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CLARITY – 5-11-19 They Forgot About the Wind

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

They Forgot About the Wind

What’s Happening: “There are mixed messages. While Iran is trying to ignore the landing of B52s in Qatar and the carrier Abraham Lincoln’s passing through the Suez Canal yesterday (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/iran-news-donald-trump-b-52-bombers-persian-gulf-revolutionary-guard-us-not-dare-attack/), there is an evangelical movement of the fastest growing church in the world with Muslims converting left and right…despite great persecution, even martyrdom  (https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/worth-a-thousand-years-of-waiting?utm_campaign=Daily%20Email&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=72492274&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9U-V9g3wNv8XwB-9lFmmUYYlD5EU9XI58BUtp7gW5ifSc9Yj_01SntTcF07tMLH3cbTcyvVKuuSSOegf1Ir4C8eQoBhA&_hsmi=72492274).  There may have been an Islamic Revolution declared in Iran when pro-western Shah Pahlavi departed in 1979 (Tehran just celebrated its 40th anniversary), but God had another idea.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So these two apparently unrelated events are related how?”

Biblical Response:  “Just that man has an agenda…but so does God. And, as the Scripture says: ‘Man proposes, but God disposes’ (Prov 19:21 LB). I’m not saying we shouldn’t as a country respond militarily to bellicose threats, I’m just saying there may be more afoot here than meets the eye. Besides, it wouldn’t be the first time God used some unsuspecting country to effect His will.”

“Christians? Like my wife likes to quip: ‘You may run from circumstance or try to hide from consequence, but you can never escape prayer.’ The Lord has a way of accomplishing His will. Maybe it’s time to figure out what He’s doing and ask how we can get on board.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our leaders to act wisely and help our new brothers and sisters to hang tough; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 3-28-19 Putting Your Finger on the Scale

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-28-19

Putting Your Finger on the Scale

What’s Happening: “After Secretary of State Mike Pompeo interviewed former Chinese prison camp detainee (and Muslim minority) Mihrigil Tursun, he criticized Chinese treatment of religious minorities such as the Uighur ethnic group, one million of which are in Chinese camps (https://www.yahoo.com/news/china-slams-us-criticism-muslim-treatment-absurd-095417128.html). China hit back today calling these camps ‘vocational training centers.’ ‘We urge the US to respect the facts … and stop the malicious smearing and groundless accusations against the Chinese side,’ Chinese Foreign Minister Geng Shuang said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess they don’t have freedom of religion over there.”

Biblical Response:  “No, they don’t. They want you to espouse the tenants of the State, Communism, or nothing…atheism is the only religion promulgated. Some have said that our Founders missed the boat in not making Christianity the state religion. The occupants of the Mayflower, having fled Europe for religious freedom, would have rightfully seen that as hypocrisy.  Leaving Christianity to fend for itself in the marketplace of ideas – not putting your proverbial ‘finger on the scale’…requires faith….which, I believe, is the point anyway.

Christians? We believe in the inherent superiority of Christianity (Jn. 8:32) It needs no help from government or man…or it’s not the truth. The First Amendment only guarantees a level playing field.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to take the easy way…and to apply the truth ‘written on our hearts’ (Rom. 2:15); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-9-19 Justice

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-9-19

Justice

What’s Happening: “The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision vacated the stay of execution granted by a lower court (because of religious objections) Thursday in the Alabama lethal injection of Muslim Domineque Ray, his Imam in an adjacent room. He was executed for the brutal stabbing and raping of 15-year-old Tiffany Harville in 1994. (https://www.yahoo.com/news/alabama-executes-domineque-ray-supreme-062054637.html). ‘”Here, Ray has put forward a powerful claim that his religious rights will be violated at the moment the State puts him to death,’ Justice Kagan wrote dissenting. ‘The Eleventh Circuit wanted to hear that claim in full. Instead, this Court short-circuits that ordinary process — and itself rejects the claim with little briefing and no argument — just so the State can meet its preferred execution date.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It’s wrong to impose the death penalty anyway..”

Biblical Response:  “Not in Alabama…and 29 other states, the U.S. Govt. or the U.S. military. What you really mean is morally wrong, not legally wrong. Apparently, that’s for the courts to decide. And the trend has been away from it. Still, that’s not the real question. The real question, legally or morally, does man have the right to take life for life? If not, is ‘life without the possibility of parole’ sufficient deterrent? Is it ‘cruel and unusual?’Of course, none of these questions was the subject of lower court rulings or the Supreme Court’s. Rather, they argued over whether this Muslim’s Constitutional, 1st Amendment, rights had been violated.”

“Christians? Do we believe in life for life? (Ex. 21:23) The Old Testament is unequivocal about it. Of course, you need to delineate between temporal life and eternal life. Then there’s the whole subject of substitutionary death and final justice to consider.”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be students of the Word…to apply it temporally AND eternally; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-6-19 Fake Cops?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-6-19

Fake Cops?

What’s Happening: “The ‘Patrol Cars’ for the new Muslim Community Patrol in Brooklyn, NY look amazingly like real police cars and have some wondering if New York is about to adopt Sharia law. A similar initiative in East London had dubious results (https://dcalert.com/2019/02/05/is-new-york-endorsing-sharia-law/). NY resident John Cardillo, tweeted: ‘Not at all comfortable with this. ‘Muslim Community Patrol’ in NYC, driving cars that look identical to NYPD RMPs.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Great! Just what we need – somebody else to answer to!”

Biblical Response:  You can respond in obedience if you want…as for me and others, I’d recommend asking for ID#s.They’re just wanting to keep neighbors from showing their prejudices against Muslims. That’s understandable. Perhaps not wise, with 9/11 still fresh in every New Yorkers’ mind,…but understandable. With all the ‘Fake News’ and so forth out there, the last thing anyone needs is another authority structure presenting themselves as real. That may not be their intent, but it’s their effect.”

“Christians? While we are to submit to authority (1 Pet. 2:13-15), we are not called to answer to illegitimate power (Acts 4:1-21). God trumps all other authority. Obeying Him might have negative short-term consequence, but long-term it is wise. Eternity is a long time, and He holds all the cards.”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to live peaceably with all men…as far as it is possible (Rom. 12:18); 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 – 1-5-19 Far, But Not Dark

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-5-19

Far, But Not Dark

What’s Happening: “The news was full but the moon was not – especially on the “dark” side: The new Muslim Democrat Congresswoman uttered an expletive toward Trump (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/sarah-sanders-trashes-rashida-tlaib-impeachment-talks/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-CT&utm_campaign=dailypm&utm_content=conservative-tribune), Nancy Pelosi took the Speaker’s gavel in the House, the government shutdown continues, the Kurds are wondering where they stand as America announces their intended troop-pullout, etc., but perhaps the most astounding news was the landing of the Chinese on the far side of the Moon (https://www.history.com/news/china-plans-historic-landing-on-dark-side-of-the-moon). The referring to the far side as ‘the dark side’ is really a misnomer as the far side is really fully lit everytime we experience a new moon (every 27 days).”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Details! Who cares?!”

Biblical Response:  “Truly insigficant to anyone but Pink Floyd…seriously, I’m sure the engineers who orchestrated the lunar landing for the Chinese cared. And so does God, who uses the reflective ability of the Moon as a metaphor for the Church…the periodic waxing and waning of the Sun’s (Son’s?) light on the Earth (Matt. 5:16; Matt. 24:29).”

“Christians? The God Who ‘rules in the affairs of men’ (Declaration of Independence) cares  about what’s happening in the world; including the scientific exploits of the Chinese. It’s all going according to His plan (Is, 55:8-9). Just because things seem chaotic to us does not mean there’s no plan…just that we don’t know it.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we don’t know the plans…we do know the Planner…and that gives us comfort; 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 – 12-12-18 Profitability Not the Measure

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

Profitability Not the Measure

What’s Happening: “Google, which is openly and admittedly anti-Christian, has recently approved  ‘Smart Pakem,’ an app for outing Xenophobes toward Muslims, in all countries where Sharia law is legal. Indonesia, which reports as many as 207 Million Muslims, launched this app last month. Whatever happened to free speech? Oh, I see, it’s not profitable (https://steadfastandloyal.com/social-issues/approves-app-that-allows-to-report-blasphemy/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=subscriber_id:1583395&utm_campaign=WikiLeaks%20vs%20The%20Democratic%20National%20Committee%20Is%20Going%20To%20be%20HUGE). Isn’t that hypocritical? So? Apparently profitability determines right and wrong.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Get with the times.”

Biblical Response:  “Just because something is contemporary…or doable…or profitable…doesn’t make it right. A lot of things are possible, but that doesn’t make them recommendable. Apparently Google has opted for profitability as the final arbiter of morality. It is expedient to the company’s bottom line, so it must be pursued. This kind of philosophy will not serve them…or their shareholders…or us…well. Oh sure, it might be beneficial in the short term, but not ultimately.”

“Christians? What is our final arbiter? Conscience? No, that is deceitful (Isaiah 53:6). A man will do what seems right in his own eyes. The leading of God? If it was truly God…however, many have said they were led of God,…to justify despicable things! The only faithful arbiter is the inerrant Word of God. Not verses isolated from historical or circumstantial context, but an original-language rendering that takes those realities into account. His leading will never violate His Word. And is therefore simple, direct, and clear.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may we be ever vigilant when it come to supporting activities that seem right…and use the right measuring line when it comes to judging;; 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 – 9-3-18 You Can’t Change Reality

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-3-18

You Can’t Change Reality

 

What’s Happening:  “MSNBC conveniently cropped out U.S. Muslim leader, Louis Farrakhan, at Aretha Franklin’s 8-hour funeral extravaganza. Sitting next to Al Sharpton, former President Bill Clinton,  and Jesse Jackson was vociferous Jew-hater Farrakhan…however, Franklin’s friend (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/msnbc-posts-disastrous-tweet-aretha-franklin-attendees-blatantly-removes-farrakhan-image/?ff_source=Email&ff_medium=CTBreaking&ff_campaign=breaking&ff_content=conservative-tribune). Quoting the article, ‘And as for the media (ABC also cropped out Farrakhan as Twitchy noted), editing Farrakhan out of the picture does no favor to Franklin or the truth.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Sounds like Fake News.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Kind of…at least news without an inconvenient reality. The media would have done better to explain him away than to edit him out. Actually, they did neither…as the live stream reveals.”’

 

“Christians? Christendom is full of inconvenient truths…like ‘The wages of sin is death’ (Rom. 3:23) or ‘Bad company corrupts good morals’ (1 Cor. 15:33 NASU)…or my personal (and relevant) favorite: ‘You can’t heal a wound by saying it’s not there…’ (Jer. 6:14 TLB).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us all to deal in reality, treating others the way they are, not the way we want them to be; 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 – 6-27-18 SCOTUS Rules?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-27-18

 

SCOTUS Rules?

 

What’s Happening:  “Not only did the ‘Travel Ban’ get upheld, and the majority ruled that conservative pregnancy clinics did not have to recommend abortion providers, but the infamous Korematsu ruling (legalizing Japanese interment camps in 1942) was officially repudiated…though it didn’t keep the minority from citing the alleged similarities (https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/26/supreme-court-overturns-korematsu-673846). ‘”The dissent’s reference to Korematsu … affords this Court the opportunity to make express what is already obvious: Korematsu was gravely wrong the day it was decided, has been overruled in the court of history, and — to be clear — ‘has no place in law under the Constitution,.,’ Chief Justice Roberts wrote.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So history was wrong…how does that matter today?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Acknowledging that history was wrong may be a HUGE deal…at least now we can learn from the mistakes of the past. If you don’t ever make that acknowledgement, error becomes precedent…that’s when writer and philosopher George Santayana’s famous quote (‘condemned to repeat it’[the past]) comes into play. ”

 

“Christians? The rulings of SCOTUS are important, but the Final Judge will have the final say (Rev. 19:11).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while opinions are like noses…everybody’s got one, Your opinion is fact…whether we call it so or not. Help us to submit to Your rulings: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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