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CLARITY – 5-28-18 The Best Line

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-28-18

 

The Best Line

 

What’s Happening:  “It may be Memorial Day today, but President trump delivered a patriotic speech to the graduation of the U.S. Naval Academy Friday and what some think was the best line of his presidency to date (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/trump-delivers-what-may-be-the-best-line-of-his-presidency-at-naval-graduation/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-CT&utm_campaign=dailypm&utm_content=conservative-tribune). ‘You chase discovery and you never flinch in the eye of a raging storm. America is in your heart, The ocean is in your soul. The salt water runs through your veins. You live your life according to the final law of the Navy. The word impossible does not exist, because Navy never quits,’ Trump quipped.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “After ‘little rocket man’, ‘fire and fury’ to Kim Jong-un, and, about the Iran deal: ‘that’s the worst deal ever’ …that may be saying something!”

 

Biblical Response:  “He is a master of branding and social media, but that was a formal speech.,.. still, do you praise the speech writer or the speech giver? In any case, those lofty words are an understatement of reality. We in America will enjoy our peaceful bar-b-cues and trips-to-the-lake in the freedom and abundance our brave men and women have purchased for us…by their sacrifice. We all say: THANKS!”

 

“Christians? We also are grateful. And, speaking of sacrifice AND great lines, how about these?  ‘For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him shall not perish, but shall have everlasting life.’ (John 3:16) and ‘Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.’ (1 John 4:10).”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we are grateful for the sacrifices of those who gave themselves for us, we do not lose sight that You have given us the best example in Your Son; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 3-16-18 A Navy Idea that Won’t Float

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-16-18

 

An Navy Idea that Won’t Float

 

What’s Happening:  “Can you imagine a Naval  chaplain being an atheist?! That’s what is being proposed…and there are many who oppose it: over 40 Representatives and over 20 Senators have written Gen. Mattis to say so. Jason Heap has tried to sue his way into the chaplain corps before (2015), but his alignment with several secular humanist organizations and several attorneys against him won out in the courts. Not to be discouraged, he is trying again (http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA18C27&f=WU18C10). Quoting from the letter to the Secretary of the Navy, Richard Spencer: ‘The Chaplain Corps serves religious needs, not philosophical preferences. Approving a secular-humanist chaplain would open the door to other applicants representing other philosophical worldviews. Over time, this situation would erode the distinct religious function of the Chaplain Corps.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “The minorities need to be represented, too.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Racism is about race, not about parity of philosophical preference. The presence of Naval psychologists should satisfy that. Chaplains are for the other 97% that believe in a God. Again, quoting from the above article: ‘The Department of Defense’s own guidelines also reinforce the uniquely religious purpose of the chaplain corps, defining ‘religious organization’ as ‘an entity that is organized and functions primarily to perform religious ministries to a non-military lay constituency’ and defining a religious ministry professional as ‘an individual endorsed to represent a religious organization and to conduct its religious observances or ceremonies.’”

 

“Christians?  We should support any effort that reserves pastoral religious duties to non-atheists. Only fools think there is no God (Ps. 14:1). It’s hard, in good conscience, to recommend a religious solution (and naval personnel and their families are faced daily with religious challenges) when you are non-religious…unless, of course, you are willing to admit that secular humanism is a religion…but that’s a discussion for a different day.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help the Secretary of the Navy and the Joint Chief of Staff see the senselessness of appointing an atheist chaplain; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

Share as you like; just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe to any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent