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CLARITY – 3-11-20 Possession is 9/10ths

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-11-20

Possession Is 9/10ths

What’s Happening: “In a bid to ‘keep-their-hat-in-the-ring,’ the U.S. Navy sailed a warship (the USS McCampbell missile destroyer) by a disputed set of islands in the South China Sea (these islands are also claimed by Taiwan and VietNam). China was first to object to the ‘freedom-of-navigation’ move by the U.S. China has recently been photographed trying to add-on to certain man-made islands nearby…to the U.S.’ and other nations’ objections. International maritime law is something that all nations are supposed to take seriously (https://www.yahoo.com/news/china-slams-us-warship-sail-disputed-waters-104307642.html). ‘Under the guise of ‘freedom of navigation,’ the US has repeatedly flexed its muscles, been provocative and stirred up trouble in the South China Sea,’ People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Southern Theatre Command spokesman Colonel Li Huamin said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “This is just ‘much ado about nothing,’ to borrow a Shakespeare quote.”

Biblical Response:  “Actually, it’s not. Since possession is 9/10 of the law, it is important to sail by disputed islands every so often. If you do, your claim of ‘freedom of navigation’ is supported. If you don’t, their claim of ownership is supported. There is a club in the U.K. (The Ramblers Association – 123,000 members) that walks the lanes of Great Britain every so often so that they will remain open to the public (and not be gobbled up by adjacent land owners). Same principle. As a former real estate Broker (30 years), I’m familiar with the concept of adverse possession. It varies in various states, but most don’t consider claims that cannot be proven beyond seven years. Of course, the Lord owns it all (Ex. 9:29; 19:5). And He looks on our stewardship to see if it should be rewarded (Lk. 19:26),  One of the ways you prove stewardship is to protect that over which you steward. I don’t see the PLA sending a ship to confront the U.S.”

“Christians? We believe in the concept of stewardship. That was our first job in the Garden (Gen. 2:15).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to know what You’ve given us to steward over, and to faithfully execute our stewardship; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 11-22-19 Thumbing Our Nose

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-22-19

Thumbing Our Nose

What’s Happening: “Whether it’s wisdom or folly remains to be seen…. The U.S. Navy Wednesday and again yesterday, sailed in waters in the South China Sea that are claimed by Communist China…and simultaneously by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Viet Nam, and Taiwan (which China also claims as its own wayward province), although China says its claims are ‘indisputable’ (https://www.yahoo.com/news/1-u-warships-sail-disputed-234158904.html). The Southern Theatre Command for the Chinese government said, ‘We urge (the United States) to stop these provocative actions to avoid any unforeseeable accidents. China has indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea islands and its surrounding area.’” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “We surely don’t want a physical war with them, do we?”

Biblical Response:  “No, of course not. At the same time, we need to stand up for the little guys. Building these islands by bringing sand onto the reefs is bad enough…but then militarizing these islands by making them airstrips for military planes is not good. Of course, angering the Chinese may not be good, either. The Scripture tells fathers not to provoke their children to wrath (Eph. 6:4; Col. 3:21)…when it’s your main economic competitor…well, they may not take it too kindly. It seems to me…with differences over North Korea, Hong Kong human rights, tariffs, etc., eventual conflict is inevitable. And it will be costly. But, as in most things, time is a multiplier.”

 “Christians? We believe that conflict should be avoided…but not at any cost. There was once a conflict between God and Man…and look what it cost to achieve peace…the death of the Savior,” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may Your will be done in this dispute, and may it glorify You…peacefully; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 10-21-19 The Plans of Mice and Men

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-21-19

The Plans of Mice and Men

It’s Happening: “The next conflict will look a little different- at least if the U.S. Army and Marines have anything to say about it…that statement was made loud and clear by the sinking on July 12, 2018 of the USS Racine, a 522-foot long tank landing ship, in the waters north of Hawaii. Of course, it was a planned sinking – by land forces from Japan, Australia, and helicopters and drones and a Los Angeles-class submarine from the U.S., to prove that the upgrading of forces is sufficient to counter recent military moves by China (like the creation of island bases in the South China Sea) (https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/us-army-and-marines-have-plan-take-china-and-russias-navies-88996).  I didn’t list half of the forces that were involved – all this to avoid the famously quoted ‘Never get involved in a land war in Asia.’ (Miracle Max in the Princess Bride – 1987).”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I knew they had to have a plan,,”

Biblical Response:  “Yeah, but is it the right one? It is the Pentagon…so it must be, right? Being on the right side (God’s side), helps, too. How do I know it is God’s side? Well, it certainly was in WWII (the Nazi’s killing of 6 million Jews in concentration camps kind of assured us of ultimate victory…you don’t want to go against God). Of course, we made a few mistakes there, too… mistakes we’ll be paying for for a long time (but that’s another topic). 

We have exterminated well over 60 million innocent babies via abortion (which doesn’t bode well for us in the favor department), but atheistic Russia and China…hopefully…trumps that. In any case, whatever ‘plans’ we make, the Lord may have other plans. Besides it is not good to ‘trust in chariots and horses’ (Ps. 20:7). Sometimes “the best-laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley’ (Bobbie Burns’ poem – 1785 – meaning His plan might overrule).

“Christians? As the scripture from Proverbs says: “Man proposes, but God disposes.” (Prov. 19:21 LB). Maybe it’s time to pray.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to see and understand the long-term plans You have in light of the short-term plans we’ve made; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 5-1-19 Saber-rattling

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

Saber-rattling

What’s Happening: “Two U.S. warships made the usual cruise through the Strait of Taiwan over the weekend and (Red) China made the usual protest. Does the U.S. have the permission of Taiwan (formerly the island of Formosa)? Yes, but the independent nation of Taiwan is claimed by mainland China, too, and they have to protest. Nothing will probably come of either action (the U.S. ‘incursion’ or China’s protest). Both are just trying to keep up their claims (https://www.yahoo.com/news/taiwan-reports-voyage-2-us-warships-taiwan-strait-022818485.html). ‘The Taiwan issue is the most important and sensitive issue in Sino-U.S. relations,’ said Geng Shuang, Chinese Foreign Minister, Monday.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It’s just so much saber-rattling!”

Biblical Response:  “Probably. And China’s island-building in the South China Sea is just a blatant attempt at extending their territorial claims. Still, first come the claims, then the blockade (it hasn’t happened yet, but it probably will); then they’ll wait for us to blink…their just trying to get us to change our mindset. Their claims are just so much rhetoric until we quit making our cruises. By making them, we maintain our claim…by not making them, we reinforce their claim. Is our mindset important? Is treating that straight as a free sealane all that vital to our interests?  Yes. How you regard a disputed territory will govern your action toward it.

Take the earth for example: Does it belong to Lucifer – or – the Church? We have the title deed from God, Who owns it in the first place (Ps. 24:1; Matt. 16:18). In fact, that last scripture guarantees us victory…in our claims…and in reality!”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in territorial claims…but claims without corresponding action is just so much ‘saber-rattling.’”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the right mindset…no one defends what he does not consider his; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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