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CLARITY – 1-11-19 The Hard Part Begins

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-11-19

The Hard Part Begins

What’s Happening: “13-year-old kidnap victim, Jayme Closs, has been found…and she’s alive! This was the big news yesterday, as Jayme has been missing since the October 15 murder of her parents in their home near Barron, Wisconsin. She was found wandering the streets yesterday about 70 miles north of Barron in a small rural town there (https://www.yahoo.com/news/sheriff-jayme-closs-found-alive-suspect-custody-022922451.html). ‘Praise the Lord,’ said Allard, Jayme’s Aunt. “It’s the news we’ve been waiting on for three months. I can’t wait to get my arms around her. I just can’t wait.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess the rest of her family is relieved.”

Biblical Response:  “Probably in shock…most of these stories don’t have so happy an ending…though the murder of her parents will still be something Jayme will have to deal with…to say nothing of her own kidnapping.  I hope that her therapist – no doubt she will be assigned one – will help her realize God was not asleep at the switch.””

“Christians? How do we explain this (or any) tragedy? First, by saying God was just as sorrowful as Jayme’s family was (Rom. 12:15). Second, by explaining that Jayme’s parents and even Jayme herself were the victims of the evil unleashed in this world, against His will, and that things will not always be this way (Rom. 8:20-21). Listen to how the Living Bible puts it:

‘For on that day thorns and thistles, sin, death, and decay—the things that overcame the world against its will at God’s command—will all disappear, and the world around us will share in the glorious freedom from sin which God’s children enjoy.’”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to understand that You didn’t want any of this, but to receive unforced love You had to give us free will…and sometimes we choose poorly; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

Share as you like; just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent

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CLARITY – 7-7-18 More Than He Bargained For

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-7-18

 

More Than He Bargained For

 

What’s Happening:  “He shouldn’t have tried this in Texas…at least I think that’s what the ‘alleged’ kidnapper is saying…Michelle Booker-Hicks was just trying to pay for her gas when a man climbed in and attempted to drive her car away from the convenience store…with her two kids in the back seat! She jumped in the car, reached for the gun in the glove box, and shot him (https://www.yahoo.com/news/alleged-carjacker-shot-woman-tries-135301369.html). Ricky Wright, 36, is being charged with several crimes…and nursing his wound!”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Doesn’t he have rights, too?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yep…and included is the right to be shot when driving off in a car occupied by a Mom with two kids. He should have picked another car to carjack…or maybe another state…one that doesn’t have concealed carry permits.”

 

“Christians? We believe in a peaceable reaction…but that doesn’t mean we won’t (and don’t have an obligation before God) protect what has been given to us to care for. Stewardship is the principle (Luke 12:42). What is the reward for faithful stewardship? More…may she be fruitful!”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be responsible for that with which You have entrusted us; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

Share as you like; just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent

 

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CLARITY – 6-23-18 It’s TIME for Truth

 

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-23-18

 

It’s TIME for Truth

 

What’s Happening:  “Appearing on this week’s TIME magazine’s cover is a 2-year-old Honduran girl crying up to a photoshopped image of President Trump, but the deception doesn’t stop there. Further investigation reveals she wasn’t separated from the mother who kidnapped her from her unsuspecting father (who is still in Honduras)…and the mother has been deported before (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/truth-about-girl-on-cover-destroys-time-magazines-credibility-she-was-never-separated/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune). ‘On July 9, 2013, she was transferred to ICE ERO custody. On July 18, 2013, Sanchez was removed to Honduras under expedited removal,’ according to an ICE statement.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Oops!’”

 

Biblical Response:  “That would be my response, too… except many people believe the Fake News the media keeps pumping out. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want what is happening on our southern border any more than the next guy. It’s just that I think the problem is different AND the solution is different. What is the problem if not separating families? The problem is trying to enter the U.S. illegally. The solution: immigration reform. People willingly risk their lives and the lives of their family and try to enter illegally because we have not made it easy for them to do it legally…but dealing in falsehood is not the answer! (John 8:32)”

 

“Christians? Again, what a great opportunity! I haven’t heard of any churches who have opened up their facilities for housing…or any individuals who have opened up their homes (of course that may not be judged newsworthy or fit the media’s narrative). So, if there’s anyone out there who needs warm and dry housing, I have a couch. Oh, by the way….we will be praying over our food, and my wife teaches English at school.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to extend a hand of Christian compassion to those who truly seek asylum…or help us not to claim that moniker as our own; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

Share as you like; just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe to any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent