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CLARITY – 10-8-18 It Should End

CLARITY

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

CLARITY

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

CLARITY

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?!

CLARITY

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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CLARITY – 9-6-18 Paid Protesters

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-6-18

Paid Protesters

 

What’s Happening:  “Three separate doctors from Texas, in line to get into the Kavanaugh hearings by the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, witnessed money  changing hands and said so on their websites…from the beginning of the hearing, interrupting protesters have had to be arrested (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/protesters-paid-say-3-doctors/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-CT&utm_campaign=dailypm&utm_content=conservative-tribune). ‘Hey everybody, I’m Dr. Chris Dundas from Corpus Christi, Texas, and we’re up here for these hearings. I gotta tell you, it is very sad. This is a very time-honored procedure and a process, and these young people (mostly young people, some old people), they seem to have no heartfelt convictions why they are here. If you have to pay somebody to protest, that’s a pretty good tell…’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Don’t the protesters have freedom of speech?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yes…and I guess they have the right to be paid…of course, there are decorum issues, as well. I guess that’s why they were arrested by Capitol Police. It’s kind of sad how this process has devolved. Give the obstructionists the Congress in the midterms and all this will go away…I think I can put up with the noise…it’s a cheap price for progress.”

 

“Christians? Money has historically been the price for betrayal (Matt. 26:15). They say ‘follow the money’…of course, we know where it will lead. We must be better than that.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to find the balance our Framers wrote into the Constitution and heed the challenge (Sen. Ben Sasse) for everyone to do their job; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 6-28-18 Stranger Things Have Happened…But Not Much!

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-28-18

 

Stranger Things Have Happened…But Not Much!

 

What’s Happening:  “D.C. and the nation are all abuzz with the retirement of Justice Kennedy from SCOTUS, the possible replacement by Kavanaugh…or Lee…or Fox Commentator, Judge Jeanine (just kidding?). Regardless of the pick, the nature of the court is likely to change (https://www.yahoo.com/news/appellate-judge-d-c-circuit-seen-early-favorite-trumps-supreme-court-shortlist-203121934.html). ‘Donald Trump Jr. retweeted a post about her as a possible nominee, adding ‘This would be pretty awesome,’ but with emoticons suggesting he meant it as a joke, ’ says an article by Chris Wilson of Yahoo News.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Didn’t the Republicans want Obama to wait until after the election to replace Scalia? Aren’t we also coming up on an election?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yes, but this is a midterm election, not a Presidential one. Besides, with as many Democratic Senators as are up for re-election in states carried by Trump (many by double digits), there is not likely to be a change in the confirmation results. No doubt, if the President sticks with the 25 from which Gorsuch was chosen (and he said he would), the next justice is likely to make the court more conservative. In the tasty words of Barack Hussein Obama, ‘Elections have consequences.’ I’m sorry if my gloat is showing.”

 

“Christians? 56 million souls (roughly the number of abortions since Roe v. Wade) cry out for change (John 10:10).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help President Trump to choose wisely and our Senate to sound off resolutely; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 6-27-18 SCOTUS Rules?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-27-18

 

SCOTUS Rules?

 

What’s Happening:  “Not only did the ‘Travel Ban’ get upheld, and the majority ruled that conservative pregnancy clinics did not have to recommend abortion providers, but the infamous Korematsu ruling (legalizing Japanese interment camps in 1942) was officially repudiated…though it didn’t keep the minority from citing the alleged similarities (https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/26/supreme-court-overturns-korematsu-673846). ‘”The dissent’s reference to Korematsu … affords this Court the opportunity to make express what is already obvious: Korematsu was gravely wrong the day it was decided, has been overruled in the court of history, and — to be clear — ‘has no place in law under the Constitution,.,’ Chief Justice Roberts wrote.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So history was wrong…how does that matter today?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Acknowledging that history was wrong may be a HUGE deal…at least now we can learn from the mistakes of the past. If you don’t ever make that acknowledgement, error becomes precedent…that’s when writer and philosopher George Santayana’s famous quote (‘condemned to repeat it’[the past]) comes into play. ”

 

“Christians? The rulings of SCOTUS are important, but the Final Judge will have the final say (Rev. 19:11).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while opinions are like noses…everybody’s got one, Your opinion is fact…whether we call it so or not. Help us to submit to Your rulings: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 6-5-18 No Cake, Still Sweet

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-5-18

 

No Cake, Still Sweet

 

What’s Happening:  “The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled yesterday (7-2) that Jack Phillips was entirely within his rights when he refused five years ago (5 yrs!) to create a cake for the marriage of a same-sex couple, despite a lower court’s ruling to the contrary (https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA18F04&f=WU18F02). ‘Everyone is welcome in my shop, be it homeless folks (many of whom I’ve befriended over coffee, cookies and conversation), the two men who are suing me, or anyone else who finds their way in,’ said Mr. Phillips. ‘The God that I serve, whose arms are open to all, expects that of me, and it is my joy to obey Him. But creating a cake that celebrates a view of marriage in conflict with my faith is not something that I can do.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “For crying out loud, it’s just a cake!”

 

Biblical Response:  “If Jack Phillips doesn’t want to bake a cake for a homosexual couple who wants to get married, saying it’s against his religion, he shouldn’t be forced to do so… and apparently, SCOTUS agrees. Whether that protection can be extended to other providers (say limousine services, hall renters, or musicians, etc.) is for other cases. But it is the issue of our day, believe me.”

 

“Christians? To say the Scripture does not support homosexuality (let alone gay marriage) is an understatement (see: Lev 18:22, 20:13; Rom. 1:24-27, etc.). That is the difference between ‘love’ and ‘like.’While I am to love all people, I don’t have to like everything they do. Let me quote the Living Bible’s rendering of Proverbs 29:27. It states our obligations best, ‘The good hate the badness of the wicked. The wicked hate the goodness of the good.’”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to ‘throw the baby out with the bathwater,’ so to speak…to love the homosexual, but hate his homosexuality; in a sense, it’s no greater sin than anything that separates us from God; in Jesus’ Name we pray, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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