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CLARITY – 1-5-19 Far, But Not Dark

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-5-19

Far, But Not Dark

What’s Happening: “The news was full but the moon was not – especially on the “dark” side: The new Muslim Democrat Congresswoman uttered an expletive toward Trump (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/sarah-sanders-trashes-rashida-tlaib-impeachment-talks/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-CT&utm_campaign=dailypm&utm_content=conservative-tribune), Nancy Pelosi took the Speaker’s gavel in the House, the government shutdown continues, the Kurds are wondering where they stand as America announces their intended troop-pullout, etc., but perhaps the most astounding news was the landing of the Chinese on the far side of the Moon (https://www.history.com/news/china-plans-historic-landing-on-dark-side-of-the-moon). The referring to the far side as ‘the dark side’ is really a misnomer as the far side is really fully lit everytime we experience a new moon (every 27 days).”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Details! Who cares?!”

Biblical Response:  “Truly insigficant to anyone but Pink Floyd…seriously, I’m sure the engineers who orchestrated the lunar landing for the Chinese cared. And so does God, who uses the reflective ability of the Moon as a metaphor for the Church…the periodic waxing and waning of the Sun’s (Son’s?) light on the Earth (Matt. 5:16; Matt. 24:29).”

“Christians? The God Who ‘rules in the affairs of men’ (Declaration of Independence) cares  about what’s happening in the world; including the scientific exploits of the Chinese. It’s all going according to His plan (Is, 55:8-9). Just because things seem chaotic to us does not mean there’s no plan…just that we don’t know it.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we don’t know the plans…we do know the Planner…and that gives us comfort; 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 – 12-21-18 Doing What’s Unpopular

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-2i-18

Doing What’s Unpopular

What’s Happening: “With a government shutdown looming (tonight at midnight) and Trump so far intractable on his demands for border security, it seems an impasse is inevitable. Top all of that off with Defense Secretary Mattis’s resignation, the removal by Trump of 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria (and rumored 7,000 from Afghanistan), the stock market’s recent plunges, and you may have what some opponents describe as ‘chaos’ (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/12/21/after-chaotic-day-trump-defends-wall-plan-risks-government-shutdown/2385388002/).  ‘Properly designed and built Walls work,’ said Trump.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “No wall is worth shutting down the government over.”

Biblical Response:  “There are a lot of things wrong with that statement. To name a few: 1) It’s a wall system – some repairs to existing structures, drones, other technology, beefed up training, more Border Patrol agents, …and some actual wall – besides, it’s just a downpayment of all that’s got to happen. 2) Government shutdowns do not mean a cessation of all government activities – Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the Military, etc., will all continue unabated. 3) How else do you stop illegal immigration, drugs, and human trafficking?.”

“Christians? If we let popularity be our guide, much would never get done- much of  what must be done (1 John 2:15). We are for the government doing its job, but not to people that try to circumvent the law.

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we want to show mercy, we must show mercy to those who have waited in line first; help us do just that; 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 – 12-8-18 Road’s End

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-8-18

Road’s End

 

What’s Happening: “Congress just kicked the government shutdown can a little further down the road this week – actually, till December 21 – choking over the southern border wall and being distracted by the funeral of former President George H. W. Bush. Will Pelosi cave? Will Schumer cave? Probably not…but then there’s Trump’s signature too (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/12/06/government-shutdown-congress-oks-temporary-spending-bill-keep-lights/2228449002/). Quoting from the USA Today article: ‘The extension buys lawmakers more time to reach a consensus on spending but also raises the possibility that a budget showdown – and, potentially, a partial government shutdown – could happen just days before Christmas.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Nobody wants a shutdown,”

 

Biblical Response:  “That’s what Pelosi and Schumer are counting on. We’ll see. These threats are always fun to watch. Well, maybe not for those who depend on at-risk government services…on which many may have become too dependent.”

 

“Christians? It’s a good thing our TRUE source is God. Oh sure, He may use the U.S. government (via Social Security, Medicare or Disability), or doctors (who only treat – God alone is in the healing business), or the Stock Market (or a wise financial counselor, a trust, or inflating values), but ultimately God is the Orchestrator. The end of the road? Only God knows (Isaiah 55:8-9; Prov. 3:5-6).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to find the balance between self-responsibility and dependence on You; 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 – 2-9-18 While You Slept

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-9-18

 

While You Slept

What’s Happening:  “The Senate and House passed a short-term spending bill (expires 3/23) and a long-term 2-Year budget deal early this morning…after a government shutdown that only will last hours. Both await the President’s signature Did the Republicans compromise? Yes. Did the Democrats compromise? Yes. The budget grows the fiscal size of government 13% Yes.(http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/02/09/senate-has-recesses-until-friday-at-12-01-m-assuring-shutdown.html). ‘…adding to the swamp…is not what we were sent here to do,’ said  spokesman for the 30-member House Freedom Caucus.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So Congress did a good thing?”

 

Biblical Response:  “No…and yes. Kicking the can down the road is not necessarily a good thing…especially when the can gets bigger with each kick and the end of the road is inevitable. Yes, Congress did avert a gridlocking shutdown, but, as Mr. Paul will no doubt agree, fiscal responsibility must eventually happen.”

 

“Christians? Do we believe in fiscal responsibility? Of course (Rom. 13:8). At the same time, we want to be merciful to those who, through no fault of their own, suffer (the innocent opiod addicted, those hurricane victims  in Texas, Florida, or Puerto Rico). Still, I have to balance my budget at home, too. We have to hold our elected leaders accountable for making decisions that are untenable…with OUR money.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to find the balance between fiscal responsibility and accountable mercy…and may Your provision guide us; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-20-18 The Blame Game Strikes Again

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-20-18

 

The Blame Game Strikes Again

What’s Happening:  “The Republicans call it the ‘Schumer Shutdown’ (winning the alliteration game – they’ve actually got a website: SchumerShutdown.com), while the Democrats lay the blame squarely on the Republicans because, they say, that they are completely in charge having the White House, the House of Representatives and the Senate. Of course, they say nothing when it’s pointed out that nothing can pass the Senate now without a super-majority (https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/us-government-shuts-down-as-midnight-deadline-passes-live-updates-1802448). The best comment was probably made by Vice President Mike Pence: ‘It’s disappointing to every American that Democrats in the Senate would shutdown the government when we have troops in harm’s way.’”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “Don’t we (the taxpayers) win anytime government workers have to stay home without pay?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Perhaps…I mean, I do understand the sentiment…though those doing without a paycheck might disagree. Too bad the Congress’ paychecks are not tied to their performance. I think we should propose a Balanced Budget Amendment – when we have a surplus, Congress gets a bonus…when we have a deficit, they get no pay…of course, that just makes too much sense.”

 

“Will the shutdown really accomplish anything? Probably not. It’ll probably be short-lived. Although there appears to be intractable differences, both sides know this is an election year.”

 

“Christians? We are to be fiscally responsible (Rom. 13:8), yet we are also to be merciful (Rom. 11;32). Surely, there’s a balance there somewhere.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to find the balance between mercy and responsibility; isn’t Your provision both? 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