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CLARITY – 3-27-18 Coordination Takes Time

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-27-18

 

Coordination Takes Time

 

What’s Happening:  “The U.S. and its allies have expelled over 100 diplomats in what is undoubtedly the largest coordinated expulsion in history. A week or so ago, when the Trump Administration did not immediately respond to the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats in the U.K. over the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, the western press excoriated  it. Blaming the delayed response on the time it takes to coordinate, the U.S. has largely silenced the press. In addition to the diplomatic expulsion the U.S. is shutting down the Russian Consulate in Seattle, citing its nearness to a sub base and the offices of a Boeing plant (https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/26/four-eu-states-set-to-expel-russian-diplomats-over-skripal-attack). ‘I have found great solidarity in our friends and partners in the E.U. North America, NATO, and beyond…’ said Prime Minister of Britain, Theresa May. ”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “How long does it take to make a phone call?”

 

Biblical Response:  “If it were only that simple…there are specific diplomats that have to be named for expulsion and dozens of countries involved each with similar decisions to make. No doubt the western press would have criticized Trump’s impetuousness had he responded sooner. Besides, delay made a great statement of agreement, consensus, and measured deliberation. This only made the Russians look more culpable.”

 

“Christians? We find ourselves often complaining about the Lord being ’asleep at the switch’…mistaking His delay for inaction…later to learn He had a plan all along (2 Pet. 3:9-10). We must realize there is a difference between a temporal creature and an eternal God (Is. 55:8-9).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be patient with our leaders…and with You; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 3-15-18 Expelled

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-15-18

 

Expelled

 

What’s Happening:  “If you’re a student and get expelled…well, it’s one thing…but if you’re a diplomat and get called an ‘undeclared intelligence officer’ living in a host country at their behest and you get expelled…well that’s quite another thing. It’s an affront to a denying Kremlin and a test of loyalty to everyone else. Was Russia really involved in using a nerve agent in Salisbury? Something put spy-swapped Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in critical condition (http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-43402506). British PM Theresa May said the use of a Russian-made nerve agent on UK soil amounted to an ‘unlawful use of force.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Wasn’t a detective investigating the attack also harmed?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yes, Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey is in serious, but stable condition,  presumably from the same nerve agent that was used on the father-daughter pair…at least he was investigating the incident when he fell ill. I don’t want to call them guilty just based on accusation, but it it waddles and quacks like a duck… How will the U.S. respond? How should it respond? Even though the incident occurred on British soil (and their response should and will be more condemning), still our response (especially when concrete evidence becomes available…and it will…if it’s true) should be strong and supportive of our ally, the U.K. U.S, Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, was.”

 

“Christians?  A) We are no strangers to expulsion. When you say or do anything unpopular you can expect that kind of treatment Acts 4:1-21). B) However, there is no excuse for taking the law into your own hands. You night not like what someone says or does, but it’s no cause for vengeance, the exclusive territory of God (Rom. 12:19; Heb. 10:30). By the way, for all you ‘snowflakes’ out there who think we now serve only a universally forgiving God, both those scriptures were in the ‘merciful’ New Testament.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to demonstrate wisdom, patience, and discretion…and, of course, we do pray for Sergei, Yulia and Nick; 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