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CLARITY – 5-7-20 Together

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-7-20

Together

What’s Happening: “After a contentious 17-month period, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz can form  a government as equal partners, even though Netanyahu remains under indictment. After three inconclusive elections in less than a year failed to give a clear majority in the Knesset (Israel’s parliament), Gantz relented to avoid a fourth election amid the coronavirus crisis. Netanyahu will retain his title as Prime Minister for eighteen months while Gantz will be designated Premiers; then, the two will switch places. During his leadership, Netanyahu has promised to pursue annexation of the West Bank, with its dozens of Israeli settlements…rest assured the Palestinians are not too  happy (https://news.yahoo.com/supreme-court-israels-netanyahu-may-202250912.html).Quting the Associated Press article: ‘Over two days this week, the court looked at two questions: whether an indicted politician can be given authority to form a new government, and whether the power-sharing deal — which includes new legislation — was legal.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess a shared deal is better than no deal.”

Biblical Response:  “Probably. Provided the necessary legislation passes, and there doesn’t seem to be any reason for it not to…though I will say that Netanyahu might be taking advantage of COVID-19 to annex while Trump is in office (taking back only what God gave them in the first place, in indisputable references throughout the Old Testament – from Abraham to Moses and beyond – from Genesis to 2 Chronicles). If those references are not enough, go to Acts 17:26. Is it God’s to give? Glad you asked (read: Ex. 19:5).”

“All this is not to say whether the alleged fraud occurred or not. I don’t know. I wasn’t there. What I do know are two things; 1) Division leads to destruction, so a united government may produce progress (Luke 11:17) and 2.) The truth will eventually come out (Numbers 32:23).”

“Christians? We believe in unity and honesty (see the scriptures, above), Besides, to quote Isaiah 55:8-9:

‘This plan of mine is not what you would work out, neither are my thoughts the same as yours!  For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than yours, and my thoughts than yours.’ (LB)”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us pray in the Spirit when we don’t know how to pray; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-25-20 Creating “A House Divided…”

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-25-20

Creating “A House Divided…”

What’s Happening: “In a resolution read yesterday by the U.N. as an apparent reaction to the 3-week old peace plan the Trump administration presented (without actually mentioning it or Palestinian objections), the Security Council, including the U.S., reiterated its support for a two-state solution. The much-touted Trump administration proposal called for Israeli control of the area with a limited Palestinian-controlled test area and did not call for the expulsion of the 700,000 Israeli settlers in that region, a precondition of previous Palestinian plans (https://www.yahoo.com/news/un-reiterates-support-2-state-193845255.html).  Special U.N. coordinator for the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov said,  ‘They [the Trump administration] would close the door to negotiations, have negative repercussions across the region, and severely undermine opportunities for normalization and regional peace.’ A difference of opinion?”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Don’t the Palestinians have a right to their own territory?”

Biblical Response:  “Actually, no. In the first place, the Israelis did not cede what they won in the 1967 War to anyone (for fear that another attack would be launched from the Golan Heights – a reasonable reaction). Secondly, God, who owns the whole earth (Ex. 19:5), gave that land to the Israelis (Lev. 25:2). Besides, a two-state solution flies in the face of reason and Scripture (Luke 11:17). A two-state solution is only inviting conflict.”

“Christians? The angels may have promised ‘peace on earth’ (Lk. 2:13-14), but there will never be Peace on Earth until the Prince of Peace rules in the heart of every man (Luke 12:51; Rom. 10:9-10). We believe in peace, but real peace is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of God.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to seek earthly peace (the absence of conflict) WHILE we seek real peace; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 8-16-19 It’s the Law

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events -8-16-19

It’s the Law

What’s Happening: “Though AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D., NY) disagreed vocally, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) were both barred by the government of Israel from the country, including a planned visit to Palestinian cities on the West Bank, Thursday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was only obeying the law and both Muslim Representatives had expressed hatred for Jews and Israel (https://www.yahoo.com/news/israel-ban-omar-tlaib-reactions-200932835.html). ‘There is no country in the world that respects the U.S. and the U.S. Congress more than the State of Israel. As a vibrant and free democracy, Israel is open to any critic and criticism, with one exception: Israel’s law prohibits the entry of people who call and operate to boycott Israel,’ Netanyahu’s statement read.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What right does an alleged democracy have to barr Muslims from entry?”

Biblical Response:  “Actually, every right…they have a prior obligation to protect their citizens. You might ask what harm two women could do? (google women terrorists sometime – your next question might be: ‘Are you calling them terrorists?!’ – a brief review of their anti-semitic comments will yield disturbing results – you be the judge – there are those who wield weapons and those who wield words). Netanyahu might be likened to a watchman on the wall (Is. 21:6). He bears a responsibility for those he warns (Ezek. 3:18).” 

“Christians? Deciding who gets into heaven is way above our paygrade, but no one will deny the momentousness (is that a word?) of the decision. Imagine someone who wants to do harm in heaven!”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to tone down the rhetoric and realizing the importance of decisions made, keep our leaders in prayer; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 3-22-19 Agreement is Irrelevant

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-22-19

Agreement is Irrelevant

What’s Happening: “The tweets just keep on coming! Yesterday, the President tweeted the following: ‘After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!’ This recognition during Netanyahu’s election campaign in Israel was seen by his opposition as an underhanded political stunt, but only affirms the reality that has existed since Israel claimed the Golan Heights in its 1967 War victory (https://www.yahoo.com/news/gift-netanyahu-trump-tweets-u-s-support-israel-annexing-golan-221952277.htmlIn). Quoting the article written in Yahoo News by Ben Manson, ‘Israel extended Israeli law over the Golan Heights in 1981, marking the lowest point in the history of U.S.-Israeli relations. Now American recognition of Israeli control over the same territory has become a touchstone of the closest relationship ever between leaders of the two countries.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess that means that Israel now has the power of agreement by the greatest military might in the world!”

Biblical Response:  “So? God’s greater might makes our agreement irrelevant. Think that is a bit presumptuous? Perhaps you haven’t read about God giving the Promised Land to Israel. (Ps. 47:4, et al). Or that He has the right to do so (Ps. 95:4). Remember, He is the Creator and Owner, we are only stewards. Does He give other people land? You bet (Deut. 2:2-12). He will defend their right, too. But today, we are talking about usurping Palestinians. Oh, think that Who is God is up for debate? Check out history…it hasn’t worked out well for those who differ with Him.”.

“Christians? We should be supporters of a move that recognizes an obvious truth.. Not so obvious? And whose fault would that be?”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to get and stay on the right side of history; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-7-18 Making the Naughty List

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-7-18

Making the Naughty List

 

What’s Happening: “Nikki Haley, as U. S. Ambassador to the U.N., proposed an official resolution of condemnation of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas yesterday…and it failed to get the ⅔ majority required. She may be leaving her post at year’s end, but you can rest assured that the U.S. (and Israel) is taking note of who supported the resolution and who did not (https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-fails-win-enough-support-u-n-condemn-234533621.html). Hamas has lobbed dozens of missiles at Israel lately. ‘Before the General Assembly can credibly advocate compromise and reconciliation between the Palestinians and Israel, it must on record, unambiguously and unconditionally, condemn Hamas terrorism,’ Haley said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Once again the U.N. proves its irrelevancy.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yep…but it had help (Kuwait proposed a resolution that made the condemnation measure a ⅔ vote, instead of a simple majority). Of course, Israel would object, and nobody fears loss when it votes against it…but the U.S. might not give as much or any largesse to those who voted against them: a threat that could really mean something.”

 

“Christians? We are against any violence (Heb. 12:14) that is random and kills innocents. The Palestinians might argue that all Israelis are guilty of prejudice against them. That’s like the frog telling the leaf it is green (the political correctness police accuse those who use a more familiar phrase of racism); they call for the destruction of Israel. Forget the US., it’s not a good idea to get on God’s bad side,”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let us never get weary of doing what is right…or condemning those who do wrong; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 10-2-18 More to Come

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-2-18

More to Come

 

What’s Happening: “Strikes over Israel celebrating its new Nation-State Law, passed by the Knesset in July of this year, are not the last of a reaction to a wave of religious nationalism that is sweeping across the world. (https://www.yahoo.com/news/palestinians-strike-against-israels-jewish-nation-law-102126675.html). Its counterpart, religious syncretism, the belief that all religions hold a piece of the truth – that no religion or faith has a corner on the truth-market (http://www.religioustolerance.org/tomek22.htm), is a popularly held feeling and a great contributor to a secular pluralism that may be the product of today’s political correctness. This may be just the First Act in a great play.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Those are just big words for ‘let’s all get along.’”

 

Biblical Response:  “Religious syncretism and secular pluralism may be big words, but they describe a pervasive sentiment sweeping this world of partisanship. People may get so weary of fights between the left and the right that they welcome a peace that accepts all views as equally valid – you can believe anything as long as you sincerely believe it. This tolerance may sound good on its face – it’s just unbiblical. Soon, some may find that believing in everything is really believing in nothing.”

 

“Christians? We have a very dogmatic religion. To think that you have the ONLY truth (John 14:6; Acts 4:12) may seem arrogant…but it’s true. I understand Trump’s attitude of American superiority (America first), though it may be a faith statement. Christianity is definitely a superior faith,..it may be true…but it’s unpopular…it’s just too intolerant for many.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us ‘condescend to men of low estate’ (Rom. 12:16)…even when no one wants to think they are of ‘low estate;’ in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 6-15-18 Majority Report

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-15-18

 

Majority Report

 

What’s Happening:  “Last evening, on a 62 for, 58 against, 42 abstentions vote, the U. N. failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed for the U.S.-led amendment to also condemn Hamas for lobbing over 100 rockets into Israel. Instead, the resolution to condemn Israel passed by a vote of 120 for, 8 against and 45 abstentions – the vote obviously received much Islamic-nation support had(https://www.yahoo.com/news/latest-palestinians-urge-un-condemn-israel-over-gaza-210331357.html). The draft resolution being considered Wednesday (without the U.S,-led amendment) was proposed by Arab and Islamic countries. ”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I thought the majority was always right.”

 

Biblical Response:  “This may be an American pipe dream – or maybe it presumes a Christian consensus – in any case, due to the fallen nature of man, society’s recent bent all but assures the majority is wrong. Sad, but true. It was John Adams who said: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” He was right.”

 

“Christians? Oh, we believe in the rule of the majority, WHEN that majority decides anything that lines up with God’s Word (James 1:22). Unredeemed Man is seldom right…and then only by accident. That is why taking God’s Word out of public education only assures anarchy.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, since what we believe (especially the young and impressionable) is primarily the responsibility of the family, bring revival to this land. Help us to be that ‘shining light on a hill’ that is our destiny;in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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