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CLARITY – 3-22-18 A Story You May Have Missed

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-22-18

 

A Story You May Have Missed

 

What’s Happening:  “Ronnie Oneal, after shouting ‘Allahu Akbar,’ killed his partner and daughter and stabbed his son. Riverview, Florida authorities are still mystified as to the motive…at least that is how the story reads (https://conservativetribune.com/man-shouts-allah-akbar-shooting-stabbing/).  Of course, you probably didn’t hear about this…I wonder why?”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I wonder why the mainstream media didn’t carry this?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yeah, me to. Perhaps because there was only one killed by a gunshot wound (two were stabbed)…no story about the need for gun control. And only two died…not 17…not enough to be newsworthy. Oh, and the obvious motive was not politically correct.”

 

“Christians?  We have an obligation to be informed (Luke 10:27-35). True story: the day of my move from San Diego (I had just backed up the U-Haul to load), my nextdoor neighbor walks up, shoves a hand toward me and introduces himself, ‘I’ve lived here for quite some time and I thought I’d meet you before I lost the chance.’ You might think this is an indictment against him. No, it’s an indictment against me. I never learned about him, but I was a Christian! I know you have many demands on your time, but keeping informed about what is going on around you is one of them (that’s why this is so short). How else can we be salt and light?”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to value others as You did us…giving Your Son’s life; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-19-18 Where Were the Neighbors?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-19-18

 

Where Were the Neighbors?

What’s Happening:  “Details continue to be revealed as the 13 children (2-29) are being treated in local hospitals for the forced incarceration by the parents, David Allen and Louise Ann Turpin, who were arrested last Sunday on torture and child endangerment charges. They might still be there if a 17-year-old sibling had not escaped out a window and called police for help (https://www.yahoo.com/news/13-children-held-captive-parents-161714493.html). ‘We do need to acknowledge the courage of the young girl who escaped from that residence to bring attention so they could get the help that they so needed,’ said Captain Greg Fellows of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “Where were the neighbors?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Good question…though I have to say that when I moved from San Diego in 1977, the neighbors came to say goodbye…sadly, it was the first time I had met them. Of course, that was only after a year…the Turpins had been there since 2010..I guess it depends on your definition of ‘neighbor.’ Perhaps we do tend to be too focused on our screens (phones, tablets, laptops, TV’s) to lift our heads to discover what is going on all around.”

 

“Christians? The Bible has a lot to say on how to be a good neighbor (Luke 10:25-37). Additionally, care for our children should be the parents’ first calling. Our children should be our first disciples…their salvation and godly upbringing our primary concern.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, forgive us where we have fallen short in our God-given responsibilities and help us to do better; 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