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CLARITY – 8-15-19 Why “One Country, Two Systems” Won’t Work

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -8-15-19

Why “One Country, Two Systems” Won’t Work

What’s Happening: “Another protest by the Civil Human Rights Front is planned for Sunday in Hong Kong, the scene of massive crowds (2,000,000 strong) objecting to Beijing’s attempt to change the extradition laws. The protests have clogged the airport, causing nearly 1,000 flight cancellations, and local police have had to deal with the clashes, which have sometimes turned violent, but not with anything other than clubs, water cannons, tear gas, and rubber bullets. What will come of this? Nobody really knows, but Chinese military exercises nearby are intimidating (https://www.yahoo.com/news/normal-operations-resume-hong-kong-000449706.html).  The demands of the protesters? They want authorities to stop referring to their actions as “rioting”, charges against detainees dropped, a resumption of political reforms and an independent inquiry into police actions during the unrest.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Is this the reason the Stock Market fell 800 points yesterday?”

Biblical Response:  “Not directly, and not totally, though I’m sure it had something to do with it…the market doesn’t respond well to chaos. I’m sure the trade tariffs, the U.S.’s ‘war’ with Chinese tech-giant, Huawei, the fed’s recent rate changes, etc., all had their downward influence. (A ‘perfect storm?’) In any case, there has been little but unrest since Hong Kong reverted from British rule to Chinese in 1997. The announced (by Beijing) ‘one country, two systems’ may have sounded conciliatory to begin with, but was unworkable long-term. A house divided against itself, cannot stand (Matt. 12:25).” 

“Christians? We believe in unity, not disunity (Eph. 4:3). What will win out? Freedom is catchy…it is also costly. My prayer is minimal bloodshed. As the old Up With People song quipped: ‘Freedom isn’t free, freedom isn’t free; you’ve got to pay the price, you’ve got to sacrifice…for your liberty.’”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to foster unity…but not ‘peace at any price’…freedom isn’t free; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 7-5-19 Measured

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -7-5-19

Measured

What’s Happening: “Trump’s ‘Salute to America’ Independence Day Celebration, occurring behind bullet-proof rain-streaked glass in front of the Lincoln Memorial, was actually a tribute to America’s military and not the extravagant authoritarian display many in the media had predicted (disappointing, as you will see from the CNN link included below). In fact, after all the brouhaha about the ‘parade of tanks,’ there was only a small static display, There were flyovers by each branch of the military – not sky-blackening hordes as predicted, but a few aircraft from each service (https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/04/politics/salute-to-america-july-4th-event/index.html). ‘As we gather this evening in the joy of freedom, we remember that we all share a truly extraordinary heritage,’ the President said. ‘Together, we are part of one of the greatest stories ever told — the story of America.’ What followed were the  flyovers and a litany of the sacrifices made to bring us where we are today…and where we will go.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “You mean he didn’t bluster and brag?”

Biblical Response:  “Hardly (though I’m sure there were liberal pundits there to tell a different story). I watched the whole thing (not in person, but on video), and I think it was really measured. Oh, he could have bragged – there is much to brag about. But he didn’t talk of the ‘horses and chariots’ (Ps. 20:7), rather, he spoke of the sacrifices soldiers had made (Rev. 12;11). You couldn’t listen to the chorale sing ‘the Battle Hymn of the Republic’ and not be moved.”

“Christians? We know that sacrifice is often required…that is the example of Christ. ” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to prejudge…that is so divisive…rather, let us be united by the concept of freedom for all; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-20-19 Not If, But How

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-20-19

Not If, But How

What’s Happening: “In a stirring speech (at least to the Venezuelan and Cuban  immigrants) in Florida, President Donald Trump said that Maduro’s days are numbered and all options are on the table. He was also fighting the socialism of Venezuela that has produced an average weight loss of 24 pounds and an inflation rate of 10 million percent … and perhaps the socialism of many of the 2020 election Presidential Democrat party contenders (https://www.yahoo.com/news/nicolas-maduro-attacks-trump-apos-105545947.html).  Maduro’s reaction? ‘We will not make of the honorable Venezuela a Venezuela of beggars,’ Maduro said. ‘We will not accept it.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I smell armed conflict.”

Biblical Response:  “It may come to that…I certainly hope not; a lot of innocents may die. The outcome, however, is certain…what isn’t is the method of transition: peaceable…or not. With Russia, China, and, of course, Cuba backing Maduro…and most of the west backing Guaido…it is set up for a conflict. Sad, but if unchecked now it will get worse.”

“Christians? We believe that God really determines the outcome. Let me elaborate with a scripture:

‘…and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, …’ (Acts 17:26 NASU)

Like I said, the final outcome is determined. The details…not so much…at least from our perspective.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to act wisely and promote peace…You’ve already paid the price for that; 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