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CLARITY – 10-3-20 We’ve Come a Long Way

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-3-20

We’ve Come a Long Way

What’s Happening: “The LGBTQIA+ community is petitioning for their issues to be brought up by the moderator of next week’s Vice Presidential debate between V.P. Mike Pence and his challenger, Senator Kamala Harris. In a letter petitioning moderator Susan Page, the activists point out that those issues were excluded from the Presidential debate last Tuesday, even though, according to their numbers, over 10 million voters are LGBTQ. They assert the House passed the Equality Act (EA) back in 2019, but it got buried in committee in the Senate, primarily because it is opposed by the administration. The EA puts sexual orientation on the non-discriminatory list of the Civil Rights Act. Also, they claim they’ll be injured as a group if the Affordable Care Act is eliminated by the Supreme Court (which is scheduled for arguments next month) (https://www.yahoo.com/news/activists-pressure-debate-moderator-to-question-pence-on-lgbtq-issues-140029823.html). Quoting from the Yahoo News article: ‘In the letter to the debate commission and Page, the coronavirus activists said the LGBTQ community was ‘in crisis’ thanks in part to the pandemic and the policies of the Trump administration.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So I guess if you’re LGBTQ you can currently be discriminated against…how despicable! All discrimination is wrong! All segregation is wrong!””

Biblical Response:  “Really? Even discrimination and segregation of those who commit rape, murder, etc.? Isn’t that what prisons are for? Oh, you say…well, not those. So, who gets to decide who is allowed what behavior? The legislature? The courts? If you say ‘yes,’ then it was once okay to own people (slavery). Well. ‘no’ you say. That is morally wrong. That is against God’s law. I’m glad you brought Him up. It seems like the Creator should have total say over His Creation. What is acceptable and unacceptable should be His sole purview. And passing laws that agree with His law should mean a more peaceable society. And it does…presuming we all agree that there is a God…which we don’t…and there’s the basic rub. The instruction manual (the Bible) used to be the basis for most of our laws…but not any more (and the Bible’s full of prohibitions against LGBTQ: Lev. 18:22; 20:13; 1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Tim. 1:10; etc.). From this point, I could go into all the societal advantages of a Christian consensus, but the length of this blog does not allow for that. Suffice it to say, we’ve come a long way…and not necessarily in a good direction.”

“Christians? We don’t believe LGBTQ are God-glorifying in their behavior…but they are no less condemned than we (though our sin is under His blood because we acknowledge the wrongness of our behavior, accept His forgiveness and seek His help). Do Christians condemn the LGBTQ? Well, let me put it this way: We hate the sin, but love the sinner. I love the way the Living Bible renders it:

 ‘The good hate the badness of the wicked. The wicked hate the goodness of the good.’ (Prov. 29:27 LB)” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to not consider others hypocritically…but mercifully…remembering: ‘there, but for the grace of God, go I; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 9-24-20 Sounds Good to Me

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-24-20

Sounds Good to Me

What’s Happening: “Amy Coney Barrett, one of five women who’ve been mentioned to fill Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat, vacated by her death from cancer at 87 last Friday, is drawing fire already due to her devout Catholic faith and Charismatic Christian practice. She and Eleventh Circuit Judge Barbara Lagoa, also one of the five women named as potential replacements, are both Catholic, and an anti-Catholic bias is feared to be present in some of the top Democrat Senators who will be voting about confirmation (https://www.yahoo.com/news/judges-faith-becomes-early-flashpoint-083029606.html). Quoting from the Politico article that appeared earlier today: ‘Some critics of Barrett are invoking The Handmaid’s Tale, a dystopian feminist novel in which conservative Christians have stripped away women’s rights, as a symbol of their fear that her conservative religious beliefs could re-shape American society. Supporters are raising claims of anti-Catholic bigotry, both in response to the critics and in anticipation what they say would be the onslaught to come if Barrett were nominated.’” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What would be so bad about some Christian values influencing our high courts?”

Biblical Response:  “If you are moral or Christian, nothing…however, if a secularist, you want to point to an influence that is more ‘religio-neutral.’ In my view, this is not possible…or desirable. I’m all about restoring a Christian consensus to America. Not sure we ever had a Christian consensus? How about this quote from a noted deist at the time of our country”s founding: 

‘It was wonderful to see the change soon made in the manners of our inhabitants. From being thoughtless or indifferent about religion, it seemed all the world were growing religious, so that one could not walk thro’ the town in an evening without psalms sung in different families of every street.’ (Benjamin Franklin – from his autobiography)”

“I can think of a lot of influences that might be more harmful than a healthy relationship with God or His Church! Proverbs has much to say on what we dwell on in our thoughts. Here is one scripture that comes to mind:

‘For as he thinks within himself, so he is. He says to you, “Eat and drink!” But his heart is not with you.’ (Prov. 23:7 NASU)”

“Christians? We believe in faith’s ability to influence an individual (Phil. 4:8)…and we think it is a good thing!” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may You give our leaders Your wisdom…and may it influence the hell out of them…literally; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 9-21-20 Who Really Selects

 CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-21-20

Who Really Selects

What’s Happening: “To talk to a conservative, you might think that Judge Amy Coney Barrett is the perfect pick for Ginsburg’s replacement. She’s a Christian (but doesn’t wear it on her sleeve), a Catholic (but doesn’t wear that on her sleeve, either), says she’ll consider Supreme Court precedent if called on to rule in a similar case to Roe v. Wade (but has seven kids under twenty – two adopted from Haiti and one of her births was a known-beforehand Down’s syndrome child), graduated Summa Cum Laude from Notre Dame Law School, clerked for twenty-two years for Justice Scalia, and at 48 would be the youngest on the current bench (https://news.yahoo.com/conservatives-barrett-perfect-combination-attributes-115843675.html). . Quoting from The New York Times article earlier today: ‘Her religious convictions are pro-life, and she lives those convictions,’ said Judge Patrick J. Schiltz, a longtime mentor and a U.S. district judge in Minnesota, who like Barrett is Roman Catholic. ‘The question of what we believe as a religious matter has nothing to do with what we believe a written document says.’” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Sounds great…if you’re a conservative…but does Trump really have the right to select her for the appointment? I mean, it IS an election year!”

Biblical Response:  “If you ask him, Trump would say it’s his OBLIGATION. I get his point…the last time I checked, he WAS the President when Ginsburg died, and the people who elected him are expecting a full four years of service. Besides, even if he chooses with a coin toss, who really selects the next Supreme Court Justice (Prov. 16:33)?”

“Sure, we should pray for him to have wisdom, but the Lord will direct his heart. Read what the Word of God has to say on the matter: 

“The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He  wishes.” (Prov. 21:1 NASU)

“Christians? We’re all praying, too. We know we are not unopposed, but we are trusting in His being greater in us (1 John 4:4).” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, President Trump is  not a king (though we might think he acts that way sometimes); nevertheless, direct his heart with Your ultimate will; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 9-19-20 It Just Got Crazier

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-19-20

It Just Got Crazier

What’s Happening: “The death of liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of pancreatic cancer yesterday may be overshadowed by the political implications in an election year. The last time it happened when Justice Scalia died in February of Obama’s last year, the Senate was held by the Republicans who pledged not to confirm anyone till after the election.  Pundits are counting votes and admit that V. P. Mike Pence might have to cast the deciding tie-breaking vote. Add to that the length of time for normal vetting…well, you get the picture (https://www.yahoo.com/news/mitch-mcconnell-supreme-court-vote-ruth-bader-ginsburg-024711319.html). Quoting Jon Ward, the Senior Political Correspondent for Yahoo News, and the author of the source article last night: ‘The most difficult months in a generation are now upon us. Pray that God protect our country and provide wisdom to our people,’ said Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in a tweet on Friday.” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “You certainly can’t make this stuff up!”

Biblical Response:  “No you can’t…and indeed it’s intriguing…but let’s not lose sight of (to use the words of President Trump), ‘an amazing woman,’ her unique contributions to the Court, or her grieving family (Rom. 12:15). Having spent much of recent times in the hospital (though she maintained a full judicial schedule), her passing surely comes as little surprise. Still, death is always sudden in eternal terms and she’ll be judged by God with little credit given for her political stances or her votes …and it will come immediately upon her death (Heb. 9:27); which fact should sober us all.”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in earthly and heavenly judging. We are not all so highly honored by men as to be selected as a Supreme Court Justice, but we are all called to judge (1 Cor. 6:1-3). This mostly occurs here. All the eternal judging we leave to Him (2 Tim. 4:8)  What influence will the passing of Ruth Ginsburg have on the upcoming election? I like the prayer of Sen. Marco Rubio, above.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we echo the prayer Your servant offered, and we, too, seek Your wisdom; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 11-3-18 She Confesses

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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.”

 

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CLARITY – 10-20-18 Fish or Cut Bait Time

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-20-18

Fish or Cut Bait Time

 

What’s Happening: “Do you know what is supposed to happen in Washington, D.C. tonight at 7pm ET? A group of witches is supposed to hold an event where they will put a hex on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his family! They are charging $10 for the tickets to this event and pledge to give 25% of this fee to Planned Parenthood. It is not being reported by any of the mainstream media and I only got word of it through my sources who heavily referred to a Tucker Carlson report of weeks ago…hopefully, you’ll find it as troubling as I did (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qbhX5VUrgY&feature=share) Either we take what is said seriously or we relegate Christendom to the heap of superstition that much of the world does today.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Oh, you’re just being an alarmist. I think it’s just too close to halloween and you are taking too much, way too seriously!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Am I? Perhaps most of the world thinks what Jesus spent much of His ministry fighting (1 John 3:8) is just so much historical mumbo jumbo.

 

“Christians? Let me share a story: There was this fisherman who came in about the same time everyone else was going out…and he always had a boatload of fish. Well, this game warden was curious, so he spent the night at the dock. Sure enough, the successful fisherman showed up about 3AM and began loading up to motor off into the mist. “Mind if I join you?” Asked the Officer.

 

“Suit yourself,” came the gruff reply. And with the game officer in the bow, they left the dock. Shortly, they arrived at a cove, the game warden could just make out the outlines of the shore. “Are we gonna fish here?” the warden asked. The fisherman just puffed on his cigar and pulled a stick of dynamite from his tackle box, lit it and threw it into the water. KABOOM! Fish began coming up everywhere and the fisherman began scooping them up, covering the bottom of his boat.

 

The game warden was in shock. He couldn’t believe anyone would be so brazen as to do something so illegal with him right in the boat! When he could finally regain his composure, he managed to sputter, “Don’t you know that’s illegal?!

 

Without saying a word, the fisherman took another drag on his cigar, lit a stick of dynamite, threw it in the warden’s lap and said, “Are you gonna fish, or cut bait?”.

 

I share that story to say it’s time to get serious about prayer…are you going to fish or cut bait. Me? I’ll be praying tonight about 5:30pm CT . I believe satan is mighty…but God is almighty.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to take seriously the threats of the enemy…or not…and suffer the consequences; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 10-8-18 It Should End

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-8-18

It Should End

 

What’s Happening: “After then Judge Kavanaugh officially became Associate Justice Kavanagh (the Senate, charged with advise and consent, voted 50 to 48), Christine Blasey Ford has asked that Kavanaugh not be further investigated or impeachment proceedings not be pursued (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/blasey-ford-caves-legal-team-shuts-investigation-kavanaugh/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune). ‘What I can speak to is that when victims of sexual assault and violence go to their Congress people — when they go to their Senators and ask for their information to be confidential, I think that’s a request that needs to be respected,’ Katz, one of Ford’s attorneys, said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So her letter was shared…so what?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Truly, it’s no big deal… I mean, she did send the letter…however, she did ask for it to be CONFIDENTIAL. Will the Dems, who ultimately did not get their delay, let the issue lay? Probably not…in fact, I think they will add Kavanaugh’s impeachment to their desire to impeach the President…should they win in the midterms…especially if they win the House.”

 

“Christians? What do you do when the truth is uncertain…and you don’t have the evidence or the discernment to determine it? You wait for ultimate justice (Matt. 25:31-33). There may be collateral damage lack of justice on earth may wreak…whatever the truth may be…but there will be no such ambiguity in heaven.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, if we can’t sort it out on earth, help us to be patient while we await Your judgment;  in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY -10-3-18 Unsoft Cotton

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-3-18

Unsoft Cotton

 

What’s Happening: “Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) has been assigned by the GOP to find out who leaked Dr. Ford’s ‘confidential’ letter to the press (Christine Blasey Ford is one of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accusers): Feinstein, her staff, the California Congresswoman, or her staff…the only people who were privy to the letter Dr. Ford did not want to be made public. He has promised to get to the bottom of it (https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA18J04&f=WU18J02). ‘Let’s just remember what happened here,’ Senator Cotton continued. ‘Ms. Ford sent a letter, confidentially, to Dianne Feinstein in late July raising these allegations…Dianne Feinstein hid it from Chuck Grassley, she hid it from the FBI. She and Chuck Schumer kept it in their back pocket until after Judge Kavanaugh’s hearing, until after they had a private session to ask about any sensitive matters, and then leaked it to the media right before the vote — solely to try to torpedo his nomination. The media got it, and only Dianne Feinstein and the Democratic Congresswoman from California and their staffs had it, so it had to come from them somehow. And I think Congress needs to get to the bottom of it.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “The Democrats are just trying to “Bork’ him, aren’t they?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…the court of public opinion is tricky… it may have worked on Judge Bork (strict Constitutionalist denied SCOTUS confirmation in 1987) but it may backfire in the midterm elections…the court of public opinion can be fickle.”

 

“Christians? The concept of the presumption of innocence is a biblical concept (Matt. 18:16). And leaking is not good…of course, there is the myth of confidentiality, too (Matt. 10:27); God is always a witness to everything…even if we pretend we are alone in the closet.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may the truth be known…and it will be ugly…but it will also set us free (Jn. 8:32); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 9-17-18 It Remains to be Seen

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-17-18

It Remains to be Seen

 

What’s Happening:  “The high school student (now 51) that alleged sexual harassment by then 17-year-old Kavanaugh at a party in a letter to Congresswoman Dianne Feinstein has now identified herself as Christine Blasey Ford. Nobody seems to know for sure why the letter, received months ago, was just released last week or what the GOP is now going to do (https://conservativebuzz.com/2018/09/16/kavanaughs-accuser-steps-forward-gop-confused/). ‘A lawyer from the White House, when asked if Kavanaugh would now withdraw his nomination, said: ‘“No way, not even a hint of it. If anything, it’s the opposite. If somebody can be brought down by accusations like this, then you, me, every man certainly should be worried. We can all be accused of something.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Be sure your sin will find you out!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Of course…but that doesn’t answer the question: Did he do it? He swears he didn’t…65 other contemporaries said he didn’t (some who don’t align with him politically) (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6173619/65-women-knew-Brett-Kavanaugh-high-school-sign-letter-support.html)…whatever happened to the presumption of innocence? I don’t claim to have inside knowledge, but I think it strange that so horrific an incident was not complained about at the time.”

 

“Christians? We are used to baseless accusations and innuendo. We have fought that battle before (Acts 4:16-17). We must assume the enemy of our souls (satan, the deceiver, old slewfoot, etc.) will not go ‘peacefully into the night.’ He has an agenda, but so do we (John 10:10). However, we have an advantage…the truth (John 8:32).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to ferret out the truth in a timely manner; help us not to assume anything; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 9-14-18 High School? Really?!

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-14-18

High School? Really?!

 

What’s Happening:  “In a last-minute attempt to forestall what most Republicans consider the inevitable confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Sen. Dianne Feinstein turned over a letter to federal investigators regarding an alleged incident that may be from high school. Sen. Feinstein said the letter’s author wants to be anonymous (https://www.yahoo.com/news/sen-feinstein-gives-investigators-she-got-kavanaugh-054814850–politics.html). Feinstein was quoted as saying, she ‘received information from an individual concerning the nomination’ and said the person, ‘strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further…’

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Did he do something he regrets?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Who hasn’t…especially in high school! Is the Judiciary Committee holding Kavanaugh to standard that is unreasonable? We are talking about a lifetime appointment, but who has not done something bone-headed in high school? Isn’t that where we learn about what is acceptable behavior and what isn’t? Isn’t that why juvenile records are expunged?”

 

“Christians? What is the age of accountability? When does God start holding us accountable for our actions? Of course, He’s God (and there was only One Sinless Man…and they crucified Him!) Maybe the Judiciary Committee should not be casting stones (John 8:3-7).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we are called to judge (1 Cor. 6:3), let us not apply a standard unfairly; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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