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CLARITY – 6-19-20 Shell Game

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-19-20

Shell Game

What’s Happening: “In an effort to deceive the U.S. from governing who is exempt from sanctions over Venezuelan oil (humanitarian oil-for-food is allowed), new sanctions were levied on three individuals, eight entities, and two vessels Thursday. According to investigators at U.S, Treasury, they were attempting to mask Venezuelan oil sales to Europe via Mexico, and Mexico’s Libre Abordo was accused of helping Caracas evade U.S. sanctions. A complicated shell game netted conspirators millions in profits…Maduro’s government’s efforts at obfuscation have proven failures (https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-sanctions-mexican-firms-individuals-184309210.html). Quoting the Reuters article by Daphne Psaledakis and Marianna Parraga: ‘Mexico’s peso slumped 2% after the U.S. action. Among those blacklisted were Mexico-based Libre Abordo and related Schlager Business Group, as well as their co-owners, Olga Maria Zepeda and Veronica Esparza.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Will this affect the price I pay at the pump?”

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…probably not…though hungry-for-profit oil companies will watch news of this closely and may try to maximize the consumers’ fears…or at least be accused of this…like I said, it’s complicated. What isn’t complicated is the attempt at profiting from deception. As the old saying goes: ‘Truth stands the test of time, lies are soon exposed.’ Oh wait, that’s a scripture (Prov. 12:19)”

“It might not make the headlines (at least that’s what Venezuela is hoping), but that’s what we have watchdogs for (like the U.S. Treasury and the NSA). Discovering deception and responding to it is what they are all about.”

“Christians?  We believe in truth. And truth, the real facts, are always eventually discoverable. God knows which shell covers the hidden object as there is nothing hidden from Him (Luke 8:17).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to rely on You for the exposure of what should be exposed…in Your good timing; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 10-10-19 The Only True Safety

CLARITY

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

The Only True Safety

What’s Happening: “Did the expensive Patriot Missile systems, six of which the Saudis bought from the U.S., fail in the recent attacks on Saudi oil fields? This is the question many are asking…but it has not yet been determined with 100% certainty if the attacks were missiles from Iran or smaller long-distance drones bearing smaller munitions from the Yemeni Houthis  (https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/did-american-built-patriot-missiles-fail-protect-saudi-arabia-86691). ‘Saudi Arabia has been in talks to acquire the same S-400 advanced air-defense system that Turkey recently bought from Russia,’ said Marc Champion for Bloomberg.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Why should I care? I mean, the Sept. 14 attack only raised the gas price for about a week.”

Biblical Response:  “If the attacks only temporarily inconvenienced your wallet, you may be of that unthinking uncaring crowd that is behind our nation’s moral slide. There is much at stake here: 1) The people whose lives depend on the safety these devices provide (of course, the only true safety is from the Lord –  Prov. 21:31); 2) The reputation of the manufacturer of the Patriot (Raytheon); 3) The bottom line of U.S. defense contractors vs. Russian manufacturers; etc.”

“Christians? Depending on the contemporary ‘arm of strength,’ whether it’s a sword and shield, a chariot and horse, or a defensive missile…is folly just begging to fail. Safety from God alone is reliable…of course that requires faith. That might be the whole point, anyway.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to prepare for the inevitable day of battle, but realize Your skirts are our only true refuge; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 9-24-19 Waxes and Wanes

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-24-19

Waxes and Wanes

What’s Happening: “France, Germany, and England, arguably the core of the E.U., have agreed that Iran is the culprit in the drone attack on Saudi oil fields. Citing violations of the 2015 nuclear agreement ((JCPOA), which with Iran they are joint signatories of, and which the U.S, has unilaterally exited, they all signed a statement condemning Iran. It remains to be seen whether this ‘sabre-rattling’ overture will have any effect on the bellicose nature of the Arab regime (https://www.yahoo.com/news/1-britain-france-germany-blame-204522180.html). ‘The time has come for Iran to accept a long term negotiation framework for its nuclear program, as well as regional security issues, which include its missile programs,’ the joint statement read.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Maybe they, too, will exit the 2015 Agreement.”

Biblical Response:  “Probably not,…they are too heavily invested into diplomacy…besides, winter’s coming on, and how will their citizenry heat their homes without Iranian oil? They’re not about to put sanctions on Iran that might jeopardize Iranian deliveries…and they certainly don’t want to go to war…at least this is what the Iranians are counting on.”

“This is the latest episode in a millennia-long drama that began in Babylonia and later Persia (ancient Iran) long ago. It includes such personages as Alexander the Great, Roman Emperors, Mohammed; and subsequent conquests including The Crusades, Genghis Kahn’s exploits, etc. Why does history keep repeating itself? Man refuses to learn its lessons…and that may be due to the fallen nature of man (1 Cor, 10:11-12).”

‘Christians? Nobody claimed learning history’s lessons would be easy or natural…indeed, it may be supernatural (John 16:12-13). The first lesson, which obviously Shakespeare learned: this all needs to be taken in stride…it’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing;””

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to wisely take a course of action that takes into consideration the cyclical nature of Fallen Man; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 9-16-19 Supply Threatened?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-16-19

Supply Threatened?  

What’s Happening: “The primary oil field in Saudi Arabia was attacked by drones over the weekend, with Aramco, the Saudi government-owned company, losing half of its output. It may be several weeks before full production is restored. Houthi rebels in Yemen have taken credit for the attack, but intelligence sources say Tehran is almost certainly behind everything. The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have already announced they are prepared to access strategic reserves (https://www.yahoo.com/news/saudi-races-restore-oil-supply-strike-blamed-iran-094616295.html). Trump tweeted, ‘Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!’” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Oh no! The price of gas will go sky high!”

Biblical Response:  “Yes, Chicken Little, they probably will…at least 15 cents; maybe even more later. Though it’s probably more because of the oil companies’ seeing this as an excuse to gouge than any real threat to world oil supplies (announced willingness to tap strategic reserves will do little to assuage this fear), we did lessen significantly production of the world’s biggest supplier. Of course, when the supply of anything gets threatened, it’s time to remind yourself that He is ultimately the supply (Phil. 4:19), and His hand is not shortened (Is. 59:1). Or, as a familiar scripture puts it:

 ‘I have been young and now I am old, Yet I have not seen the righteous  forsaken or his descendants begging bread.’ (Ps. 37:25 NASU)

“Christians? Oh, we believe in limitless supply…of oil and other needs. There is even evidence that not all oil may be from fossils! Just google ‘non-fossil oil’ and see what you get! We serve a God Who is unlimited and owns everything! (Is. 66:2) Not only does He own the cattle on a thousand hills (Ps. 50:10), He owns the hills, too!”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we need Your help in properly managing ‘our’ resources, help us to realize they are Yours first; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 9-4-19 No Such Thing as Dark

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events -9-4-19

No Such Thing as Dark  

What’s Happening: “Everybody is scrambling (publicly) to discover the true intentions and the true location of the Grace 1 (an Iranian oil tanker who recently changed her name to Adrian Darya 1, after being released by Gibraltar). It turned off its AIS automatic location identifier signal late Monday, but is believed to be headed for a port in Syria. Offloading oil there or even docking at any port on the Mediterranean will, no doubt, incur further sanctions from the U.S., the E.U….or both. This is getting complicated, though satellite photos are probably revealing much  (https://www.yahoo.com/news/iran-tanker-centre-diplomatic-row-114801451.html).’The fact that Adrian Darya 1 is currently skirting the Syrian coast with its AIS offline, awaiting what the US intelligence services expect to be an imminent ship-to-ship transfer, which will ultimately see its cargo end up in Syria, is politically embarrassing for almost everyone except Iran,’ said managing editor of Lloyd’s List Intelligence, Richard Meade.” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I wonder where it is…”

Biblical Response:  “You are probably the only one…though I’m sure there are many pretending not to know. You are not responsible for acting on knowledge you don’t admit you have. The political dancing that is occurring is quite humorous. We really know…and I think they (Iran) know we know…but nobody is saying anything. Is this really consequential? Probably not in the overall scheme of things, but as an example of systemic problems, it may be telltale.

If there is nothing really hidden from the ‘all-seeing’ eyes of satellites, can you imagine what God knows? The answer is ‘no.’ He Who has access to everywhere (Ps. 139) knows everything, and His omnipresence makes Him a personal witness to all events.

“Christians? Knowing that the ‘closet’ is just a myth causes us to live our lives a little differently…or at least we should.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to make decisions that reflect we have great knowledge…and that means we should have great responsibility…kinda sounds like a superhero mantra…You’re our Superhero, Lord; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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