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CLARITY – 9-4-18 $ = Influence

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-4-18

$ = Influence

 

What’s Happening:  “The People’s Republic of China (ROC) has announced a ‘Belt and Road initiative’ (BRI) promising $60 Billion in aid, loans and grants…amid accusations of a new colonialism. China considers Africa the forgotten continent…missionary organizations disagree (https://www.yahoo.com/news/china-raises-fears-apos-colonialism-173840507.html). ‘”Unilateralism and protectionism are on the rise. Economic growth lacks robust drive, China-Africa cooperation under the BRI is a way to common prosperity that brings benefits to both our peoples,’ President of China, Xi said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What’s wrong with a little investment capital? Everybody could use that.”

 

Biblical Response:  “It’s the strings that are attached that I’m worried about (sure, I know they said ‘no strings attached’ – but does anybody really believe they are altruistic?) Money equals influence in this world. It would be great if the Chinese Christian believers would see this  for the opportunity it is…the jury is still out on us.”’

 

“Christians? While money may be the tender of worldly influence, sacrifice is the tender of Godly influence. David Livingstone, Scottish physician, explorer and missionary to Africa in the 19th Century, sacrificed much and his influence for the kingdom lives on; but too much motivation by poachers and diamond-miners has spoiled much of his more pure motives. Missions work must continue (Matt, 28:18-20) with renewed vigor or the ‘dark’ continent will only have the ‘false light’ of Islam or investment capital with strings.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our Chinese brethren  to seize an opportunity as it presents itself; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 4-19-18 Does the Revolucion Continue?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-19-18

 

Does the Revolucion Continue?

 

What’s Happening:  “The announcement of a transition from the reign of the “Revolutionary” Castros (Fidel Started his reign in 1959, stepping aside for his brother, Raul, in 2008) to Diaz-Canel is supposed to occur sometime today. The big question is: Will the new leader continue the reforms of late or will Diaz-Canel be even more repressive? (https://www.yahoo.com/news/raul-castro-step-down-cuba-012055924.html). Said Prof. at American University School of Public Affairs and Latin American expert William Leogrande, ‘If the updating fails, Raul will be remembered as just one more reform communist who couldn’t force the system to change despite his best efforts,’

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I don’t care who leads, we just don’t need to send down there anymore personnel.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Who leads matters…a whole lot. And your reference to additional people is probably because so many have been sent home with a mysterious hearing loss (which indeed may be caused by an infrasonic sound being broadcast as a American Consulate ‘welcoming package’). Whether Diaz-Canel will lead on or lead back matters to Cubans and Americans who are praying for them.”

 

“Christians? While the door is cracked open…it may shut any day… churches across America should start missionary efforts in Cuba and raise up nationals (Cubans going to Cubans – you can kick non-Cubans out, but it’s harder to eject citizens). Regardless of who leads, our calling has not changed (Matt. 28:18-20). With an open-to-the-Gospel leader, however, will go much blessing. ”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we are asking Your Holy Spirit to undergird the efforts of people we send, either from here or there; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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