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CLARITY – 11-12-19 Chariots and Horses

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-12-19

Chariots and Horses

What’s Happening: “They kind of don’t want it to leak, kind of do…and pray that it never really does. I’m talking about the ‘rumored’ second nuclear-capable sub, the Sinpo-C, of North Korea. A satellite photo revealed that the North Koreans had one, but this second one…with accelerated development after the Trump/Kim talks…is only hear-say and strategic leaks. It might be true…as a deterrent to the U.S. should talks fail…or it might be false…to keep their leverage with Trump up. And, in a sense, nobody wants a sub to spring a leak (https://www.yahoo.com/news/north-korean-threat-evolving-come-223000664.html).  Quoting an article that appeared in the National Interest on the 10th, ‘The nuclear weapons, and the rocket technology to deliver them, are extremely expensive investments by Pyongyang, and the Kim dynasty is unlikely to give them up entirely because they are seen as guarantors against a U.S. attack.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Yeah, but their nuke-sub fleet is puny beside ours”

Biblical Response:  “True…but then it only takes one hit…or the threat of it…to sway opinion.  Of course, that assumes we only attack by submarine…which is not a serious consideration. Biblically, we are not to trust in horses (or chariots – Ps. 20:7). Our President boasts of the strongest military on earth…and he’s probably right. But then again, we’ve aborted over 60 million babies since Roe v. Wade (1973). It is not good to give God a reason to not favor you.”

“Christians? The familiar part of the above verse is that we should not trust in chariots or horses, but the rest of the verse is worth quoting, too… ‘but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.’ (KJV)”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we want to be strong…we also want to be humble; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 7-2-19 The Futility of Limiting Power

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -7-2-19

The Futility of Limiting Power

What’s Happening: “Iran has announced that it has exceeded the maximum set by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA – the nuclear deal) for medium grade (3.67% purity) fissionable material (661 pounds)…not to mention the 22,046 pounds of weapons grade – 20% – fissionable material it already stockpiles. Although the U.S. (Trump) unilaterally pulled out of the deal over a year ago, E.U. nations that signed on have tried to hold the deal together. Now they have clear evidence of non-compliance (https://www.yahoo.com/news/iran-says-broken-stockpile-limit-121553069.html). ‘The Iranian regime, armed with nuclear weapons, would pose an even greater danger to the region and to the world,’ Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said.” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Great! Just what we need! Another war!”

Biblical Response:  “Nobody wants war, but we’re talking about a whole paradigm shift. Give the world’s greatest state sponsor of terrorism a nuclear weapon  and we’re immediateley talking nuclear ransom on an unprecedented scale (actually, I don’t know whether it would be worse to have a nuke explode or just to fear one exploding – sometimes the unknown becomes more fearsome because it’s unknown). In any case, ‘power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely’ (Lord Acton). If anyone thinks that Iran could get close to the power it hungers for…but control itself, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you. Iran deals in the torment of fear (1 John 4:18); that’s the denomination of terrorism.”

“Christians? Fear? We’d like to say we only fear God (Matt. 10:28), but we are aspiring to that…meanwhile, we pray for wisdom (Matt. 10:16).” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us fight naivete’…with knowledge (John 8:32); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 5-22-19 Rumors of War

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-22-19

Rumors of War

What’s Happening: “A poll released yesterday revealed that most believe that war with Iran is imminent…the majority also believe that a first strike would be a mistake, but favor a military response if attacked, with 39% favoring an outright invasion (https://www.yahoo.com/news/half-american-adults-expect-war-iran-within-next-043709356.html). Quoting the author of the above-linked article, Chris Kahn: ‘Trump has said he would like to negotiate with the Islamic Republic’s leaders. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rejected talks on Tuesday and has said “economic war” is being waged against Iran.’”   

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Iran’s just upset that the U.S. has pulled out of the Nuclear Deal. They’re not getting as much Euro-attention.”

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…especially if that Euro-attention brought petro dollars with it. Still, those crazy Iranians are the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism, and just wacky enough to think they might have something to gain by being in a war with us. This is not Armageddon, but American culture today knows nothing of world warfare. The Vietnam War was horrific (over 55, 000 Americans lost), and so was America’s longest war, Afghanistan (as of 5 August 2018, 3,458 coalition deaths). By comparison, WWII records 21-25 million soldiers and 50-55 million civilians! This culture might mature awfully quick if it experienced anything on that scale. Of course, China, Russia, and North Korea would have to get involved to produce those kinds of numbers. Like I said, that would be a quick, albeit drastic, route to maturity for a culture…but stranger things have happened…recently, as world history records time.”

“Christians? Pray (Phil. 4:6). Note that that scripture starts out by saying,”Don’t worry about anything…” Sure, we should take precautions like any responsible watchman (Ezek. 33:6), but God’s got an agenda that won’t be denied (perhaps I shouldn’t remind Him that we’ve aborted 60 million since Roe v. Wade).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father,help us to be wise and remember our frailty when You exact justice…and be merciful: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-1-19 Nukes: Today’s Horses

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-1-19

Nukes: Today’s Horses

What’s Happening: “Are we saying good-bye to the INF (Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces) agreement? Signed by both Soviet leader Gorbachev and then President Reagan in 1987 and hailed as one of the reasons for the end of the Cold War, an exit from the treaty has NATO leaders fearing another arms race and the placement of US nuclear cruise missiles in Europe (https://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-poised-to-leave-nuclear-treaty-stoking-fears-of-new-arms-race-2019-01-31?siteid=yhoof2&yptr=yahoo). ‘So we must prepare for a world without the Treaty,’ Oana Lungescu, chief spokeswoman for NATO, said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Let’s just stay in the treaty.”

Biblical Response:  “We can do so bilaterally probably, but that’s really just so much ‘sticking our head in the sand.’ If Russia is not complying with it, why should we? Sure, we can pretend they are in compliance and not prepare for reality…which is what they are hoping we will do…but try explaining that to the people of Des Moines, Iowa (follow the link).”

“Christians? We don’t believe in trusting in nukes anymore than our ancestors believed in trusting in horses (Ps. 20:7). Still, not preparing for war is only inviting aggression (Joel 3:9). And we must deal in truth. There is nothing else that can set us free (John 8:32).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to trust only in You and give our leaders the wisdom to seek only concrete assurances; 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