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CLARITY – 2-18-19 Fickleness

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-18-19

Fickleness

What’s Happening: “Maybe Amazon just wants to be wanted; maybe,protesters to Amazon’s decision to build a distribution center in Queens, New York, turning the famous smile logo upside down was an insult too far; maybe it’s the fact that Bezos is against unionization; maybe, since Amazon has not responded to queries concerning its motivations, it means we’ll never know…in any case, the promised billions in tax savings AND the economic boost that the 25,000 jobs would have brought, will now not materialize and Cuomo and De Blasio are happy and sad (https://www.yahoo.com/news/gone-york-minute-amazon-deal-125329879.html). ‘Offering massive corporate welfare from scarce public resources to one of the wealthiest corporations in the world at a time of great need in our state is just wrong,’ said New York State Sen. Michael Gianaris and New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Democrats.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So it’s off, now? Right? … Isn’t that a good thing?”

Biblical Response:  “For now…and maybe it’s not such a good thing. Not only is there the loss of 25,000 jobs, there’s also the loss of the positive economic input they would have brought to local  businesses AND all the taxes those paychecks would have paid. Sometimes, we believe all the hype the MSM puts out and we become the unintended collateral damage.

“Christians? The Scripture says that, ‘fear has torment’ (1 John 4:18) . Fickleness is a byproduct of fear. The Bible warns against that, too (James 1:6-8). Whether Jeff Bezos wanted to bless NY or bless his own company…well, I guess we’ll never know. Probably a little of both.”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to listen to the voice of Your Spirit. Only then can we truly respond correctly and without fear; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-3-18 Render to Caesar

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-3-18

Rendering to Caesar

 

What’s Happening: “Paris is under siege – no, not by Napoleon – but by protesters that are complaining about the high cost of living and a new fuel tax (that has much to do about ‘climate change’). Macron promises to deal with the protests (that are the most violent since 2005) when he returns from the G20 Summit in Argentina. 224 have been arrested and over 100 injured so far. The protesters are trashing monuments, burning cars and looting boutiques (https://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2018-12-01/french-police-deployed-amid-new-round-of-protests-over-taxes). ‘(Violence) has nothing to do with the peaceful expression of a legitimate anger,’ Macron said from Buenos Aires.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Nobody likes paying taxes.”

 

Biblical Response:  “You’re right. Opposition to the Stamp Act and the Tea Act fostered riots that turned into the American Revolution…so I guess we have no room to talk. Still, both are to blame – the government (for passing a nonsensical tax), and the protesters (for the violence). You cannot push either beyond a certain point. What will be the end? Macron, whose popularity is understandably flagging, may cave…but so may the protesters.”

 

“Christians? Sometimes, a government taxes too harshly or does something else unpopular. However, we are to pay our taxes (Luke 20:22-25; Rom. 13:6-7). Nothing is said about whether we like it or not. I guess God wants us to object only for the more serious. What’s more serious than our money you ask? Well, in the first place…it’s not your money (Ps. 24:1). Peter and John protested before the Jewish leaders over the more serious wrong of preaching in the name of Christ (Acts 3:1-4:22), but continued. In the second place…well, you’re in second place, not in first. As my pastor once said, ‘That’s a funny way for God to spend His money.’”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to have and maintain the right priorities, but save us from a tyrannical government; 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 – 4-18-18 Death Still Certain…Taxes? Not So Much

CLARITY

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

 

Death Still Certain…Taxes?

Not So Much

 

What’s Happening:  “Today the IRS promises to have everything up and running…well, at least by Thursday..9 out of 10 taxpayers will receive their refunds within 21 days…the IRS (probably the most hated of the federal agencies) assures U.S. taxpayers. The problem was with (only...allegedly) their e-file system…a computer glitch or overload? https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2016/02/03/irs-computer-problems/79792890/. ‘The IRS is still assessing the scope of the outage.’’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Is this good news or bad news?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably just news. There will likely be no difference unless you are like the majority of taxpayers…reluctant procrastinators. Of course, we do have the fairest system around…we get security, highways, a court system, etc…. Still, I have a few questions…like how come if I owe the IRS, I am charged interest; but if they owe me, how come they pay no interest? Just asking.”

 

“Christians? We should pay our taxes (Mk. 12:16-17). A careful reading of that scripture doesn’t, however,  get us off the hook with God UNLESS we make Him the recipient of our very selves. Taxes and the first death are certain (Rev. 20:6). After that? Well, that’s up to you.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to see our tax system as the worst on planet earth…except for all the others; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 4-2-18 When More is Less

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-2-18

 

When More is Less

 

What’s Happening:  “School walkouts have happened in West Virginia, are happening in Oklahoma, and likely will happen in Arizona. In West Virginia, and adjusted for inflation. some $12,512 is spent PER STUDENT while teacher salaries fell by three percent. Where is the money going? The bulk of it is for non-teaching expenses…and without attendant increases in student outcomes. Some say: more spent…less bought (http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/04/01/why-are-teachers-striking-answer-may-surprise.html). Quoting Fox News Benjamin Scafidi: ‘In my research, I have found that the surge of non-teaching staff in public schools has been occurring across America since 1950 and, at least since 1992, to no measurable positive relationship between this increased staffing and student outcomes…’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Sure glad I’m not a teacher!”

 

Biblical Response:  “With some class sizes over sixty, no salary increases in many years, and some teachers teaching from 60-year-old textbooks it’s no wonder. Yet we keep spending more… but keep getting less. Ask any teacher…it’s not going to them. Maybe this is why homeschooling and private schooling is growing in popularity. Of course, not everyone can homeschool or seek private education…it would require, in many cases, to settle for a lesser lifestyle…and a change in priorities.”

 

“Christians? We know (or we are supposed to) that only parents are really ultimately responsible for their children’s education (Eph. 6:4), whether you homeschool, private school, or publicly instruct. Paying those who educate for us necessitates our being involved in financing the process (paying our taxes or tuition) AND making sure those moneys are appropriately spent. We might rather someone else have that oversight, but that is not what Scripture teaches.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, make us good stewards. If that requires effort, give us the strength to attend boring PTA meeting, vote in school board elections, and care enough to express our opinion, even  when it’s unpopular; 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