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

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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-

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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

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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

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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

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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 – 2-21-18 Last Hope

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-21-18

 

Last Hope

What’s Happening:  “In a ‘State of Hungary’ speech from Budapest,  President of Hungary Viktor Orban called Christianity Europe’s last hope. He was, no doubt, reacting to the loose immigration policies of France, Belgium and Germany as Islam slowly takes over demographically (https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-02-18/hungarian-leader-calls-christianity-europes-last-hope?platform=hootsuite). Hungary may seem insignificant and Orban’s voice small, but global forces of tolerance and self-determination seem to be governing in the U.N. and almost everywhere.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “And I don’t even own a burka!”

 

Biblical Response:  “There are a whole lot of things that will change (other than clothing) if we have a world with an Islamic consensus (owning clothing in vogue with the culture will be the least of your worries).. Western civilization was built on a Christian consensus (granted, there are assumptions that are not profitable for individual evangelism, but there are cultural advances that are its result, too). The lie that makes all this possible is that allah and Jehovah are just different names for the same God.”

 

“Christians? If “the truth will set you free” (John 8:32), a lie will enslave you. Don’t think there’s any difference between allah and Jehovah? You obviously haven’t read the Koran or studied history. Sure, we’ve made mistakes…sometimes glaring ones (the Crusades come to mind), but much good has been done, too (hospitals, schools, and feeding programs, etc.). As the bumper sticker says, “Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven.” Besides, Mohammed didn’t rise from the dead, Jesus did. I have no doubt Christianity will win out in the end, I just hope we don’t have centuries of repression and domination to overcome.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may Viktor’s plea be heard and heeded…before it’s too late; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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