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CLARITY – 8-28-18 Tragic on Several Levels

CLARITY

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

CLARITY

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

CLARITY

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?!

CLARITY

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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CLARITY – 5-22-18 Confusing Questions

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-22-18

 

Confusing Questions

 

What’s Happening:  “The Pope’s recent reported remarks may give the homosexual community great encouragement, but it flies in the face of tradition. Juan Carlos Cruz, himself an alleged object of much child sex abuse in the recent brouhaha that resulted in the mass and unanimous resignation of every Bishop in Chile, said Pope Francis told him, ‘God made you like that and loves you like that’ (https://www.yahoo.com/news/pope-francis-tells-gay-man-154105088.html). The LGBTQ community rejoiced.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I’m familiar with LGBT (Lesbians, Bi-sexuals, Gays and Transgenders), but what is this ‘Q’?”

 

Biblical Response:  “‘Q’ stands for ‘Questioning’. It has been added to the list of initials because those in the homosexual community believe many go through a period when they ‘question’ their sexual identity. Of course, mandatory sex education that depicts to grade-schoolers in California (recently passed controversial legislation) LGBT’s as normative behavior might be the source of ‘Q’s. That the Pope made such remarks, though neither confirmed nor denied by the Vatican, is not the direction of Catholic catechism. ”

 

“Christians? I’m not saying there aren’t real Christians in the Catholic faith, but the Pope’s alleged remarks, if true, do not bear out the testimony of Scripture (as the following will indicate: Lev. 18:22; Lev. 20:13; 1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Tim. 1:10…to name a few that condemn this lifestyle). Still, similar to the difference between ‘love’ and ‘like’, (there are many things my children do that I don’t like, but I still love them), I am to hate the sin and love the sinner (‘The good hate the badness of the wicked. The wicked hate the goodness of the good.’ Prov. 29:27 LB).”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to demonstrate that homosexuality is like all sin…in need of redemption; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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