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CLARITY – 11-2-19 Punishing Success

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-2-19

Punishing Success

It’s Happening: “Elizabeth Warren, 2020 Democrat hopeful, alternately front-runner and close runner-up, releasing her $52 Trillion Health care cost, said that she plans to pay for it by taxing the rich. Hedge-fund billionaire, Leon Cooperman, fired back in a 5-page letter to Warren saying, ‘However much it resonates with your base, your vilification of the rich is misguided,’ He cites his humble upbringing, his working to succeed, and his numerous philanthropic programs as he makes a case against her ‘vilification’ of the rich (https://www.yahoo.com/news/hedge-fund-billionaire-fires-back-at-warren-your-vilification-of-the-rich-is-misguided-223828623.html) Warren tweeted back, ‘Leon, you were able to succeed because of the opportunities this country gave you. Now why don’t you pitch in a bit more so everyone else has a chance at the American dream, too?’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “With a net worth over $3 Billion, why shouldn’t he pitch in?”

Biblical Response:  “And maybe he should…but why give the government more money? With the $20 Trillion of debt they already piled up, they haven’t really built up much of s good reputation for fiscal responsibility. Normally you reward success, not punish it. Money is a trust. Some have the ability to accumulate a lot of it. Some don’t. Apparently, the federal government has the ability to spend more than they have. You shouldn’t reward failure (Gal. 6:7).

“Luke 16:1-10 records the situation perfectly. It begins: ‘There was a certain rich man..’ .and concludes:… ‘He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.’ (KJV) It doesn’t take a genius to figure out who is faithful and who is not.”

“Christians? We believe in faithfulness, fiscal responsibility, and in having money…but not in money having us (1 Tim. 6:10; Mark 10:17-22).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, although heaven may render us acknowledgers that everything is Yours anyway, help us in the meanwhile to live here according to Your value system; 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:subdeo.com.’ 

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CLARITY – 9-26-19 Who Owns You?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-26-19

Who Owns You?

What’s Happening: “Although she has stated she is FOR the middle class and AGAINST the overly rich and wealthy, Elizabeth Warren, one of the more liberal Democrat Presidential contenders, may find her now-estimated (by Forbes) net wealth of $12 Million a little embarrassing. Granted, some of that wealth is tied up in her $3 Million Victorian in Cambridge, Massachusetts and her $800.000 condo in Washington, D.C., but the bulk of the rest is in semi-liquid mutual funds and bonds. Does this mean she is against herself, or a hypocrite? The Democrat electorate will decide  (https://www.yahoo.com/news/senator-elizabeth-warrens-net-worth-151126747.html). ‘Rich guys have been waging class warfare against hard-working people for decades,’ Warren said in a speech.  ‘I say it’s time to fight back!’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It’s not her fault she was financially successful…”

Biblical Response:  “Nor is it anyone’s fault who is upper class. The real question is: Do you have your money or does your money have you? Of course, even the ‘hard-working’ middle and lower class needs to answer this question (often the poor have the most difficulty in loosening their death-grip on finances…just because you struggle financially doesn’t mean you aren’t stingy with what little you have…then again, some of the most generous folks I’ve met are also the least who can afford so).”

“The rich young ruler that came to Jesus (Mk. 10:17-21) went away sorrowing because his wealth had him. Is it wrong to be wealthy? No! In fact, that is a worthy goal. But the real question is the one I’ve already stated. It’s hard to give what you don’t have, but it should not pain you to obediently make available your excess. Of course, then, we might need to have a discussion on what I mean by ‘excess,’ but that’s a different discussion.”

“Christians? What is to be our measure of generosity? The experience of the Widow’s Mites comes to mind (Mk. 12:41-44). A person is not measured by what they’re giving, but by their sacrifice. Not equal giving, but equal sacrifice.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to hold on loosely to things, realizing it’s all Yours anyway; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 6-20-19 Head Turning

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -6-20-19

Head Turning

What’s Happening: “Former Vice President and 2020 Presidential hopeful, Joe Biden, would not criticise rich donors at a fund-raiser Wednesday. His competitors for the Democrat nomination have threatened the well-heeled with new taxes and have heaped blame on the ‘wealthy 1%’for much of what they say is the middle class’s plight. Joe Biden, however, wants to cultivate relationships with them saying they are just as patriotic as others (https://www.yahoo.com/news/biden-tells-elite-donors-doesnt-005357188.html). ‘Remember, I got in trouble with some of the people on my team, on the Democratic side, because I said, you know, what I’ve found is rich people are just as patriotic as poor people. Not a joke. I mean, we may not want to demonize anybody who’s made money,…’ said Biden.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It’s convenient to change your tune when it suits you. I guess that’s politics.”

Biblical Response:  “Sad, isn’t it? And we are supposed to pick among these folks our next leaders?! As long as we reward those who are the most adept at telling people what they want to hear…with a straight face…we will continue to get what we deserve: an opportunistic politician (we used to call them ‘liars’, but that’s not politically correct). To have your head turned this way, then that…would give some people whiplash. But not politicians, they only develop their neck muscles.

You can’t be friends with everybody (1 John 2:15-16). If you are friends with one, you make enemies of the other…except for politicians, of course…enemies seldom vote for you. I said seldom, because occasionally (read ‘often’) we have to pick the lesser of two evils.

“Christians? Discernment is just not possible unless you’re tuned into God’s Spirit. (Rom. 8:6-9). Maybe that’s why there’s still wars… As I’ve said before, there will never be peace on earth until the Prince of Peace rules in the heart of every man.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to choose wisely what turns our head…and help us to elect true servants; 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