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CLARITY – 2-27-19 Why Bad Things Happen

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-27-19

Why Bad Things Happen

What’s Happening: “Australian Cardinal Pell was unanimously found guilty on all five counts of sexual assault and taken into custody Wednesday (the court could not reveal the Dec. 11 verdict until Tuesday due to a suppression order Judge Peter Kidd lifted. He will be sentenced at some future date pending his appeal. The 77-year-old Vatican adviser maintains his innocence (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/judge-begins-sentencing-hearing-for-australian-cardinal/2019/02/26/5732e960-3a2f-11e9-a2cd-307b06d0257b_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.6aab3dc63e5a).  ‘There was an element of brutality to this assault,” Judge Kidd said, ‘It was an attack. It spoke to his state of mind that he thought he could do this and get away with it.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “There’s a hot place in hell for him.”

Biblical Response:  “True…if he’s really guilty and does not repent…I’ll leave that sentence to God, where it belongs. There is another question I want to deal with. Was God asleep? Did He not know what was going on in the changing room?! Why do bad things happen to good people?  Many who have been the victims of similar acts…or of some personal tragedy like the unexpected loss of a loved one or a tornado or some physical problem that caught them unawares (by the way, I’ve experienced all of the aforementioned) are similarly mystified. The scripture in Ps. 121:4-5) says ‘He never sleeps or slumbers,’ so that’s not is. Then why?

I’ve been able to discern four possible reasons:

  1. We live in a fallen world (Gen. 3). God’s just as upset (though not as surprised) as we are.
  2. We have received the due recompense for our sin (Gal. 6:7; Rom. 3:23; Rom. 6:23).
  3. We are just the collateral damage of someone else’s stupidity….but it may turn out for our good (Rom. 8:28).
  4. God is trying to tell us something (as in Job’s case); sometimes the only voice we’ll hear is circumstance..

“Christians? All this is not to say God is not in control. Isaiah 46:10 tells us ‘He sees the end from the beginning.’ We just make judgments from our misleading snapshots of the present…God uses a time-warp video camera. There is a difference between the temporal and the eternal . Does that mean we understand what God is doing? No; it just means we should trust Him for what we don’t understand.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to be too quick to judge, but not too reluctant to judge when the evidence is overwhelming;  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

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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.”

 

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

 

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CLARITY – 9-19-18 The Latest Tack

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-19-18

The Latest Tack

 

What’s Happening:  “That a PR firm might be behind the latest attempt at scuttling the Kavanaugh nomination to the Supreme Court may not come as a surprise to many more conversant on social media, but this latest barrage will definitely mean that his nomination won’t sail through the committee or the full Senate. Both are scheduled for questioning on Monday (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/pr-firm-kavanaugh-accusations/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=conservative-brief-CT&utm_campaign=dailyam&utm_content=conservative-tribune). Ian Millhiser tweeted:’Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s number is (202)-224-6665. Sen. Susan Collins’ is (202)224-2523. If you live in Alaska or Maine, and don’t want someone credibly accused of attempted rape on the Supreme Court, now is the time to call them.’ Some are pointing to the frequency of the term credibly accused in social media to point out the likelihood of PR firm involvement… or at least concerted coordination.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Except when there isn’t…frankly, I don’t know who is right: accuser or accused. But if mere allegation and innuendo means guilt, then America may be no different than Venezuela…or North Korea…or Iran…etc. A man (or a woman) is innocent until proven guilty. Kavanaugh may have been vetted more than any human alive…and came out clean. This latest stall tactic may be only that.”

 

“Christians? We cannot be for sexual assault…but neither can we be for those who want to give too much weight to allegation or innuendo. What we need is discernment:

Prov 2:3-7 ASV

‘Yea, if thou cry after discernment, And lift up thy voice for understanding;

If thou seek her as silver, And search for her as for hid treasures:

Then shalt thou understand the fear of Jehovah, And find the knowledge of God.

For Jehovah giveth wisdom; Out of his mouth (cometh) knowledge and understanding:

He layeth up sound wisdom for the upright; (He is) a shield to them that walk in integrity.’”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our leaders to listen carefully to the Holy Spirit’s input…and then act upon it; 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