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CLARITY – 8-2-18 Learning Vicariously

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-2-18

 

Learning Vicariously

 

What’s Happening:  “The recent past has been rough in Venezuela…food and medicine shortages, no running water, no power…even President Nicolas Maduro realizes that Socialism has failed…yet Democratic Socialism seems to be where the whole Democratic Party is headed…at least if Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have their way (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/venezuelan-president-finally-admits-that-socialism-is-broken-economy-is-destroyed/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune). An inflation rate of 1 million percent puts most purchasing out of reach. Hear what President Maduro told his ruling congress Tuesday: ‘The production models we’ve tried so far have failed and the responsibility is ours…’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Yeah, but Venezuela is in South America and I live in North America.”

 

Biblical Response:  “So? There’s no geographic limit to learning from others, is there? People and economic systems are the same the world over. Capitalism works in this world precisely because fallen man is out for number one. Socialism doesn’t work because that would require a benevolent dictator who never made mistakes, an endless supply of someone else’s money, and complete unselfishness. Anybody think that’s possible in this world? (Crickets) I didn’t think so.”

 

“Christians? While there was a need for sharing “all things in common” in the early church (Acts 2:44-45), that was not practised anywhere else for a reason (others apparently learned it was only for then and there). Sure, Jesus could have taken us with Him when He ascended, but He chose to leave us here because He was “not willing that any should perish” (2 Pet. 3:9). Living in and being sent to a fallen world (Mark 16:15) requires us to approach people from their own self interest. There’ll be plenty of time to share (and limitless resources) in the kingdom to come. Here, we share what we have, by God’s grace, acquired. He never calls us to share what others have acquired.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the wisdom to not have to repeat the mistakes of others; 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 – 6-29-18 Not a Matter of Opinion

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-29-18

 

Not a Matter of Opinion

 

What’s Happening:  “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a proud Democratic Socialist, defeated Democratic incumbent (10 terms!) Joe Crowley in an upset in Tuesday’s New York primary and is proof positive the Bernie-Sanders-like shift to the left of the Democrat Party is here to stay (https://www.thenation.com/article/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-wins-democratic-socialist-21st-century-vision/). Quoting John Nichols” article, ‘Matt Blizek, the elections-mobilization director for MoveOn, extended on that theme, saying: “These results are also a shot across the bow of the Democratic establishment in Washington: a young, diverse, and boldly progressive Resistance Movement isn’t waiting to be anointed by the powers that be. Americans from all walks of life who demand change are taking reins of power and showing the Democratic Party what its future looks like.”’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It used to be ‘a chicken in every pot’, now it’s free health-care, free higher education, and a guarantee of housing…What will they promise next?”

 

Biblical Response:  “True, it seems that promises rule the day, but promises made and promises delivered might be two different things…especially when it comes to paying for everything. Maybe, kicking the can down the road or just turning up the printing presses a little won’t solve the problem, but as long as folks are willing to believe it will…perhaps that’s the problem. Besides, it’s not a matter of opinion.”

 

“Christians? Oh, we SAY we believe differently…but often we vote the same way. The truth is, who doesn’t want free health-care or free education?  But life has a tendency to bring us all back to reality. What does that scripture say? ‘For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.’  (2 Thess. 3:10 KJV) Socialism is not a matter of opinion, no matter how good it sounds.

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to see through lies, and seek only Your truth…which sets us free; 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