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CLARITY – 8-4-18 Freedom of Opinion

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-4-18

 

Freedom of Opinion

 

What’s Happening:  “Is a Tweet an order?…Or just an opinion? That seems to be the question in the brouhaha caused by the left’s reaction to a recent Tweet by the President. In it the President said the AG ‘should’ end the Mueller probe, which the President repeatedly Tweets is a ‘witch hunt.’ Are his Tweets protected by the First Amendment or do they represent obstruction? (https://www.yahoo.com/katiecouric/yahoo-news-explains-obstruction-tweet-152033182.html). Adam Schiff Tweets:’The President of the United States just called on his Attorney General to put an end to an investigation in which the President, his family and campaign may be implicated.This is an attempt to obstruct justice hiding in plain sight. America must never accept it.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So the President has chosen social media to express his angst…don’t we have freedom of opinion in this country?”

 

Biblical Response:  “I’m with you…though technically we have ‘freedom of speech’…what’s speech is for the courts to interpret…though I think Tweets are to be included if burning the American flag is. Like the old saying goes, ‘Opinions are like noses…everybody’s got one.’”

 

“Christians? That’s different for us…Americans may have freedom of speech, but we don’t (Eph. 4:22-32; 5:4). We are to exhibit a little more self control than what we might like to.Things might be lawful for us, but not all things are expedient (1 Cor. 6:12). License to express comes with some responsibility, too…at least for us.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to judge too quickly in those areas where we find ourselves often guilty; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 1-13-18 In the Ear of the Hearer

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-13-18

 

In the Ear of the Hearer

 

What’s Happening:  “President Trump, in a bipartisan, behind-closed-doors meeting Thursday, may have said some remarks that some in his own party found regrettable and distasteful, but Democrats are insisting were racist and hateful. It depends on who’s account you believe (https://www.yahoo.com/news/president-trump-denies-calling-haiti-shithole-country-152929482.html). ‘Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country,’ Trump tweeted Friday morning.“

 

Knee-jerk Response: “If he didn’t say it, I’m sure he was thinking it.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…but it was ‘behind-closed-doors’ (which apparently means something else to many). I wasn’t there…and neither were you.  I’d certainly take Donald Trump’s word over Dick Durban’s. Does he make remarks I wish he’d said differently? Yes, but then I’m not under the pressure he is, either. Don’t get me wrong…I’m not making excuses for him. A President is supposed to be an example for the rest of us (of course, I like the tenor of his decisions…even if I don’t like the tenor of his voice). Maybe it takes this kind of man (my wife and I watched a talented Gary Oldham play a quirky Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour last night) for such a time as this.

 

“Christians? Should we complain when He chooses ‘the foolish things of the world to confound the wise’? (1 Cor. 1:27-28) Let us not be so quick to judge. The rule is: Go to God about people and people about God.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we desire to be discrete in our own personal lives; help us not call anyone to a standard we don’t live by ourselves; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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