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CLARITY – 10-17-18 In the Weeds

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-17-18

In the Weeds

 

What’s Happening: “Canada, fulfilling a campaign promise of progressive Justin Trudeau, has just legalized pot, making recreational marijuana legal, though rules vary in the provinces. Canada has been the first G-20 country to legalize cannabis, although Uruguay became the first country worldwide in December of 2013. The next on the legislative agenda in Canada may be to revisit recent weed convictions. A new device has even been approved to test DUI motorists (https://www.yahoo.com/news/canada-ushers-historic-new-era-legalization-cannabis-035458897.html). One of the goals is to shut down the marijuana black market by legalization. ‘There’s no black market for beer. There’s no black market for alcohol,’ the Prime Minister said in April of 2017.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Will Canada be better off by legalizing pot?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Good question…I guess time alone will tell. Still, whenever have people exhibited more self-control when given the opportunity? When will we admit that we live in a fallen world, with fallen natures, and no amount of legalizing anything will make that thing safer? Sow the wind… reap the whirlwind (Hos. 8:7).”

 

“Christians? The scripture is full of recommendations for self-control. I love the following scripture:

‘Just because something is technically legal doesn’t mean that it’s spiritually appropriate. If I went around doing whatever I thought I could get by with, I’d be a slave to my whims.’ (I Cor. 6:12 The MESSAGE)”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to realize that whatever controls us… we’re its slave; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-16-18 Progressives Regress

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-16-18

 

Progressives Regress

 

What’s Happening:  “Though 85-year-old Feinstein is likely to win, the California Democratic Party has endorsed her opponent, State Senator Kevin de Leon. Senator Feinstein has been a centrist, but progressive elements of the Democratic Party have forced her to the left on the legalization of marijuana, where she has been historically against it (https://www.yahoo.com/news/california-democratic-party-snubs-dianne-133348215.html). ‘I just think we need a younger, progressive person there. The Democratic Party in California has moved to the left, and he personifies those values,’ said state Democratic committee member Lynne Standard-Nightengale.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Doesn’t Feinsein epitomize the swamp?”

 

Biblical Response:  “She is definitely a part of the establishment…being 85 almost certifies that. Still, just because something is new is not a sign automatically of a step forward. Not learning the lessons of the past only guarantees mistakes will be repeated…or worsened. Progressives assume that less control is forward thinking. But what if more control yielded progress? Sometimes it does.”

 

“Christians? Sometimes change is good…sometimes it is bad. How can we be certain when there are forces pulling both ways? Thankfully, God has given us a standard to judge by…a standard that is unchanging. It is called the Word of God (Matt. 4:4). When we begin to call things that are wrong right, it is because we have conveniently used our own desires as a standard (2 Cor. 10:12).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we want progress, we don’t want to have to compromise to get it. Help us establish a standard to live by; 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 – 1-5-18 High-ly Objectionable

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-5-18

 

High-ly Objectionable

 

What’s Happening:  “Although the state of California (and Maine and Massachusetts later this year) have just three days ago approved marijuana for recreational use (joining 6 other states), the DOJ rescinded five memos of Barack Obama that loosened federal enforcement of the illegal substance. Twenty-eight states have already approved medical marijuana (https://www.yahoo.com/news/california-recreational-marijuana-sales-begin-slideshow-wp-203454790.html). What effect will this have on insurance claims, court proceedings, arrests for drug sales or possession, harder drug addiction, etc., all remains to be seen. ”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “I didn’t inhale.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Riigghhtt! Neither did Bill Clinton…or so he says. There are some folks that find the whole marijuana issue ‘high-ly objectionable’ (pun intended). Where will our culture land on this issue? If recent trends are any indication, there will be a doorway for recreational use by the approval of medical use. I look for nationwide recreational use (and federal approval) by mid-century…incrementalism.

 

“Christians? As far as behavior is concerned, alcohol can be just as injurious (Eph. 5:18). We are not to be enslaved to anything, but Christ (1 Cor. 6:12; 7:22-23). Besides, what does the legalization of anything have to do with Christians? We have the Word of God to live by, and in the Judgment, that is what standard will be ussd, not the U.S. Code. Thank God for Jesus’ sacrifice!”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to measure ourselves by Christ, not our culture; in Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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