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CLARITY – 5-31-19 A Heartbeat Away

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-31-19

A Heartbeat Away

What’s Happening: “It’s hard to believe, but a Democrat Governor, John Bel Edwards, signed a bipartisan anti-abortion bill into law in Louisiana yesterday, making abortion illegal if a heartbeat can be detected – as early as six weeks in some pregnancies. In so doing, the Democratic Governor was only being consistent, however. Although he supports LGBTQ rights, a minimum wage increase, and many feminist initiatives (common liberal Democrat positions), he is also pro-life…quite an anomaly for a liberal Democrat (https://www.yahoo.com/news/louisiana-democratic-governor-signs-heartbeat-220316274.html). ‘I know there are many who feel just as strongly as I do on abortion and disagree with me — and I respect their opinions,’ Governor Edwards said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I’m glad I don’t live in Louisiana!”

Biblical Response:  “Which, because you’re an American, is your right. If you don’t like something a state legislature does, you can always move. But Louisiana is the fifth state to pass a similar ‘heartbeat’ law…Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, and Georgia have recently passed similar legislation. And the mood in the country is such that the Supreme Court may eventually be called upon to look again at Roe v. Wade.

“Christians? Are all Christians Pro-Life? Hardly. Many are untaught. The real question is can a Christian be Pro-Choice? (notice how I framed the question – I could have called Pro-Choice the more inflammatory ‘Pro-Death’…the Pro-Choice crowd calls the Pro-Life group, Anti-Abortion or Anti-Choice) I will not judge any who claim to be Christian and are Pro-Choice. Only God knows the heart (1 Kings 8:39). God, of course, is all about life (there are over 60 scripture references in the the King James Version that establish this). He is all about getting us to choose life (Deut. 30:19). The unborn who get aborted never get that opportunity.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father,  help people to see that everyone deserves a choice; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 4-13-19 Pronounced: ‘Booty-Judge’

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-13-19

Pronounced: ‘Booty-Judge’

What’s Happening: “Pete Bootigieg, gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and scheduled to make his bid for the 2020 Presidential race public tomorrow, has been a former colleague of VP Mike Pence, but is now a vocal critic of Pence’s Christian Conservatism. Although they collaborated on economic issues when Pence was Governor of Indiana, they now are on opposite sides, Bootigieg, if he announces he’s a candidate for the Democrat nomination in 2020, will be the first openly gay person ever to run. His campaign just reported raising $7 million this quarter (https://www.yahoo.com/news/inside-buttigiegs-complicated-relationship-pence-100034991–election.html).  ‘If me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade. And that’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand: that if you’ve got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator,’ said Bootigieg.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “See, he can’t help who he is!”

Biblical Response:  “Has he tried? I don’t know… In the first place, I’d capitalize ‘Creator.’ It seems that you would want the favor of Someone you’re accusing of making you gay. Of course, Pete might not think that’s a bad thing. I (and the Scriptures) might disagree – Lev. 18:22, Lev. 13:20, 1 Cor. 6:9, 1 Tim. 1:10, etc. Sometimes, we may feel our making is opposed to popular culture…but the cure is not to change the culture, but to change ourselves….and the only one we have please is God, anyway. It may not be easy, but He’ll supply the right desires and actions that please Him (Phil. 2:13). ”

“Christians? We don’t judge Bootigieg or Pence. Truly THAT is above our pay grade.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us (and others) to resist the temptation to make life all about fulfilling our sexual desires; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 4-5-19 Just Because It’s Popular

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-5-19

Just Because It’s Popular

What’s Happening: “Taken separately, Lori Lightfoot’s recent successful bid for Chicago’s Mayor and ‘Mayor Pete’ Buttigieg’s run for the Democrat nomination for President (he’s a two-term Mayor from South Bend, Indiana) is no big deal…but these are not isolated occurrences. There are now 37 openly LGBT Mayors, 1 Governor (Colorado), 8 Representatives in the House, and 2 Senators in the Senate. The issue has become a non-issue (https://www.yahoo.com/news/lgbt-progress-seen-lightfoots-win-rise-mayor-pete-212023074–election.html). ‘”The real news is not that openly gay candidates are successful, but that being openly gay has become irrelevant. Here are two people with fresh ideas and a new vision for the future. Voters don’t care about their sexual orientation. That’s a sea change,’ said former President Clinton advisor, Richard Socarides.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What does sexual orientation have to do with anything? If they have good ideas, I say more power to them.”

Biblical Response:  “Thankfully, you are not in charge…GOD  IS! This is still His world (Ps. 95:5). There are many things which are neutral…sexual orientation doesn’t happen to be one of them (Lev. 18:22; 20:13, 1 Cor. 6:9: 1 Tim. 1:10; etc.). And just because a practice has become popular or acceptable, doesn’t make it right. As we continue to spiral downward as a culture, the may be many issues that become non-issues for the majority. What has that got to do with people who follow God?”

“Christians? My main concern is that we might send the wrong signal to the LGBTQ community. While we are to abhor homosexuality, we are not to ostracize the homosexual. Sure, there may be more collateral damage in their practice (many young people have been assaulted by a gay or lesbian babysitter or relative), but in a separation-from-God issue, homosexuality is no worse than any sin. What is to be our attitude toward them? Prov. 29:27 LB says: ‘The good hate the badness of the wicked. The wicked hate the goodness of the good.’ We may not like a person’s behavior, but we are called to show them love.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to love those whose habits we might be repulsed by…there, but or the grace of God, go I; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-25-19 What’s Fair

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-25-19

What’s Fair

What’s Happening: “The recent victories of Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood of Bloomfield High School in the state track meet in Connecticut, have many calling foul…since they are both transgender and competing with ‘cisgenders,’ (girls identifying with their birth gender). Obviously, something needs to be done to level the playing field. Today state track meets…tomorrow, the Olympics. (https://www.westernjournal.com/transgender-sprinters-finish-1st-2nd-girls-indoor-track-championships/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=WJBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=western-journal). ‘We all know the outcome of the race even before it starts; it’s demoralizing,’ said cisgender competitor Seline Soule.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Don’t transgender athletes have the right to compete, too?”

Biblical Response:  “Perhaps…but that’s not even the question, from my perspective. Did God make a mistake? Quoting from my book, ETHOS, How Should We Then Think?

There are many who would like to redefine the family. But God, Who created us, had a different idea in mind when He created us male and female (Gen. 1:27), and the Creator generally has the say over His creation.

However, He made Man unique, not just giving him a flesh and blood body, but also giving him a soul…and in so doing made him a rational and willful creature ,giving him the ability to weigh options and choose the course he would take. Having choices does not change our created nature, though. It may seem cheaper to run a car on water, but it was made with gasoline in mind.

Is homosexuality biblical? Are people born with a proclivity for a certain sexual orientation? What part does environment have to play? Should homosexuals have positions of leadership in the church, Boy Scouts, or sports teams? These and other questions need to be addressed.”

And I do…I guess you’ll have to buy the book (subdeo.com). [quotes from ppg. 201-202]

“Christians? LGBTQ? These decisions have already been made by an intentional Creator. Playing God is nothing new (read Gen. 3). And thankfully, it is forgivable…though physical and hormonal changes may be irreversible collateral damage.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to choose wisely…and learn quickly that some choices, regardless of how undesirable the outcome may seem, are made for us; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-12-19 Love and Hate

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-12-19

Love and Hate

What’s Happening: “Chris Pratt, famous actor from The Guardians of the Galaxy, and attendant at Hillsong Church, argues with a post from Ellen Page that claims  his church is anti-LGBTQ. Brian Houston, founder of that church has been quoted as saying: ‘We do not affirm a gay lifestyle’ and won’t let gay men or women hold positions of leadership in the church (https://www.yahoo.com/news/chris-pratt-responds-ellen-pages-criticism-churchs-lgbtq-stance-says-open-doors-absolutely-everyone-012229700.html).

‘My faith is important to me but no church defines me or my life, and I am not a spokesman for any church or any group of people,” Pratt posted. ‘My values define who I am.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Doesn’t the article say that Pratt has been divorced? Doesn’t God hate divorce? (Matt. 19:8)”

Biblical Response:  “Yes, some translations may render it so (other translations do not). Actually, Prov. 29:27 says best God’s nuanced attitude: ‘The good hate the badness of the wicked. The wicked hate the goodness of the good.’ (LB) God hates the sin, but loves the sinner.”

“Christians? In our disdain of LGBTQ people, we should condemn their lifestyle WHILE welcoming them. Over-eating, workaholism, murder, child abuse…these are all equally reprehensible in that they all separate us from God, but we can walk victoriously above these sins. We send a mixed message when we turn our back on people who are or were caught up in these behaviors. Our repulsion at the collateral damage that some sins wreak must never put us off to those who commit such things.”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to find the balance between loving the sinner and hating the sin; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 1-19-19 Running with the Wind

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

Running with the Wind

What’s Happening: “Announcing on January 12 that she would run for President in 2020, Tulsi Gabbard (Democrat Rep. from Hawaii) apologized again for her past statements made against the LGBTQ community. She might have been bending to the prevailing cultural wind…her past statements and actions were particularly condemning (https://www.yahoo.com/news/tulsi-gabbard-apologizes-past-anti-gay-views-195302777.html). Supporting her mom’s views, she was earlier in her life quoted as saying, ‘This war of deception and hatred against my mom is being waged by homosexual activists because they know, that if elected, she will not allow them to force their values down the throats of the children in our schools.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “People have a right to change their views, don’t they?”

Biblical Response:  “Of course they do…even if they are just ‘going along, to get along.’ They also have the right to join in the fate of those they have previously condemned (for that fate, you need to read: 1 Cor. 6:9-10 and 1 Tim. 1:8-11).

You certainly get smooth sailing by running with the wind, but tacking against the wind might take you more in the right direction. Sure, the sailing is more difficult and the opposition will mean it takes you longer to get there, but you might like the destination more.”

“Christians? Standing against the cultural winds has been our lot for centuries (even millenia), but the truth is as unchanging as God (Heb. 13:8)…that’s how you know it’s the truth.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may our leaders speak the truth in love; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 8-28-18 Tragic on Several Levels

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-28-18

Tragic on Several Levels

 

What’s Happening:  “A 9-year-old boy, Jamel Myles, declared himself to be gay last summer and after four days of bullying at school, committed suicide. He started wearing fake nails to school and apparently took the other students’ recommendations to kill himself…he was found at home (https://www.denverpost.com/2018/08/27/denver-elementary-student-suicide/). ‘My child died because of bullying. My baby killed himself,’ said the boy’s Mom, Leia Pierce.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Where do kids even get the idea to question their sexuality at that age?!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Have you been asleep…or are you just totally unaware of the culture war going on all around you? With transgenders reading storybooks to kindergartners and gay pride parades celebrating society’s acceptance of the homosexual community…and the adding of the ‘Q’ (Questioning) to the LGBT moniker…no wonder a boy thinks he should be a girl. Add to that the cruel reality of childhood bullying and the rise in childhood suicide rates and you get tragedy.”

 

Christians? We believe the greatest tragedy of all is that the concept of a loving God, Who (by the way) does not make gender mistakes when He creates us, has been removed from public schools (Engel v. Vitale, in 1963). The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 (passed by the Second Continental Congress) created the impetus for public schools and stated (Sect., 14, Article 3): ‘Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.’ Our Founders knew something we’ve obviously forgotten. God help us (Phil. 4:6)!”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, forgive our stupidity of trying to be ‘tolerant’ …of trying to please everybody…and disappointing You;  in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 8-24-18 Confusing

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-24-18

Confusing

 

What’s Happening:  “A Jesuit priest, James Martin, protested that the Catholic Church has not been ‘Building a Bridge’ (the title of his 2017 book) to the LGBTQ Community at the World Meeting of Families that Pope Francis is to address this weekend (https://www.yahoo.com/news/catholic-conference-hears-appeal-church-welcome-gay-people-155514166.html). In a separate news story, the Catholic Church is still reeling over the revelation that its Cardinals, Bishops and Priests have long been involved in a pedophilia ring that includes cover-ups and heinous secret acts of over 1,000 victims for 70 years (http://www.coolconversations.co/pedophilia-catholic-churches/). I’m a little confused and I’ll bet you are, too.. On the one hand, the Catholic Church is to welcome gays and on the other hand to condemn pedophelia?! Don’t they see the conflict here?”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Perhaps you’re being to Puritanical here. That’s why the church is losing membership…a big tent needs to be inclusive.”

 

Biblical Response:  “I almost don’t know where to start. In the first place, the Puritans were our ancestors and they may have had restrictions on behavior that kept many practises in the closet (which is a myth – there is no closet if God can see through the walls – however, I agree that only activities brought out of the ‘closet’ can be dealt with). Secondly, The church (small ‘c’) may be losing members, but membership that swells due to inclusiveness or ‘modernism’ may not swell the rolls of the Church universal (large ‘C’)\…and maybe it shouldn’t. Moreover, much pedophilia gets its start in the LGBTQ community, though I dare say, they’d rather not talk about that.”

 

Christians? We are against ‘unnatural affection’ of any kind (Rom. 1:3; 2 Tim. 3:3; Col. 3:5); whether it’s homosexual or heterosexual the consent of the recipient must be a factor, and that within Scriptural bounds. You cannot give encouragement to one unrighteous behavior to disallow another.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give our leaders clear guidance as to what behavior they are to promote and what to plainly condemn

 

c; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 8-8-18 Not Far Off

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-8-18

 

Not Far Off

 

What’s Happening:  “Kevin Swanson has been accused of making ‘inflammatory’ (pun intended?) remarks about California’s recent spate of wildfires (killing 9, as of Monday), claiming that they are God’s retribution for the state’s promoting of LGBTQ rights (https://www.yahoo.com/news/pastor-blames-california-wildfires-state-194542137.html). He has a radio show on which his remarks were broadcast on August 3… ‘The first gay pride march occurred in San Francisco in 1970, and then San Francisco legitimized homosexuality in 1972…,’ said Swanson. You may also have heard about ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ which started in California and is now worldwide (https://www.dragqueenstoryhour.org/).”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Those remarks should be censored! How discriminating!”

 

Biblical Response:  “We do have free speech (except you can’t yell, ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theatre – no pun intended), or doesn’t that suit your narrative? As far as censoring is concerned, what do you do with Lev. 18:22; Lev. 20:13; 1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Tim 1:10; etc? Leave them out? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ready to assign any disasters to divine retribution, but I do understand his perspective… so undoubtedly do the former residents of Sodom and Gomorrah.”

 

Christians? While we are obligated to love the sinner, we are told to hate the sin, “The good hate the badness of the wicked. The wicked hate the goodness of the good.” (Prov. 29:27 LB) I moved from San Diego in 1976 because the state legislature had just passed (AB489 – 1975) a bill legalizing sex between any two consenting adults. I didn’t want to raise my children in that culture…where should I tell my kids to raise my Grandkids?”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us help ourselves; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-12-18 Are You Kidding (no pun intended) Me?!

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-12-18

 

Are You Kidding (no pun intended) Me?!

 

What’s Happening:  “With the creation of an official designation (MAPs – ‘Minor Attracted Persons) and a flag (to be used in ‘gay pride’ parades), pedophiles have at last made their final stab at joining the ‘accepted’ LGBTQ community…it was started in 2003 by mental health pros (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/pedophiles-desperately-join-lgbt-movement-acceptance-flag/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune). ‘True pedophiles have an exclusive preference for children, which is the same as having a sexual orientation…,’ said retired Prof. Gijseghem of University of Montreal to parliament.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So that would be LGBTQP?”

 

Biblical Response:  “IF they are approved…and only in Canada. Why not just use the whole alphabet? Or simply: SINNERS? Truly, all sin separates us from a holy God…but in this case the collateral damage is unacceptable…or it used to be. We’ve come a long way, baby…but this is not in a good direction! We are not moving heaven and earth to save kids (the ‘Lost and Found…and Rescued!’ of yesterday’s CLARITY blog – subdeo.com) only to have them propositioned…or raped…they were safer in the cave!

 

“Christians? It’s not a sin to be tempted, but to give action to those thoughts…well, it doesn’t lead to a good place (James 1:15). If we don’t call outlaw unacceptable behavior AND use the Bible’s mandates as our standard…well what does it say about sowing the wind? You reap the whirlwind! (Hos. 8:7)”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, nobody wants their passions bridled, but help us to use our reins (and brains!) to bring us back onto the road of sanity; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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