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CLARITY – 4-12-18 Family First

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-12-18

 

Family First

 

What’s Happening:  “When Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan,  announced yesterday that he would not seek reelection…that he was resigning after his term was up, Democrats cheered, no doubt, but those sounds were probably drowned out by cheering from his family. Although Democrats are calling it ‘fleeing a sinking ship,’ he said he doesn’t want to be known by his kids as a ‘weekend Dad’ (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43729218). ‘You all know that I did not seek this job. I took it reluctantly,’ Ryan said. ‘But I have given this job everything. I have no regrets whatsoever for having accepted this responsibility. But the truth is, it’s easy for it to take over everything in your life, and you can’t just let that happen.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “You mean I have Nancy Pelosi to look forward to?!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Let’s hope not…even if the Democrats win the 23 seats necessary to flip the House (and nearly 30 Republicans have resigned – some term-limited by their state), they still have to elect a Speaker and it’s not clear that Pelosi would win. Also, as far as legislative progress is concerned, there are over two dozen Senators up for reelection and 24 of them are Democrats. ”

 

“Christians? Although we might hate to see a young (48) clean-cut conservative Republican go, we can sympathize with him. Family must come first (Gal. 6:10), but it’s hard to lose a calm voice amidst so much shouting…SUCH DRAMA! ”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our leaders to navigate their mixed priorities successfully;  in Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 4-11-18 Free…Sort Of

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-11-18

 

Free…Sort Of

 

What’s Happening:  “Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Facebook, faced off 44 Senators who grilled him yesterday in 5 hours for the selling of personal data by Cambridge Analytica. Although he often spoke agreeing on the need for proper regulation (even agreeing to submit a list of proposed regulations), his main response was that he was sorry that Facebook had been so slow and he promised to do better. Facebook’s “free” service is paid for by advertisers (http://www.wired.co.uk/article/mark-zuckerberg-testimony-highlights-facebook-congress). In responding to Senator Hatch’s question if Facebook would always be a free service, he said, ‘Senator, yes. There will always be a version of Facebook that is free. It is our mission to try to help connect everyone around the world and to bring the world closer together.’

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “As long as I don’t have to start paying to show who I had lunch with…”

 

Biblical Response:  “According to Zuckerberg, probably not…though you might have to be willing to surrender information on your buying habits. As economist Milton Friedman popularized, ‘There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.’ That’s why Facebook is free. It might have been Zuckerberg’s youthful desire to ‘connect everyone’ that first motivated him as a student at Harvard, but now he has 2 billion users across the planet and algorithms that tell his advertisers their likely buying habits…and that’s worth a lot of money. Will their be abuse? In this world of hackers and AI (Artificial Intelligence)…of course. Will the public be safeguarded? If Zuckerberg wants his company to continue to exist. ”

 

“Christians? Hopefully, we are not so naive as to believe that Zuckerberg (or anyone) has only altruistic and pure motives (Rom. 3:23). We should be open to businesses making a reasonable profit (after all, competition in a free market economy usually takes care of that), but we also must realize that Milton Friedman was right (Gal. 6:7).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give our Senators the persistence and wisdom to look out for our interests;  in Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

Share as you like; just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe to any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent