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CLARITY – 7-21-20 It Started Out Peacefully

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-21-20

It Started Out Peacefully

What’s Happening: “What began last Friday as a peaceful (though un-permitted) protest march on Grant Park, in Chicago, the cite of previous violence against the statue of George Washington, devolved into an organized mob-action that saw 49 of Chicago’s cops injured, 18 of them going to area hospitals. Chicago Police Superintendent David Bown, told reporters that his officers will wear full protective equipment in the future…that many of the injuries came when what was to be a non-violent event became anything but…projectiles and sharpened PVC pipe were the cause of some of those injuries. ‘I want to point out that we’ve had multiple protests at the statue prior to this event that were all peaceful, and we respected everyone’s First Amendment right to protest peacefully, but this was not — what you’re seeing here is obviously an ambush on police officers,’ Police Commander O’Shea said. ‘They had multiple, multiple restocking of items to throw at the police — weapons, basically.’ (https://www.yahoo.com/news/chicago-police-attacks-officers-protest-005900537.html). Quoting from the Chicago Tribune article that appeared yesterday:  ‘If the statue was successfully toppled, likely members in that mob would have been seriously injured or killed by the toppling of that statue’ Brown said. ‘This cannot stand. We cannot be a city that thinks mob action of a crowd is acceptable behavior.’” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So don’t move to Chicago, right?”

Biblical Response:  “Probably not a wise move…besides, area property values have bound to have declined. Nope, sounds dangerous to me, too. I guess it’s what happens when emotion rules (Eph. 4:26-32). Note the scripture doesn’t condemn emotion … just allowing it to take over your actions. Of course, it’s hard to be controlled by the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22), if the Spirit is just another part of the Godhead…in which you don’t believe, anyway.” 

“Christians? We believe that Man must be ruled by a new nature (Eph. 4:24); that if he isn’t, he will default to his old nature which has been corrupted by sin :

‘For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death. But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter. (Rom. 7:5-6 NASU)”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to make right choices every day, defaulting to our new nature, not to our old; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 7-4-20 Shame on Hans Christian Andersen?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-4-20

Shame on Hans Christian Andersen?

What’s Happening: “Danes awakened Friday to graffiti and accusations of racism – ‘racist fish’ was spray-painted at the base of the ‘Little Mermaid’ bronze statue visited by over 100 million annually. Famed children’s novelist, Hans Christian Andersen, was honored by the 107-year-old bronze of the character made famous in the Disney movie  The Little Mermaid, but it  was ‘decorated’ protest style. This was not the first time the statue has been desecrated, suffering decapitation twice during previous encounters. But this was reminiscent of the recent Black Lives Matter message and may be tied to protests that began in the U.S. after the heinous killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month. Further investigation is required to find what racism protesters were talking about (https://www.yahoo.com/news/copenhagens-little-mermaid-labelled-racist-102435040.html). Quoting from the Reuters article that appeared yesterday: ‘I am having a hard time seeing what is particularly racist in the fairy tale ‘The Little Mermaid,’ Ane Grum-Schwensen, researcher at the H.C. Andersen Center at University of Southern Denmark, told local news wire Ritzau.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So now even our fairy tales may be racist…”

Biblical Response:  “Perhaps…a reference may be vague, but pervasive and culture-shaping…or it could be just another attempt at dividing an already divisive society. Remember, ‘a house divided against itself cannot stand’ (Mark 3:25). That is one of the tools in the liberals’ toolbox, and it’s all about the next election. If they can paint the present administration as racist, maybe they won’t lose their black constituency.“

“Christians?  While we are absolutely against racism, we are not for division (Acts 17:26):

‘…and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation,’ (NASU)

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be sensitive to those that have suffered greatly at the hands of our mistakes, but wary of some people’s selfish political motives; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 6-11-20 Reminders

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-11-20

Reminders

What’s Happening: “As recently as yesterday (in Richmond, VA, a statue of former Confederate President  Jefferson Davis was removed last night) a long line of statues and monuments have been defaced or toppled or removed as protests over the tragic death of a black man, George Floyd, at the hands of a white cop, have continued across the nation. Here is a partial list of removals/defacings/topplings since Floyd’s death: Alexandria, VA – Confederate soldier statue; Birmingham, AL – Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument – 52’ Obelisk; Boston, MA – Christopher Columbus statue; Jacksonville, FL – Confederate soldier statue; Louisville KY – statue of John Breckinridge Castleman; Minneapolis, MN – Christopher Columbus statue; Mobile, AL – statue of Raphael Semmes; etc., etc., etc. (https://www.yahoo.com/news/tracker-monument-statue-removal-floyd-protests-confederate-racist-204705465.html). Quoting from the Yahoo News article by Christopher Wilson: ‘Alexandria, like all great cities, is constantly changing and evolving,’ said Mayor Justin Wilson in a tweet.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Isn’t that overreaction?”

Biblical Response:  “Perhaps…of course, I’m not a black or a Native American (those hating Christopher Columbus do so for his treatment of Caribbean natives). The problem I have with the denigration of these reminders of our past is that I fear that removal of them might keep us from learning from them. How will future generations learn of our abuses without these reminders? Sure, there might be some who will venerate instead of castigate, but that’s always been what Amerca’s about: Free Speech. Would there be more or less anti-Semitism if Auschwitz and Buchenwald were just plowed under? Whose version of history will be remembered?.”

“These are questions that we, as a culture should answer BEFORE we destroy. Is there a biblical example? You bet! In Joshua 4:4-7 we have Joshua commanding that stones be taken from the middle of the Jordan (which would not have been possible had the Lord not performed a miracle) to answer the questions of future generations.”

“Statues and monuments may be for honoring the past or they might be so we don’t repeat our mistakes. Taking quick offense and defacing reminders of abuse may temporarily assuage emotions, but it should never come at the expense of learning. We need to be reminded of our mistakes, not erase their existence.”

“Christians? The Scripture is full of references to not let anger get the best of you. In the interest of brevity, I’ll only give three examples:

‘He who is slow to anger has  great understanding, but he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.’ (Prov. 14:29 NASU)

‘A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but the slow to anger calms a dispute.’ (Prov. 15:18 NASU)

‘He who is slow to anger is  better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a  city.’ (Prov. 16:32 NASU)

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to exercise that fruit of Your Spirit (Gal. 5:22)….that of self-control; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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