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CLARITY -5-11-18 KKK is not Always Bad

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-11-18

 

KKK is not Always Bad

 

What’s Happening:  “At least not when you are talking of the three Kims (Tony Kim, Kim Hack-song, and Kim Dong-chul) that a fourth Kim (Kim Jong-un) released from North Korea and met President Trump and First Lady Melania, Vice President Pence and Second Lady, Karen on the tarmac at 3:00am at Andrews AFB in Maryland (https://www.yahoo.com/news/3-americans-held-north-korea-070448351.html). Trump offered, ‘This is something that people did not think was going to happen for many many years and a lot of bad things could’ve happened in between,’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Couldn’t they have picked a more civilized hour?”

 

Biblical Response:  “I’m sure if you asked the Kims that were released, any hour was just fine,..they were just glad to be free. And the hour seemed ironically appropriate…I mean, the leaders of the free world and their wives had to lose a night’s sleep to be there to greet them…and they did!  

 

“Christians? Freedom is always a wonderful thing…if there are no strings (read: ‘chains’) attached. It seems out of character for Kim Jong-un to release anyone as a ‘goodwill’ gesture. He probably should have never imprisoned them in the first place. Of course, real freedom always deals in truth (John 8:32).”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let us enter these negotiations with both eyes open; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 3-13-18 Few Things Are Permanent

 

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-13-18

 

Few Things Are Permanent

What’s Happening:  “Out with Tillerson, in with Pompeo…President Trump reportedly asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to step down, but not until he had CIA Director, now Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and team set for the upcoming talks with Kim Jong-un. Gina Haspel, the CIA Deputy, is to become the new Director of the CIA, the first woman ever to hold that position (https://www.yahoo.com/gma/trump-replaces-secretary-state-tillerson-cia-director-125003830–abc-news-topstories.html). Trump tweeted, ‘Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!’ I guess few things are permanent.

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “There’s a whole parade of folks leaving Trump’s cabinet…chaos!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Actually, Tillerson is only the second cabinet appointee to leave (Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price left in September over his use of taxpayer funded private jets), however there has been a lot of ‘palace intrigue’ over other White House staff (Priebus, Spicer, etc., out and Gen. Kelley, Sanders, etc., in). Whether for a break or posturing or for greater effectiveness, these departures underscore the transitory nature of political appointments.” .”

 

“Christians?  With most Youth Pastors eyeing higher pastoral positions to which  they can advance, we are not unfamiliar with the procedure of ‘getting the right team’ in place. Sometimes, moves are legitimate…sometimes to demonstrate power…but, sometimes to truly answer an increasing call. Still, everyone likes the stability of the predictable. Unfortunately, change is often necessary. Few things are truly permanent….maybe it’s better that way.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we love for everything always to remain comfortably the same, progress is impossible without change. Help us to be pliable and full of faith for the future; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 3-9-18 Throwing Around the “D” Word

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-9-18

 

Throwing Around the “D” Word

 

What’s Happening:  “‘Denuclearization’…such a big word for such a ‘little rocket man’…yet that, apparently, is what DPRK leader Kim Jong-un is saying in his offer to meet with South Korean leader Moon and President Trump (who has offered a May meeting). There is much to be gained by all: for the South, peace, and the possibility of re-unification…a long-held dream on the peninsula; for the U.S., a huge political win for Trump, validation for his ‘peace through strength’ posture…and his challenging rhetoric; for the North, an easing of sanctions…and more time for centrifuges to spin? (https://boingboing.net/2018/03/08/noko-denuke.html). ‘He pledged that North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests,’ said South Korean spokesman  Chung Eui-yong. ‘President Trump would meet Kim Jong-un by May to achieve denuclearization.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Whew! We dodged a big bullet!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Not so fast. There’s always hope for diplomacy to be productive, but this has happened before (I’m thinking of Clinton’s efforts, etc….however, you can only kick the can so far down the road). As ‘Ronnie Ray-gun’ was fond of saying: ‘Trust, but verify.’ Maybe Kim is being an honest broker…still, I’d use this opportunity to remove all U.S. citizens and non-essential personnel (I’m thinking the families of servicemen not the soldiers themselves) from South Korea; either the peace talks will work and they’ll be no longer needed or war is inevitable and why expose more than necessary to harm?”

 

“Christians?  Oh we believe in peace…and we believe you should give peace a chance…but we’re not naive. The heart of man is wicked and not to be trusted (Rom. 3:23). Kim Jong-un may want the best for his people…or his petty ego might get the best of him (or he may not be right in what he thinks is best for his people). In any case, let us proceed with one eye open….and the button within reach.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we want peace, we don’t want it at any price. Give our leaders wisdom and discretion; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-15-18 What Would You Do?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-15-18

 

What Would You Do?

 

What’s Happening:  “At 8:07 am (their time), Saturday, the Civil Defense System sent out a message to anyone with a smartphone in Hawaii; BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER . THIS IS NOT A DRILL. And, as was discovered and people were notified 38 minutes later, it wasn’t…it was a mistake. People huddled in garages, called loved ones to say goodbye, some even prayed (https://www.yahoo.com/news/hawaii-apos-false-missile-alert-044316057.html).  Governor of Hawaii, David Ige tweeted: ‘Today is a day most of us will never forget. A terrifying day when our worst nightmares appeared to become a reality. A day where we frantically grabbed what we could, tried to figure out how and where to shelter and protect ourselves and our ohana, said our “I love yous,’”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “I wish I were selling fallout shelters in Hawaii.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Or anywhere, for that matter. Seriously, why hasn’t anyone come up with a mylar-thin lead sheet…like a space blanket…to huddle under? I mean, they can roll out aluminum to make aluminum foil…why not lead foil? Whether it works or not might be irrelevant…at least folks would be thinking it would and have some peace. Of course, that’s not the real question. The real question is: ARE YOU READY? Whether or not Un decides to lob a missile at Hawaii or some mainland U. S. city would be irrelevant to the guy in a fatal car crash tomorrow (with California just making recreational marijuana legal, that might be an increasing possibility). One thing is certain, we’re all going to die…someday.

 

“Christians? In a sense, WE will not die (John 11:26)…at least we are not going to experience the second death (Rev. 2:11, etc.). The first death…well, Adam and Eve made that a certainty (Heb. 9:27; Rom. 3:23). We don’t need missile insurance, but a little fire insurance might go a long way.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the creativity and courage that living in this world will take…and the sense to prepare for an uncertain future…of course, for Some it IS certain; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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