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CLARITY – 8-28-18 Tragic on Several Levels

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-28-18

Tragic on Several Levels

 

What’s Happening:  “A 9-year-old boy, Jamel Myles, declared himself to be gay last summer and after four days of bullying at school, committed suicide. He started wearing fake nails to school and apparently took the other students’ recommendations to kill himself…he was found at home (https://www.denverpost.com/2018/08/27/denver-elementary-student-suicide/). ‘My child died because of bullying. My baby killed himself,’ said the boy’s Mom, Leia Pierce.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Where do kids even get the idea to question their sexuality at that age?!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Have you been asleep…or are you just totally unaware of the culture war going on all around you? With transgenders reading storybooks to kindergartners and gay pride parades celebrating society’s acceptance of the homosexual community…and the adding of the ‘Q’ (Questioning) to the LGBT moniker…no wonder a boy thinks he should be a girl. Add to that the cruel reality of childhood bullying and the rise in childhood suicide rates and you get tragedy.”

 

Christians? We believe the greatest tragedy of all is that the concept of a loving God, Who (by the way) does not make gender mistakes when He creates us, has been removed from public schools (Engel v. Vitale, in 1963). The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 (passed by the Second Continental Congress) created the impetus for public schools and stated (Sect., 14, Article 3): ‘Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.’ Our Founders knew something we’ve obviously forgotten. God help us (Phil. 4:6)!”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, forgive our stupidity of trying to be ‘tolerant’ …of trying to please everybody…and disappointing You;  in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 6-6-18 The Price of ”Success” Too High

CLARITY

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

 

The Price of “Success” Too High

 

What’s Happening:  “The famous handbag designer, Kate Spade, is dead…apparently having hanged herself leaving a suicide note. Her 13-year-old daughter, away at the time, is not to blame, explains the note (though her husband was home at the time of her death). Her fans pointed out that success does not guarantee happiness (https://www.yahoo.com/news/kate-spades-suicide-proof-money-fame-cant-deter-depression-194710219.html). ‘I am so deeply saddened by the news of Kate Spade’s death. Mental illness is cruel and doesn’t discriminate based on resources or perceived popularity. Be good to yourselves today, friends,’ Laura Turner, one of her fans Tweeted.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Truly a sad, but, thankfully, a rare tale.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Sad, yes…rare, no. Unless you consider 30 suicides per day a miniscule number….and that’s among women! A Tweet by another of her fans comes to mind: ‘Kate Spade committed suicide, this again proves money doesn’t buy happiness. Happiness comes from within, people and material objects are temporary.’ (EVA) ‘Within’ can be too general, even self-deceptive. Some will say ‘Who cares? As long as you truly believe you’re happy, you won’t take your life.’ Yeah, but if you discover too late that happiness is sourced in something you have not pursued…”

 

“Christians? We, of all people have no excuse for depression…not if you take all of life in context. My pastor was preaching from Ecclesiastes and remarked about the futility that Solomon learned of. Perhaps I wasn’t listening because I can’t quote anything he said. Still, what the Lord said might be more eye-opening anyway: 120/infinity = (life in context). (Gen. 6:3) The length of this life is just a blink when compared with eternity.’”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to take the ups and downs of life in context; in Jesus’ Name we pray, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 2-2-18 Depressed

CLARITY

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

 

Depressed

What’s Happening:  “It has been reported today that Fidel Castro Diaz- Balart took his life (committed suicide) at age 68. He spoke four languages, was a nuclear physicist, but had been treated recently for depression. He is the only child of a short marriage between Fidel and Mirta Diaz-Balart, but as Castro’s eldest son and looking a lot like the Communist dictator, he was called “Fidelito” or little Castro. He was in charge of Cuba’s nuclear program from 1980-1992 (https://www.yahoo.com/news/fidel-castros-son-commits-suicide-cuban-state-run-013151712.html). ‘Castro Diaz-Balart, who had been attended by a group of doctors for several months due to a state of profound depression, committed suicide this morning,’ the Cubadebate website said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What does all this mean?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Simply that power, wealth, and education do not exempt anyone from depression. There are some that will try to spin this into a conspiracy theory…or that he, like his father (who died Nov. 25, 2016) isn’t really dead… etc., but the truth remains: there, but for the grace of God, go we.”

 

“Christians? Can a Christian be depressed? Yes. Should a Christian be depressed? Of course not. We have everything to look forward to (Heb. 13:5). However, we still live in this world and we have to constantly consider ourselves as citizens of another kingdom (Eph. 2:19), just passing through. We may live in this world, but we don’t have to be of this world (John 15:19:17:14). Besides, in a sense, suicide is really murder as “you are not your own.” (1 Cor. 6:19)

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to exhibit the kind of selflessness that leaves how long we are here up to You, in spite of our misery…and knowing You will supply the grace; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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