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CLARITY – 11-5-18 Reportedly Innocent

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-5-18

Reportedly Innocent

 

What’s Happening: “The Senate Judiciary Committee, in a 414-Page report of Brett Kavanaugh, just concluded there was no credible evidence to support any of the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct (that range from groping to gang-raping). In fact, several names of his accusers were turned over to the DOJ and the FBI to investigate possible lying to the committee and obstruction of justice (see CLARITY blog of 11/3/18) (https://www.yahoo.com/news/senate-judiciary-report-exonerates-kavanaugh-044657605.html). ‘This was a serious and thorough investigation that left no stone unturned in our pursuit of the facts. In the end, there was no credible evidence to support the allegations against the nominee,’ said committee chair, Sen. Chuck Grassley.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It was kind of embarrassing to watch that confirmation hearing.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Kind of?! I feel so sorry for his family. The only thing I would say that he should regret is his drinking (whether it was excessive or not). Still, haven’t we all made poor decisions in some situations when we were too young to understand the consequences? I’m sure Brett, like us all, wish there were ‘do-overs’ for some of his behavior…that’s why criminal records of juveniles are expunged after adulthood.”

 

“Christians? We are called to a higher standard once we are saved. Still, though salvation occurs at a moment in time, we are never free (in this world) of the temptation to default to our deadly lower nature. Read the warnings (and assurance) of Paul:

 

‘I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question? The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.’ (Rom. 7:22-25 MSG)”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be patient with others (and ourselves) as the transformation process (Rom. 12:2) has its effect; 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 – 11-3-18 She Confesses

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-3-18

She Confesses

 

What’s Happening: “One of his accusers confessed, and I’m not even talking about Roy Moore (https://wentworthreport.com/2017/11/21/roy-moores-lying-accuser-admits-he-didnt-ever-touch-her/), but Brett Kavanaugh.  Judy Munro-Leighton, who admitting to being the ‘Jane Doe from Oceanside’ (the one who accused Kavanaugh and a friend of raping her in the back seat of a car) who sent Senator Chuck Grassley a letter accusing the nominee for the SCOTUS position (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6348439/Kavanaugh-accuser-investigated-confessing-making-rape-claims.html) has confessed she was only ‘seeking attention.’ ‘Such acts are not only unfair; they are potentially illegal. It is illegal to make materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements to Congressional investigators. It is illegal to obstruct Committee investigations,’ Grassley said.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Brett’s probably guilty of something.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…but then there’s the presumption of innocence (which the Democrats on the Judicial Committee completely ignored). And we can be grateful that the Committee is pursuing her prosecution. But why did many folks believe her in the first place?!  Is there an insatiable desire for scandal?”

 

“Christians? We are called not to be so inclined (2 Tim. 2:23-26). Titillation and sensation are tempting, but we must not bite. If we do, we might find ourselves too busy chewing to notice we are choking!”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to believe the best about people…even though it might be boring; 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 – 3-2-18 Be Sure

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-2-18

 

Be Sure

 

What’s Happening:  “Rick Butler’s name will live in infamy forever, at least that is the hope of those who have joined in a class-action lawsuit against him, his wife, Cheryl, and his Chicago-area volleyball training facility. He is being accused of raping and sexually molesting several girls (6, to be exact) hundreds of times in the ‘80’s and, the suit alleges, forced through  intimidation one girl to have an abortion when he impregnated her. He admits the affairs, but says the girls were 18 and the sex was consensual. He was temporarily banned, but his skills always got him off   (https://www.yahoo.com/news/top-volleyball-coach-raped-girls-142705069.html). Christine Tuzi, the lawsuit alleges, was told by Butler to ‘get rid of it.’ She was 16, the suit says, when he first started having sex with her, but 19 when he got her pregnant.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “He’s as guilty as sin!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably, but that’s what ‘Due Process’ is for. If he’s guilty, he’ll have to pay…either here, or in eternity…or both. His attorney will have to convince a jury of his peers, first. You say, no amount of money can erase the damage the suit alleges. True (if true). Still, the amount has been agreed upon to compensate them for his alleged actions.”

 

“Christians? We should let the process play out while praying for the women involved…and those being sued. Justice will have its day…so will mercy. On this earth (and in the U.S.), we have the court system. The best argument prevails. Sometimes, the plaintiff wins…sometimes, the accused. It’s not the best system…just the best on earth. In eternity…well, that’s a different story. There, the truth is always known and you can be sure the truth will out (Num. 32:23),”

 

“Justice and mercy are always displayed. Justice is why there’s a hell. Mercy is why there’s a heaven. Have I done something worthy of hell? Sadly. But Christ’s death made mercy possible for me. It’s like the preacher said, ‘I’ve got Good News and bad news; first the Good News: when you die, you’ll get a new body; it can never be killed; it will experience all the senses to their maximum degree…it lives forever! Now for the bad news: when you die, you’ll get a new body; it can never be killed; it will experience all the senses to their maximum degree…it lives forever!’”

 

“Someone in the crowd said, ‘They both sound alike.’ ‘Yes,’ he said. ‘I guess it depends on where you spend eternity.’”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let justice be rendered…here,,,and in eternity; 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