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CLARITY – 4-2-20 Be Alert

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-2-20

Be Alert

What’s Happening: “Iran complained yesterday when the U.S. deployed defensive Patriot missiles in Ain al-Asad, in western Iraq and Arbil (Irbil?), capital of Iraq’s Kurdish region. This likely was in response to rockets fired on U.S. bases last week by Tehran-backed Shiites or Tehran itself. Two more Patriot batteries are located in  Kuwait. Iran is accusing the U.S. of using the COVID-19 crisis as a distraction (https://www.yahoo.com/news/iran-warns-us-patriot-deployment-iraq-100646861.html). Quoting from the AFP article: ‘US forces should ‘respect the wishes of the Iraqi people and government and leave the country,’” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Their request sounds reasonable; it’s their country, after all.”

Biblical Response:  “In the first place, it’s a demand, not a request. Secondly, they’re influence in the region is invasive, bellicose and uninvited…it seems hypocritical of them asking us to leave. Besides, defensive warning measures only make sense and fulfill a biblical mandate (1 Pet. 5:8)

‘Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.’ (NASU)

“The Israelis of antiquity had a defensive position which they considered vital: the watchman (Ezek. 1-8). We Christians would do well to reintroduce that concept…the reason? It’s obvious. And no virus should distract us from our purpose.”  

“Christians? We believe alertness helps us get the jump on the devices of the enemy…a kind of early warning system that keeps the enemy’s secretive blows from landing…kind of like a Patriot missile.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be vigilant and inoffensive (as far as it’s possible – Rom. 12:18); 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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