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CLARITY – 11-23-18 Obfuscation

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-23-18

Obfuscation

 

What’s Happening: “When the head of the Russian spy agency, Igor Korobov, (62) died recently, it came as no surprise to many (the GRU’s previous head died at 58). He is credited recently with interfering in the 2016 U. S. election and the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Krispal in the UK (https://www.yahoo.com/news/russian-military-intelligence-head-korobov-042059166.html). Of course, who believes TASS (the Russian government-sponsored news agency) anyway.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “TASS is known for serving its own ends.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yep. Perhaps they think both investigations will die with Korobov. In any case, we may complain about the need for transparency here, but they have plenty in Russia…it’s just you can’t trust any of it. TASS reminds me of the tongue-in-cheek Soviet-era news agency PRAVDA (‘truth’ in Russian)…it’s no more reliable. What happens when the ‘fourth estate’ isn’t functioning properly? Just look at Russia.”

 

“Christians? We believe in transparency and truth (John 8:32), but as Jer. 6:14 (LB) says: ‘You can’t heal a wound by saying it’s not there.’ Just telling people to ‘pay no attention to the man behind the curtain’…will not divert attention from the truth.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our pursuit of the truth not blind us to the rampant obfuscation attempts of the Deceiver; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-18-18 Things Are Rough All Over

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-18-18

Things Are Rough All Over

 

What’s Happening:  “Nobody has an exclusive  claim on difficulty. There is a typhoon in China (https://www.yahoo.com/news/china-provinces-braced-heavy-rainfall-typhoon-heads-west-005007148.html), a hurricane is ravaging the coasts of North  and South Carolina (https://www.yahoo.com/news/rivers-rise-rescues-continue-florence-055240405.html), there’s turmoil in Idlib (in neighboring Syria – Turkey fears refugees might flood her border…and Europe’s – Iran and Russia are backing Bashir Al Assad’s offensive against the last rebel holdout) (https://news.sky.com/story/idlib-offensive-fears-of-humanitarian-crisis-mount-as-syrians-flee-homes-11495458, to say nothing of North Korea, etc. ”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Maybe Chicken Little really was right…the sky is falling!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably not. Chicken Little was, after all, an alarmist. Things are bad (and may get worse), but God is not asleep (Ps. 121:4). He uses these things to discipline us because He loves us (Heb. 12:6). ”

 

“Christians? I’m not saying He authors these calamities, Just that all these things work out for our good (Rom. 8:28). He’s just as upset we live in a fallen world as we are. He just doesn’t waste a crisis, either.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to put things in perspective; to weep with those who weep (Rom. 12:15), but to realize You’re not finished with us, either; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-17-18 Controlling the Narrative

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-17-18

 

Controlling the Narrative

 

What’s Happening:  “The news is abuzz about what Trump said about our intelligence services…that he believes Putin over them…that he believes maybe Russia didn’t meddle in the the 2016 election…that his ego is so big that he couldn’t see past the ‘witch hunt’ of the Mueller probe and even doubted the indictment of the twelve Russian spies…and that’s the conservatives (https://www.dailywire.com/news/33123/trump-slams-his-own-intelligence-agencies-insists-ben-shapiro?utm_source=cnemail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=071718-news&utm_campaign=position1). But perhaps he’s just taking a cue from the liberal playbook and controlling the narrative. Even conservative Allen West tweeted: ‘There are those who say you do not go into such a summit to embarrass, or confront. I say you do not sit with the devil and offer him something cool to drink.’ Perhaps a better saying is: You don’t confront a snake about the viciousness of his bite!’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Dumb like a fox?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yeah…kind of. I mean, you know what the liberals are going to say…whatever you say they are going to find fault with it. And you know how everyone believes (including Putin) about the size of your ego…say something that will give Putin pause. If you want to charm a tyrannical despot (or a snake), you can’t start by making accusations, however true they may be. Again…controlling the narrative..”

 

“Christians? Controlling the narrative is what the Sermon on the Mount was all about (Matt. 5-7). Read how many times Jesus said what was written in the law, then went on to say ‘But I say…’ or started his edicts with a ‘But…’ (Matt. 5:32,37,39,44; 6;3,6,7,15,17,23, 27, 33). I’m not saying President Trump is so wise or does not have a huge ego, I’m just say that controlling the narrative determines the direction of conversation…you attract more bees with sugar than with vinegar.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to gain victory over the enemy by being wise as serpents and gentle as doves (Matt. 10:16); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 7-14-18 AND Stick

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-14-18

 

AND Stick

 

What’s Happening:  “Let’s see, President Trump has told NATO they need to stop immigrating so many disaffected people and contribute more to defense, met with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and hinted he was not too pleased with her visions of implementing Brexit, has pledged to spend on our military over $700 Billion this year (and over $700 Billion next), and is scheduled to meet in Helsinki with Vladimir Putin…sounds like he believes strength is the best negotiating position (https://www.yahoo.com/news/whats-stake-trumps-summit-putin-215539617.html). ‘If I were still secretary of Defense, I would have urged President Trump not to even hold the summit at this time,…’, said former Secretary of Defense William Cohen.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It’s a dangerous game.”

 

Biblical Response:  “In fact, it’s no game at all. This is serious stuff, but I’d much rather not exclusively use the carrot…all the benefits peace with us might engender them…but also the stick…what will happen if you don’t. We,ve already expelled some diplomats (over Russia’s use of nerve agents in the U.K.), indicted 12 Russian spies (for election meddling, offered Germany the option of buying their natural gas from us (rather than Russia), put trade tariffs on the Chinese, and peace with North Korea might be imminent. Sounds like President Trump believes in the old apothegm: “Fear of loss is a greater motivator than hope of gain.”

 

“Christians? Sounds peculiarly like that scripture in Proverbs: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” (Prov. 9:10) Of course, the fear of Trump is miniscule (or it should be) when compared with God. But it’s a cinch strength is more riveting than weakness.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our leaders to use time-tested biblical principle when negotiating with our allies and adversaries; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 5-30-18 Final Justice

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-30-18

 

Final Justice

 

What’s Happening:  “Arkady Babchenko, a Russian journalist who had fled Russia for relative safety in Kiev, Ukraine, was shot in the back and killed Tuesday just outside his upscale apartment. Local authorities believe his criticalness of the Moscow government’s policies finally caught up with him, but launched a full-scale investigation into the incident (https://www.yahoo.com/news/russian-journalist-shot-killed-ukrainian-capital-192728589.html). ‘Ukraine is becoming the most dangerous country for reporters,” said Russian lawmaker Yevgeny Revenko. You think?”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess Babchenko didn’t go far enough from Russia…”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe not, though I wonder if you can ever be far enough from the long arm of Russian “justice.” Don’t get me wrong, I think dissent should be protected speech, but not everywhere has freedom of the press. Thankfully, Babchenko’s death is only the end of his earth-life. He may have been a Christian. If so, eternal bliss is beginning. ”

 

“Christians? There are many injustices this world continues to mete out, but final justice awaits us all. Some will be grateful…others will not (Heb. 9:27).”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help the Babchenko family with their loss and help us all look for the final justice that will be rendered one day; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 4-20-18 Legal Maneuvering

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-20-18

 

Legal Maneuvering

 

What’s Happening:  “In a surprise announcement yesterday, the administration said former Mayor of New York and United States attorney, Rudy Giuliani, will be joining Sekulow and Cobb on the President’s legal team. Administration officials hope he will bring Bob Mueller’s distracting investigation to a close (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/developing-giuliani-takes-new-unexpected-place-on-trump-team/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-CT&utm_campaign=dailypm&utm_content=conservative-tribunehttps://www.westernjournal.com/ct/developing-giuliani-takes-new-unexpected-place-on-trump-team/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-CT&utm_campaign=dailypm&utm_content=conservative-tribune). One of the President’s lawyers, Jay Sekulow,  made the announcement,”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Finally…now maybe these knuckleheads can get something done!.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably not…and I identify with the frustration. BTW, you (and the rest of the electorate) put these “knuckleheads” in office. To say the Russian probe has been a distraction for this administration might be an understatement. Still Congress has been reluctant to do anything more that posture partisanly. Meanwhile, the very agenda that most of America elected Trump to do languishes.”

 

“Christians? We can’t lay all the blame elsewhere. Unless we pray, the swamp doesn’t get drained…or it drains only to reveal a secular humanism which is a worse fate (Hosea 8:7).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we need Your Holy Spirit to help us navigate from where we are to where You want us to be; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 3-27-18 Coordination Takes Time

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-27-18

 

Coordination Takes Time

 

What’s Happening:  “The U.S. and its allies have expelled over 100 diplomats in what is undoubtedly the largest coordinated expulsion in history. A week or so ago, when the Trump Administration did not immediately respond to the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats in the U.K. over the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, the western press excoriated  it. Blaming the delayed response on the time it takes to coordinate, the U.S. has largely silenced the press. In addition to the diplomatic expulsion the U.S. is shutting down the Russian Consulate in Seattle, citing its nearness to a sub base and the offices of a Boeing plant (https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/26/four-eu-states-set-to-expel-russian-diplomats-over-skripal-attack). ‘I have found great solidarity in our friends and partners in the E.U. North America, NATO, and beyond…’ said Prime Minister of Britain, Theresa May. ”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “How long does it take to make a phone call?”

 

Biblical Response:  “If it were only that simple…there are specific diplomats that have to be named for expulsion and dozens of countries involved each with similar decisions to make. No doubt the western press would have criticized Trump’s impetuousness had he responded sooner. Besides, delay made a great statement of agreement, consensus, and measured deliberation. This only made the Russians look more culpable.”

 

“Christians? We find ourselves often complaining about the Lord being ’asleep at the switch’…mistaking His delay for inaction…later to learn He had a plan all along (2 Pet. 3:9-10). We must realize there is a difference between a temporal creature and an eternal God (Is. 55:8-9).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be patient with our leaders…and with You; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 3-19-18 Tit for Tat

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-19-18

 

Tit for Tat

 

What’s Happening:  “The expulsion of 23 diplomats (read: unregistered intelligence officers) from the U.K. (for the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal, his daughter Yulia, and Det. Sgt. Nick  Bailey – all still in the hospital) resulted in the expulsion of 23 British diplomats from Moscow by the Kremlin…and the closing of the British Council (dedicated to cultural relations between the two countries). (http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-43440992). It is believed that someone may unknowingly witnessed the poisoning event. Details of Skripal’s movements are being solicited. Neil Basu, Metro Police Assistant Commissioner, appealed, ‘We are learning more about Sergei and Yulia’s movements, but we need to be clearer around their exact movements on the morning of the incident.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “(yawn) This concerns me how?”

 

Biblical Response:  “I know that this may seem mundane…especially to the average American. I mean, the UK expels a few, Russia expels a few in retaliation…big deal…so what?” Right? Well, first it IS  a big deal if you are one of those diplomats or their families. And the British Council is trying to prepare young people for a post-Putin Russia. Still, it’s a small deal until you consider that these might be the precursors to war. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail. Is anybody else seeing an alignment of Russia, North Korea and Iran forming?”

 

“Christians?  Nobody in their right mind looks forward to war. However, we’d be foolish to think we were not in a struggle. We have to remind ourselves that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the ideologies that challenge the Lordship of Christ (see Eph. 6:12). How do you win that struggle? Long Term; missionaries. Short Term: prayer…and we may have to prepare to defend ourselves. ”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to show meekness (extending the olive branch of peace with one hand, while holding the club of war back in the other); in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 3-15-18 Expelled

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-15-18

 

Expelled

 

What’s Happening:  “If you’re a student and get expelled…well, it’s one thing…but if you’re a diplomat and get called an ‘undeclared intelligence officer’ living in a host country at their behest and you get expelled…well that’s quite another thing. It’s an affront to a denying Kremlin and a test of loyalty to everyone else. Was Russia really involved in using a nerve agent in Salisbury? Something put spy-swapped Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in critical condition (http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-43402506). British PM Theresa May said the use of a Russian-made nerve agent on UK soil amounted to an ‘unlawful use of force.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Wasn’t a detective investigating the attack also harmed?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yes, Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey is in serious, but stable condition,  presumably from the same nerve agent that was used on the father-daughter pair…at least he was investigating the incident when he fell ill. I don’t want to call them guilty just based on accusation, but it it waddles and quacks like a duck… How will the U.S. respond? How should it respond? Even though the incident occurred on British soil (and their response should and will be more condemning), still our response (especially when concrete evidence becomes available…and it will…if it’s true) should be strong and supportive of our ally, the U.K. U.S, Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, was.”

 

“Christians?  A) We are no strangers to expulsion. When you say or do anything unpopular you can expect that kind of treatment Acts 4:1-21). B) However, there is no excuse for taking the law into your own hands. You night not like what someone says or does, but it’s no cause for vengeance, the exclusive territory of God (Rom. 12:19; Heb. 10:30). By the way, for all you ‘snowflakes’ out there who think we now serve only a universally forgiving God, both those scriptures were in the ‘merciful’ New Testament.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to demonstrate wisdom, patience, and discretion…and, of course, we do pray for Sergei, Yulia and Nick; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 2-27-18 Ceasing or Increasing?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-27-18

 

Ceasing or Increasing?

 

What’s Happening:  “Although the U.N. Security Council has unanimously declared a ceasefire in Syria, government troops continue to fight (shell, bomb, and even use chemicals) because it says that al-Qaida was included in the agreement. So far, 12 have been killed since the ceasefire was proclaimed, mostly in Eastern Ghouta, though Putin has set a corridor for escape from 9:00am till 3:00pm, beginning today (https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/02/26/588813002/despite-u-n-call-for-cease-fire-strikes-continue-on-damascus-suburb). ‘In this suburb there are said to be a small number of rebels who are aligned with al-Qaida. The government and its allies are basically using that as an argument to say … the cease-fire doesn’t apply here,’ says Ruth Sherlock of NPR.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “i thought whatever the Security Council voted unanimously on was law.”

 

Biblical Response:  “That’s what you get for thinking. Seriously, they have no standing army to enforce their ‘edicts’ so, they’re only ‘desires.’ It’s mostly political posturing, not anything those on the frontline pay any attention to…unfortunately, those recently killed would say..if they could…which they can’t.”

 

“Christians? It would be great if we could have peace by just proclaiming it. It doesn’t work that way in the Kingdom of God…or on earth. As I’ve said before, there won’t be peace on earth until the Prince of Peace rules in the heart of every man. (Lk. 2:14)”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we don’t need unrealistic expectations, but patience; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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