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

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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

 

Share as you like; just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe to any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent