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CLARITY – 3-26-20 When It Rains, It Pours

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-26-20

When It Rains, It Pours

What’s Happening: “As if struggling with a worldwide pandemic (the COVID-19 panic), a storm, and a 7.5 earthquake were not enough, residents of Russia’s Severo-Kurilsk community also  had a tsunami warning which came on the heels of the earthquake at 5:30pm Wednesday. Thankfully, the tsunami fear was short-lived. Warnings for British Columbia and Hawaii were contemplated but cancelled. Japan never issued a warning, though the earthquake was close (https://www.yahoo.com/news/magnitude-7-8-quake-strikes-031749739.html). ‘At 1757 local time (0657 GMT), the threat was removed,’ said the Sakhalin Tsunami Centre. ‘Since the tsunami was small, but was observed against the backdrop of the tide and a storm, we maintained the warning for several hours.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Should I buy earthquake or tsunami insurance?”

Biblical Response:  “Unless you live on an island lowland in the South Pacific, probably not…which brings up the whole concept of trying to insure against disaster…so-called ‘acts of God’ (in the ‘Prosperity Gospel.’ there is no room for ‘bad news’ – of course, it’s really a matter of perspective…before the Red Sea was parted, it was a curse, an impasse that blocked the children of Israel’s escape from Pharaoh’s army – for the whole biblical story, read Exodus 14 -. Then God parted the Red Sea, and it was a blessing that made it possible for them to cross on dry land. Then as they saw Pharaoh’s army follow them, it was a curse again. Then, as the walls of water came crashing down on the army and drowning their pursuers it was a blessing again. How God endures such a wishy-washy obstinate people as us is as wonder! …Oh, wait a minute, the ground did open up and consume some of the nay-sayers – Num.16:1-32 – but that wasn’t a loving God was it?!)”

“Sometimes, in our pursuit of avoiding the economic repercussions of ‘disasters,’ to level out the playing field, so to speak, we become subject to the very poverty we were trying to avoid. Kind of a different perspective on being ‘insurance poor,’ huh?” 

“Christians? We believe in so-called ‘acts of God.’ While we agree that God favors His children, we also believe He uses our predicaments to discipline us 

‘… and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons,  ‘MY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD, NOR FAINT WHEN YOU ARE REPROVED BY HIM;

FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES,  AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.’ (Heb. 12:5-6 NASU)”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let us embrace Your discipline as proof of Your love…You’ve gotten our attention now; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-21-20 Fear and Respect…Coronavirus Update

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-21-20

Fear and Respect…Coronavirus Update

What’s Happening: “As of today (Friday – 2-21-20), there over 76,000 globally that have tested positive for coronavirus and over 2,200 that have died. There are cases in more countries than there were last week (the virus continues to spread – deaths are nearly three times the SARS pandemic which rattled the world in 2003). Report of a huge influx of cases in Chinese prisons, South Korea, and Japan (especially on cruise ships) seem to show the virus radiating from its epicenter in Hubei Province in China. Fear seems to control some as Ukrainian officials detained 24 objecting to forced quarantines (https://www.yahoo.com/news/coronavirus-updates-south-korea-reports-112000109.html). On a positive note (at least in America), quoting the article by Todd Miyazawa: ‘The Public Health Department continues to work closely with healthcare providers, hospitals, and its partners to address novel coronavirus. Currently, there is no evidence that novel coronavirus is circulating in Santa Clara County and risk remains low.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Should we all be wearing masks?”

Biblical Response:  “No, Chicken Little, but a little investment in companies that manufacture masks might be profitable. Seriously, it may not be ethical to profit from the fears of others, though the proper respect ought to be shown to health workers (and the disease they are fighting).”

“The scripture says that “fear has torment” (1 John 4:18)…and it’s easy to let fear get the best of us. Realizing we are in the hands of a merciful God is helpful (Ps. 116:5; 2 Chr. 30:9). Still, proper respect should be shown. Likely, this is more evidence we live in a fallen world (Gen. 3).”

“Christians? We believe God is bigger than any virus. This is not to say that death is not tragic, or that those stricken with this (or any disease) are more wicked, but life is short. Opportunities for repentance are finite. Sure, God may “work all things together for good” (Rom. 8:28), but we certainly don’t have the wisdom to determine what that is. We need to pray and submit to God’s will.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to weep with those that weep (Rom. 12:15), fight the paralysis of fear, pray for the sick…and leave the final outcome to You; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 10-21-19 The Plans of Mice and Men

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-21-19

The Plans of Mice and Men

It’s Happening: “The next conflict will look a little different- at least if the U.S. Army and Marines have anything to say about it…that statement was made loud and clear by the sinking on July 12, 2018 of the USS Racine, a 522-foot long tank landing ship, in the waters north of Hawaii. Of course, it was a planned sinking – by land forces from Japan, Australia, and helicopters and drones and a Los Angeles-class submarine from the U.S., to prove that the upgrading of forces is sufficient to counter recent military moves by China (like the creation of island bases in the South China Sea) (https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/us-army-and-marines-have-plan-take-china-and-russias-navies-88996).  I didn’t list half of the forces that were involved – all this to avoid the famously quoted ‘Never get involved in a land war in Asia.’ (Miracle Max in the Princess Bride – 1987).”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I knew they had to have a plan,,”

Biblical Response:  “Yeah, but is it the right one? It is the Pentagon…so it must be, right? Being on the right side (God’s side), helps, too. How do I know it is God’s side? Well, it certainly was in WWII (the Nazi’s killing of 6 million Jews in concentration camps kind of assured us of ultimate victory…you don’t want to go against God). Of course, we made a few mistakes there, too… mistakes we’ll be paying for for a long time (but that’s another topic). 

We have exterminated well over 60 million innocent babies via abortion (which doesn’t bode well for us in the favor department), but atheistic Russia and China…hopefully…trumps that. In any case, whatever ‘plans’ we make, the Lord may have other plans. Besides it is not good to ‘trust in chariots and horses’ (Ps. 20:7). Sometimes “the best-laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley’ (Bobbie Burns’ poem – 1785 – meaning His plan might overrule).

“Christians? As the scripture from Proverbs says: “Man proposes, but God disposes.” (Prov. 19:21 LB). Maybe it’s time to pray.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to see and understand the long-term plans You have in light of the short-term plans we’ve made; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 6-14-19 Who’s Really Behind the Attack

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -6-14-19

Who’s Really Behind the Attack

What’s Happening: “Now the Pentagon has released a video which it says proves that Iran was involved in the attack on the oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz while they were en route to Japan. The video purports to have caught an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel removing an unexploded mine from the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous. The Iranians have used before the limpet mine, which attaches magnetically to the hull and is intended to cripple but not sink (https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-says-iran-removed-unexploded-020504854.html). ‘The U.S. and the international community stand ready to defend our interests, including the freedom of navigation,’ said Central Command spokesman Capt, Bill Urban. The United States has no interest in engaging in a new conflict in the Middle East. However, we will defend our interests.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “The video proves unmistakably who was behind the attack. I say tomahawk missiles are in order.”

Biblical Response:  “Iran was probably involved…I say ‘probably’, because it is now technically possible to simulate digitally through CG (Computer Graphics) anything you like. Still, simulated or not, Iran has a history of attacking vessels. One thing’s for sure, ‘the thief has come but for to steal, kill and destroy…’ (John 10:10). The enemy (the devil) is behind it all. He would like nothing more than to inflame two governments into a conflict that will destroy innocents on both sides. We must think carefully before we respond.”

“Christians? There is no ambivalence in the devil’s intent. And Iran is the ideal proxy. Now is the time to pray…for our leaders, for those that will be the ‘innocent’ victims, and for God’s will and justice.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, bring order out of chaos and help us to realize whom our real enemy is; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 5-25-18 Continuance

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-25-18

 

Continuance

 

What’s Happening:  “Trump cancelled the historic summit in Singapore scheduled for June 12 with DPRK leader Kim Jong-un because of a threat from Kim of nuclear war. Still, he said the meeting could be held later if tensions subsided (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/05/24/trump-says-north-korea-summit-still-possible-after-pullout-but-warns-us-military-ready-if-necessary.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxnews%2Fpolitics+%28Internal+-+Politics+-+Text%29). ‘Nobody should be anxious. We have to get it right,’ Trump is reported to have said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Why don’t we just nuke ‘em? We’ll win any conflict, right?”

 

Biblical Response:  “It’s not that simple. In the first place, thousands of innocent Koreans would die…in the North…and in the South. Secondly, so might a lot of innocent American soldiers’ families (there are 28,500 soldiers stationed in South Korea). Thirdly, how about the Japanese? Then there’s the possibility of China taking North Korea’s part. Need I go on? I’m as ready as the next guy for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Let’s just get it right. Give the ‘maximum pressure’ campaign a chance. A few months of sanctions will convince them of our solidarity…IF everyone (including China) will get on board.”

 

“Christians? I think patience is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23). Surely, we can demonstrate a little of that can’t we?”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, our leadership needs Your wisdom…not their own bravado…help us; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-17-18 Rumors of War

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-17-18

 

Rumors of War

 

What’s Happening:  “First, it was Hawaii – 38 minutes of panic occurred when a false warning of a missile launch from North Korea was emblazoned on phones statewide: yesterday it happened nationwide in Japan…the TV station responsible for the deception has apologized (https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/2aeb97a0-fc5e-3cca-96c9-bcb4c5340a3c/ss_japanese-tv-issues-false.html).’Around 6.55pm earlier we reported on the NHK’s news site and NHK’s news disaster prevention application “Pattern of North Korean missile launch” but this was incorrectly issued. J alert has not appeared. I must sincerely apologise.’”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “Now, nobody will respond…it’s a case of crying ‘wolf’ too many times.”

 

Biblical Response:  “You might be right…not that there’s much that many folks could do, anyway. One thing’s certain, the real thing will be worse. Is a thermonuclear missile survivable? Probably…the real question is ‘do you want to?’ What kind of world will be left? Do you want your children to live in fear of such a thing happening? These, and other questions, should have be asked decades ago…before North Korea had an opportunity to develop the threat.

 

“Christians? Although our eternity is secure (2 Tim. 1:12), our temporality is not. The law of sowing and reaping (Gal. 6:7) guarantees that regret has a multiplied component. We have sown the wind…now we get to reap the whirlwind. Is there still time? Maybe.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to let fear rule the day…but to be wise purveyors of the truth. Give our leaders the wisdom to guide us through these tumultuous times;: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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