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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 – 2-26-19 First Things First

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-26-19

First Things First

What’s Happening: “What’s on the agenda for the Trump/Kim Summit? Aside from denuclearization, perhaps the end of the Korean War (1950-1953). What exists now is the cessation of hostilities. Ironically, the Summit is to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, a city acquainted with an absence of war, but not acquainted with peace. Maybe you have to end something that exists already before you can start something new (https://abcnews.go.com/International/us-north-korea-declare-end-korean-war-summit/story?id=61297002&cid=clicksource_4380645_1_heads_hero_live_headlines_hed). ‘What format the end-of-war declaration will be, we don’t know exactly,” said Kim Eui-kyeom, a spokesman for South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in.””

Knee-Jerk Response:  “No way is Kim going to give up his nuclear weapons!”

Biblical Response:  “Probably not…but the possibility is real enough to pursue. I mean, the people are starving (and Kim has got to know this – the sanctions are working, in spite of the fact that China is still supplying them) and the North Koreans do want more influence in the region. What Trump has to convince them of is that giving up their nukes is the surest and quickest way to greater influence – that hope of gain is a better motivator than fear of loss…kind of counter-intuitive, huh? President Trump certainly has his work cut out. No wonder there might be an end to the Korean War first (an armistice was really never signed). This way progress can be claimed without real denuclearization.

“Christians? Of course we’re for peace…even earthly peace. Still, we are not naive. Real peace only comes from the Prince of Peace (Phil. 4:7).  And that’s peace with God. But all peace comes from that.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, be present with Kim and Trump…and may real progress occur; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 11-12-18 Oh, When Will We Ever Learn?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-12-18

Oh, When Will We Ever Learn?

 

What’s Happening: “The 100th anniversary of the armistice for WWI (also known as the Great War or ironically, ‘the war to end all wars’) was celebrated across Europe Sunday, November 11th (though the article from the link below is just about the celebrations in England). Millions of soldiers died…even 6.32 million civilians died worldwide (https://www.yahoo.com/news/100-years-remember-them-britain-180223241.html). Geoff Talbot, 74, one of those who decorated his home in England said, ‘Lots of people have put a lot of effort to do this. In those days Aldridge was only a village, but a lot of local young men left and never came back. It is an absolutely nice way to do a tribute for them.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “That was a hundred years ago…and we’re still having wars!”

 

Biblical Response:  “And we’ll probably have them for years into the future. As long as there is evil in the world, someone will want to force their will on those less capable….sometimes it’s just a skirmish…but all conflicts have the potential of escalating. If you read about the reasons war was declared, you understand insanity is often met with insanity. That’s not to say that war is not sometimes warranted, but we all look forward to the day when we can beat our swords into plowshares (Isaiah 2:4).”

 

Christians? To say we’re not in a war today denies reality…it’s just that our weapons are not only carnal (2 Cor. 10:4). 2 Timothy 2:1-4 commends us to be strong, committing the lessons we have learned to the faithful and having the dedication of the focused. What are we focused on? The prize (Phil. 3:14), Are we assured the victory? You bet (1 John 5:4)!”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we fight on in a war we are destined to win…sometimes we have to fight physically, but never let us only do that; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-9-18 Not Dead, But Not Well, Either

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-9-18

 

Not Dead, But Not Well, Either

 

What’s Happening:  “Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, may have characterized his recent meetings with the DPRK as ‘a great deal of progress was made’, but he also gave this caveat, ‘there’s more work to be done’…sure beats the NK’s accusation that the U.S. was ‘gangster-like’ (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/pompeo-unloads-nk-officials-call-out-gangster-like-denuclearization-demands/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-CT&utm_campaign=dailypm&utm_content=conservative-tribune). ‘If those requests were gangster-like, the world is a gangster, because there was a unanimous decision by the UN Security Council about what needs to be achieved,’ responded Pompeo.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess we will experience the same deceit other administrations have.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe. It’s too early to tell. We didn’t get here overnight and we shouldn’t expect denuclearization will be quick either. At least as long as you are talking you aren’t lobbing nukes at each other. It’s kind of like talking a poisonous snake out of its venom…something that has to be done slowly and with great assurances.”

 

“Christians? Unfortunately, the headline of today’s blog might be an accurate description of the Church…and if we ever needed a vibrant Church, it’s today. We need to be on our knees asking for peace. Admittedly, I have not been a diligent spiritual warrior (Eph. 6:12), have you.? This is not to administer condemnation or even conviction (I’ll leave the Holy Spirit’s job to Him). Still, a little action would be helpful. Our negotiators don’t need to go in unarmed.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be prepared, not repaired. We need Your inspiration,  Your patience and diligence, and like You, we need to see the end from the beginning (Is. 46:10); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 2-8-18 If You Got It, Flaunt It

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-8-18

 

If You Got It, Flaunt It

What’s Happening:  “President Trump has asked the Pentagon to submit a plan for a military parade. Dates, hardware, and costs are being considered…maybe on the 100th anniversary of the close of the first world war this fall. Not since the end of the Gulf War in 1991 has such a parade been held in Washington…but it is not unprecedented…some are wondering if this is the time (https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/07/politics/us-military-parade-planning-underway/index.html). ‘We want to be peacemakers, not warmakers,’ said Steny Hoyer (D-MA).”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “If we have a parade, won’t Kim Jong-un be watching?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Hopefully…and I hope he realizes the national suicide he’s contemplating. Of course, there will be a number of reactions: all America will (read: should) applaud the bravery of our men and women who put themselves daily in harm’s way to ensure the fighting occurs ‘over there;’our enemies will watch with fear and trembling (surely Russia, China, Syria, Iran, and numerous terrorist organizations will think again); our allies should rejoice with us that the price paid to maintain freedom will not be borne by them alone;the Republicans will love it; the Democrats will hate it; etc.”

 

“Christians? Nobody wants war…the bloodshed of the Savior was meant to be the last of it…but everyone isn’t born again…there won’t be peace on earth until the Prince of Peace rules in the heart of everyone (Isaiah 2:4). Until then, there will wars, rumors of war…and parades.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, teach us to pray for peace and prepare for war…that the key to peace is strength; not ours…but Yours; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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