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CLARITY – 8-24-19 Emotion Gone Awry

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events -8-24-19

Emotions Gone Awry

What’s Happening: “The accused (manslaughter) Michael Drejka, has been found guilty for taking the life of Markeis McGlockton in front of his family at a convenience store in Clearwater, FL, yesterday, and will return to court for sentencing October 10. Though everyone’s story is different, he apparently got into an altercation over Mrs, McGlockton taking a handicapped parking spot when there was nothing on the car to indicate a handicap. Mr. McGlockton exited the vehicle to confront Drejka, putting him on his back in the parking lot. Drejka says McGlockton took a step toward him and then he shot with a concealed handgun he was permitted to carry Mr. McGlockton, killing him as he stepped toward Drejka…the video camera outside the store does not record a threatening step, but actually a step back (https://www.yahoo.com/news/michael-drejka-invoked-stand-ground-defense-shooting-unarmed-025715170–abc-news-topstories.html). ‘We are incredibly grateful and thankful to the prosecution, We are grateful to the jurors of this case that they saw what we saw and I’m so proud and honored to stand here with Markeis family,’ said the lawyer for the family. Drejka’s remark was predictably different: ‘What’s going through my mind is he’s coming after me again. I was thinking he’s going to finish what he started.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Sounds to me like justice was served.”

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…I wasn’t there. That’s why a jury of his peers voted. In any case, it was overreaction on steroids. Mrs. McGlockton should not have taken a parking spot to which she was not entitled…and Drejka probably should never have shot. Nothing good comes from unbridled emotions and actions have consequences (Gal. 5:22-23; 6:7). Of course, a whole lot more  may go into play here…racial tension, recent stand-your-ground laws, etc…but we have a culture of taking things into our own hands, too…then there’s the whole flawed nature of Man to consider.”

“Christians? Thankfully, there is One Who knows all hearts (Rom. 8:27; Luke 16:15). Temporally, we have to rely on juries, judges, and attorney skills…sometimes we get things right and justice is served…sometimes not. In heaven, The Eternal Judge always gets it right and His justice is always just.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to look forward to a truly just time…and give us the grace and patience to endure till then; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 8-14-19 Justice is Inevitable

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events -8-14-19

Justice is Inevitable

What’s Happening: “Some are complaining of justice denied, because of the apparent suicide (by gunfire) of Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, the two teens that were the subjects of a huge manhunt in Canada and suspected of three murders a few weeks ago. They were themselves considered missing, until their bodies were discovered  a few days ago amidst dense brush five miles from their burnt-out car. The medical examiner just released Monday that they were killed by self-inflicted gun-shot wounds (by the same guns that committed the murders?) (https://www.yahoo.com/news/canadian-fugitives-suspected-three-murders-223905624.html0. Officials said two firearms were found with the teens. ‘The two died in what appears to be suicides by gunfire,’ police said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess this is one case where the Royal Canadian Mounted Police didn’t ‘get their man.’”

Biblical Response:  “That may be true, but that does not mean that ultimate justice won’t be served in the cases of McLeod and Schmegelsky. They may not stand trial for the three murders before a Canadian judge, but they will stand trial – and for five murders (their own lives were not theirs to take, either – Jn. 5:26). And only the Eternal Judge of All Men knows their hearts (Ps. 44:21; Acts 15:8; 1 John 3:20)…so only He can decide their fate. This reality may be the only comfort those left behind (the families and friends of the deceased) have…if they are believers.” 

“Christians? We believe in ultimate justice; that there is a Judge who knows the truth of all matters. It’s not that we all don’t fall miserably short (Rom. 3:23), but, thankfully, there is Someone who took the punishment we deserved (Rom. 6:23). As far as suicides are concerned, some of them are repentable – you have the time it takes for your body to fall from the bridge to the water to repent – others are more immediate. Where is the Good News in all this? Indeed, justice makes hell necessary, mercy makes heaven possible.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to trust in inevitable and ultimate justice…and in the gracious provision of mercy through Your Son; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 8-3-19 Does It Matter?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events -8-3-19

Does It Matter?

What’s Happening: “Although the police had said that the Gilroy (California) Garlic shooter had been killed by the heroic officers who shot Santino William Legan, the coroner has now revealed that the shot that killed him came from his own AK-47. His three victims, 2 children (6-year-old Stephen Romero and 13-year-old Keyla Salazar) and a 25-year-old man (Trevor Irby) appear to have been random and authorities have yet to assign a motive (https://www.yahoo.com/news/coroner-california-garlic-festival-gunman-222907431.html). The three victims are just as dead, but the killer may have also been intending to kill himself all along. The Festival draws crowds of 100,000 and authorities indicate things could have been much worse. Another person of interest has been arrested because his post on social media referenced the killing in its threat. Jose Pinion, 40, was arrested earlier this week on suspicion of making threats online that apparently referenced the deadly shooting:.  He posted Wednesday on Facebook that ‘my goal is to kill 500, not three,’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Probably someone else who wanted their fifteen minutes of fame!”

Biblical Response:  “Maybe. It’s hard to determine any motives and there is no motive worth the lives of these three. We can probably chalk them up to another senseless act by a crazed individual. When the murderer stands before God to be judged for taking the lives of those three, taking his own life will also be added to his crimes…it wasn’t his to take, either. Some could argue because Jesus (on the cross) could have called several thousand angels to his aid, but did not, He was guilty of suicide…but they’d be wrong (John 5:26). So, does it matter what Legan’s motive was? Probably not…at least in eternity.”

“Christians? There are many inexplicable events (even after thorough investigation) that happen every day. Unfortunately, they remain a mystery. God only reveal what He wants (Eph. 1:9). Just because you don’t know why, doesn’t mean we should throw up our hands in despair. There is always a reason for ‘bad’ things. You may not like the answer…and not being omniscient, you may never know…but God does. That’s why I say: ‘Justice makes hell necessary, mercy makes heaven possible.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to trust You with motives, the things that only You know, and the outcome of everything; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 6-28-19 The Best Surprise is No Surprise

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -6-28-19

The Best Surprise is No Surprise

What’s Happening: “Everyone is looking for 23-year-old missing college student Mackenzie Lueck…the Salt Lake City police, her friends, her sorority, Although she has been missing since the 17th, there is no indication of anything all that extraordinary…from the Lyft driver’s route to her then getting in an unknown vehicle. Even the fact that this all occurred at about 3:00am,,,not all that unusual for a college student arriving on a late flight. Still, she’s missing (https://www.yahoo.com/news/authorities-looking-missing-students-dating-181522823.html). There may be some evidence of unusual dating habits of late on an app in her phone…then there’s the fact she communicated very little…very unusual for Mackenzie says one friend: ‘For her to not reach out to me is very unlike her. She is usually in touch with me every day,’ Kennedy Stoner, one of Lueck’s close friends reported. ‘We don’t believe she would miss a midterm because she was stressed. I am positive something is wrong. … I don’t believe she would go off and not contact one person.’” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “She may have been kidnapped … or worse!”

Biblical Response:  “Yep, a lone girl arriving late is almost an invitation to the demented. While I don’t fault her for her daring habits (even though her friends might retrospectively blame their own lack of due-diligence), her naivete was appalling. I hate to cast a pall over the search and I do wish a peaceful end. Still, this will probably not end well. Evil exits and to think otherwise…or not to think at all…well. let’s just say the best surprise is no surprise.”

“Christians? We have to look after one another for the evil one broods over the earth seeking whom he may devour (1 Pet. 5:8). Advice given a bit late, probably…we can always hope.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father,You know where Mackenzie is at. Comfort all involved, no matter the outcome; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 1-11-19 The Hard Part Begins

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-11-19

The Hard Part Begins

What’s Happening: “13-year-old kidnap victim, Jayme Closs, has been found…and she’s alive! This was the big news yesterday, as Jayme has been missing since the October 15 murder of her parents in their home near Barron, Wisconsin. She was found wandering the streets yesterday about 70 miles north of Barron in a small rural town there (https://www.yahoo.com/news/sheriff-jayme-closs-found-alive-suspect-custody-022922451.html). ‘Praise the Lord,’ said Allard, Jayme’s Aunt. “It’s the news we’ve been waiting on for three months. I can’t wait to get my arms around her. I just can’t wait.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess the rest of her family is relieved.”

Biblical Response:  “Probably in shock…most of these stories don’t have so happy an ending…though the murder of her parents will still be something Jayme will have to deal with…to say nothing of her own kidnapping.  I hope that her therapist – no doubt she will be assigned one – will help her realize God was not asleep at the switch.””

“Christians? How do we explain this (or any) tragedy? First, by saying God was just as sorrowful as Jayme’s family was (Rom. 12:15). Second, by explaining that Jayme’s parents and even Jayme herself were the victims of the evil unleashed in this world, against His will, and that things will not always be this way (Rom. 8:20-21). Listen to how the Living Bible puts it:

‘For on that day thorns and thistles, sin, death, and decay—the things that overcame the world against its will at God’s command—will all disappear, and the world around us will share in the glorious freedom from sin which God’s children enjoy.’”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to understand that You didn’t want any of this, but to receive unforced love You had to give us free will…and sometimes we choose poorly; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-28-18 Ill Eagle

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-28-18

Ill Eagle

What’s Happening: “Five hours after legal immigrant from Fiji Corporal Ronil Singh of Newman, California police took a Christmas photo with his wife and 5-month-old son, he was brutally murdered at a 1:00 am traffic stop on December 26, allegedly by an illegal.The suspect was pulled over for a DUI stop, and shot Singh who radioed his plight…then died of gunshot wounds at an area hospital. The suspect, considered armed and dangerous, is still at large (https://www.foxnews.com/us/suspect-in-fatal-california-cop-shooting-is-in-us-illegally-authorities-say). ‘This suspect…is in our country illegally. He doesn’t belong here. He is a criminal. We will find him, we will arrest him, we will bring him to justice,’ Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What a tragic thing to happen the day after Christmas.”

Biblical Response:  Anytime a cop is murdered, it’s a tragedy. And, I agree with you, the timing is even more tragic. So is the fact that the murder was allegedly perpetrated by an illegal…AGAINST A LEGAL! Immigration is in a gray area right now, but there could not be anything more tragic or more ironic.

“Christians? We should be committed to following laws that are on the books…and change those laws with which we disagree (1 Pet 2:13-15). Right now, our country is sick. It rewards those who violate the law, and kills those who respect it. This kind of sickness, if not soon cured, will tear us apart.

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, grant us the courage we need to take on injustice wherever it’s found; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 11-30-18 Greatest Killer Moved

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-30-18

Greatest Killer Moved

 

What’s Happening: “Samuel Little (AKA Samuel McDowell) confessed to 90 killings (34 now have been connected  – the rest are under investigation) to get moved from a California prison to an Odessa, Texas prison where at 78 and serving a life sentence, he will probably die (https://www.yahoo.com/news/fbi-man-confessed-90-killings-effort-move-prisons-202149100.html). ‘Little remembers his victims and the killings in great detail. He remembers where he was, and what car he was driving. He draws pictures of many of the women he killed. He is less reliable, however, when it comes to remembering dates,’ the FBI said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Why is he still alive?”

 

Biblical Response:  “I know, right? Gacy and Bundy, who killed only a third as many have been executed already (though it may be greater punishment to have to live with what you’ve done). Of course, there’s the closure the families feel at the execution to consider, too. His final punishment awaits…and it will be just and eternal. As I’ve said before, mercy makes heaven possible, justice makes hell necessary.”

 

“Christians? We are told not to commit murder (shed innocent blood – (Exodus 20:13). Little obviously violated that edict and gets what he deserves on earth. In the hereafter, it depends on his repentance. That’s way above my paygrade!”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to remember that Christ died so we don’t have to. Please comfort the many families for their losses;  in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 11-22-18 Caught Between

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-22-18

Caught Between

 

What’s Happening: “I thought about telling you how Providential it was for the Pilgrims to land in the territory of the only English-speaking native American in North America (Squanto), but decided to opine on Trump’s Saudi Arabian dilemma. I mean, on the one hand Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) has made a $110 Billion dollar arms purchase (and there’s the jobs to consider) and the fact that the Saudis are a big deterrent to Iranian hegemony…on the other hand, the C. I. A. thinks MbS may have ordered journalist Khashoggi death and dismemberment (to say nothing about the poor humanitarian statement it makes for us not to condemn MbS’s actions wholesale). I’m glad I don’t have the President’s job (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/18/us/politics/trump-khashoggi-saudis.html).  ‘Everything points to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, MbS, ordering @washingtonpost journalist Jamal #Khashoggi’s killing.’ tweeted Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “If Khashoggi’s murder was ordered by MbS, it ought to be condemned in no uncertain terms!”

 

Biblical Response:  “In a perfect world, it would be (of course, in a perfect world, it would have never happened); it’s complicated. The worker, who loses his job when those arms deals get cancelled, didn’t do anything wrong…of course, the civilian collateral damage in the Yemeni clash (which is Saudi’s proxy war against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels) is also unfortunate…I said it was complicated. Trying to make black-and-white decisions in a gray world is not my idea of a good time. Maybe that is why Trump has vacated to Mar-A-Lago for the Thanksgiving holidays.”

 

“Christians? We believe in calling a spade ‘a spade.’ but timing is everything. There are many mitigating factors (including other political hazards):

 

  • The presumption of innocence
  • Israel’s struggle against Iran
  • Our desire that Russia or China not get arms orders

Still, we cannot let murder go. Hopefully, it’ll put a President on his knees.

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our President to know the right thing to do…at the right time; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 10-31-18 Ultimate Justice

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-31-18

Ultimate Justice

 

What’s Happening: “James ‘Whitey’ Bulger is dead, apparently a homicide; someone probably beating him to death in his cell (and that ‘someone’ might be ‘Freddy’ Geas, notorious mafia hitman, also serving a life sentence in the prison). The 89-year-old Bulger, convicted of 11 homocides himself in 2013 and serving two life sentences, was wheelchair-bound and had just been transferred to the maximum security prison in West Virginia (https://www.boston.com/news/national-news/2018/10/30/whitey-bulger-death. ‘Freddy hated rats,’ said Ted McDonough, a private investigator. ‘Freddy hated guys who abused women. Whitey was a rat who killed women. It’s probably that simple.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess you can’t escape ultimate justice.”

 

Biblical Response:  “No, you can’t…but we are probably talking about two separate things. Sure, he probably did deserve to die a horribly excruciating physical death…though I really don’t know. I wasn’t on the jury…I didn’t hear the evidence presented at trial. As far as ultimate justice is concerned, that’s way above my paygrade…I’m not copping out…I just think that needs to be decided by Someone Who knows our hearts (Luke 16:15). After all, he may have repented. Which, by the way, does not absolve him from physical retribution (Gal. 6:9).”

 

“Christians? We believe that He is the Final Judge because He is the only one who knows the heart (Pr. 24:12). Of course, we believe in ultimate justice, but mercy makes heaven possible and justice makes hell necessary.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to keep short accounts with You and to consider that Christ’s death was our payment-in-full; 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 – 10-25-18 A Rock and a Hard Spot

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-25-18

A Rock and a Hard Spot

 

What’s Happening: “The recent (last Tuesday – 2 days ago) discovery of Jamal Khashoggi’s body in the Consul General’s garden and the initial denial of knowledge by Crown Prince Salman, then that a ‘choke hold’ during an interrogation gone bad was responsible and then the announcement of the arrest of 18 Saudis involved in the event, has put Trump in an awkward position. His deal (http://time.com/4787797/donald-trump-yemen-saudi-arabia-arms-deal/)   with the Saudis means a lot of jobs for Americans, yet Turkey is trying to vie with Saudi Arabia and Iran for hegemony in the region….and is using the Khashoggi incident as leverage. It’s complicated.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Erdogan, Salman, Rouhani, Trump…the players in a huge Monopoly game!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Actually, not an inaccurate depiction, but it’s even more complicated than that. It involves sovereignty, conspiracy, power, and, of course, money. They’re not just competing for control of the region, but also its resources. Remember, most of the area powers are not democracies. America might just be trying to bring some sanity to the table. One thing is for sure, the light of truth will change everything…which may be why Khashoggi’s murder cover-up is being so hotly pursued…and leveraged.”

 

“Christians? The light of truth is revealing…sometimes it exposes what we thought was hidden…sometimes we’re ‘shocked’ when we learn what we’ve really known all along…always it is the last word. What really happened to Khashoggi? Who’s really responsible? We may never know all the truth…at least on this side of eternity. Justice makes hell necessary, mercy makes heaven possible (Heb. 9:27).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, I am glad Your light of truth will ultimately prevail; 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