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CLARITY – 8-13-18 It’s All About Trade

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-13-18

 

It’s All About Trade

 

What’s Happening:  “Bilateral with Mexico and bilateral with Canada or  a trilateral (a re-written NAFTA) agreement…what’s it going to be? Trump’s not sure yet, but he’s open any way that benefits America. He currently is praising Mexico and dissing Canada…but that could change (https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-praise-mexican-president-issues-major-threat-canada/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-WJ&utm_campaign=dailyam&utm_content=western-journal). ‘Deal with Mexico is coming along nicely. Auto workers and farmers must be taken care of or there will be no deal. New President of Mexico has been an absolute gentleman. Canada must wait. Their Tariffs and Trade Barriers are far too high. Will tax cars if we can’t make a deal!’ Trump Tweeted.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Isn’t that kind of mercenary? Should a deal always go to the highest bidder?”

 

Biblical Response:  “‘Yes, and no.’ Yes, it is mercenary…of course, we do live in a world where the wind of money fills the sails of commerce…I didn’t say it was good, I just said it was reality. And, ‘no;’ saying ‘no’ to the highest bidder is sometimes the path of morality. We live in a material world, but morality trumps profit…eternally. Doing the right thing is not always the one that makes the most sense, fiscally…at least not in the short term. Sadly, those in a position to make those decisions are sometimes playing the short game…not the long game. The equalizer is Gal. 6:7.”

 

Christians? Hopefully, we are playing the long game (which is really no game at all…but you know what I mean). The tension between the two – living in the world, but acting like we’re from heaven – is from whence all the conflict comes. Perhaps, that is why Israel was promised land on the King’s Highway, the major trade route of the known world… a city set on a hill cannot be hid (Matt. 5:14-15).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to find and maintain that righteous balance between living in this world without being of this world; 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

 

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CLARITY – 7-28-18 The Cure for Rust

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-28-18

 

The Cure for Rust

 

What’s Happening:  “The announcement that the 2nd Quarter’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) was at 4.1% was almost immediately followed by predictions that this was not sustainable. The GOP wants to take credit for a robust economy, the Democrats want to warn of impending doom…both hope their message will resonate with mid-term voters (https://www.investors.com/news/economy/gdp-expanded-41-annual-rate-in-q2-best-since-2014/ ‘I wouldn’t want to overstate the underlying strength in GDP growth based on Friday’s numbers, There was a big boost from trade, but that’ll go away,’ said Omair Sharif, senior U.S. economist at Societe Generale ”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What’s the difference between 3.1 and 4.1? I think it’s all hype anyway!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Actually, about 1 Trillion Dollars…as far as hype is concerned, it depends on which side you land politically…conservatives point to the lowest unemployment rate since 1969 (lowest ever for blacks and hispanics) and raises and bonuses, ad nauseum…liberals want to point away from the economy…to Cohen…to Stormy…to Manafort…ANYWHERE but the economy!”

 

“Christians? The cure for materialism (read: ‘rust’ – Matt. 6:19-21) is use. And, if we are put on earth for anything, it is to fulfill God’s purpose. What is His purpose? In a word: giving., which, by the way, is what all you capitalists need to do with excess (Socialists want to give what is not theirs – Capitalists realize you can only give what is yours).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to glorify You in giving praise (and excess) where it can never rust; 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