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CLARITY – 11-14-19 Not as You Think of Swift

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-14-19

Not as You Think of Swift

What’s Happening: “If everything went according to plan (and there’s nothing to indicate anything went awry), Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, died of lethal injection last night at 7:00 p.m. EST, in Georgia’s Diagnostic and Classification Prison, 25 years after his conviction and sentencing for shooting a convenience store clerk in the head…twice…and killing him. Cromartie had entered the store to steal beer. The defense said it was never proven that Cromartie was actually the killer (https://www.yahoo.com/news/death-row-inmate-executed-hours-133406760.html). Quoting from the article in The Independent: ‘Cromartie was scheduled to be executed on 30 October, but proceedings were halted because an appeal was still pending before Georgia’s Supreme Court. On 1 November, the state secured a new execution order, setting it for Wednesday.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Which is worse, dying by lethal injection, or having to wait 25 years (!) for sentencing to be carried out?”

Biblical Response:  “Right…to answer that question, I’d have to know whether you were referring to the wait by the convict or the family of the victim. Doesn’t the Constitution promise swift justice? Yeah, the 6th Amendment does provide for a speedy trial but the U.S. Supreme Court has termed it ‘ambiguous’… ‘amorphous’… and ‘slippery.’ Whatever our Founders originally intended, I’m sure they would have been appalled at 25 years! Something more akin to Achan’s stoning (Josh. 7:1-26), but maybe not as quick as Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11 – they died in a matter of hours, not even days). Of course, the latter judgment was by God, and He already knows the truth of every situation (1 John 3:20).”

“Christians? We believe in complete justice, whether it’s swift or not (our estimation of time from a temporal perspective can be confused with an eternal – God’s – perspective).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be in favor of truth (John 8:32)….and help us discover it sooner rather than eventually; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 11-8-19 It’s Not the First One You Should Fear

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-8-19

It’s Not the First One You Should Fear

What’s Happening: “Multiple rapist and convicted of the rape and murder of Stacey Stites, Texas death row inmate Rodney Reed is scheduled for death by lethal injection in a couple weeks. Several celebrities, a number of bi-partisan Texas lawmakers, and the Ambassador to the European Union have asked Governor Abbot for a reprieve. Some have accused former policeman and Stites’ fiance, Jimmy Fennell, of the crime (https://www.yahoo.com/news/celebrities-others-ask-texas-halt-211903059.html).  ‘All the evidence makes it plain as day that Rodney Reed is the killer and these fantastic 11th hour attempts to implicate Jimmy are the same song, 200th verse,” Bob Phillips, attorney for Fennell said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “With a list of objectors like that, surely Gov. Abbot will reconsider.”

Biblical Response:  “Maybe. He has granted one reprieve since he took office in January of 2015. Still, the evidence is pretty strong for the crime that was committed 25 years ago. Much of Reed’s support is coming from people who just oppose the death penalty…and the justice and closure the Stites’ family seeks must also be taken into consideration. Besides, he was convicted by a jury of twelve, and sentenced to death. Is he innocent of Stites’ murder? I don’t know. Only God does. However, it’s not the first death that Rodney Reed should fear, rather it’s the second one (Matt. 10:28; Rev. 20:14).”

“Christians? Do we believe in the second death? Absolutely! And fear of it is MUCH greater than the fear of the first one (and should be). Will justice be served? Ultimately. We can trust God… even if we get it wrong.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to get it right, but trust in ultimate justice before we do our own penal system; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 4-25-19 Mostly Dead

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-25-19

Mostly Dead

What’s Happening: “The state of Texas put to death convicted hate crime convict John William King, 44, by lethal injection yesterday for the gruesome dragging murder of James Byrd, Jr.  two decades ago. The Supreme Court refused to hear a last-minute appeal, making King’s capital punishment death the second one in that crime (Laurence Russell Brewer was also executed in 2011; Shawn Allen Berry received a life sentence). This heinous crime was punished by what some think is ‘cruel and unusual’ means. Texas is one of only 31 states that still have capital punishment, 19 have bans. The crime occurred in Jasper, a small town 140 miles NE of Houston   (https://www.yahoo.com/news/texas-executes-white-supremacist-convicted-002230118.html). ‘It’s a very, very sad time,’ said Clara Byrd Taylor, 71, sister of the victim. ‘You don’t feel any satisfaction in observing this but it is absolutely necessary to send a message: Hate crimes – especially this type of savagery – will not be tolerated in our society.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I’m sorry for their loss, but you don’t cure death with death.”

Biblical Response:  “I appreciate your bleeding heart, but that’s exactly how you cure it. Don’t make your argument with me…One mightier than I established that maxim long ago…or haven’t you heard, ‘Life for life, etc. (Deut. 19:21). You might argue that that was Old Testament. We serve a more merciful God now. Mercy to whom? How about those who try to live in a peaceable society? Besides, God killed Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5: 1-11) just for lying, and that was New Testament.”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in capital punishment. The commandment of ‘thou shalt not kill’ rendered in Hebrew is really ‘thou shalt not commit murder’ which is the shedding of innocent blood. King was hardly innocent. Miracle Max’s utterance of ‘mostly dead’ comes to mind.(from The Princess Bride – 1987 – 20th Century Fox). King will be granted another trial before the 2nd death is applied – (Rev. 20:12-15).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while capital punishment may seem final and to be feared, help us to fear even more Your wrath; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-9-19 Justice

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-9-19

Justice

What’s Happening: “The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision vacated the stay of execution granted by a lower court (because of religious objections) Thursday in the Alabama lethal injection of Muslim Domineque Ray, his Imam in an adjacent room. He was executed for the brutal stabbing and raping of 15-year-old Tiffany Harville in 1994. (https://www.yahoo.com/news/alabama-executes-domineque-ray-supreme-062054637.html). ‘”Here, Ray has put forward a powerful claim that his religious rights will be violated at the moment the State puts him to death,’ Justice Kagan wrote dissenting. ‘The Eleventh Circuit wanted to hear that claim in full. Instead, this Court short-circuits that ordinary process — and itself rejects the claim with little briefing and no argument — just so the State can meet its preferred execution date.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It’s wrong to impose the death penalty anyway..”

Biblical Response:  “Not in Alabama…and 29 other states, the U.S. Govt. or the U.S. military. What you really mean is morally wrong, not legally wrong. Apparently, that’s for the courts to decide. And the trend has been away from it. Still, that’s not the real question. The real question, legally or morally, does man have the right to take life for life? If not, is ‘life without the possibility of parole’ sufficient deterrent? Is it ‘cruel and unusual?’Of course, none of these questions was the subject of lower court rulings or the Supreme Court’s. Rather, they argued over whether this Muslim’s Constitutional, 1st Amendment, rights had been violated.”

“Christians? Do we believe in life for life? (Ex. 21:23) The Old Testament is unequivocal about it. Of course, you need to delineate between temporal life and eternal life. Then there’s the whole subject of substitutionary death and final justice to consider.”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be students of the Word…to apply it temporally AND eternally; 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