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CLARITY – 9-13-18 Like Gasoline on a Fire

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-13-18

Like Gasoline on a Fire

 

What’s Happening:  “In case you haven’t been aware (or are living your life in a phone booth…wait, that metaphor is obsolete…or are living your life under a rock), there is a huge officially sanctioned persecution of Christians going on in China. The ‘underground church,’as large as 70 million (excluding Catholics), is under assault with church closings and threats (https://www.yahoo.com/news/prominent-chinese-pastor-defiant-church-closure-104056258.html). A pastor of one such 1,600-member church in Beijing, Jin Mingri, is reported to have said, ‘A church is more than just about a space. It’s about gathering together to worship, it’s about belief.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “At some point, won’t the underground church become extinct?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably not. Historically, some of the Church’s largest periods of growth came during the greatest persecutions (one only has to look at the birth of the underground church in China, when Mao killed 70,000 Christians per month during the Red Guard revolt of the 1970’s). The message of salvation is irrepressible.”

 

“Christians? We should not be surprised when the world hates us. It hated Him first (John 15:18). How do we respond to persecution? Be led of the Spirit. Some have done good to their persecutors (Rom. 12:21) Others, when threatened with bodily harm, did as they were called to do anyway (Acts 5:40-41). It’s kind of like trying to put out a fire with gasoline (Acts 5:42 through Acts 6:1).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, of course we pray for persecuted believers everywhere, but give us the courage of our convictions and may we do something today that fully convinces others of our primary love of You; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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

 

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CLARITY – 7-10-18 Persecution is Not Unfamiliar

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-10-18

 

Persecution is Not Unfamiliar

 

What’s Happening:  “Unfortunately, we live in an uncivil society…at least that is what former Trump adviser Steve Bannon learned when he was recently berated while browsing inside Black Swan Bookstore, but he wasn’t alone (Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders was refused service at the Red Hen Restaurant, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen received chants of ‘shame’ and ‘end family separation’ by protesters in a Mexican restaurant, etc.) https://www.local10.com/news/politics/steve-bannon-called-piece-of-trash-by-heckler-at-bookstore). ‘Steve Bannon was simply standing, looking at books….’ the owner said..”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.’ I guess we will see more resignations like Scott Pruitt.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Running away from problems solves little (though his family saw some relief, no doubt). I’m all for free speech OUTSIDE. I’m also for businesses making a profit INSIDE. While the owner of the Red Hen may have had the right to refuse Sarah service, it may not have made good business sense. And the last time I checked, conservatives is not a protected class (nor should it be).”

 

“Christians? We are to be examples of civility (2 Tim. 2:24-25; Rom. 15:1-2). Sure, we are not to love the world (1 John 2:15), but our protests against it should take on a different tenor. One of the early church’s first protests was held below the Tiber River Bridge in Rome as they caught babies being tossed by inconvenienced upper-crust Roman families attempting infanticide.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, teach us to object without being objectionable; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 4-21-18 Western Civilization at Risk

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-21-18

 

Western Civilization at Risk

 

What’s Happening:  “Everywhere you look, says one article, Christianity is at risk…in the media, in schools, in politics. Persecution in some countries means certain death or ethnic cleansing, in others, being blackballed from from competition or employment. This is nothing new in the predominantly Muslim Middle-East, but in the West it’s a new and growing trend (http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/04/21/how-long-will-be-allowed-to-remain-christian.html). ‘How long will I be allowed to remain a Christian?’ one believer asked.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “All religions are the same aren’t they…just traditional fairy tales that make suffering and death explicable…an opiate.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Actually Karl Marx said it better: ‘”Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people’ Of course, you may hesitate quoting the most famous Communist philosopher. All of Western Civilization was built on Christianity (which historical fact is no longer taught in our public education system).”

 

“Christians? We are no strangers to persecution (2 Cor. 23-28), and the Lord always provides sufficient grace for the moment (2 Cor. 12:9). Still, that’s no reason to be overcome (Rom. 12:21).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to counter lies with Your truth and overcome the natural tendency to be complacent. Help us to identify with those who suffer, before we suffer ourselves (Rom. 12:15); 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