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CLARITY – 10-29-19 Discretion IS the Better Part

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-29-19

Discretion IS the Better Part

It’s Happening: “Trump got booed at the World Series-Game IV (there were even some who chanted ‘lock him up’), Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer were livid, but there were no leaks…and no U.S. casualties in the secret raid that resulted in Baghdadi’s death. Forget that the electorate in Washington, the site of the game, voted 90% for Trump’s opponent (and the presence of swamp-fans is undeniable), having a successful mission against ISIS Founder (and subsequently killing  his right-hand man Monday) may be worth the criticism. Besides, as Trump, Jr. tweeted: ‘I’ll take boos from the leftist DC fan base and cheers from the great men and women of the United States Armed Forces any day of the week!’(https://www.pressherald.com/2019/10/28/donald-trump-jr-criticizes-leftist-baseball-fans-for-booing-his-father-at-the-world-series/). The only one in a deeper hole than Trump is the Washington Nationals themselves, as they are three losses to two wins with the Houston Astros’ 3-game winning streak.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Maybe he should have let the Democrat leaders know.”

Biblical Response:  “And maybe you’re right…but why take the chance? Or perhaps you don’t think Washington leaks enough already. The quote from Shakespeare (King Henry IV, Part 1, Act V, Scene 4): ‘Discretion is the better part of valour’ comes to mind. It sometimes takes more courage not to speak, even if it costs you criticism after the fact. Whom you tell anything, and when is crucial (Tit. 2:5-8).

“Christians? Oh, we believe in discretion. In fact, the Bible has much to say on the subject (Prov. 1:4; 2:11; 3:21; 5:2; 8:12; 11:22; etc.). Controlling your tongue is a pretty big deal (James 3:6).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to control our tongues and take criticism in stride…You did; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 5-24-19 So Goes the Kingdom

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-24-19

So Goes the Kingdom

What’s Happening: “Long embattled Prime Minister (PM) of the United Kingdom and leader of the Conservative Party, Theresa May resigned yesterday. Some say not being able to negotiate a departure from the EU that was acceptable to Members of Parliament meant she was not conservative enough. In any case, her departure is effective June 7, just days after Trump’s pre-planned visit (https://www.yahoo.com/news/theresa-may-resigns-090653622.html).  ‘It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit,’ May said.”   

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Big deal! What does that even mean: ‘deliver Brexit’?”

Biblical Response:  “At least you’re asking….and it is a BIG deal! Let me give an abbreviated history of Brexit so that the average American has a reasonable understanding. The Brits held a referendum (a nationwide vote of the citizenry) in June of 2016. They voted 51.9% to leave the EU and be able to make their own deals economically. They were scheduled to leave March 29 (of this year). Although Theresa May has tried on numerous occasions to negotiate a smooth transition (one that would lead to lasting ties to Brussels), Parliament could not agree, though they did extend the departure date to Oct. 31.  It is believed that the same ‘drain-the-swamp’ sentiment that elected Donald Trump, led to the result of the Brexit referendum. Apparently, the liberalness of much of Europe was just too much for Great Britain.

Does this mean that Brexit is dead? No, just delayed. Will the next PM do better? Not if he or she tries to get the UK out of the EU with strings attached. He or she will stay in office as long as Brexit prospers. As goes the king, so goes the kingdom. Or maybe, as goes the kingdom, so goes the king.

“Christians? We’ve seen kingdoms rise, and kingdoms fall. (And ‘kingdoms’ doesn’t mean what they used to.) Still, it is generally true that the fortunes of a country are tied to its leadership (Gal. 6:7; Prov. 16:12-15). That is why Jesus is called the Good Shepherd. He leads us (His sheep) where we’ll prosper (Ps. 23). And because He’s the King of Kings, of His kingdom there will be no end (Is. 9:7; Luke 1:33). Unlike Theresa May.

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, only you know what will benefit Your people in the long run…bring that to pass and show us what part we are to play; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

Share as you like, just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com.’ He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent