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CLARITY – 1-7-19 Morality…Who Decides

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-7-19

Morality…Who Decides

What’s Happening: “In an interview with Fox News anchor, Jedediah Bila yesterday, Father Jonathan Morris, a Catholic priest, and Rev. Robert Jeffress, a Protestant pastor, found unity in defining a statement made by Speaker Pelosi labeling the border wall ‘immoral.’ (https://www.yahoo.com/news/pelosi-says-wall-immoral-two-133645503.html). ‘It’s absolutely absurd. The primary responsibility of government is to keep its people safe…’ said Rev. Jeffress, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Isn’t it immoral to keep people from freedom?”

Biblical Response:  “Perhaps…it’s complicated. Lots of people can make an argument that they were fleeing drugs, lawlessness, or violence (or a combination of them) in their home country…that’s why  they are trying to make it to America. While I’m sympathetic to their plight, there may not be any place to which to make an asylum claim if we don’t have border security. Sure, we need immigration reform (a faster means by which legal legitimate asylum claims can be adjudicated, an effective e-verify system for employers, etc.), but let’s move on with it, not shutdown government over it. Besides, doesn’t God define morality?”

“Christians? Everybody wants to talk inclusiveness…but doesn’t God’s opinion matter? Pastor Jeffress spoke about Nehemiah building a wall around Jerusalem (Neh. 2:20- 3:16) and that even heaven was not universally inclusive (Rev. 21:25-27).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give our elected leaders the courage to do what’s right, even if the political wind is in opposition; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 5-15-18 The Bane of Our Culture

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-15-18

 

The Bane of Our Culture

 

What’s Happening:  “Pastor Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Church in Dallas gave the prayer of dedication at the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem yesterday…much to the chagrin of a pluralistic media…who wanted to highlight the 55 Palestinians killed in protests – for youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDj1yNeF_nk) Jeffress is controversially known to think Jews and Muslims need conversion for peace with God.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Not so popular a pick for the prayer of dedication, huh?”

 

Biblical Response:  “No, if popularity with those in attendance was Jeffress’ goal, maybe not. Of course, he may have been trying to please God…praying and all. It’s kind of hard to please everyone…Jews, Muslims, AND Christians…but that is just what our pluralistic, syncretic culture demands. In an effort to please everyone and offend none, we offend everyone and please none. And many of our contemporary policies reflect that (I’m thinking of the LGBTQ community, and our thinking on the First Amendment).”

 

“Christians? There is nothing more dogmatic than orthodox Christianity. We believe there is only One Name to be called upon to be saved (Acts 4:12). Clue: it’s not Mohammad or Allah… or Hari Krishna  Joseph Smith, Buddha, et al, ad nauseum! Dare I actually speak His Name? JESUS!”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, save us from our culture! Give us the courage to call upon the Name that is above every other Name (Phil. 2:9-11); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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