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CLARITY – 1-10-20 The Importance of Assessment

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-10-20

The Importance of Assessment

What’s Happening: “Antiquated, but sufficiently propagandized for resolve…that is what I would conclude about Iran’s fighting forces after reading the linked article. How much resolve plays into modern warfare remains to be seen. Although Iran may boast of the capabilities of its elite Quds Forces (formerly led by Gen, Qassem Soleimani), its small size (only 5,000) may make it more feared than reality would suggest. Does Iran have an army, a navy, an air force? Yes…even a separate Aerospace Force (whatever that is), but much of their forces use equipment dating back to the 70’s. Are they a force to be reckoned with? Yes…feared? Not hardly (https://www.yahoo.com/news/what-are-irans-military-capabilities-235040111.html). Quoting from the article: ‘It is a grade-A 1970s military,’ Taleblu (Benham Ben Taleblu, an Iranian military expert) said. ‘This means, according to Iran Military Power, that the Islamic Republic is the only country in the world still flying U.S.-made F-14 Tomcats…’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Yeah, but they shout ‘death to America!’”

Biblical Response:  “There can be a whole army of people shouting ‘Bang, bang, you’re dead!’ Which may stop some in their tracks…till they meet up with soldiers shouting, ‘Clank, clank, I’m a tank’…poking their heads out of the turrets of REAL tanks! I think the term ‘paper tiger’ might be apropos.  Should we take seriously their forces? Yes…after all they have real bullets and real missiles. Should we tread lightly or fear them? Not such that we let them continue to terrorize people throughout the world. Remember, ‘fear hath torment’ (1 John 4:18), but they’re no real match for us…at least not so much that we should allow them to have undue political sway.”

“We should not trust in our military superiority, either (Ps. 20:7). Rather, we should trust in the rightness of our cause. Still, it only makes for abundant wisdom to assay an enemy before any conflict (Luke 14:11, 28).”

“Christians? We believe in trusting in the Name of Jehovah, not in conscripted armies, or special elite forces, or missiles, etc. (Ps. 20;7, again).”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to seek out conflict, but help us not to be unduly frightened by those who revel in threats; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-21-19 Space Force

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-21-19

Space Force 

What’s Happening: “In a signing ceremony yesterday at Joint Base Andrews, President Trump signed into law a defense bill (for $738 Billion) that created the Space Force, along with a raise and other priorities. He maintains that the military in its rebuilt form,  ‘Our military is now dominant,’ Trump said. ‘Together we are protecting our people.’ He also held a rally this week (Wednesday) in Battle Creek, Michigan where he foreshadowed the creation of the sixth branch of the military (https://www.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-signs-defense-bill-014947727.html). Also passing by being attached to the defense bill was paid leave for parents after giving birth to a child…this had the quite vocal support of Ivanka Trump, the President’s daughter.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Like we’re going to have to worry about an attack from the  Klingons or The Empire anytime soon!” 

Biblical Response:  “Probably not (I know this was a sarcastic reference to popular TV and movie imagination – Star Trek and Star Wars), but maybe the Russians or the Chinese. And I hope that our thinking is not just defensive. We’re also going to need chaplains in the Space Force, as we may have escaped gravity, but we will not escape depravity. Anywhere Man goes, he takes an evil heart with him…to a moon base or to Mars.”

‘This is no surprise to God, Who is the original Space Force (Gen. 1:14; Ps. 19:1-6). As the old saying goes, ‘You can run, but you can’t hide’ (attributed to American boxer ([1931-1954] Joe Louis).”

“Christians? We believe that sin and evil are automatic to our lost condition (Isaiah 53:6; Rom. 3:23), but we also believe faith in Jesus is still the cure (Rom.6:23; Eph. 2:8-9). Our Space Force will need the Original Space Force to be truly  dominant.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to ‘not think more highly of ourselves than we ought’ (Rom. 12:3); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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Reader:

May I indulge in a little self-promotion? Many of you read CLARITY every day…and you hopefully forward it on to still others. Some even subscribe from the website. Thanks! (One mother wrote that she wanted to subscribe to read it to her children everyday – read away!) However you get CLARITY, would you consider donating on the website? I’m happy to find useful purpose in helping folks stay informed and supplying what I think God has to say on the subjects of the day…still, I want to get this word out to others…which is what I’ll do with your gifts. Thanks in advance.

Blessings,

Alan

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CLARITY – 11-5-19 A Quid Without a Quo

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-5-19

A Quid Without a Quo

It’s Happening: “Is Trump offering a new defense? ’The quid did not happen, but if it did, so what?’ This seems to be the tack some Republican lawmakers are now (as of Sunday) trying to say. The old saying: quid pro quo, means that if you do something, I’ll do something…I’ll give in on the promised Ukrainian military aid, if you’ll investigate the Bidens…which Trump says you can only read into the transcript of the call…it was never said. But that is moot…so say some )https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-no-quid-pro-quo-perhaps-not-impeachable-143731986.html). On Friday night, the Washington Post (and later Axios) reported ‘a growing number of Senate Republicans are ready to acknowledge that President Trump used U.S. military aid as leverage to force Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his family.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Whom should I believe? Trump or the media?”

Biblical Response:  “That”s a question many are asking…I guess we may not know what the public thinks until the election. Trump claims the transcript is accurate and he clearly made no conditional demand. The Dems say that others, who were privy to the call disagree. Perhaps the truth cannot be known by anyone but God. One thing’s for sure, Jesus death (and God’s love) is unconditional. In fact, Romans 5:8 says that ‘But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.’ (KJV) I didn’t have to clean up my act to be worthy. His righteousness was my sufficiency! (Rom. 3:25-26)

“Christians? We believe God offered a quid without a quo…it was unconditional. It is our job to get this Good News out to others. That’s what evangelism is all about.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to not strain at a gnat politically and realize that getting the message of free salvation out to others is our task…a blessed task, at that; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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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.”

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