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CLARITY – 5-22-19 Rumors of War

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-22-19

Rumors of War

What’s Happening: “A poll released yesterday revealed that most believe that war with Iran is imminent…the majority also believe that a first strike would be a mistake, but favor a military response if attacked, with 39% favoring an outright invasion (https://www.yahoo.com/news/half-american-adults-expect-war-iran-within-next-043709356.html). Quoting the author of the above-linked article, Chris Kahn: ‘Trump has said he would like to negotiate with the Islamic Republic’s leaders. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rejected talks on Tuesday and has said “economic war” is being waged against Iran.’”   

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Iran’s just upset that the U.S. has pulled out of the Nuclear Deal. They’re not getting as much Euro-attention.”

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…especially if that Euro-attention brought petro dollars with it. Still, those crazy Iranians are the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism, and just wacky enough to think they might have something to gain by being in a war with us. This is not Armageddon, but American culture today knows nothing of world warfare. The Vietnam War was horrific (over 55, 000 Americans lost), and so was America’s longest war, Afghanistan (as of 5 August 2018, 3,458 coalition deaths). By comparison, WWII records 21-25 million soldiers and 50-55 million civilians! This culture might mature awfully quick if it experienced anything on that scale. Of course, China, Russia, and North Korea would have to get involved to produce those kinds of numbers. Like I said, that would be a quick, albeit drastic, route to maturity for a culture…but stranger things have happened…recently, as world history records time.”

“Christians? Pray (Phil. 4:6). Note that that scripture starts out by saying,”Don’t worry about anything…” Sure, we should take precautions like any responsible watchman (Ezek. 33:6), but God’s got an agenda that won’t be denied (perhaps I shouldn’t remind Him that we’ve aborted 60 million since Roe v. Wade).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father,help us to be wise and remember our frailty when You exact justice…and be merciful: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY -5-15-19 Freedom Isn’t Free

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-15-19

Freedom Isn’t Free

What’s Happening: “The latest in Venezuela’s struggle for freedom (in January Juan Guaido, the National Assembly head, declared Maduro’s re-election bid to be a sham and his claim to the presidency illegitimate – last week, Guaido’s ‘coup’ attempt failed because the Russians and the Cubans stepped in to support Maduro) has the Security forces under Maduro blockading the members of the assembly from physically entering their building to meet. This intimidation follows the arrest of Guaido’s deputy, Edgar Zambrano (https://www.yahoo.com/news/venezuelan-lawmakers-accuse-security-services-intimidation-172132591.html).’SEBIN agents, using the excuse that there’s an explosive device within the facilities, took over the federal palace. We’re surrounded by intelligence agents,’ said lawmaker Manuela Bolivar.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I thought Maduro would have backed down by now…is there going to be a war?”

Biblical Response:  “Me, too. I guess Russia and Cuba have more influence over Maduro than anyone thought. As far as the question about war, I don’t know. What I do know is that freedom isn’t free. Sure, spiritual freedom was purchased by Christ on the Cross, But ‘setting the prisoners free’ (ps. 146:7) was personally costly. Physical freedom in this world is not free, either. Ask Nathan Hale (Revolutionary War martyr, who famously said, ‘Give me liberty, or give me death’…just before he was hung by the British as a spy).  Was there bloodshed for America to obtain its freedom? Yes…lots. Will there be bloodshed in Venezuela? No doubt. Many have died already…freedom isn’t free?”

“Christians? The concept of physical freedom is opposed by the devil and his minions…the same forces that oppose spiritual freedom. The devil will ultimately lose both battles (Matt, 16:18), but there has already been much bloodshed, and there will be more, before we beat our ‘swords into ploughshares’ (Isaiah 2:4).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be wise, but ready to sacrifice for freedom…You were; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 5-6-19 The Power of Knowledge

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-6-19

The Power of Knowledge

What’s Happening: “North Korea launched projectiles over the weekend that some fear may be a signal of the collapse of talks between Kim and Trump (Trump walked out of the last denuclearization talks). Some say they were not ICBMs and should not be taken by us or South Korea as anything but military preparedness (https://www.yahoo.com/news/skorea-says-nkorea-tested-tactical-guided-weapon-094239444.html). Kim’s talks with Putin last week add fuel to the rumor that Kim might be seeking sanction relief elsewhere, too. In any case, the distraction factor is high.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Is it time for ‘duck and cover’ drills?”

Biblical Response:  “Probably not, but ‘fear hath torment’ (1 John 4:18). Besides, those drills from the ‘50s only made school kids (and their parents) feel better about the personal survivability of a nuclear holocaust. If it isn’t North Korea and its bellicosity, it’s Venezuela and the Cuba-Russia-China threat…or the Iranian-Syrian threat against Israel…or what’s happening in the South China Sea…or the latest suicide bombing…or whatever. We just need to ‘chill out’ and realize God is not surprised by any of this. It is merely the ‘torment’ He was referring to.

Fear is like Capitalism…only in the negative. Capitalism works because it correctly assumes Man is basically bad. Greed, avarice, and envy are real (and sinful, but universal) emotions. Profiting from them is predictable. Fear is why mutually assured destruction (MAD) works today as a viable deterrent to nuclear war. This does not mean that we shouldn’t seek a world that is free from these wayward emotions, but realize utopian systems will never work without a Man that has been regenerated.”

“Christians? The reason why, though we are duly concerned, we are not ‘jacked up’ by the fear-mongering media, is that we know the liberation that comes with the knowledge of the truth (John 8:32). We can calmly comfort others while offering wisdom from on high because we know how it all turns out.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to take events in their eternal context and offer Your wisdom   and leave the hand-wringing to the enemy; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 4-26-19 Default Citizenship

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-26-19

Default Citizenship

What’s Happening: “Not only has Russia invaded the Crimea region of Ukraine, annexing it in 2014 (Eastern Ukraine is now in a war that has so far claimed 13, 000 lives), but it now offers to expedite claims for Russian citizenship rights for Crimeans. Although president-elect TV comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has called for international sanctions against Russia for its recent moves, Putin has offered to give fast-track process to applications for new passports, saying that applicants should not be restricted in their movements (https://www.yahoo.com/news/ukraine-anger-russia-eases-citizenship-rules-east-ukraine-165432712.html). ‘This is another clear confirmation for the world of Russia’s real role as an aggressor state, waging war against Ukraine,’ Zelensky’s press service said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Big deal! Do you think Crimeans really care? They just want to go abroad for vacation.”

Biblical Response:  “Can’t blame them for wanting to be as far away as possible from the chaos and death. But citizenship does matter. The Crimeans may not care which country issues them a passport…but they should. Citizenship comes with an oath of allegiance. To swear their allegiance to an invading power means they are in favor of that invasion. Are they? There’s a lot that comes with citizenship.

It’s kind of like the enemy’s invasion of the church. Although the Church has been promised to prevail (Matt. 16:18), those invaded are free to switch sides (of course, it may prove they were the enemy’s citizens in the hearts all along). Folks that are invaded may not recall signing up for anything, but by NOT signing up, they signed up. That’s called default citizenship.”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in the concept of default citizenship. Just like your parentage can determine your citizenship, we were citizens of heaven under Adam and Eve…before the fall (Gen. 3). Now, since they’ve switched allegiances, so do we – by default – until we decide to become apart again of our original heritage by making Jesus the Lord of our lives (Phil. 3:20).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to realize in whose kingdom we are…and in Whose kingdom we should be. We certainly want to be on the winning side; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 3-26-19 Red Sky at Morning

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-26-19

Red Sky at Morning

What’s Happening: “When planes and troops from Russia landed at Caracas airport (Venezuela),  the U.S. saw it as a provocation, escalating the tensions that already exist between those who support Maduro (Cuba, Russia…and to a lesser extent, China) and those who support Juan Guaido (the OAS – Organization of American States – the U.S., and the rest of the western world – over 50 countries in all). Venezuela maintains the Russians are just there to service military equipment that some previous bilateral agreement purchased (https://www.yahoo.com/news/pompeo-urges-moscow-cease-unconstructive-behavior-venezuela-145013258.html). ‘The United States condemns Russia’s deployment of military aircraft and personnel to Caracas, which is another contradiction of both Nicolas Maduro’s and Russia’s calls for non-intervention in Venezuela and is a reckless escalation of the situation,’ said the State Department.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “This is just so much ‘sabre-rattling.’”’

Biblical Response:  “Maybe. I know Trump has said he is not taking the military option off the table. The Russians surely don’t want a war fought over a little two-bit dictatorship in a country on the other side of the world. Still, it would love to have a socialist puppet in our backyard…and they already have a lot invested in Cuba. With socialism on the Democrats’ playlist. I wouldn’t dismiss anything offhand. Hopefully, someone’s advising Trump to seek the diplomatic solution as recommended in scripture first (Luke 12:56-58). If not, there might be a lot of deaths in the future. I’m not saying: ‘better red, than dead,’ but diplomacy should be tried first.”

“Christians? The companion scripture in Matthew (16:3) reveals how we shouldn’t be surprised here, but how to solve the problem is from Luke  12:56-58…if a peaceful agreement is possible. It might not be.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let those who negotiate these things act slowly and thoughtfully, not emotionally and reactionarily; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 3-14-19 Wrong Assumptions

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-14-19

Wrong Assumptions

What’s Happening: “After a fifth night with rolling blackouts throughout the country and protests continuing in the streets of Caracas, Venezuela, it is increasingly clear that something has got to give…and SOON. It is feared by Western powers (primarily the US and its backers) that China, Russia and Cuba want a petro-foothold in the West and their (at least Russia’s) drilling projects in the Orinoco Basin  may represent a financial investment that a proxy war might help (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-russia-rosneft-special-repo/special-report-how-russia-sank-billions-of-dollars-into-venezuela-quicksand-idUSKCN1QV1HN). The above link shows the investment history has not been pretty. In my estimation, it’s a socialist mentality trying to play a capitalist’s game. The people of Venezuela will be the biggest losers here; they duly voted out  Chavez’s successor Maduro (though he rigged the election and seized power). Backing Juan Guido, the US and its allies may have to use the military option. ”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It doesn’t look good for the starving millions of Venezuela.”

Biblical Response:  “No, it doesn’t. I can’t, for the life of me figure out how socialism has any fans in America with Venezuela’s woes in the paper daily! No one over 40 holds to socialism as viable. And that may be the answer to my dilemma.

Academia doesn’t teach the ills of socialism…at least not in the public schools…or the universities. Which means that its philosophy that Man is basically good – a wrong assumption – is the prevailing view of the youth. Enter AOC, et al. Capitalism’s view of Man as basically bad – a right assumption (Rom. 3:23) – has greed, checked by law and order, producing the world’s most prosperous society. As the 1960’s era folk song verse says; ‘Oh when will we ever learn…?’”

“Christians? Of course, we are not for greed. But until everyone has been redeemed and operates truly with God’s love, we must have law. Like the scriptures teach (Rom. 8:29), love from God’s Spirit circumcises the heart and should make other laws eventually unnecessary. Living in a fallen world, however, makes the transformation slow (Rom. 12:2).  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to make allowances for sin, while not promoting it; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-20-19 Not If, But How

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-20-19

Not If, But How

What’s Happening: “In a stirring speech (at least to the Venezuelan and Cuban  immigrants) in Florida, President Donald Trump said that Maduro’s days are numbered and all options are on the table. He was also fighting the socialism of Venezuela that has produced an average weight loss of 24 pounds and an inflation rate of 10 million percent … and perhaps the socialism of many of the 2020 election Presidential Democrat party contenders (https://www.yahoo.com/news/nicolas-maduro-attacks-trump-apos-105545947.html).  Maduro’s reaction? ‘We will not make of the honorable Venezuela a Venezuela of beggars,’ Maduro said. ‘We will not accept it.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I smell armed conflict.”

Biblical Response:  “It may come to that…I certainly hope not; a lot of innocents may die. The outcome, however, is certain…what isn’t is the method of transition: peaceable…or not. With Russia, China, and, of course, Cuba backing Maduro…and most of the west backing Guaido…it is set up for a conflict. Sad, but if unchecked now it will get worse.”

“Christians? We believe that God really determines the outcome. Let me elaborate with a scripture:

‘…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, …’ (Acts 17:26 NASU)

Like I said, the final outcome is determined. The details…not so much…at least from our perspective.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to act wisely and promote peace…You’ve already paid the price for that; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 11-23-18 Obfuscation

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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

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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

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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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