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CLARITY – 5-17-19 Boring But Not Unprecedented

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-17-19

Boring But Not Unprecedented

What’s Happening: “Taking from 12 to 14 hours of monotonous (and sometimes boring) reading, the Democratically controlled House conducted a complete reading of the redacted Mueller Report from a hearing room yesterday. C-SPAN also broadcast the reading and a podcast of it was made available (https://www.yahoo.com/news/house-democrats-read-mueller-report-aloud-capitol-hearing-100607884.html). ‘There [are] a lot of average people who have not seen the Mueller report,’ said Representative Sylvia Garcia, a Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. So this is an attempt to make sure that person who is curious, who doesn’t have the full time to dive through all this, to be able to listen to it and to understand what this is really all about.’”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Who’s going to take that kind of time? It’s just a political stunt!”

Biblical Response:  “Maybe. And people will only take that kind of time not to find something, but to confirm the suspicions they already have. The Democrats are looking to find something so they can impeach a President that embarrassed them on election night in 2016, and the Republicans are saying, ‘See, there’s nothing here.’ Meanwhile, the crisis at the border, possible war with Iran, the crisis in Venezuela, etc. goes by the wayside. Truly, the truth will set us free (John 8;32), but whose truth?

In Nehemiah (8:1-10), the Levites are reading from the law of Moses to the Children of Israel’s at their return from captivity in Babylon. They did not respond with yawns and eye-rolling. Rather, many broke out into weeping realizing what God had done for them and how far they had strayed. In fact, their leader had to redirect their repentant tears to rejoicing (Neh. 8:10), and told them it would be their strength.

“Christians? Perhaps, amidst all this partisanship, we should be rejoicing that there is such a country where a report like this could be read aloud. I sure can’t imagine this happening in Russia, China, or Iran!”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to get so worked up over a mote in someone’s eye to witness the miracle of America in action; 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

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CLARITY – 4-19-19 Kinda Sorta

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

Kinda Sorta

What’s Happening: “How can two factions read the same thing and arrive at two completely different conclusions? Perspective…or should I say bias? Independent Counsel Bob Mueller’s report was released in its redacted form yesterday and the GOP and the Democrats couldn’t be further apart in their reactions. The Democrats want to investigate further; some calling for impeachment, others want to have Barr and later Mueller testify before Congress. The GOP says it fully exonerates the President. Trump tweeted ‘Game Over’ (https://www.yahoo.com/news/mueller-report-sets-fresh-battle-100030902.html). ‘The country also has a right to ask when are you going to legislate and not investigate? Is this oversight or overreach? asked Trump’s Special Assistant Kellyanne Conway.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Where’s the truth?”

Biblical Response:  “Probably somewhere in between. I mean, if only some of Trump’s aides had not done what Trump ordered in the heat of the moment, we might be looking at a Pence Presidency (which may be why the Democrats are a little hesitant to really pursue impeachment).”

“Christians? This is why we are cautioned to examine the ‘whole counsel of God’ (Acts 20:27). For instance, taking Titus 2:11 out of context might support universalism (that all are going to be saved).

`For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people.’ (Tit. 2:11)

What about that scripture in John 1?

‘But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name:’ (John 1:20)

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be patient enough for the truth to emerge (‘Truth stands the test of time, lies are soon exposed.’ – Prov. 12:19); 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

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CLARITY – 3-25-19 Talk About Transparency!

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-25-19

Talk About Transparency!

What’s Happening: “At least two things of newsworthy magnitude happened yesterday, both expected: 1) AG Rob Barr released his letter to Congress summarizing Mueller’s report and concluded no collusion and insufficient evidence for obstruction AND 2) the Democrats in Congress called for the total report to be made public (actually, that was a bipartisan call – Congress voted 423-0). The Republicans took a victory lap with calls for resignations and apologies; the Democrats said it wasn’t over – no surprise anywhere (https://www.cbsnews.com/live-news/mueller-report-trump-russia-investigation-william-barr-summary-latest-updates-today-2019-03-25/). ‘While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,’ Mueller’s report said”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Now that the report is submitted, are we any farther along?’

Biblical Response:  “Well, at least that particular drain on the taxpayer’s dollars is shut…and it was a multimillion-dollar drain, taking 1 year, 10 months, and 6 days! As far as the controversy about the 2016 election is concerned, we have not gotten far: the Dems think Trump stole the election…the Repubs don’t (although nobody but the Kremlin denies there were two dozen Russians indicted for trying to influence the election). Is it over? HARDLY! Will it fade? Probably. When the media’s ratings start going down because the American public bores of finger-pointing, other more newsworthy events will push the ‘witch hunt’ aside…at least until the 2020 election.”

“Christians? True transparency should be expected. There is no such thing as things being done ‘in the closet.’ God is omnipresent (Ps. 139). He was in the closet all along (Matt. 10:27).”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the grace to accept the truth…even if we don’t like what it is; 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