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CLARITY – 10-1-18 Promises Kept

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-1-18

Promises Kept

 

What’s Happening: “The bottom line; NAFTA out, USMCA in. Just under the wire (US trade negotiators had set a deadline for midnight yesterday), negotiators from Canada joined the bilateral trade agreement Trump had struck earlier with Mexico making key compromises (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-welcomes-canadas-entry-trade-104057060.html). ‘It is a great deal for all three countries, solves the many deficiencies and mistakes in NAFTA, greatly opens markets to our Farmers and Manufacturers, reduce Trade Barriers to the U.S. and will bring all three Great Nations closer together in competition with the rest of the world,’ Trump penned.’Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was a little more brief. It’s ‘a good day for Canada,’ he wrote.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Isn’t this small potatoes globally?”

 

Biblical Response:  “I guess it’s what you consider ‘small potatoes.’  I don’t consider $1.2 Trillion small anything! That Trump campaigned on promises of a border wall and more jobs…well, it’s not his fault that only half of his promises have been kept (he would argue that it’s only been two years and work has already commenced on the wall). “

 

“Christians? The whole Christian faith is built on promises (it’s not accidentally called the ‘Promised Land’). Some promises have been fulfilled (Luke 24 49; Act 2:39). Some are yet to be fulfilled ( Pet. 3:9). We must be patient. Some things have to happen before other things.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to wait patiently for the fulfillment of promises…Yours…and others; 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 – 9-1-18 Who Pays is Critical

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-1-18

Who Pays is Critical

 

What’s Happening:  “Everyone was suspecting something might be up (well, at least I was) when it was announced that the U.S. and Mexico had reached a trade deal…and one talk-show host is willing to say it: Yep…Mexico just paid for the wall, but didn’t even know it (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/trump-got-mexico-pay-wall-dems-didnt-notice/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune). But Trump tweeted: ‘Our new Trade Deal with Mexico focuses on FARMERS, GROWTH for our country, tearing down TRADE BARRIERS, JOBS and having companies continue to POUR BACK INTO OUR COUNTRY. It will be a big hit!’ Would you announce to the world you had just hoodwinked a country?”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “No way!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Way! Wayne Allyn Root is just a talk radio host and that doesn’t matter much (which may be by design), but we have just made a deal which benefits us many times more than the cost of a border wall. I know we don’t have a deal with Canada…yet.’

 

“Christians? Our whole belief system is based on Somebody else paying for something…it’s because Jesus paid for our freedom that we are free (John 8:31-36), not because we paid for anything! Not that we aren’t willing, but the payment would just have been insufficient (Heb. 9:22-28).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help me to not be so proud as to reject when the freedom You offer costs me nothing, but You everything; 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 – 8-13-18 It’s All About Trade

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-13-18

 

It’s All About Trade

 

What’s Happening:  “Bilateral with Mexico and bilateral with Canada or  a trilateral (a re-written NAFTA) agreement…what’s it going to be? Trump’s not sure yet, but he’s open any way that benefits America. He currently is praising Mexico and dissing Canada…but that could change (https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-praise-mexican-president-issues-major-threat-canada/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-WJ&utm_campaign=dailyam&utm_content=western-journal). ‘Deal with Mexico is coming along nicely. Auto workers and farmers must be taken care of or there will be no deal. New President of Mexico has been an absolute gentleman. Canada must wait. Their Tariffs and Trade Barriers are far too high. Will tax cars if we can’t make a deal!’ Trump Tweeted.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Isn’t that kind of mercenary? Should a deal always go to the highest bidder?”

 

Biblical Response:  “‘Yes, and no.’ Yes, it is mercenary…of course, we do live in a world where the wind of money fills the sails of commerce…I didn’t say it was good, I just said it was reality. And, ‘no;’ saying ‘no’ to the highest bidder is sometimes the path of morality. We live in a material world, but morality trumps profit…eternally. Doing the right thing is not always the one that makes the most sense, fiscally…at least not in the short term. Sadly, those in a position to make those decisions are sometimes playing the short game…not the long game. The equalizer is Gal. 6:7.”

 

Christians? Hopefully, we are playing the long game (which is really no game at all…but you know what I mean). The tension between the two – living in the world, but acting like we’re from heaven – is from whence all the conflict comes. Perhaps, that is why Israel was promised land on the King’s Highway, the major trade route of the known world… a city set on a hill cannot be hid (Matt. 5:14-15).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to find and maintain that righteous balance between living in this world without being of this world; 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