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CLARITY – 10-21-19 The Plans of Mice and Men

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-21-19

The Plans of Mice and Men

It’s Happening: “The next conflict will look a little different- at least if the U.S. Army and Marines have anything to say about it…that statement was made loud and clear by the sinking on July 12, 2018 of the USS Racine, a 522-foot long tank landing ship, in the waters north of Hawaii. Of course, it was a planned sinking – by land forces from Japan, Australia, and helicopters and drones and a Los Angeles-class submarine from the U.S., to prove that the upgrading of forces is sufficient to counter recent military moves by China (like the creation of island bases in the South China Sea) (https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/us-army-and-marines-have-plan-take-china-and-russias-navies-88996).  I didn’t list half of the forces that were involved – all this to avoid the famously quoted ‘Never get involved in a land war in Asia.’ (Miracle Max in the Princess Bride – 1987).”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I knew they had to have a plan,,”

Biblical Response:  “Yeah, but is it the right one? It is the Pentagon…so it must be, right? Being on the right side (God’s side), helps, too. How do I know it is God’s side? Well, it certainly was in WWII (the Nazi’s killing of 6 million Jews in concentration camps kind of assured us of ultimate victory…you don’t want to go against God). Of course, we made a few mistakes there, too… mistakes we’ll be paying for for a long time (but that’s another topic). 

We have exterminated well over 60 million innocent babies via abortion (which doesn’t bode well for us in the favor department), but atheistic Russia and China…hopefully…trumps that. In any case, whatever ‘plans’ we make, the Lord may have other plans. Besides it is not good to ‘trust in chariots and horses’ (Ps. 20:7). Sometimes “the best-laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley’ (Bobbie Burns’ poem – 1785 – meaning His plan might overrule).

“Christians? As the scripture from Proverbs says: “Man proposes, but God disposes.” (Prov. 19:21 LB). Maybe it’s time to pray.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to see and understand the long-term plans You have in light of the short-term plans we’ve made; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 9-11-18 Memories

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-11-18

Memories

 

What’s Happening:  “Some things you want to forget…like the loss of life on September 11, 2001…nearly 3,000 in the Trade Towers in New York, the Pentagon and on the fields of Pennsylvania. Some things you want to never forget…like the loss of life on September 11, 2001…and we won’t (hence Patriots Day 2018). Of course, life must go on (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-begins-9-11-anniversary-122410089.html). From the previous article: ‘Shortly before he was due to deliver a speech at Shanksville today, Mr Trump tweeted: ‘17 years since September 11th!’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Reading the article, sounds like our President may be more concerned with accusations of collusion than remembrance of 9/11.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe,,,but whose fault is that? Trump’s accusers are relentless. They may prove collusion, but to date, they’ve yet to prove any cooperation between the Russians and anybody…except Hillary’s campaign (https://nypost.com/2017/07/05/uncovering-the-russia-ties-of-hillarys-campaign-chief/). Distraction may make it difficult to make any progress.”

 

“Christians? We are called to remember (Deut. 9:7, etc.), but not to wallow (2 Pet. 2:22). We should remember the lessons (and their expense) of the past or, as philosopher George Santayana warns, we’ll be ‘doomed to repeat it.’”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to use the past for perspective, but not be so caught up in it as to be timid about progress; 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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