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CLARITY – 1-21-19 Unity Amidst Disunity

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-21-19

Unity Amidst Disunity

What’s Happening: “Two states, North Carolina and Michigan, have extended invitations to President Trump to deliver his State of the Union Address, the Wall Street Journal reported today. Normally delivered in January at the U.S. House of Representatives at the invitation of the Speaker, Nancy Pelosi has urged Trump rather to do render it in writing, citing security concerns due to the government shutdown (https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-gets-another-offer-deliver-state-union-away-dc/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-WJ&utm_campaign=dailyam&utm_content=western-journal). Tim Moore, the Republican Speaker of the North Carolina legislature, said: ‘I also believe taking your message outside our nation’s gilded capital to a state government venue reflects the priorities of your administration…’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Can’t we all just agree to disagree?”

Biblical Response:  “That’s way too mature for either Nancy or Donald…seriously, it’s a little more complicated than that… What both sides really want is victory in the 2020 elections. The Dems still can’t believe that Trump is President, and see the shutdown as further proof that he shouldn’t be; the GOP wants to have a chance at further rule and are sure the Dems are just after opening a path to more votes (giving illegal immigrants the vote/citizenship). The last time the nation was so divided was the Civil War.”

“Christians? Oh, we’re for unity alright…but not at the expense of integrity. Truly, ‘every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation’ (Matt. 12:25). At the same time, integrity cannot be sacrificed (Titus 2:7). Irreconcilable differences…an essential ingredient to any famously successful marriage.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we need Your help to navigate these troubled waters; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 1-7-19 Morality…Who Decides

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-7-19

Morality…Who Decides

What’s Happening: “In an interview with Fox News anchor, Jedediah Bila yesterday, Father Jonathan Morris, a Catholic priest, and Rev. Robert Jeffress, a Protestant pastor, found unity in defining a statement made by Speaker Pelosi labeling the border wall ‘immoral.’ (https://www.yahoo.com/news/pelosi-says-wall-immoral-two-133645503.html). ‘It’s absolutely absurd. The primary responsibility of government is to keep its people safe…’ said Rev. Jeffress, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Isn’t it immoral to keep people from freedom?”

Biblical Response:  “Perhaps…it’s complicated. Lots of people can make an argument that they were fleeing drugs, lawlessness, or violence (or a combination of them) in their home country…that’s why  they are trying to make it to America. While I’m sympathetic to their plight, there may not be any place to which to make an asylum claim if we don’t have border security. Sure, we need immigration reform (a faster means by which legal legitimate asylum claims can be adjudicated, an effective e-verify system for employers, etc.), but let’s move on with it, not shutdown government over it. Besides, doesn’t God define morality?”

“Christians? Everybody wants to talk inclusiveness…but doesn’t God’s opinion matter? Pastor Jeffress spoke about Nehemiah building a wall around Jerusalem (Neh. 2:20- 3:16) and that even heaven was not universally inclusive (Rev. 21:25-27).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give our elected leaders the courage to do what’s right, even if the political wind is in opposition; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 1-5-19 Far, But Not Dark

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-5-19

Far, But Not Dark

What’s Happening: “The news was full but the moon was not – especially on the “dark” side: The new Muslim Democrat Congresswoman uttered an expletive toward Trump (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/sarah-sanders-trashes-rashida-tlaib-impeachment-talks/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-CT&utm_campaign=dailypm&utm_content=conservative-tribune), Nancy Pelosi took the Speaker’s gavel in the House, the government shutdown continues, the Kurds are wondering where they stand as America announces their intended troop-pullout, etc., but perhaps the most astounding news was the landing of the Chinese on the far side of the Moon (https://www.history.com/news/china-plans-historic-landing-on-dark-side-of-the-moon). The referring to the far side as ‘the dark side’ is really a misnomer as the far side is really fully lit everytime we experience a new moon (every 27 days).”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Details! Who cares?!”

Biblical Response:  “Truly insigficant to anyone but Pink Floyd…seriously, I’m sure the engineers who orchestrated the lunar landing for the Chinese cared. And so does God, who uses the reflective ability of the Moon as a metaphor for the Church…the periodic waxing and waning of the Sun’s (Son’s?) light on the Earth (Matt. 5:16; Matt. 24:29).”

“Christians? The God Who ‘rules in the affairs of men’ (Declaration of Independence) cares  about what’s happening in the world; including the scientific exploits of the Chinese. It’s all going according to His plan (Is, 55:8-9). Just because things seem chaotic to us does not mean there’s no plan…just that we don’t know it.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we don’t know the plans…we do know the Planner…and that gives us comfort; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 1-4-19 Not Universal

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-4-19

Not Universal

What’s Happening: “Although (and not unexpectedly) Nancy Pelosi won the election of Speaker of the House, it was not unanimous (actually 12 Democrats did not vote for her). In fact, the only thing unanimous about the vote was the unanimous opposition of House Republicans (https://www.yahoo.com/news/democrats-didnt-vote-nancy-pelosi-house-speaker-202202741.html). She did not take impeachment of the President off the table after her election (https://dcalert.com/2019/01/03/pelosi-vague-about-impeaching-indicting-trump/), but left other lieutenants to introduce bills to do just that (https://www.dailywire.com/news/39931/breaking-democrats-introduce-bill-eliminate-ryan-saavedra?utm_source=cnemail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=010419-news&utm_campaign=position1). What will come of it all? Will the Democrats legislate or investigate? It remains to be seen.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I thought the government was ‘shut down’…how can anybody do anything?”

Biblical Response:  “‘…mostly dead is still slightly alive’…as was remarked by Miracle Max (played by Billy Christol) in the Princess Bride. Or, you might say: ‘Shutdown, but not as you think of SHUT DOWN.’ Or as some would say, ‘The show must go on.’ In any case, the above articles (links) paint an ongoing, but not universal picture. It might do well to have a ‘wait-and-see’ attitude.”

“Christians? Although unanimity is seldom reached, unity should be sought (Heb. 12:14). Sometimes it is not possible (Rom. 12:18), but still it should be sought.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give our elected leaders the civility that elevates us all, not the incivility that only underscores barbarism; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-8-18 Road’s End

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-8-18

Road’s End

 

What’s Happening: “Congress just kicked the government shutdown can a little further down the road this week – actually, till December 21 – choking over the southern border wall and being distracted by the funeral of former President George H. W. Bush. Will Pelosi cave? Will Schumer cave? Probably not…but then there’s Trump’s signature too (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/12/06/government-shutdown-congress-oks-temporary-spending-bill-keep-lights/2228449002/). Quoting from the USA Today article: ‘The extension buys lawmakers more time to reach a consensus on spending but also raises the possibility that a budget showdown – and, potentially, a partial government shutdown – could happen just days before Christmas.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Nobody wants a shutdown,”

 

Biblical Response:  “That’s what Pelosi and Schumer are counting on. We’ll see. These threats are always fun to watch. Well, maybe not for those who depend on at-risk government services…on which many may have become too dependent.”

 

“Christians? It’s a good thing our TRUE source is God. Oh sure, He may use the U.S. government (via Social Security, Medicare or Disability), or doctors (who only treat – God alone is in the healing business), or the Stock Market (or a wise financial counselor, a trust, or inflating values), but ultimately God is the Orchestrator. The end of the road? Only God knows (Isaiah 55:8-9; Prov. 3:5-6).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to find the balance between self-responsibility and dependence on You; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 4-12-18 Family First

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-12-18

 

Family First

 

What’s Happening:  “When Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan,  announced yesterday that he would not seek reelection…that he was resigning after his term was up, Democrats cheered, no doubt, but those sounds were probably drowned out by cheering from his family. Although Democrats are calling it ‘fleeing a sinking ship,’ he said he doesn’t want to be known by his kids as a ‘weekend Dad’ (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43729218). ‘You all know that I did not seek this job. I took it reluctantly,’ Ryan said. ‘But I have given this job everything. I have no regrets whatsoever for having accepted this responsibility. But the truth is, it’s easy for it to take over everything in your life, and you can’t just let that happen.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “You mean I have Nancy Pelosi to look forward to?!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Let’s hope not…even if the Democrats win the 23 seats necessary to flip the House (and nearly 30 Republicans have resigned – some term-limited by their state), they still have to elect a Speaker and it’s not clear that Pelosi would win. Also, as far as legislative progress is concerned, there are over two dozen Senators up for reelection and 24 of them are Democrats. ”

 

“Christians? Although we might hate to see a young (48) clean-cut conservative Republican go, we can sympathize with him. Family must come first (Gal. 6:10), but it’s hard to lose a calm voice amidst so much shouting…SUCH DRAMA! ”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our leaders to navigate their mixed priorities successfully;  in Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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