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CLARITY – 8-14-19 Justice is Inevitable

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -8-14-19

Justice is Inevitable

What’s Happening: “Some are complaining of justice denied, because of the apparent suicide (by gunfire) of Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, the two teens that were the subjects of a huge manhunt in Canada and suspected of three murders a few weeks ago. They were themselves considered missing, until their bodies were discovered  a few days ago amidst dense brush five miles from their burnt-out car. The medical examiner just released Monday that they were killed by self-inflicted gun-shot wounds (by the same guns that committed the murders?) (https://www.yahoo.com/news/canadian-fugitives-suspected-three-murders-223905624.html0. Officials said two firearms were found with the teens. ‘The two died in what appears to be suicides by gunfire,’ police said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess this is one case where the Royal Canadian Mounted Police didn’t ‘get their man.’”

Biblical Response:  “That may be true, but that does not mean that ultimate justice won’t be served in the cases of McLeod and Schmegelsky. They may not stand trial for the three murders before a Canadian judge, but they will stand trial – and for five murders (their own lives were not theirs to take, either – Jn. 5:26). And only the Eternal Judge of All Men knows their hearts (Ps. 44:21; Acts 15:8; 1 John 3:20)…so only He can decide their fate. This reality may be the only comfort those left behind (the families and friends of the deceased) have…if they are believers.” 

“Christians? We believe in ultimate justice; that there is a Judge who knows the truth of all matters. It’s not that we all don’t fall miserably short (Rom. 3:23), but, thankfully, there is Someone who took the punishment we deserved (Rom. 6:23). As far as suicides are concerned, some of them are repentable – you have the time it takes for your body to fall from the bridge to the water to repent – others are more immediate. Where is the Good News in all this? Indeed, justice makes hell necessary, mercy makes heaven possible.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to trust in inevitable and ultimate justice…and in the gracious provision of mercy through Your Son; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 8-3-19 Does It Matter?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -8-3-19

Does It Matter?

What’s Happening: “Although the police had said that the Gilroy (California) Garlic shooter had been killed by the heroic officers who shot Santino William Legan, the coroner has now revealed that the shot that killed him came from his own AK-47. His three victims, 2 children (6-year-old Stephen Romero and 13-year-old Keyla Salazar) and a 25-year-old man (Trevor Irby) appear to have been random and authorities have yet to assign a motive (https://www.yahoo.com/news/coroner-california-garlic-festival-gunman-222907431.html). The three victims are just as dead, but the killer may have also been intending to kill himself all along. The Festival draws crowds of 100,000 and authorities indicate things could have been much worse. Another person of interest has been arrested because his post on social media referenced the killing in its threat. Jose Pinion, 40, was arrested earlier this week on suspicion of making threats online that apparently referenced the deadly shooting:.  He posted Wednesday on Facebook that ‘my goal is to kill 500, not three,’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Probably someone else who wanted their fifteen minutes of fame!”

Biblical Response:  “Maybe. It’s hard to determine any motives and there is no motive worth the lives of these three. We can probably chalk them up to another senseless act by a crazed individual. When the murderer stands before God to be judged for taking the lives of those three, taking his own life will also be added to his crimes…it wasn’t his to take, either. Some could argue because Jesus (on the cross) could have called several thousand angels to his aid, but did not, He was guilty of suicide…but they’d be wrong (John 5:26). So, does it matter what Legan’s motive was? Probably not…at least in eternity.”

“Christians? There are many inexplicable events (even after thorough investigation) that happen every day. Unfortunately, they remain a mystery. God only reveal what He wants (Eph. 1:9). Just because you don’t know why, doesn’t mean we should throw up our hands in despair. There is always a reason for ‘bad’ things. You may not like the answer…and not being omniscient, you may never know…but God does. That’s why I say: ‘Justice makes hell necessary, mercy makes heaven possible.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to trust You with motives, the things that only You know, and the outcome of everything; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 4-22-19 It Knows No Boundaries

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-22-19

It Knows No Boundaries

What’s Happening: “The death toll in a series of seven suicide bombings yesterday in Sri Lanka has reached 290 (injuring 500), the Associated Press reported. Since the bombings (which killed at least 39 Americans) occurred at churches and hotels, and happened on Easter, officials think that it was religiously motivated…and coordinated internationally. Seven members of the radical Muslim group, National Thowfeek Jamaath, were involved, but it was not known yet their motive  (https://www.yahoo.com/news/sri-lankan-officials-radical-domestic-122114907.html).  ‘We do not believe these attacks were carried out by a group of people who were confined to this country. There was an international network without which these attacks could not have succeeded.’ said Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess that’s one destination I can take off my bucket list.”

Biblical Response:  “I can’t imagine why anyone would have the tiny island nation of Sri Lanka on their bucket list, but I think Americans are generally targeted…the world over. Why? Maybe it’s jealousy…maybe it’s the attention it will get in the media…whatever. Fear knows no boundaries. Am I advocating a fatalist, ‘que sera, sera’ attitude? Hardly! And we should pray for those who lost loved ones (Rom.12:15). But wringing our hands in fear or anxiety is not the answer. That’s just what the terrorists want (1 John 4:18). Sure, we should be vigilant. And, where it makes sense, harden soft targets. But the main thing is not to get so ‘jacked-up’ when these things happen. After all, we all have an appointment with the end…and we are not going a moment before…or after.  If it were not so, He would have told us (Jn.14:2).”

“Christians? When tragedy strikes on Easter (Resurrection Day), we need to realize a religious message was being sent. It was wasted on us (or it should have been). We know where we are going, and regardless of the method we leave, we are received with open arms…the message of Easter should have told us that.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we know our destination is secure, we don’t need to go before our appointed time…nor do we need to be manipulated by fear; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 4-18-19 Inspirational?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-18-19

Inspirational?

What’s Happening: “Columbine (1999) potential-copycat, 18-year-old Florida woman, Sol Pais was found dead near the Littleton, Colorado high school from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound yesterday. She had bought 3 one-way tickets from Florida to Denver on 3 consecutive days, purchased a pump shotgun, and was believed to be readying herself to copy Dylan Klebold’s heinous Columbine shooting (that left 12 dead) on the 20th anniversary of the tragedy (https://www.yahoo.com/news/sol-pais-woman-infatuated-with-columbine-found-dead-with-selfinflicted-gunshot-wound-181135602.html). ‘Columbine continues to attract people from around the world. We’re not a place to come visit if you’re not a student. We’re not a tourist attraction. And we’re not a place for you to come and gain inspiration,’ said John McDonald, Executive Safety Director for Jefferson County.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Surely, she didn’t just fly from Florida for inspiration?!”

Biblical Response:  “The presence of the pump shotgun seems to indicate a more malevolent intent (you don’t buy a pump shotgun for suicide). Still, inspiration may not be that far from her motivation. However, she could have picked another death to commemorate. In fact, Christians the world over commemorate Christ’s death every time they celebrate communion (Lk. 22:19; 1 Cor. 11:24-25). And, yes, it is inspirational…Christians are to remember His sacrifice and even emulate it in the way they live their lives.”

“Christians? We believe there is more inspiration demonstrated in living for Him, but we are prepared to die for Him, if that is required (Phil. 1:23-24). In fact, if we want to celebrate an anniversary of a death…well, that’s tomorrow.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be inspired by the life You lived here through Your Son, AND the death He experienced for us…and similarly lay down our lives for others; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 8-28-18 Tragic on Several Levels

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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

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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

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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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