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CLARITY – 8-27-18 Building a Legacy

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-27-18

Building a Legacy

 

What’s Happening:  “John McCain, 81, died Saturday after succumbing to brain cancer, having fought that disease for over a year, and will lie in State at the rotunda of the Capitol, one of only 31 that have been accorded that honor in 166 years (all the way back to President Lincoln). He was a graduate of the Naval Academy, was shot down over Vietnam where he was captured and spent over 5 years imprisoned there, served terms in the House and Senate and even ran for President, though unsuccessfully. He will be sorely missed (https://www.wkyc.com/article/news/nation-now/john-mccain-to-lie-in-state-at-us-capitol-an-honor-bestowed-on-only-30-other-people/465-16c6929c-756b-420c-a4f9-0898b97106b1). Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell said McCain was ‘a great American patriot, a statesman who put his country first and enriched this institution through many years of service.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Wasn’t he one of Trump’s thorns in the side?

 

Biblical Response:  “He did vote against repealing Obamacare at the last minute…as a Republican that was almost unforgivable. Still, he was his own man, and that, for a politician is saying something….in fact, that might be what separates many politicians from statesmen. Most truly great men (or women) don’t consciously build a legacy…they just let the chips fall where they may and end up judged ‘great’ by history (Alexander the Great, Peter the Great, etc., come to mind). In other words, you don’t build a lasting legacy by building a legacy.”

 

Christians? The Scriptures admonish us: ‘For they loved the praise of men rather than God’ (John 12:43). Or as I like to say. ‘I’d pat you on the back, but your hand is in the way.’ Anytime we have to be concerned about what our actions may be saying to a future generation…we probably shouldn’t.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us build a legacy by surprise…and may it be worthy of emulation;  in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 5-12-18 The Gate that Should be There

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-12-18

 

The Gate that Should be There

 

What’s Happening:  “Fox News’ Charles Payne apologized for not immediately correcting the comment of guest and military analyst Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney, who called Sen. John McCain ‘songbird John,’ claiming torture worked on him (https://www.yahoo.com/news/fox-cuts-ties-guest-cited-134529474.html). ‘I regret I did not catch this remark, as it should have been challenged. As a proud military veteran and son of a Vietnam Vet these words neither reflect my or the network’s feelings about Senator McCain, or his remarkable service and sacrifice to this country,’ Charles Payne tweeted.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Oops!”

 

Biblical Response:  “You can say that again! Even if true (I wasn’t there,,,neither were you), common decency says you don’t kick a man while he’s down. Remarks made by anyone concerning Sen. McCain (who suffers from a brain tumor) need to be spoken discreetly and respectfully. Most people have a gate between their brain and their mouth. It is unfortunate that some people’s gates are rusted open…or non-existent.”

 

“Christians? We should be known as much by what we DON’T say as by what we do (Rom. 4:17). As the Scripture says, ‘All things are lawful for me, but not all things are expedient.’ (1 Cor. 6:12).”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, teach us what is truly apropos; help us to win people with the sweetness of our words, not lose them through our indiscretions; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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