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CLARITY – 10-1-20 This Should Not Be Happening

 CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-1-20

This Should Not Be Happening

What’s Happening: “Words should have consequences, but sentencing a 13-year-old to ten years in an adult prison in Sharia-law-controlled northern Nigeria for blasphemy aroused such ire in Auschwitz Memorial  Director Piotr Cywinski, that he offered to serve the time for the boy. If the boy had been older, the sentence would have been death. Although condemned by the U.N. and others, Nigeria is a sovereign state, and as such, cannot be compelled to do anything. And the constitution of the officially secular state supposedly guarantees freedom of religion. A visit by the Nigerian president to the memorial had given the director some hope that his offer would be accepted. To date, there has been no response from the Nigerian government (https://www.yahoo.com/news/auschwitz-director-offers-serve-time-185809700.html). Quoting The Telegraph article on September 29: ‘Mr Alapinni, a graduate of the University of Essex and a secularist campaigner, says he will keep fighting [in] Omar’s corner. ‘Section 10 of the constitution says Nigeria is a secular state. We are not Iran; we are no Saudi Arabia; we are not the Vatican. We are a multi-religious state with freedom of thought, expression and religion enshrined in the constitution,’ he said. ‘This should not be happening.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “That’s excessive…what did he say?”

Biblical Response:  “You think! And what does it matter what he said? He should be given ‘time out’…not time in prison! Every 13-year old says irresponsible stuff. And that should be handled by a parent (Prov. 22:6)! When the government begins doing the parents’ job…things often get out of hand (do you hear that U.S., who wants to manage your child’s education and training from preschool up?)! ”

“Christians? We believe raising kids is the parents’ responsibility, not the government’s (Heb. 12:5). Of course that is a Christian principle, and in the Bible…Muslims live by the Quran.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to applaud anyone who tries to be a self-sacrificing substitute…like Your Son (1 Cor. 5:7), and not be afraid to tell them why we approve; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 6-2-20 So That’s Why We Have An Immigration Problem

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-2-20

So That’s Why We Have An Immigration Problem

What’s Happening: “Remember the tragic case of Asia Bibi, the Christian woman just released by Pakistan’s Supreme Court…after spending 10 years in jail for blaspheming the name of Mohammed?! Well, there’s now an even more ridiculous case. Shagufta Kausar and her husband Shafqat Emmanuel, a Christian couple in Pakistan, were convicted in 2014 and have been incarcerated since then and their case is finally coming up for appeal. What makes it ridiculous (aside from being politically/religiously absurd) is they were convicted for sending a blasphemous text when they were not literate enough to have sent it! No matter, judges are so fearful of religious reprisal they fear to release them. No wonder we have an immigration problem! People the world over would love to live where true religious freedom is enshrined (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-52889974). Quoting the BBC article: ‘Shagufta’s brother Joseph, who requested his surname not be published, told the BBC the couple were innocent, and he doubted they were literate enough even to have written the abusive messages. Shagufta worked as a caretaker in a Christian school, whilst her husband Shafqat is partially paralysed.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Islam should be outlawed everywhere!”

Biblical Response:  “Your sentiment, though probably shared by many, is one of the reasons our Founders wanted to protect religious freedom…and guaranteed it in the very first Amendment.

A religion that can’t stand the scrutiny of everyday life (God intervenes or He doesn’t) won’t be practised long. This ‘survival of the fittest’ sort of ‘supernatural selection’ has served Christianity well these past two thousand years. The only problem is, it causes a huge magnetic draw to America and other countries where this freedom is protected. Maybe other countries will get a hint eventually and foster their own liberating laws…maybe not…maybe that’s why there’s the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20).” 

“Christians? We don’t believe that Allah is just the Muslim name of Jehovah (jihad, sanctioned by the Muslim’s Q’ran [Koran], has ‘justified’ in many extemists’ minds all kinds of reprehensible activities). Does that give us license to denigrate someone else’s religion? Not hardly! It’s unnecessary. We just know that Jehovah God offers heaven for anyone making Jesus Lord (Rom. 10:9-10). Christianity will work…and stand on its own superiority. That doesn’t mean we are to stand back and just let nature take its course. There are real people who will greatly benefit from knowing the truth (John 8:32; John 14:6).” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to have the courage to give the reason for the hope that is within us (1 Pet. 3:15); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 4-15-20 Sometimes the Cost is Heavy

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-15-20

Sometimes the Cost is Heavy

What’s Happening: “Late yesterday, eight were killed in Cairo (one policeman and seven suspected militants). Some were suspected of plotting against Egypt’s Coptic Christians (they are in the minority – only 10% – and have been the object of much terrorism over the years). The Islamic majority is generally tolerant of the Coptics, but the Takfiri Islamists accuse the Coptic Christians of being infidels and they say the Koran gives them license to persecute (https://news.yahoo.com/egyptian-security-exchanges-gunfire-terrorist-191406681.html). Quoting from the Reuters article: ‘The last major attack, claimed by Islamic State, was in November 2018 when gunmen targeted two buses near the Monastery of St. Samuel the Confessor, 260 km (160 miles) south of Cairo killing seven people and wounding 18.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “With them celebrating Easter this Sunday, it’s probably not a good time to be a Coptic Christian.”

Biblical Response:  “That is a matter of context: If you’re a Coptic Christian only ethnically (an Egyptian CHRINO…there’s bound to be some Christians In  Name Only, just like we have here) you get shot at unprovokedly, and you might not want to claim Christ; if you are a Coptic Christian and have made Jesus Lord, then you get shot at justifiably (in the Takfiri mind); and if you get killed as a Coptic and you are standing at the Judgement (Heb. 9:27), you might like to claim Christ. There is a price to pay, being a Christian ((1 Pet. 4:12-13; John 15:18-19):

Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.’ (NLT)

John 15:18-19

 “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. 

19 The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.’ (NLT)”

“Christians? Of course, we believe in persecution…it just comes with the territory….but there is special grace, too (see above scriptures). One added benefit; sincerity…there probably are few wishy-washy Coptic Christians…it’s just too costly if you’re not serious.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son to pay the price first. It was even more costly for Him; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 1-6-20 Maybe It’s Time We Apologized

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-4-20

Maybe It’s Time We Apologized

What’s Happening: “Police in Metz, France (in the eastern part of the country) shot and wounded in the thigh yesterday a man who shouted ‘Allahu akbar’ (‘God is greatest’) while attacking them with a knife. Metz was the site of another knife attack two days ago in which one died and two were wounded (the attacker was shot dead). Paris, France has been the choice of many terrorist killings in recent years – 130 have died there in the deadliest attacks since World War II (https://www.yahoo.com/news/french-police-shoot-wound-knifeman-172509983.html). French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said, ‘I praise the quick thinking of the @PoliceNat57 (Moselle police force), which intervened to apprehend the individual. A probe is underway to determine the precise motivation and circumstances behind the act,’ That should be a short investigation. It seems obvious that Islamic terrorism is the motivation.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “How come we don’t get these attacks in New York?”

Biblical Response:  “Maybe it’s that we have a stricter immigration policy…or maybe it’s the NYPD…or that we are farther from Mecca…or a combination of the three… I don’t know. Of course, my issue is a bit different. I have no argument with the statement that”: ‘God is greatest,’ But which God? Sure, the terrorist shouted: ‘Allahu akbar’, which means he thinks Allah is God. Muhammed Ali (the famous boxer who shouted: ‘I am the greatest’ – himself a Muslim) and I would beg to differ (of course, maybe he was just saying that he has the greatest boxer).”

“The Scripture says that we can tell a tree by its fruit (Matt. 12:33). Islamic terrorism has killed many in the name of Allah. Islamic jihadists would then be quick to point out the Crusades and say we’ve also killed many…and they are right. Wrongheaded zeal is at least partly to blame for the rampage that occurred a millennium ago. Besides, conversions at the point of a sword are, at best, less sincere. Maybe it’s time we Christians apologized.”

“Christians? We believe Jehovah is God (Joshua 22:34; Psalm 118:27; I Kings 8:60, 18:21) and Jesus is His Son (Mk. 1:1, John 20:31, etc. – there are literally dozens of references), and that belief in Him is what makes you a Christian (Acts 16:31). But we don’t believe that anyone should be coerced into belief. You should choose Jesus (and, by so doing, choose Jehovah), but your choice should be free (Josh. 24:15 and John 8:32 and John 14:6). There is salvation in no other Name (Acts 4:12)”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to get so wrapped up in our desire for demonstrating allegiance to You that we lose sight of Your overriding message of love; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 5-27-19 Laboring in Vain

CLARITY

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.”

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CLARITY – 5-25-19 Shedding Innocent Blood Is Wrong…Period!

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-25-19

Shedding Innocent Blood Is Wrong…Period!

What’s Happening: “Three were killed and at least twenty were injured at the bombing yesterday at a mosque in Kabul (Afghanistan). Among the dead was Muslim cleric Samiullah Raihan, who was leading prayers in the Sunni Al-Taqwa mosque. Although no one has claimed responsibility, it is not uncommon for warring factions of Muslims to take matters into their own hands (https://www.yahoo.com/news/bomb-kills-least-one-during-friday-prayers-mosque-094010470.html). Quoting from the Reuters article: ‘Firdaws Faramarz, a police spokesman, said explosives were apparently placed near the altar of the Al-Taqwa mosque, a place used by the mosque leader to initiate the prayers.’”   

Knee-Jerk Response:  “If Muslims want to kill Muslims, more power to ‘em!”

Biblical Response:  “That sentiment is why jihad recruiting is easy and evangelism efforts among Muslim communities is hard. The ‘Christian’ West (or should I say the post-Christian West? – many churches are not well populated…except for CHRINOs – CHRistians In Name Only). I know there’s a tendency to fear the unfamiliar and Muslim terrorism has fanned ideological bias, but if we truly believe in Christianity’s inherent superiority, we won’t be cheering on these innocent deaths (Ex. 20:13)…or taking matters into our own hands, either. God is quite capable of sorting nations and territories out (Acts 17:26).”

“Christians? They won’t know we are Christian by our hate, but by our love (Jn. 13:35). Rather, we should weep for those who weep (Rom. 12:15). A little kindness and compassion would go much further than judgmentalism and vengeance.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to love unconditionally and see every non-Christian as a potential future family member; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 3-7-19 The Opposite of Anti-

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-7-19

The Opposite of Anti-

What’s Happening: “The Congressional brouhaha that ensued after Democrat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar made her ‘foreign allegiance’ remark was incredible. First, it looked like a resolution condemning anti-Semitism was going to be introduced, then one condemning anti-Semitism and mentioning specifically Congresswoman Omar, then no resolution at all (https://www.yahoo.com/news/asked-ilhan-omar-democrats-turn-230059958.html). ‘When prominent people use anti-Semitic rhetoric, it greenlights more of it. That’s why we’ve called out elected officials in both parties when they spew hate. Congress must send a clear, unambiguous message: there is no place for anti-Semitism in the U.S.,’said Anti-Defamation League spokesman Jonathan Greenblatt.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Surely, no one still speaks against the Jews as a people!”

Biblical Response:  “Where have you been? Of course they still do…or haven’t you been paying attention to Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah and the majority of the Muslim world? To chant ‘death to Israel’ is not being friendly to your nemesis, by any stretch of the imagination! Aren’t all -isms reprehensible? Perhaps…sincere belief in anything is no indication of its veracity (sorry AOC).”

“Christians? There are actions that God hates (Deut. 16:22; Prov. 20:10, 23), but not peoples. He died for all (now all may not accept that gift…but that doesn’t mean He only laid down His life for some). His attitude toward those who accept His love? It’s the opposite of anti-. It’s favor.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to have Your arms-open-wide attitude toward all people, for that is how You died; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-8-19 Surprised

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-8-19

Surprised

What’s Happening: “When Dutch former far-right activist Joram van Klaveren converted from Christianity to Islam (he had formerly labeled the Quran ‘poison’) it made waves. Of course, he was studying Islam at the time, ostensibly to write an expose’ of the religion. Now he is releasing a book entitled: ‘Apostate: From Christianity to Islam in the Time of Secular Terror.’ (https://www.yahoo.com/news/former-far-activist-called-quran-171627137.html). ‘”It feels a bit like a religious homecoming for me,’ van Klaveren said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I’m happy for him. He has found what is meaningful for him.”

Biblical Response:  “That would be great if what you believe about God was just a matter of opinion…if sincerity was the measure of truth. Unfortunately, for him and 19 terrorists who flew planes into buildings (and, thankfully, a Pennsylvania countryside) and were convinced that 72 virgins awaited, it’s not. There is what you think is going to happen…and, in fact, what really happens. It’s not who has the best argument that wins out in the end…regardless of whether it’s Mohammed, or Confucius, or Ghandi, or Stephen J. Hawking… or even Christ. Truth is determined by God Himself. That Christ is right is entirely beside the point.”

“Christians? We believe in absolute truth. How else can the ‘truth set you free’(John 8:32)? If the truth sets you free, lies enslave. We need to pray for the soul of this man…and all similarly deceived. Admitting you’ve been led astray sure beats being surprised,”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we do pray for Joram. May he find the absolute truth…before it’s too late; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 11-15-18 Faith Under Fire

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-15-18

Faith Under Fire

 

What’s Happening: “The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) may be 25 years old, but some think times have changed so much that efforts to repeal it might keep it from seeing its 26th birthday. The bill to repeal (to be introduced in the next Congress) already has 172 co-sponsors, all Democrats (https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA18K21&f=WU18K07). ‘In short, an explicit Constitutional right would be declared less important than other claims never mentioned in the Constitution and often not even legislated by elected officials,’ Ernest Istook said in a column for the Washington Examiner.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “No one has a corner on who is God.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Really? Christians, Hindu, Muslims and others might disagree…and the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution was added to give them the freedom to express that. To apply an old familiar phrase, ‘We’ve come a long way, baby’… but not necessarily in a good direction. Today’s secularism promises to release us from old moral codes, but really imprisons us with a mandated religion of its own: Secular Humanism. I thought the universal depravity of Man made that argument moot. Don’t agree with the concept that Man is bad? What are all those prisons for?”

 

Christians? We aren’t advocating as American Christians that only Jesus should be allowed in our culture. We are not for mandating any state religion. We just happen to believe we don’t need mandated support. Man, free (John 8:32) to choose what God he will serve, will choose Jehovah. Don’t we believe in the superiority of Christianity? Of course, and ‘the cream will rise to the top’…if I can use a old farming phrase.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to see through attempts at legislating You out (or into) our society; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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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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