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CLARITY – 5-14-19 Time is a Multiplier

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-14-19

Time is a Multiplier

What’s Happening: “The announcement of Chinese retaliatory tariffs (on about $200 Billion worth of products – some of them agricultural), came as no surprise…especially after Trump made good on his threat to increase a tariff on Chinese goods from 10% to 25%. Farmers will have to pay more for Chinese steel and aluminum implements from recent tariffs, and sell less because of these. So far, they seem willing to tighten the belt…but margins are getting slim (https://www.yahoo.com/news/gets-hurt-china-apos-tariffs-213814221.html). ‘“I thought it was going to be resolved last week,’ says American Soybean Association president Heisdorffer. ‘I don’t know what to think now. It continues to ratchet down the amount of cash we have to pay bills.’”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It’s like we’re playing chicken…but the American consumer’s going to be left holding the bag (paying more for Chinese goods), right?”

Biblical Response:  “Probably…especially if it goes on long. And it will…short term. Long term? Well, we’re trying to correct the decades of looking the other way, of letting the Chinese steal us blind…literally. We acted like we didn’t care when we wanted/enjoyed their new markets. Now, we want to put an end to their intellectual theft AND eliminate their bans on U.S, products and the Chinese are understandably surprised. We haven’t acted like we minded before. Why all the sudden change? There’s a new sheriff in town! The question is, if we are prepared to pay for the past’s largesse?”

“Christians? The multiplying principle of time is familiar to us. We trespassed plenty in our former lives, and all of this has been ‘cancelled out’ (Col. 2:14), spiritually, by a merciful God. This is not to say that there aren’t consequences and collateral damage (Gal. 6:7). While our eternity is secure, we have no such guarantee on our temporality. Some of our transgressions come with repercussions…which are then often multiplied by time. May God be merciful to us.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to endure our consequences … even as You endured the cross; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 5-8-19 Playing the Long Game

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-8-19

Playing the Long Game

What’s Happening: “The big brouhaha over the threat of increased tariffs on Chinese goods sent the stock market downward, though it recovered some of its steam by closing bell. The existing 10% tariffs will be increased to 25% (Friday) and some tech companies who get a significant portion of their revenue from China, registered a several percent decline in their stock values yesterday. Consumers, who fail to see the significance of this trade war, may change their tune as the outcome begins to affect prices at stores (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trade-talks-china-sour-us-121656942.html). ‘”The President’s willingness to risk a market disruption by threatening an unexpected tariff hike suggests that he might also be willing to risk the disruption that formally proposing auto tariffs or announcing the intent to withdraw from NAFTA might cause,’ said Goldman Sachs. Chinese industrial and technology theft, a major reason for the real and threatened hikes, might have to be ratcheted back.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “And this affects me how?”

Biblical Response:  “It might not have much immediate impact to anything but the value of 401Ks, but the theft, which has been going on for decades, has indirectly eroded our economy…and subsequently your paycheck. Theft is wrong for anyone (in fact, it’s never right to do wrong…or wrong to do right), whether you’re one of the two greatest global economies or not. Sure, there may be short-term gains but you always pay for it in the long-term (Gal. 6:7). It takes economic bravery to do the right thing sometimes, especially when vindication is slow and not very obvious…but that’s the price of playing the long game. Integrity is not something many think is in vogue for this administration.”

“Christians? We have often been accused of trying to throw our weight around morally, but that’s just the price of ‘bucking the system’ (John 16:33). Persecution is to be expected (John 15:18). We, too, are playing the long game.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be willing to pay a short-term price for a long-term gain…didn’t You?; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 3-7-18 And Rumors of Trade Wars

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-7-18

 

And Rumors of Trade Wars

 

What’s Happening:  “It depends on whom you talk to. Trump or the E.U., as to whether Trade Wars are a good thing or a bad thing (Trump thinks they might be good…and the U.S. will win them;  the E.U. thinks they are bad [threatening to go to the World Trade Organization {WTO} and slap a tariff on peanut butter, OJ, Harleys and Levis]) . Just the threat of tariffs to cure the $800 Billion U.S. annual trade deficit has the stock market plunging (and Speaker Paul Ryan warns against it – 25% for Steel, 10% for Aluminum). So far, no tariffs have been announced (https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2018/mar/07/markets-slide-gary-cohn-resignation-fuels-trade-war-fears-business-live). Of course, U.S. Steel and other companies directly benefiting by Trump’s tariffs are cheering him on.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Maybe those are just threats…”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe, but you shouldn’t threaten what you’re unwilling to do. It’s really probably too complicated for anyone to predict. And the one man who could, Economic Adviser Cohn, has just resigned, Still, Trump didn’t become a billionaire by being stupid.”

 

“Christians? We shouldn’t be ruled by fear. Life has enough real emergencies to be too worried about what might happen.(Matt. 10:31). Besides, God has everything under control…His control (Eph. 1:11).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the grace to endure Your plan, even if it is not our plan (Is. 55:8-9); in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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