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CLARITY – 6-18-20 Honor Amongst Thieves

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-18-20

Honor Amongst Thieves

What’s Happening: “A disputed border area, high altitude, and an ancient weapons protocol, all contributed to a bloody (and deadly) confrontation between the Chinese and Indian militaries. Reports are beginning to filter in about the clash that occurred starting Monday, the worst fighting between the two nuclear powers since 1967, and the deadliest since 1975. Depending on whom you ask (the Chinese have been characteristically mute about it all), the Indians had 20 die, the Chinese, 43 (dead and injured). They, however, refrained from using anything but crude weaponry – clubs with nails in them, rocks wrapped in barbed wire, and fists – many Indian soldiers may have died by being tossed off a cliff or drowned in a river…or both (https://www.yahoo.com/news/fists-stones-clubs-china-indias-brutal-high-altitude-143504194.html). Quoting from the AFP article by Aishwarya Kumar and Parvaiz Buhkari: ‘There is an understanding between the nuclear-armed neighbours that despite their decades-old failure to demarcate their huge border, their troops in the disputed and inhospitable region will not use firearms.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Sounds totally barbaric to me…”

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…but what military engagement isn’t? Would it have been less barbaric than a nuclear exchange? We’re coming up on the 75th anniversary of Hiroshima (August 6, 1945), and the border clash may have been bloody, but killed no innocent civilians (bombing Hiroshima killed at least 90,000). I’m not advocating going back to the stone age or touting the sanity of a Mutally Assured Destruction (MAD)  policy, but you have to say something for handling disputes this way. Is peace, real peace, a pipe dream? Perhaps. As I’ve said before, “Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of God” (2 Pet. 3:14).”

“Christians?  We believe in peace. But there will never be peace on earth until the Prince of Peace rules in the heart of every man (Luke 2:14). The Chinese communists don’t have a good record with border disputes (I’m thinking the South China Sea), but the Lord ultimately determines borders, anyway (Acts 17:26).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to rely on your system of justice; it may not seem fair at the time…but eventually we see Your hand; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 4-28-20 Talk About “Grave’ Condition!

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-28-20

Talk About ‘Grave’ Condition!

What’s Happening: “Is he dead,,,is he recovering from surgery…will his sister now become North Korea’s first female dictator? Questions and rumors swirl about Kim Jong Un, as he has not been seen publicly since April 11, not even attending his grandfather ‘s birthday celebration (as his grandfather, Kim Il Sung,  is the founder of communist North Korea…a big deal). Everybody has an opinion: China is sending a medical investigative team, South Korea says he’s ‘alive and well,’ North Korea maintains he is fine…even Trump says he knows…but is apparently not telling (https://news.yahoo.com/south-korean-official-says-kim-164825490.html). Quoting the Business Insider article that appeared a couple of days ago: ‘Our government position is firm,’ Chung-in Moon, a foreign-policy adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, told Fox News. ‘Kim Jong Un is alive and well. He has been staying in the Wonsan area since April 13. No suspicious movements have so far been detected.’”’

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What’s the big deal? Just because he has a finger on the nuclear button…hmmm…I guess that is a big deal!”

Biblical Response:  “You think?! Either our intelligence mechanism is incompetent or we know, but are playing our cards close to the vest…probably, the latter. And it does matter! Perhaps no one could be a worse nuclear actor…even his sister…but this headline-seeking ego maniac doesn’t live a very healthy life, anyway. He’s obese, chain smokes, and at 36…well, you know why China, his main backer, sent a medical investigative team. I can imagine a certain Jewish council doing the same thing at the grave of Joseph of Arimathea almost 2,000 years ago. Of course, they found it empty (Matt. 27:62-28:6)…boy, did they have some explaining to do!”

“Christians? We believe not only was He risen from the grave, but that nothing else matters, by comparison (1 Cor.15:14-22)…including the disposition of a certain North Korean dictator!”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to react in fear, but to act in faith; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 10-31-19 Good Fear

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-31-19

Good Fear

It’s Happening: “While much of the western world is Trick-or-Treating, using good-natured ‘fear’ as its calling card, the U.K. (and France, the U.S., Russia, etc.) patrols the oceans with submarines that strike real fear in their nuclear missile threat to kill billions. This threat will be updated, the U.K. announced (it’s assumed the other nuclear powers are doing similarly), with subs launching in the 2030’s and programmed to last into the 2060’s (https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/royal-navy-may-not-be-most-dangerous-it-can-kill-billions-91846)). At any one time, there are 64 nuclear warheads under the sea…and that’s just from the U.K’s threat. Imagine how that number is exponentially multiplied by others.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Should I be doing duck-and-cover drills?”

Biblical Response:  “If that makes you feel better. Of course, that was only created to give the helpless 1960’s public school kids a naive sense of safety…as they huddled under desks with arms over their heads…as if desks and arms could provide any real protection against nuclear holocaust.! And that’s just physical protection. All this alert, alarm, and drill does nothing to shield anyone from spiritual death…the real threat to be feared:”

Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matt. 10:28 NASU)

 This ‘good fear’ hopefully will have some rethinking their ‘preparations.’”

“Christians? Generally, we do not favor fear (Matt. 6:34; Phil. 4:6; 1 John 4:18). However, when you consider how holy and great and powerful God is…and how puny comparatively we are…it only makes sense to take Matt. 10:28 to heart (printed above).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the wisdom to not make threats emptily, but to make real preparations spiritually, too: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 8-13-19 Casualties of the Real War

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -8-13-19

Casualties of the Real War

What’s Happening: “Five ‘heroes’ died in the explosion last week in the test facility near Severodvinsk, Russia, 300 miles east of Moscow. The explosion was said to have been connected to the ‘Burevestnik’ missile, an ‘invincible’ cruise-style missile, much touted last year by Vladimir Putin. The Cold War may be heating up and a new arms race might have been ignited since the U.S. and Russia pulled out of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces agreement (INF) (https://www.yahoo.com/news/russians-killed-missile-test-blast-were-working-weapons-154148120.html). ‘The best (thing) for their memory will be our further work on the new weapons. We are fulfilling the task of the motherland, its security will be reliably ensured,’ said Alexei Likhachev to a Russian news agency.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Should I be doing ‘duck-and-cover’ drills?”

Biblical Response:  “If it makes your self-deluded self feel better…those drills from the 50s were more for making you feel better about MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction)…as if nuclear war is survivable. The real war you need to worry about is between darkness and light. Thankfully, our side has developed a truly invincible weapon…it’s just not conventional (or strategic). I’m referring to 2 Cor. 10:3-5:

‘…For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 

for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, …’ (NASU)” 

“Christians? We believe that there will be ‘wars, and rumors of wars’ (Matt. 24:6-7), but we also believe that the real war (and it has heroes, too – they’re called martyrs) is not fought with weapons as you usually think of weapons. We must adopt godly ideologies and Word-based faith (Eph . 6:12-18). And we will win (Rev. 20:1-15)!”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to get distracted by the world’s battles but fight with earnest the true battle; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 8-2-19 Peace Pact

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -8-2-19

Pact for Peace

What’s Happening: “Yesterday was the final straw. For some time now (we are talking years) Russia has been violating the terms of two treaties regarding nuclear devices: The Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Agreement, signed by Ronald Reagan & Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987; & then the START Treaty, expiring in 2021. They were both being violated repeatedly by Russia over objections by the EU & the US via the UN. Some time ago, there was an objection raised by Trump that started a six-month clock that expired Friday. The US is glad for some clarity as they have $48 MM that is freed up for research and development so that parity is reached. However, everyone wonders if this will spawn a new arms race? (https://www.yahoo.com/news/landmark-us-russia-arms-control-050318493.html). Physicist David Wright, co-director of the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists said: ‘Pulling out of this treaty leaves New START as the only bilateral nuclear arms agreement between the U.S and Russia. If President Donald Trump pulls out of that treaty as well or allows it to lapse, it will be the first time since 1972 that the two countries will be operating without any mutual constraints on their nuclear forces.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Does that mean we’ll all be doing ‘duck-and-cover’ drills?”

Biblical Response:  “The totally useless (other than it made the ignorant feel like they were doing something) duck-and-cover drills were from the 1950s and probably won’t be trotted out again. The real deterrent is the commonly held belief that a strike would be MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction). Including China in any new treaty is a good thing, though any agreement is only as good as its signers. Knowing how unreliable China and Russia are, should make us pause, Raising objections might be hard and meaningless from a radioactive heap.  As Ronaldus Maximus said: ‘Trust, but verify.’ The only treaty that is truly good is the unilateral one signed in blood at the cross (Col.1:20).”

“Christians? We believe any agreement signed by fallen men is not worth the paper it’s written on…though it should be pursued for its slowing effects (it might give more time for sinners to repent). Who knows, maybe the end will come with a global nuclear holocaust. At any rate, I’m glad I have peace with God (Rom. 5:1). Do Christians have a pessimistic worldview? Nope. We’ve read to the end of the book!”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to trust only to the extent we can, and to employ wise negotiators; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-19-19 Sincere Silence Beats Obligatory Applause

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-19-19

Sincere Silence Beats Obligatory Applause

What’s Happening: “The silence was deafening…Vice President Mike Pence brought greetings Saturday from President Trump to the annual security conference in Munich and was met with non-response…perhaps impolite yawns. To say that Trump is not too popular among European leaders may be an understatement, especially since America exited the Iran nuclear deal (https://www.yahoo.com/news/vice-president-pence-receives-awkward-213416954.html).  Defending the Iran deal, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel lamented the U.S. departure and said, ‘it depresses me very much.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It is kind of depressing,”

Biblical Response:  “Only if your European, believe a lie by sticking your head in the sand, and quake when someone threatens you with nukes. To be a part of an unverifiable accord is below stupid. Reagan said,’Trust, but verify.’ You can verify alright…if you give enough notice…which means you can’t really verify. Kind of reminds me of obligatory applause. Better to know where leaders really stand.

“Christians? Let me quote Rudyard Kipling here (he’s a good European): ‘If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too…’ Good decisions are rarely popular. We are not unfamiliar with standing alone (John 15;16-18). Sincere silence beats obligatory applause any day.

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to prefer dealing in truth, even if it is uncomfortable; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 8-18-18 Nap Time Is Over!

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

Nap Time Is Over!

 

What’s Happening:  “Iran has sleeper cells (in the form of terrorists like Hezbollah) ready to strike within the U.S….so said intel officers to Congress recently (https://greatamericanpolitics.com/2018/08/congress-warned-iranian-backed-terrorist-sleeper-cells-in-us-ready-to-attack/).  Worse than that, since the U.S. has pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal and has imposed sanctions these ‘sleeper cells’ might be awakened (https://freebeacon.com/national-security/iranian-backed-sleeper-cell-militants-hibernating-u-s-positioned-attack/). ‘Hezbollah is probably the most experienced and professional terrorist organization in the world,’ even more so than ISIS and Al Qaeda. So says Rep. Peter King, (R-NY) and member of the House Homeland Security Committee.” ”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Probably just more fear-mongering.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…but that what folks were saying on September 10, 2001. Things are never desperate…UNTIL THEY’RE DESPERATE! Why are they called ‘sleeper cells?’ Because they are ‘asleep’ (hidden in plain sight) until they are ‘awakened” (activated to perform some terrorist attack).”

 

Christians? We know all about ‘sleeper cells’ (I’m sorry, perhaps I should have used the more familiar term ‘churches’). Sure, Pastors are trying to ‘awaken’ them, but an hour on Sunday is just not enough…so the jobs of ‘going into wall the world’ and ‘teaching them whatsoever I command’ don’t get done (Matt. 28:18-20). Neither does vigilance (1 Pet. 5:8), which might come in handy just now.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to awaken and get about the business of why You left us here, anyway; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 5-23-18 Inspectations

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-23-18

 

Inspectations

 

What’s Happening:  “A limited group of media outlets have received invitations (to which they responded yesterday by arriving in N,K.) to witness the closure of the  Punggyeri nuclear test site (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-china-journalists/foreign-media-head-to-north-korea-to-witness-nuclear-site-shutdown-idUSKCN1IN08F). Recent language of reluctance from DPRK has given almost everyone pause. ‘Nonetheless, the government pays due attention to the fact that the North’s pledge to dismantle the Punggyeri nuclear test site, an initial measure for denuclearization, is proceeding as planned, and expects that such action to lead to the successful hosting of the North Korea-U.S. summit,’ said South Korea’s Unification Ministry.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Kim Jong-un may do what he says.”

 

Biblical Response:  “And he may not. If the last 25 years is any indicator, promises made will be followed by deception and further nuclear advancement. People don’t do what you expect, they do what you inspect (which is the reason for the old Ronald Reagan quote, ‘Trust, but verify’). The West is smart to be cautious. It’s great that Kim Jong-un says he wants peace. Now he needs to follow up rhetoric with action.”

 

“Christians? In Christianity we say proof of repentance is changed behavior. Well, you know what the road to hell is paved with (Luke 3:8).”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to believe the best…but with one eye open; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 3-3-18 A Race Nobody Wins

CLARITY

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

 

A Race Nobody Wins

 

What’s Happening:  “Russian President Putin, in his equivalent of our state-of-the-union message, boasted of a new arsenal of weapons that were designed to defeat all countermeasures by the west: missiles that have limitless nuclear engines and fly erratic patterns, underwater drones capable of carrying nuclear warheads, etc…..all signs that the cold war is heating up and may be spawning a new arms race. The last one bankrupted the old Soviet Union and resulted in their demise in 1991 (https://www.yahoo.com/news/putins-invincible-weapons-worried-001929405.html). ‘We already knew about the ‘Sarmat’ and we already knew about big complications with the rocket.

At the end of 2017 it wasn’t the rocket itself that was tested, but a mock-up. I suspect we were shown an edited clip: first the mock-up takes off, then another rocket is flying,’ said analyst Alexander Golts. Putin’s bellicose speech may herald a new arms race nobody can win.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Trump says, ‘We’re going to win so much we’re going to get tired of winning.’ Was he wrong?”

 

Biblical Response:  “His statement was, no doubt, not in THAT context, as that is a race nobody wins! They make something ‘invincible’…we overcome it…we make something ‘invincible’…they overcome it. It is a philosophy that is aptly named: MAD, Mutually Assured Destruction. We already (and so do they, allegedly) have enough nukes to obliterate the world.”

 

“Christians? Thankfully, the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (2 Cor. 10:4). The question is not who has the bigger button, but whose kingdom will survive such a holocaust? We should only be mildly concerned about the first death…the second death?…well, that’s a different story (Rev. 20:14).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give our leaders the requisite wisdom and discretion to run that race we always win; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-15-18 What Would You Do?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-15-18

 

What Would You Do?

 

What’s Happening:  “At 8:07 am (their time), Saturday, the Civil Defense System sent out a message to anyone with a smartphone in Hawaii; BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER . THIS IS NOT A DRILL. And, as was discovered and people were notified 38 minutes later, it wasn’t…it was a mistake. People huddled in garages, called loved ones to say goodbye, some even prayed (https://www.yahoo.com/news/hawaii-apos-false-missile-alert-044316057.html).  Governor of Hawaii, David Ige tweeted: ‘Today is a day most of us will never forget. A terrifying day when our worst nightmares appeared to become a reality. A day where we frantically grabbed what we could, tried to figure out how and where to shelter and protect ourselves and our ohana, said our “I love yous,’”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “I wish I were selling fallout shelters in Hawaii.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Or anywhere, for that matter. Seriously, why hasn’t anyone come up with a mylar-thin lead sheet…like a space blanket…to huddle under? I mean, they can roll out aluminum to make aluminum foil…why not lead foil? Whether it works or not might be irrelevant…at least folks would be thinking it would and have some peace. Of course, that’s not the real question. The real question is: ARE YOU READY? Whether or not Un decides to lob a missile at Hawaii or some mainland U. S. city would be irrelevant to the guy in a fatal car crash tomorrow (with California just making recreational marijuana legal, that might be an increasing possibility). One thing is certain, we’re all going to die…someday.

 

“Christians? In a sense, WE will not die (John 11:26)…at least we are not going to experience the second death (Rev. 2:11, etc.). The first death…well, Adam and Eve made that a certainty (Heb. 9:27; Rom. 3:23). We don’t need missile insurance, but a little fire insurance might go a long way.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the creativity and courage that living in this world will take…and the sense to prepare for an uncertain future…of course, for Some it IS certain; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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