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CLARITY – 9-1-18 Who Pays is Critical

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-1-18

Who Pays is Critical

 

What’s Happening:  “Everyone was suspecting something might be up (well, at least I was) when it was announced that the U.S. and Mexico had reached a trade deal…and one talk-show host is willing to say it: Yep…Mexico just paid for the wall, but didn’t even know it (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/trump-got-mexico-pay-wall-dems-didnt-notice/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune). But Trump tweeted: ‘Our new Trade Deal with Mexico focuses on FARMERS, GROWTH for our country, tearing down TRADE BARRIERS, JOBS and having companies continue to POUR BACK INTO OUR COUNTRY. It will be a big hit!’ Would you announce to the world you had just hoodwinked a country?”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “No way!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Way! Wayne Allyn Root is just a talk radio host and that doesn’t matter much (which may be by design), but we have just made a deal which benefits us many times more than the cost of a border wall. I know we don’t have a deal with Canada…yet.’

 

“Christians? Our whole belief system is based on Somebody else paying for something…it’s because Jesus paid for our freedom that we are free (John 8:31-36), not because we paid for anything! Not that we aren’t willing, but the payment would just have been insufficient (Heb. 9:22-28).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help me to not be so proud as to reject when the freedom You offer costs me nothing, but You everything; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 8-13-18 It’s All About Trade

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-13-18

 

It’s All About Trade

 

What’s Happening:  “Bilateral with Mexico and bilateral with Canada or  a trilateral (a re-written NAFTA) agreement…what’s it going to be? Trump’s not sure yet, but he’s open any way that benefits America. He currently is praising Mexico and dissing Canada…but that could change (https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-praise-mexican-president-issues-major-threat-canada/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-WJ&utm_campaign=dailyam&utm_content=western-journal). ‘Deal with Mexico is coming along nicely. Auto workers and farmers must be taken care of or there will be no deal. New President of Mexico has been an absolute gentleman. Canada must wait. Their Tariffs and Trade Barriers are far too high. Will tax cars if we can’t make a deal!’ Trump Tweeted.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Isn’t that kind of mercenary? Should a deal always go to the highest bidder?”

 

Biblical Response:  “‘Yes, and no.’ Yes, it is mercenary…of course, we do live in a world where the wind of money fills the sails of commerce…I didn’t say it was good, I just said it was reality. And, ‘no;’ saying ‘no’ to the highest bidder is sometimes the path of morality. We live in a material world, but morality trumps profit…eternally. Doing the right thing is not always the one that makes the most sense, fiscally…at least not in the short term. Sadly, those in a position to make those decisions are sometimes playing the short game…not the long game. The equalizer is Gal. 6:7.”

 

Christians? Hopefully, we are playing the long game (which is really no game at all…but you know what I mean). The tension between the two – living in the world, but acting like we’re from heaven – is from whence all the conflict comes. Perhaps, that is why Israel was promised land on the King’s Highway, the major trade route of the known world… a city set on a hill cannot be hid (Matt. 5:14-15).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to find and maintain that righteous balance between living in this world without being of this world; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 2-28-18 “…Walls Work”

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-28-18

 

“…Walls Work”

 

What’s Happening:  “The Trump Administration won a small victory in court yesterday to build the border wall (though the money has yet to be approved by Congress). U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel ruled against the State of California and various advocacy groups in its ruling in the San Diego court. Mexico continues to deny that it will pay for the wall (https://www.yahoo.com/news/despite-legal-victory-trump-needs-money-border-wall-071213597.html). Department of Justice spokesman, Devin O’Malley applauded the decision saying, ‘this important work [is] vital to our nation’s interests.’ Homeland Security spokesman Tyler Houlton quipped, ‘Simply put, walls work.’”

 

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Don’t drugs and human trafficking come through tunnels under and  by way of people over walls?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yes, currently…where there are short walls or distances to negotiate (though there are some tunnels that get blown up upon discovery)…but not in the border security system the administration is proposing. The difficult-to-scale 30’ walls, increased number of border agents and added technological improvements suggested (drones, ground penetrating radar, etc.) should deter most illegal entry of drugs or people. Now all the administration has to do is come up with the money. This shouldn’t be too hard…privately, publicly…or through the tariffs, customs or border crossing fees we could charge Mexico. ”

 

“Christians? We believe borders are sacred, even determined by God (Acts 17:26). Protecting them only makes sense. Having a country without borders is like living life without rules…that doesn’t work very well, either.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us know what is right and do what is right. While we want to be generous and good stewards, we must first protect what you have given us to steward over;  in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-23-18 Border Wall Looking Better

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-23-18

 

Border Wall Looking Better

What’s Happening:  “Mexico’ murders, at 25, 339 (mostly by drug cartels), is more than three times as high as the U.S. (and not as populous). The border wall is looking better all the time (https://www.yahoo.com/news/were-more-25-000-homicides-010954454.html). ‘Even though Mexico has a significant problem with violence, it is plainly false that Mexico is the most dangerous country in the world,’ said Mexico’s Foreign Minister.”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “Maybe I should cancel my vacation south of the border.”

 

Biblical Response:  “You think? Not that you’re going to be there to raise the ire of a drug cartel, but just being an American with money makes you a target…Texas beaches are looking better all the time! So is Trump’s border wall. Sure, determined smugglers can find a way (over, under, or through), but that’s what the Border Patrol and high-tech surveillance are for. No wonder folks want to come here…where the rule of law trumps (pun intended) might makes right.”

 

“Christians? Of course it’s wrong to kill (Ex.20:13), but more than that, it’s wrong to even force your philosophy on someone else (2 Tim. 2:24). Although we believe we have the superior ideology, we also believe that its superiority will out (will be eventually proven to be right) (1 John 5:9). Keeping bad out may win the short game, but producing good from within is the only recipe for long-term success.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, teach us that you defeat an ideology with an ideology…that there’s a belief system that squelches (and pays in full for) the evil, while the good eventually dominates…humbly so; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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