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CLARITY – 5-3-18 Classy Response

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-3-18

 

Classy Response

 

What’s Happening:  “Mom responded to her middle-school’s daughter’s gesture of disrespect to a visit from Rep. Gaetz (R-FL) by chastising her Tuesday. The ‘flipping of the bird’ was taken in stride by Rep. Gaetz, who’s received more than a little persecution for his support of Trump (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/moms-response-6th-grader-gop-rep/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-CT&utm_campaign=dailypm&utm_content=conservative-tribune). ‘Her Congressman also had an occasional lapse of judgment as a middle-schooler. Teaching moments like this are a good thing. I had a lovely time with the students,’ Gaetz said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It was only a middle schooler, for crying out loud!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yeah, but lessons learned young often are going to stick around in later life. It is possible to disagree without being disagreeable. Perhaps there are members of Congress who need to learn this lesson. Self-control does not come naturally, but it is listed in the fruit of the Spirit in Gal. 5:22-23. Giving the middle finger to anyone is not just a vulgar sign of disrespect, it is an immature classless way of showing displeasure….like the Congressman said, a ‘teaching moment.’”

 

“Christians? There is no excuse for a Christian to act un-Christianly. Vulgarity is never just laughed at (Rom. 12:14). Often, more is negatively said about the person gesturing (or speaking) than the one to whom the gesture was intended. As ambassadors for Christ, we are called to be better than that (Eph. 6:19-20).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, show us the repercussions of our acts BEFORE we make huge faux pass. Help us to see it is more honorable (and less messy) to clean ourselves up ahead of our disagreement, not afterwards; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 4-5-18 Costly Free Speech

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-5-18

 

Costly Free Speech

 

What’s Happening:  “You do some things and they don’t matter…you do others, and they do. At least that’s what Juli Briskman found when she gave the middle-finger gesture to a passing Trump motorcade and promptly got fired by her employer, government contractor Akima, LLC. Now she’s suing for wrongful termination (https://www.yahoo.com/news/woman-fired-flipping-off-trump-230233890.html). Briskman was quoted as saying, ‘I filed this lawsuit against my former employer today because I believe that Americans should not be forced to choose between their principles and their paychecks…’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What’s this country coming to if you can’t express yourself freely?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Civility, maybe… Of course, the First Amendment guarantees your right to free speech and hand gestures can be argued to be a form of that, but there’s nothing in the Constitution or its Amendments that says that free speech is ‘free.’… there may be consequences for giving vent to your emotions. That’s why a civil society learns discretion. I have no problem with Ms. Briskman showing her displeasure…as long as she is willing to bear the consequences…unintended or otherwise.”

 

“Christians? We should have issue with Ms. Briskman’s actions for two reasons: 1)Her expression was vulgar; Scripture is plain about that (Eph. 4:29); and 2) She is attempting to evade responsibility for her action (Matt. 12:36). Actually, I have been guilty for speaking ‘out of turn,’ for saying something inappropriate for my audience or my situation…my father used to tell me, “Your mouth is going to get you into more trouble than your mouth will ever get you out of.” And I’ve had to repent of some of the things I’ve said and done. However, I see no contrition here.”

 

“When Peter and Paul were hauled before the Jewish leaders for speaking in the Name of Jesus (a convicted and sentenced blasphemer) and for healing, they were threatened and told never to speak in this Name again…which order they promptly disobeyed (Acts 4). Freedom isn’t free, but sometimes it’s worth the price. If there is no price we are either condemned to incivility or injustice.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to exercise discretion, for by taking Your Name, we have become Your representatives (2 Cor. 5:20); 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