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CLARITY – 8-16-19 It’s the Law

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -8-16-19

It’s the Law

What’s Happening: “Though AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D., NY) disagreed vocally, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) were both barred by the government of Israel from the country, including a planned visit to Palestinian cities on the West Bank, Thursday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was only obeying the law and both Muslim Representatives had expressed hatred for Jews and Israel (https://www.yahoo.com/news/israel-ban-omar-tlaib-reactions-200932835.html). ‘There is no country in the world that respects the U.S. and the U.S. Congress more than the State of Israel. As a vibrant and free democracy, Israel is open to any critic and criticism, with one exception: Israel’s law prohibits the entry of people who call and operate to boycott Israel,’ Netanyahu’s statement read.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What right does an alleged democracy have to barr Muslims from entry?”

Biblical Response:  “Actually, every right…they have a prior obligation to protect their citizens. You might ask what harm two women could do? (google women terrorists sometime – your next question might be: ‘Are you calling them terrorists?!’ – a brief review of their anti-semitic comments will yield disturbing results – you be the judge – there are those who wield weapons and those who wield words). Netanyahu might be likened to a watchman on the wall (Is. 21:6). He bears a responsibility for those he warns (Ezek. 3:18).” 

“Christians? Deciding who gets into heaven is way above our paygrade, but no one will deny the momentousness (is that a word?) of the decision. Imagine someone who wants to do harm in heaven!”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to tone down the rhetoric and realizing the importance of decisions made, keep our leaders in prayer; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 5-29-19 An Eye for an Eye or Vengeance?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-29-19

Eye for an Eye or Vengeance?

What’s Happening: “An Israeli missile was fired at a Syrian anti-aircraft launcher that had earlier fired and missed a IDF jet, wounding three Syrian soldiers. The Syrians protested, of course, but the Israelis said it was done in retaliation. The missile was apparently fired from the Golan Heights (which was annexed by Israel) and targeted Tel al-Shaar in Quneitra (https://www.yahoo.com/news/israeli-missile-hits-quneitra-syria-reports-casualties-193239631.html). ‘An Israeli missile targeted Tel al-Shaar in Quneitra,’ said Syrian news, adding a ‘military vehicle was targeted and there are wounded.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Doesn’t Israel have a right to defend itself?”

Biblical Response:  “I’m with you…of course it does, but there are some that would argue this violates Romans 12:19 (‘Vengeance is mine. I will repay.’). Maybe if the missile strike was elsewhere, Targeting the very launcher that fired at it means it was clearly defensive, Yeah, but what about ‘love your enemies’ (from Matthew 5:44-45)? That may be above my paygrade (only God knows the heart – 1 Kings 8:39). I don’t know what the motivation was. Surely, on a lower order, the soldiers were only doing what they were told. Higher up…I don’t know. Perhaps managing collateral damages could be construed as an act of mercy.

“Christians? Trying to fight an ethical war is difficult, at best. While some wars are of God (1 Chron. 5:22), it is just one tool in his arsenal to effect change (Acts 17:26). Then there’s the scripture that says ‘the weapons of our warfare are not carnal’ (2 Cor. 10:4). The conclusion of the matter is probably that God allows some things because He will not get in the way of free will. Of course there’s Rom. 8:28, too.

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give those who make life-and-death decisions an anointing for wisdom, not just a good ‘justifier;’ in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-13-19 It’s Even Simpler Than That

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-13-19

It’s Even Simpler Than That

What’s Happening: “Has Dem. Congresswoman (and Freshman from MN)) Omar got it wrong?! She was just being her usual Muslim self when she tweeted anti-Semitic comments on Twitter, and blamed the American Israel Public Affair Committee (AIPAC) lobby for its monetary support. This got immediate and nearly universal condemnation from her own party colleagues and a call for an apology. She complied, but Trump still called for her resignation from Congress or at least from her Foreign Affair Committee appointment (https://www.yahoo.com/news/rep-ilhan-omars-controversial-tweet-031242777.html). There are a plethora of comments on the link, and the last one in Haaretz comes closest to the motives behind America’s support of Israel, but laying all that aside, God’s motives for favoring Israel go back even further than contemporary politics presumes.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Her comments were offensive!”

Biblical Response:  “True, and maybe she should resign…and maybe lobbies are too influential…and maybe Palestinian terrorists should be more universally condemned…but all that misses the point I’m trying to make. My point? God is simply honoring a promise he made to Abraham thousands of years ago (Gen 12:3).  The only qualification I see on His promise is that we be a blessing.”

“Christians? Who is more of a true Jew than a real Christian? (Rom. 2:29) The day Christians in America abandon Israel, the favor we enjoy from God for supporting Israel will vanish.”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to never forget the apple of your eye…may they truly come to know Jesus as their Messiah; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 1-28-19 Missing?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-28-19

Missing?

What’s Happening: “The death toll in the wake of the collapse of Dam #6 in Brumadinho, Brazil has risen to 58, with over 300 still reported as missing, Sunday. The dam held back the iron ore mining waste of a mine operated by Vale, a Brazilian company. Search for the missing has resumed after it was called off for fear of another dam collapsing. The other dam was owned by the same company…it has now been declared as safe (https://www.yahoo.com/news/latest-israeli-searchers-help-brazil-dam-collapse-092504619.html) Rescue teams as far away as Israel have come to locals’ aid.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “That’s down in Brazil…not my problem.”

Biblical Response:  “It might not be ‘your’ problem, but you sure would be singing a different tune if it was your house being buried by mud. Like has been said before, ‘all tragedy is local.’ Let me add to the list of altruisms: ‘everyone experiences a tragedy sometime.’ If it isn’t mud, it’s a tornado (mine, in 2011). If not a tornado, it’s sickness (2 brainstem strokes in 2009). If not sickness, it’s the death of a loved one (I preached my father’s funeral in 1994). If not the death of a loved one, it’s divorce in your family…or a hurricane…or a bankruptcy or whatever (BTW, I’ve been through all the aforementioned). God is still God and I am not He.  By the way, He knows where those ‘missing’ are…so I guess they aren’t missing to Him..”

“Christians? We are called to have a different perspective…about tragedy and time. First: tragedy. We are to ‘weep with those who weep’ ((Rom. 12:15). But we are not to show our empathy in tears only. Ours must be more practical than that (James 2:16-17)

Concerning time? We must remember the following formula to put things in their proper perspective: 120 (Gen. 6:3) /eternity= life in perspective. We all are here for only the blink of an eye (Is. 40:7).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, everyone under the age of 30 thinks they are going to live forever. Help us to view life in perspective; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 10-2-18 More to Come

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-2-18

More to Come

 

What’s Happening: “Strikes over Israel celebrating its new Nation-State Law, passed by the Knesset in July of this year, are not the last of a reaction to a wave of religious nationalism that is sweeping across the world. (https://www.yahoo.com/news/palestinians-strike-against-israels-jewish-nation-law-102126675.html). Its counterpart, religious syncretism, the belief that all religions hold a piece of the truth – that no religion or faith has a corner on the truth-market (http://www.religioustolerance.org/tomek22.htm), is a popularly held feeling and a great contributor to a secular pluralism that may be the product of today’s political correctness. This may be just the First Act in a great play.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Those are just big words for ‘let’s all get along.’”

 

Biblical Response:  “Religious syncretism and secular pluralism may be big words, but they describe a pervasive sentiment sweeping this world of partisanship. People may get so weary of fights between the left and the right that they welcome a peace that accepts all views as equally valid – you can believe anything as long as you sincerely believe it. This tolerance may sound good on its face – it’s just unbiblical. Soon, some may find that believing in everything is really believing in nothing.”

 

“Christians? We have a very dogmatic religion. To think that you have the ONLY truth (John 14:6; Acts 4:12) may seem arrogant…but it’s true. I understand Trump’s attitude of American superiority (America first), though it may be a faith statement. Christianity is definitely a superior faith,..it may be true…but it’s unpopular…it’s just too intolerant for many.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us ‘condescend to men of low estate’ (Rom. 12:16)…even when no one wants to think they are of ‘low estate;’ in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 6-15-18 Majority Report

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-15-18

 

Majority Report

 

What’s Happening:  “Last evening, on a 62 for, 58 against, 42 abstentions vote, the U. N. failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed for the U.S.-led amendment to also condemn Hamas for lobbing over 100 rockets into Israel. Instead, the resolution to condemn Israel passed by a vote of 120 for, 8 against and 45 abstentions – the vote obviously received much Islamic-nation support had(https://www.yahoo.com/news/latest-palestinians-urge-un-condemn-israel-over-gaza-210331357.html). The draft resolution being considered Wednesday (without the U.S,-led amendment) was proposed by Arab and Islamic countries. ”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I thought the majority was always right.”

 

Biblical Response:  “This may be an American pipe dream – or maybe it presumes a Christian consensus – in any case, due to the fallen nature of man, society’s recent bent all but assures the majority is wrong. Sad, but true. It was John Adams who said: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” He was right.”

 

“Christians? Oh, we believe in the rule of the majority, WHEN that majority decides anything that lines up with God’s Word (James 1:22). Unredeemed Man is seldom right…and then only by accident. That is why taking God’s Word out of public education only assures anarchy.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, since what we believe (especially the young and impressionable) is primarily the responsibility of the family, bring revival to this land. Help us to be that ‘shining light on a hill’ that is our destiny;in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 5-16-18 Who’s to Blame?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-16-18

 

Who’s to Blame?

 

What’s Happening:  “If you ask the White House, Hamas is to blame. If you ask Hamas, Israel and America are to blame. Whoever is to blame, by most counts, over 50 protesters were killed and over 2,000 were injured as the U.S. Embassy opening celebration was being held in Jerusalem Monday (https://www.yahoo.com/news/white-house-blames-hamas-over-192136258.html). ‘Said Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah: ‘We’re aware of the reports of continued violence in Gaza today. Responsibility with these tragic deaths rests solely with Hamas.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What a black mark on this day!”

 

Biblical Response:  “I’m sure that’s just what Hamas was aiming for…and the death toll would have been much higher if the Israeli Army had aimed at anything higher than legs (really …only 50 out of 2,000?!) Too bad for the protesters that they were so easily manipulated into defying Israel’s border…many of the protesters were armed…of course, most media outlets didn’t mention that.”

 

“Christians? Anyone’s death is tragic…but the tragedy is multiplied when it is for a hopeless cause (and if anything, the 1967 war should have taught people that…of course, the average protester is not a student of history…let alone of the Bible – Lev 14:34). The Palestinians elected Mahmoud Abbas to be the President of a non-existent country in 2005 and he continues to motivate young people to die for a lie…of course you have to believe the truth to not be deceived by a lie.”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help the young people of the Golan Heights and the Gaza Strip see the truth; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 5-9-18 Standing Alone

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-9-18

 

Standing Alone

 

What’s Happening:  “It isn’t easy to stand alone, especially when the tide of almost global opinion is against you – but that is exactly what President Trump did by fulfilling his campaign promise to extract the U.S. from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or Iran Deal. Although the leaders of France, Germany and the U.K. tried to persuade him to do otherwise, Iran’s Supreme Leader Hassan Rouhani threatened, and the Democrats postured, Trump pulled the U.S. out of the deal (https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA18E16&f=WU18E06). It remains to be seen whether this will help or hurt in the upcoming negotiations with North Korea.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I thought Trump was a populist…how come he’s doing something so unpopular?”

 

Biblical Response:  “I guess it depends on whom you talk to. Saudi Arabia, our ally Israel, and those who elected him like the move. Granted, it isn’t easy standing up for principle, but how can you trust anyone you can’t inspect. We were promised unfettered access…we haven’t received it. Sure, we never found them violating the terms of the agreement WHERE THEY ALLOWED US TO INSPECT…no surprise there. People don’t do what you expect, they only do what you inspect ”

 

“Christians? Standing Alone is really a misnomer. As the people of God, we never stand alone (Matt. 18:20). The challenge, however, is to never take a stand He cannot support…like the Iran deal.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us when we take a stand; let it be for something significant AND something You can support; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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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 – 4-25-18 Prophetic or Flattery?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-25-18

 

Prophetic or Flattering?

 

What’s Happening:  “The date of the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, May 14, may have Cyrus-like prophetic significance: after all, it is 70 years to the day since Israel declared statehood (the number 70 has special significance for Israelis – 70 years of Babylonian captivity, 70 names for Jerusalem, 70 years of King David’s reign, etc.). Others who know Trump’s propensity toward ego say the the Cyrus/Trump meme is just flattery (https://www.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-israelis-hear-echoes-ancient-emperor-155859705.html). Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked tweeted, ‘Trump is in his generation, as Cyrus was in his.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Trump would egocentrically like it to be prophetic, huh?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably…though there’s evidence he could cite to support the claim. I guess we should leave that to the conspiracists, the prognosticators, and the biblical scholars. Maybe that makes Jared into Ezra or Nehemiah (Jared, the President’s son-in-law and Jewish, is slated to stand in for Trump at the dedication). Or maybe that’s just trying to interpret the Bible by the morning paper – a practice that has led many astray.”

 

“Christians? Maybe these are just coincidences and rumors of coincidences (Matt. 24:6). In any case, there is little we can do to enhance or deter prophetic history…past or future. While we want to have influence in the Mideast – hence, moving our Embassy from Tel-Aviv to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem – we should never forget that our primary task in Israel (or anywhere in the world, for that matter) is evangelism. Any action that will further that goal is justified (Prov. 11:30).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we want to be spiritual, not carnal, let us not get too far afield in our pursuit of the prophetic; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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