ‘ Oops! (https://people.com/crime/dc-couple-killed-isis-attack-tajikistan-cyclist/). ‘Self-interested sometimes, myopic sometimes, but kind. Generous and wonderful and kind. No greater revelation has come from our journey than this,’ wrote the couple, Lauren Geoghegan and Jay Austin.””

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Oops! They just made that one little mistake.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yeah. Except some mistakes have deadly consequences. Were they blind? Didn’t they ever read the headlines? The news is full of senseless acts that can only be chalked up to the existence of evil! What is ‘kind’ about any terrorist attack? Were the acts of Jack the Ripper ‘kind’? How about Jeffrey Dahmer or any other serial killer? GET A LIFE!! Or get a death!”

 

Christians? While we should mourn their death, we don’t want to mimic their naivete. We know that evil exists (John 10:10). Even worldly philosophy teaches us that: ‘The only thing necessary for evil to prosper is that good men do nothing.’ – Edmund Burke”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may we not substitute naivete for knowledge. We, like You, need to know that ‘the hearts of the children of men  are filled with evil’ (Eccl. 9:3); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 8-17-18 Holey (Not Holy) System

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-17-18

Holey (not Holy) System

 

What’s Happening:  “Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, an Iraqi, 45, was arrested in California and will be extradited to stand trial for an ISIS murder in 2014. He applied and received refugee status in the U.S. the same month as the killing. Further checks have indicated he was also involved in helping plant improvised bombs, transporting militants, kidnapping, illegally soliciting funds, and robbing supply trucks for al-Qaida. Apparently our vetting system was flawed (https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-officials-ex-isis-fighter-entered-us-refugee-180806292.html.  ‘The U.S. government identified and implemented additional security screening procedures to enable departments and agencies to more thoroughly review refugee applicants to identify potential threats to public safety and national security, with additional vetting for certain nationals of certain high-risk countries,’ a State Department statement said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Perhaps we need to look a little closer.”

 

Biblical Response:  “You think?! Of course, that was back when everyone just took people at their word. Duh! Of course a terrorist is going to lie! Maybe our first clue should have come when he wanted refugee status from a certain unmentionable country…didn’t the courts try to strike Trump’s ban down?”

 

Christians? The vetting process for admission to heaven is rigorous (Rev. 21:26-27)…and we all fall short (Rom. 3:23). Thankfully, our robes have been washed by the blood of the Lamb (Rev. 6 and 7).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, protect us from those who think they are doing their god a favor by harming us; 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