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CLARITY – 11-16-18 Trust But Verify

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-16-18

Trust But Verify

 

What’s Happening: “Ronald Reagan may have said it first (referring to former Soviet promises to de-escalate), but now President Trump gets to use it as a doctrine in real time. And there has only been mixed progress in North Korean president Kim’s pledge to denuclearize. True, North Korea has not done any nuclear testing or launched a missile since the pledge, but there seems to be evidence of further new development…but the sanctions are still on….and also the U.S. has suspended joint U.S./South Korea military games. Obviously, the jury is still out…amid hopes (https://www.yahoo.com/news/pence-says-trump-likely-meet-kim-2019-wont-050838225–business.html). Vice President Pence declared, ‘The plans are ongoing. We believe that the summit will likely occur after the first of the year, but the when and the where of that is still being worked out.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “A lot of talk…”

 

Biblical Response:  “True…but talk is preferred to war, right? Of course, I’m concerned that North Korea is just using talks of peace as a stall technique…while centrifuges continue to spin. But you also have to give diplomacy…and sanctions…a chance. The only problem is that  I think the Chinese are ignoring sanctions to help the North Koreans…and to further delay the convenient distraction that this dance provides.”

 

Christians? The concept of ‘trust but verify’ is biblical. Moses (and later Joshua) sent out spies (Num. 13:2; Josh. 2:1) to determine what the truth of a matter was. It would be great if we were omniscient, but we’re not…God understands our need for verification and He doesn’t want us to operate under presumption. So, what are we called to do? Pray.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to have the faith and hope to trust, but also the wisdom to verify; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 4-28-18 Agree to Agree

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-28-18

 

Agree to Agree

 

What’s Happening:  “It was quite a photo-op to have the two rivals, Kim Jong-Un of North Korea and Moon Jae-In of South Korea, hug. Much ‘Pomp and Circumstance,’ not much substance…at least not yet. Seoul and Pyongyang have the denuclearization’ of the peninsula and the re-unification of the two peoples as goals; however, the devil may be in the details… (https://www.nknews.org/2018/04/two-koreas-agree-to-end-armistice-agreement-sign-peace-treaty/).  ‘South and North Korea will actively cooperate to establish a permanent and solid peace regime on the Korean Peninsula,’ the ‘agree to agree’ statement read.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess I had better keep my fingers crossed!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Hopefully, continued peace will not rely on your ongoing digital resolve… however euphemistically you might have intended that remark. Seriously, there have been other (previously unsuccessful) attempts at peace. Of course, Trump and his harsh rhetoric was not being brandished then. ”

 

“Christians? Things get done when honesty prevails (James 5:12). Will Trump really back up his words with action…or is his ‘fire and fury’ threat empty. Maybe he has ‘Rocket Man’ convinced.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our leaders (especially Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Trump) discern a real desire for peace from just another obfuscation to buy more time; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 2-24-18 The Carrot and the Stick

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-24-18

 

The Carrot and the Stick

 

What’s Happening:  “Simultaneous to Ivanka Trump’s visit to the Olympics was President Trump’s announcement (almost as an afterthought at CPAC’s convention) of new U.S. sanctions against North Korea.  Allegedly just there to encourage U.S. Olympic efforts and attend the closing ceremonies, Ivanka, an aide to the President, has been rumored to be there as a softer image than that given by V.P. Mike Pence in the dignitary box at the Opening Ceremony (https://www.yahoo.com/news/ivanka-trump-arrives-south-korea-olympics-080052752.html). ‘North Korea’s participation in the Winter Olympic Games has served as an opportunity for us to engage in active discussions between the two Koreas and this has led to lowering of tensions on the peninsula and an improvement in inter-Korean relations,’ South Korean President Moon was quoted as saying.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “She’s just there to keep the fashion cameras rolling!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Perhaps…she’s certainly got the clothes, looks and celebrity status to pull that off… and she’s a winter sports enthusiast…but the timing of the President’s new sanctions and her attendance is too coincidental for that. And make no mistake, this may well be the DPRK’s last chance for peaceful negotiations. Although past leaders have delayed while centrifuges continued to spin, Trump is likely to realize the can has cul-de-sacced out…that there is NO OUTLET.  Denuclearization is going to happen…one way or the other..”

 

“Christians? Nobody likes to kill (except maybe the psychopath or serial killer). Nobody wants to see some mentally ill person like Cruz of Kim Jong-un die, but sometimes it is better than to see them slaughter innocents. Justice is only one side of a loving God (Matt. 23:23). Is it ever merciful to be just? Ask the parents of those killed in Parkland or those living in Seoul.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we want peace in our time, we don’t want to be so selfish as to sacrifice peace for our kids. Help us, Lord; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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