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CLARITY – 5-16-18 Who’s to Blame?

CLARITY

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

CLARITY

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?

CLARITY

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

CLARITY

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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