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CLARITY – 11-26-18 Unwelcome Invasion

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-26-18

Unwelcome Invasion

 

What’s Happening: “Is any invasion welcome? That’s why it’s called an invasion! I could be referring to the absence of a Martian welcome mat (we are due to land there today – just an unmanned science probe launched in May), but I’m  referring to the protest that greeted the caravan at the U.S. border…from Tijuana, Mexico residents! )https://dcalert.com/2018/11/20/protests-in-mexico-as-locals-agree-with-trump-this-is-an-invasion/) Apparently they don’t want them any more than the U.S. Border Patrol does https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/11/25/immigrant-caravan-us-agents-fire-tear-gas-slow-migrants/2110267002/). ‘I will not allow our binational relationship to be fractured by bad actions of the migrant caravan. They are doing things outside of the law,’ said Tijuana Mayor Juan Gastelum.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “They are not invading! They just want a new home!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Believe me, I don’t blame them wanting to improve their situation (notice that they are fleeing to capitalism, even though socialist Venezuela is half the distance). However, how long do you think America would remain economically attractive were we to welcome all immigrants? Sure, we want immigrants…we need them…but a merit-based system is good for the immigrants (it gives them a reason to improve themselves) and it’s good for us (it makes us want to compete for the best jobs). Talk about welcoming them…if they come legally!”

 

“Christians? We’ve been regarded as an invading horde…first by the Jewish leaders (Acts 4:1-3)…then by the Romans in the regions under their control (2 Cor. 25-27)…and we should expect persecution (John 15:18-19). Of course, we bring the message of hope…and not everyone is excited about that.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to speak with boldness, not have unreasonable expectations about everyone’s reception, deal compassionately with others, yet demand justice and know that Your hand is often involved in hardship;  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 – 11-20-18 The Gray Area is Not Gray

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-20-18

The Grey Area is Not Gray

 

What’s Happening: “A Judge has ordered that asylum seekers don’t have to go to official ports of entry to be legal…nullifying Trump’s Executive Order to the contrary. Maybe this will give new hope to the caravan…maybe the order will be appealed…hopefully, Congress will bring this up (https://www.yahoo.com/news/legal-groups-argue-court-against-trump-asylum-ban-193608107.html). ‘Whatever the scope of the President’s authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden,’ said Obama appointee Judge Tigar.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess there is no gray area…an asylum seeker can enter anywhere.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yep…according to the judge…which may be why a wall gets approved. The Congress may be in a “lame duck” session, but till the new Congress gets sworn in…and there’s a funding bill coming…the Republicans still have the Legislative and the Executive. I wonder what they’ll do with it.”

 

“Christians? Oh, we believe in immigration…after all, we are ‘aliens’ ourselves (John 18:36). And we have been left here to make a difference. However, we have also been called to obey the laws of the land…whether we agree with them or not (Tit. 3:1). Of course, there is a higher authority and a higher law (Acts 4:19-21).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we want to be merciful we don’t want our grace to exceed Your purposes…give us wisdom; 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 – 6-20-18 “Families”

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-20-18

 

“Families”

 

What’s Happening:  “There are true asylum seekers and pretenders…as least so says one law enforcement source who interviewed children whose parents have been detained for illegally crossing the border (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/report-illegal-immigrant-children-strangely-know-very-little-about-parents/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-CT&utm_campaign=dailypm&utm_content=conservative-tribune). ‘The law enforcement source cast doubt on the asylum claims many illegal immigrants appear to parrot, pointing out that the vast majority of those detained are  actively trying to evade authorities.Only upon their detention do they offer that same exact credible fear of returning home, most of whom say the phrase in the exact same scripted way,’ says the Daily Caller’s report.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Surely, the adults wouldn’t use innocent children as a ruse!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Surely, they would…and do! Let’s not be naive. Good behavior is reserved for those who use a LEGAL Port of Entry. The so-called ‘no-tolerance’ policy of the Trump Administration should be the practice of all law enforcement regarding all laws…I sure don’t pay them to look the other way! Should we as Americans be compassionate toward innocent children? Absolutely! But let’s also not be hypocritical…those aborted are separated from their parents, too.

 

“Christians? What an opportunity! It would likely receive little media coverage, but every church in a border state ought to volunteer their facilities and care for the children of detainees….and that’s not to absolve Christian families from making their homes available long-term (Matt. 7:12).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to demonstrate our love in action…but also our discernment; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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