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CLARITY – 5-3-19 Measured in Sacrifice

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-3-19

Measured in Sacrifice

What’s Happening: “It happened again…another death at the University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC) happened late last night. Two shooting deaths had occurred Tuesday (4 wounded) as 21-year-old Riley C. Howell and 19-year-old Ellis R. Parlier were gunned down in class, on the last day of class, by a 22-year-old suspect, whom the police have in custody (https://www.yahoo.com/news/one-dead-shooting-student-housing-015934039.html), Not much is known about the latest victim…or a suspect; and there is no information about any connection – it’s just too early to tell. Was there a hero like the President recognized yesterday in the Poway, California synagogue shooting? Again, too soon to tell.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Hero or not, those dead are just as dead. What a waste!”

Biblical Response:  “True, but to give your life to save others is just as noble, too. They (who is the ‘proverbial’ they anyway?) say: ‘love is measured in sacrifice.’ Surely, ‘greater love has no man than he lay his life down for his friend’ (John 15:13). Imagine laying your life down for your enemies! (Rom. 5:8) Some acts of love require great sacrifice (John 3:16). I don’t know the story (and the full story is only known by One), but jumping in front of a bullet has to be more of a reaction (though I’m not saying it was less heroic).”

“Christians? We laud  wrestling with the decision in the garden of Gethsemane, and remaining quiet while enduring a false accusation, but giving Your life when You could have called legions of angels…well that’s a kind of heroism (or love) none of us possess!”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to show Your love by our sacrifice and thereby prove our heritage; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 9-24-18 Death en Masse

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-24-18

Death en Masse

 

What’s Happening:  If blood cries from the ground (Gen. 4:10) the sound must be deafening from Veracruz, Mexico. 250 skulls have been located in a mass grave (many of them children that have gone missing) alongside their clothes (which may aid in their identification) and are probably a direct result of the war declared on the drug cartels by the government nearly a decade ago (https://www.cnn.com/2017/03/15/americas/mexico-mass-grave-skulls-found-veracruz/index.html). ‘”They give us just the bones, but at least I can have them, I can keep it some place where it won’t be rained on, where I can put a flower on it,” a woman told a CNN reporter.

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess fighting the cartels doesn’t pay.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe not in the short-term…everyone who died (some were kidnapped, tortured, then executed) should be regarded as heroes…freedom fighters trying to take their country back. In the long run, their blood spilled, some voluntarily, some involuntarily, will found a country free of drugs and prosperous. At least that is the vision some have.”

 

“Christians? Nobody’s for the indiscriminate taking of lives…except the drug cartels…and they’ll get their just desserts….here, there or both. Freedom isn’t free. Sacrifice is often required (Heb. 9:22). Christ’s death purchased freedom in eternity…temporality may require similar sacrifice.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to mete out justice where we can and count on Your judgement for the rest; 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