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CLARITY – 6-11-19 Unreliable

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events -6-11-19

Unreliable

What’s Happening: “Extradition to China from New Zealand is in question…A) It’s never been done before (China has no formal extradition rights for New Zealand); B) There is some evidence that though China rigorously challenges any accusation of torture it nevertheless occurs; C) The attempt to extradite someone from Honk Kong has resulted in a million-man protest there… Kyung Yup Kim is accused of killing a woman in Shanghai a decade ago. And the courts in New Zealand put a temporary halt to his extradition to China earlier today (https://www.yahoo.com/news/zealand-court-stops-man-being-082024042.html). ‘Nevertheless, torture remains widespread and confessions obtained through torture are regularly admitted in evidence,’ said the court’s report.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Maybe Kim really did kill that woman!”

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…but we’ll really never know…and neither will the Chinese…not if they rely on a confession obtained through torture. People being tortured will tell you anything just to get the pain to stop. It might be the truth, but it might not. Extradition has traditionally been used as a way for the long arm of justice to get even longer…if there’s no place to run, maybe criminals will just give up and face the music. The Apostle Paul, of course, used it to get justice. His appeal to Caesar led to his extradition to Rome (Acts 25:21), and a fair trial…at least fairer than the Jewish leaders would have given him.”

“Christians? Do we believe in extradition? Absolutely! That is what the translation of the saints at the end of the age is all about (1Thess. 4:13-18). Don we believe in torture? In what way can we construe torture to mean that it is a demonstration of loving our enemies (Matt. 5:44)?”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we want to be set free by truth (John 8:32), we don’t want to assume what we get from torture is truth; help us to discern; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 4-3-19 Dealing With the Real Problem

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-3-19

Dealing With the Real Problem

What’s Happening: “Just weeks after 50 Muslims were killed in a shocking mosque attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, their parliament passed sweeping gun bans. According to a USA Today article posted today, April 3, the specific guns used are at the heart of the program  (https://www.yahoo.com/news/zealand-apos-parliament-advanced-sweeping-205225636.html), If you compare their laws with other countries,’ you get a sense of how restrictive they are (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2019/03/22/new-zealand-mosque-shootings-how-12-countries-compare-weapons-ban/3235123002/). This does nothing to deal with the prejudice of the killer or his wanton disrespect for authority and human life.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Will this take care of the problem?”

Biblical Response:  “Yes…until the next time. You might as well ban vehicles (often used by terrorists as weapons). Until you ban evil – oh yeah, you can’t do that effectively – the perp will always find a way. It seems that the fallen nature of man will prevail – except that’s not the testimony of Scripture (Matt. 16:18; Hab. 2:14; Isa. 11:9) – the last two scriptures talk of a future blissful time. Until then, laws must be enacted. They might temporarily solve some issues…or at least make us feel better. Deal with the real problem? Nope.”

“Christians? We believe that some laws are like trying to herd cats…an exercise in futility. The only long-term cure is the Lordship of Christ (Rom. 10:9-10). Of course, if He’s not Lord of all, He’s not Lord at all.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us realize what the real problem is (unregenerate man) and deal with that in the very manner You recommend; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 3-15-19 It Spreads

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-15-19

It Spreads

What’s Happening: “In an unprecedented terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand 49 were killed, countless were wounded, and it’s was all on live-streaming video (thanks to the gunman – initially posted on Facebook, the service has since cancelled the gunman’s Facebook and Instagram accounts and taken down all related postings). The Prime Minister of New Zealand, The Queen of England, Prince Charles and President Trump have all extended their sympathies to the victim’s families (https://www.yahoo.com/news/christchurch-gunman-livestreamed-attack-17-051934490.html). Three suspects have been arrested and the event has been categorized a terrorist attack. Two IEDs were located in nearby vehicles and disarmed (https://www.yahoo.com/news/multiple-dead-reported-shooting-attack-zealand-mosque-024735764–abc-news-topstories.html). ‘This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days,’ New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Wow! New Zealand! It’s the last place I would have expected a terrorist attack.”

Biblical Response:  “Evil does not discriminate geographically. Wherever unregenerate people try to take matters into their own hands, the devil will laugh in glee in the corner. Did he motivate this? Yes, ultimately (John 10:10); but God has a different plan (Jer. 29:11)…and His will ultimately prevail (Matt. 16:18). The bias and bigotry of White Nationalism may be to blame here (though no blame has been assigned…yet), but retribution for 9/11 or some other real or imagined injury does not give anyone the right of revenge (Rom. 12:19).”

“Christians? Of course, we are repulsed at this barbarism. And our job now is to empathise (Rom. 12:15) and seek justice (Gal. 6:7). And it will come.  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, comfort the families of those who’ve lost loved ones and quickly restore the injured; 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