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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-9-20

The Reward of Foolishness

What’s Happening: “In a USA Today article that appeared yesterday, a report listing 66 car ramming incidents since May 27 made it clear it was unhealthy or unwise to walk in a street designated for cars. 19 of the incidents were clearly malicious with crowds of protesters being purposefully hit by drivers. Some felt threatened by protesters that surrounded their car, others intentionally drove into a crowd in obvious acts of terrorism…it was obvious that being in the middle of the street seemed an invitation to angry motorists (ISIS popularized this technique years ago, actually publishing how-to videos online). At least one driver has been charged with felony hit and run and some were not charged because it appears the driver felt threatened and only minor injuries resulted (https://www.yahoo.com/news/very-careful-middle-street-least-042442817.html). ‘I would be very careful in the middle of the street,’ said J. J. MacNab, a Fellow at George Washington University’s Program on Extremism. ‘There’s a significant amount of people who think that any protester hit in the street has it coming, and that’s a dangerous mindset.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What is this world coming to when a protester can be rammed with impunity?!”

Biblical Response:  “I’m with you…sorta. I mean, I  will fight for protesters’ rights to peacefully express their views, but not to surround a car and make threats or hurl racial slurs. I’m not saying motorists then have a right to just plow into a crowd…but then again, God did give humans a little common sense. Prov. 10:21 pretty much sums it up – 

“The words of the godly encourage many, but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense. (NLT)”

A car is bigger, more powerful, and designed for street use…humans aren’t.”

“Christians? We believe in common sense, and we believe that stupidity has consequences (Gal. 6:7). When stupidity is ignorant, it is unfortunate. When it is intentional, it is foolishness.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to use our heads for making wise decisions, not foolish ones; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 7-6-20 Memorial Stones

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-6-20

Memorial Stones

What’s Happening: “About 100-200 predominantly black protesters, some of them heavily armed, marched through Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park calling for a huge carved edifice (carved to commemorate Confederate struggles – the largest such carving in the U.S.) to be removed…it is carved into a granite mountain. In an Associated Press Reporter article that appeared yesterday, the protesters were reportedly peaceful. The site normally for a Fourth of July laser show and fireworks display, COVID-19 has every thing dampened (https://sports.yahoo.com/armed-protesters-call-removal-giant-072201487.html). Quoting from the article: ‘Although the park has historically been a gathering spot for white supremacists, the city of Stone Mountain nowadays has a majority-black population.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “How is anyone supposed to move a mountain?”

Biblical Response:  “Right…unless it is going to be ‘cast into the sea’ (Matt.13:47 – just kidding…couldn’t help myself). Seriously, some stones were meant to  help us remember (Josh. 4:8-9)…and not all memories are of pleasant things…some things we want to remember so we’ll never make that mistake again! I understand (though, I can only imagine) the need to express their anguish (or anger) at their treatment, but it’s time to put the past in the past…sure, we are to remember it sorrowfully…but expressions of anger – especially if they are armed – will only end in bloodshed and heartache…hasn’t there been enough of that already?”

“Christians? We believe in memorializing (not in wallowing in) the past. Sometimes it’s good…and we’re proud. Sometimes it’s bad…and we’re ashamed (I’m thinking about King David’s exploits and errors). But both help us make decisions about the future and which course to take. Without these poignant reminders, we’re apt to make errors chronic.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to learn what we need to about our past and reflect…and correct our errors to the degree they can be wisely ameliorated; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 7-4-20 Shame on Hans Christian Andersen?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-4-20

Shame on Hans Christian Andersen?

What’s Happening: “Danes awakened Friday to graffiti and accusations of racism – ‘racist fish’ was spray-painted at the base of the ‘Little Mermaid’ bronze statue visited by over 100 million annually. Famed children’s novelist, Hans Christian Andersen, was honored by the 107-year-old bronze of the character made famous in the Disney movie  The Little Mermaid, but it  was ‘decorated’ protest style. This was not the first time the statue has been desecrated, suffering decapitation twice during previous encounters. But this was reminiscent of the recent Black Lives Matter message and may be tied to protests that began in the U.S. after the heinous killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month. Further investigation is required to find what racism protesters were talking about (https://www.yahoo.com/news/copenhagens-little-mermaid-labelled-racist-102435040.html). Quoting from the Reuters article that appeared yesterday: ‘I am having a hard time seeing what is particularly racist in the fairy tale ‘The Little Mermaid,’ Ane Grum-Schwensen, researcher at the H.C. Andersen Center at University of Southern Denmark, told local news wire Ritzau.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So now even our fairy tales may be racist…”

Biblical Response:  “Perhaps…a reference may be vague, but pervasive and culture-shaping…or it could be just another attempt at dividing an already divisive society. Remember, ‘a house divided against itself cannot stand’ (Mark 3:25). That is one of the tools in the liberals’ toolbox, and it’s all about the next election. If they can paint the present administration as racist, maybe they won’t lose their black constituency.“

“Christians?  While we are absolutely against racism, we are not for division (Acts 17:26):

‘…and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation,’ (NASU)

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be sensitive to those that have suffered greatly at the hands of our mistakes, but wary of some people’s selfish political motives; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 6-11-20 Reminders

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-11-20

Reminders

What’s Happening: “As recently as yesterday (in Richmond, VA, a statue of former Confederate President  Jefferson Davis was removed last night) a long line of statues and monuments have been defaced or toppled or removed as protests over the tragic death of a black man, George Floyd, at the hands of a white cop, have continued across the nation. Here is a partial list of removals/defacings/topplings since Floyd’s death: Alexandria, VA – Confederate soldier statue; Birmingham, AL – Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument – 52’ Obelisk; Boston, MA – Christopher Columbus statue; Jacksonville, FL – Confederate soldier statue; Louisville KY – statue of John Breckinridge Castleman; Minneapolis, MN – Christopher Columbus statue; Mobile, AL – statue of Raphael Semmes; etc., etc., etc. (https://www.yahoo.com/news/tracker-monument-statue-removal-floyd-protests-confederate-racist-204705465.html). Quoting from the Yahoo News article by Christopher Wilson: ‘Alexandria, like all great cities, is constantly changing and evolving,’ said Mayor Justin Wilson in a tweet.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Isn’t that overreaction?”

Biblical Response:  “Perhaps…of course, I’m not a black or a Native American (those hating Christopher Columbus do so for his treatment of Caribbean natives). The problem I have with the denigration of these reminders of our past is that I fear that removal of them might keep us from learning from them. How will future generations learn of our abuses without these reminders? Sure, there might be some who will venerate instead of castigate, but that’s always been what Amerca’s about: Free Speech. Would there be more or less anti-Semitism if Auschwitz and Buchenwald were just plowed under? Whose version of history will be remembered?.”

“These are questions that we, as a culture should answer BEFORE we destroy. Is there a biblical example? You bet! In Joshua 4:4-7 we have Joshua commanding that stones be taken from the middle of the Jordan (which would not have been possible had the Lord not performed a miracle) to answer the questions of future generations.”

“Statues and monuments may be for honoring the past or they might be so we don’t repeat our mistakes. Taking quick offense and defacing reminders of abuse may temporarily assuage emotions, but it should never come at the expense of learning. We need to be reminded of our mistakes, not erase their existence.”

“Christians? The Scripture is full of references to not let anger get the best of you. In the interest of brevity, I’ll only give three examples:

‘He who is slow to anger has  great understanding, but he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.’ (Prov. 14:29 NASU)

‘A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but the slow to anger calms a dispute.’ (Prov. 15:18 NASU)

‘He who is slow to anger is  better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a  city.’ (Prov. 16:32 NASU)

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to exercise that fruit of Your Spirit (Gal. 5:22)….that of self-control; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 1-30-20 Mixed Agendas

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-30-20

Mixed Agendas

What’s Happening: “It’s nothing personal, the Iranian manufacturer, the top manufacturer of  flags in the country, may say…we make flags to burn…Israeli, British, American…we’re an equal opportunity burner, but flags are only symbolic. Of course, after Iran admitted to mistakenly shooting a passenger plane down killing all occupants, protesters avoided even walking on an American flag painted on the street…maybe they were saying by their actions, ‘but symbols are important’  (https://www.yahoo.com/news/iranian-factory-makes-u-israeli-020204211.html). Factory owner Ghasem Ghanjani, said: ‘We have no problem with the American and British people. The people of America and Israel know that we have no problem with them. If people burn the flags of these countries at different rallies, it is only to show their protest.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Maybe he doesn’t mean anything personal, but I take anyone burning my country’s flag personally!”

Biblical Response:  “And, as a red-blooded American,  you should. Still, it’s just so much posturing. There’s the agenda of the protesters, the agenda of the government who hired them, the agenda of the media who filmed them, etc.. Maybe too many agendas. Of course God had an agenda, too, when He chose a cross for a sacrifice place foe His son Jesus. It, too, is only a symbol (perhaps the most famous symbol in the world), but a well-chosen one. As the song ‘The Old Rugged Cross’ says, ‘a symbol of suffering and shame….’,”

“It was an appropriate enough symbol to be chosen to top millions of churches worldwide. And it is loved and hated worldwide, too. Some even hate what it represents enough to burn it, too… along with the structures it tops. However, persecution is unifying. And you can’t suppress a truth by lies (or as Jer. 6:14 says: ‘You can’t heal a wound by saying it’s not there! …’ [LB]). Symbols are important, but it’s the reality they represent that really makes the statement.”

 “Christians? We believe in symbols, but we are set free by the truth they represent (John 8:32). And the Holy Spirit was given to us, among other things, to help us discern between the mixed agendas everyone has (John 16:12-13).” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to ferret through everyone’s mixed agendas so the truth of symbols is not drowned out; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 11-11-19 What Did They Think Was Going to Happen?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-11-19

What Did They Think Was Going to Happen?

What’s Happening: “Another protester was shot by police in Hong Kong over the weekend. The victim could be seen on a Facebook post attacking an officer as he was collaring another protester. The protesters, who have been at it for five months protesting a proposed bill that would allow extradition to mainland China, were particularly agitated over the death of a protester who fell some time ago, but finally succumbed to his injuries Friday (https://www.yahoo.com/news/hong-kong-protester-appears-shot-020411886.html).  ‘I do not want to go into details, but I just want to make it very clear that we will spare no effort in finding ways and means that could end the violence in Hong Kong as soon as possible,’ leader of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam told reporters.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Any protests are useless and just a waste of time and lives.”

Biblical Response:  “You may be right…time alone will tell. However, I do remember a protest that began nearly 250 years ago against the greatest power of the day. That, too, ended in bloodshed and a ‘shot that was heard around the world’…and a new country that has become the envy of the world (I mean, I don’t see droves of people risking their lives to get into any other countries). What will be the outcome here? I don’t know. It’s a cinch more blood will be shed before it’s over. You give folks a taste of freedom and they usually want more. All that’s missing is a religious element (or the MSM is not reporting about it). One thing is for sure: ‘Freedom isn’t free…you’ve got to pay the price, you’ve got to sacrifice…for your liberty’ (a line from a song sung by ‘Up With People’). ”

“Christians? Do we believe in freedom? Absolutely…but we know it only comes with bloodshed (Rom. 5:9). Of course, I’m talking about spiritual freedom…but freedom in this world is akin to it (John 8:33-36).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help those who seek freedom to realize there is none without sacrifice; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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