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CLARITY – 9-11-18 Memories

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-11-18

Memories

 

What’s Happening:  “Some things you want to forget…like the loss of life on September 11, 2001…nearly 3,000 in the Trade Towers in New York, the Pentagon and on the fields of Pennsylvania. Some things you want to never forget…like the loss of life on September 11, 2001…and we won’t (hence Patriots Day 2018). Of course, life must go on (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-begins-9-11-anniversary-122410089.html). From the previous article: ‘Shortly before he was due to deliver a speech at Shanksville today, Mr Trump tweeted: ‘17 years since September 11th!’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Reading the article, sounds like our President may be more concerned with accusations of collusion than remembrance of 9/11.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe,,,but whose fault is that? Trump’s accusers are relentless. They may prove collusion, but to date, they’ve yet to prove any cooperation between the Russians and anybody…except Hillary’s campaign (https://nypost.com/2017/07/05/uncovering-the-russia-ties-of-hillarys-campaign-chief/). Distraction may make it difficult to make any progress.”

 

“Christians? We are called to remember (Deut. 9:7, etc.), but not to wallow (2 Pet. 2:22). We should remember the lessons (and their expense) of the past or, as philosopher George Santayana warns, we’ll be ‘doomed to repeat it.’”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to use the past for perspective, but not be so caught up in it as to be timid about progress; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 8-21-18 “Naive” is a Nice Way to Say “Stupid”

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-21-18

“Naive” is a Nice Way to Say “Stupid”

 

What’s Happening:  “Recently (late July), two American cyclists, both 29, were spending their life savings traveling by bicycle around the world when they were stabbed to death in Tajikistan by five ISIS terrorists. In a daily journal they had just written: ‘Badness exists, sure, but even that’s quite rare. By and large, humans are kind. ‘ Oops! (https://people.com/crime/dc-couple-killed-isis-attack-tajikistan-cyclist/). ‘Self-interested sometimes, myopic sometimes, but kind. Generous and wonderful and kind. No greater revelation has come from our journey than this,’ wrote the couple, Lauren Geoghegan and Jay Austin.””

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Oops! They just made that one little mistake.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yeah. Except some mistakes have deadly consequences. Were they blind? Didn’t they ever read the headlines? The news is full of senseless acts that can only be chalked up to the existence of evil! What is ‘kind’ about any terrorist attack? Were the acts of Jack the Ripper ‘kind’? How about Jeffrey Dahmer or any other serial killer? GET A LIFE!! Or get a death!”

 

Christians? While we should mourn their death, we don’t want to mimic their naivete. We know that evil exists (John 10:10). Even worldly philosophy teaches us that: ‘The only thing necessary for evil to prosper is that good men do nothing.’ – Edmund Burke”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may we not substitute naivete for knowledge. We, like You, need to know that ‘the hearts of the children of men  are filled with evil’ (Eccl. 9:3); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 8-18-18 Nap Time Is Over!

CLARITY

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

Nap Time Is Over!

 

What’s Happening:  “Iran has sleeper cells (in the form of terrorists like Hezbollah) ready to strike within the U.S….so said intel officers to Congress recently (https://greatamericanpolitics.com/2018/08/congress-warned-iranian-backed-terrorist-sleeper-cells-in-us-ready-to-attack/).  Worse than that, since the U.S. has pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal and has imposed sanctions these ‘sleeper cells’ might be awakened (https://freebeacon.com/national-security/iranian-backed-sleeper-cell-militants-hibernating-u-s-positioned-attack/). ‘Hezbollah is probably the most experienced and professional terrorist organization in the world,’ even more so than ISIS and Al Qaeda. So says Rep. Peter King, (R-NY) and member of the House Homeland Security Committee.” ”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Probably just more fear-mongering.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…but that what folks were saying on September 10, 2001. Things are never desperate…UNTIL THEY’RE DESPERATE! Why are they called ‘sleeper cells?’ Because they are ‘asleep’ (hidden in plain sight) until they are ‘awakened” (activated to perform some terrorist attack).”

 

Christians? We know all about ‘sleeper cells’ (I’m sorry, perhaps I should have used the more familiar term ‘churches’). Sure, Pastors are trying to ‘awaken’ them, but an hour on Sunday is just not enough…so the jobs of ‘going into wall the world’ and ‘teaching them whatsoever I command’ don’t get done (Matt. 28:18-20). Neither does vigilance (1 Pet. 5:8), which might come in handy just now.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to awaken and get about the business of why You left us here, anyway; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 8-17-18 Holey (Not Holy) System

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-17-18

Holey (not Holy) System

 

What’s Happening:  “Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, an Iraqi, 45, was arrested in California and will be extradited to stand trial for an ISIS murder in 2014. He applied and received refugee status in the U.S. the same month as the killing. Further checks have indicated he was also involved in helping plant improvised bombs, transporting militants, kidnapping, illegally soliciting funds, and robbing supply trucks for al-Qaida. Apparently our vetting system was flawed (https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-officials-ex-isis-fighter-entered-us-refugee-180806292.html.  ‘The U.S. government identified and implemented additional security screening procedures to enable departments and agencies to more thoroughly review refugee applicants to identify potential threats to public safety and national security, with additional vetting for certain nationals of certain high-risk countries,’ a State Department statement said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Perhaps we need to look a little closer.”

 

Biblical Response:  “You think?! Of course, that was back when everyone just took people at their word. Duh! Of course a terrorist is going to lie! Maybe our first clue should have come when he wanted refugee status from a certain unmentionable country…didn’t the courts try to strike Trump’s ban down?”

 

Christians? The vetting process for admission to heaven is rigorous (Rev. 21:26-27)…and we all fall short (Rom. 3:23). Thankfully, our robes have been washed by the blood of the Lamb (Rev. 6 and 7).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, protect us from those who think they are doing their god a favor by harming us; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 5-4-18 It Was Preempted So You Probably Heard Nothing

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-4-18

 

It Was Preempted So You Probably Heard Nothing

 

What’s Happening:  “It was announced Wednesday that 17-yr-old high school student Matin Azizi-Yarand made preparations to attack a shopping mall in Plano, TX, but quick astute FBI work done by an underground informant saved the day…his attack was planned for mid-May (https://www.yahoo.com/news/texas-teen-charged-plotting-inspired-shooting-mall-014534376.html). ‘Look at all the other lone wolves…what training did they have, yet they simply killed the kuffar (Arabic for disbeliever),’ said Azizi-Yarand.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “You don’t hear about the ones who are almost successful, do you?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Nope…and with Comey and all,  the media seldom carries anything positive about the FBI and law enforcement. Still, thank God they are there. These lone wolves weren’t a problem when Baseball heroes were admired. Today, Jihadis are admired. Blame it on a godless culture that’s hedonistic and unchallenged…kids just want to make a difference…to follow a hero…and they are easy targets for the blogs of the warped, but inspired.”

 

“Christians? There is no more challenging or inspiring activity than real relevant Christianity. The problem is, there are too few youth pastors who challenge their charges to such a lifestyle. Kids don’t get inspired by another party where they can numb themselves by alcohol or drugs…they hunger to be dared to make a difference. True Christianity, where they are challenged to love the sinner while hating their sin (Luke 6:27) IS attempting the impossible (it is impossible without God)…and it DOES make a difference!”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to inspire an energetic and enthusiastic generation that only seeks godly direction for their passion; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 4-6-18 No Mystery to Me

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-6-18

 

No Mystery to Me

 

What’s Happening:  “The YouTube shooter is a perpetrator seeking a motive – not that there aren’t plenty willing to assign one. Nasim Najafi Aghdam was from Iran…seems obvious, doesn’t it? Islamic terrorism…except for one thing…she’s not a Muslim. Some have suggested (without offering proof) that she was an illegal immigrant or a robot or a transgender woman or a woman out to prove women are capable of gun violence, too…anything that fits their narrative (https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2018/04/05/the-youtube-shooter-fits-the-most-important-narrative-of-all/?utm_term=.b55b6b1a1667). Could it be that she was just an evil person? Of course, you’d have to admit first that evil exists…and that doesn’t fit the narrative, either.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What are you saying? That good and evil exist?!”

 

Biblical Response:  “YES! And you should be scared…very scared! Actually, I’ve got good news and bad news. First, the bad news: evil exists and it is powerful. Now, the good news: God also exists, He’s good, and He’s more powerful! I don’t know what was going through Nasim’s mind. Sure, she was demented, No one commits such a heinous act when they are in their right mind. But what was her primary motivation? Vengeance against a company that she perceived had done her wrong? Perhaps. (One thing’s for sure, it wasn’t the gun that made her do it – or a car, a truck, or a nerve agent? Those are only means…what was her motive?) Could it be that she was being influenced more by the bad news than the good news?”

 

“Christians? We all want to point the finger at something…an ideology, at some means, or at society in general. But there’s a mirror in front of us (James 1:23). It’s called the Word of God. That which tells us of a standard by which all actions are to be judged, recommends a course of action we seldom take…that of looking at the other fingers pointed back at us, We may not have pulled the trigger, or have steered the wheel, or released the gas…but we all have a responsibility of overcoming evil with good (Rom. 12:1).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we need Your help in getting the Good News out to others…and in overcoming evil with good; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 3-22-18 A Story You May Have Missed

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-22-18

 

A Story You May Have Missed

 

What’s Happening:  “Ronnie Oneal, after shouting ‘Allahu Akbar,’ killed his partner and daughter and stabbed his son. Riverview, Florida authorities are still mystified as to the motive…at least that is how the story reads (https://conservativetribune.com/man-shouts-allah-akbar-shooting-stabbing/).  Of course, you probably didn’t hear about this…I wonder why?”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I wonder why the mainstream media didn’t carry this?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yeah, me to. Perhaps because there was only one killed by a gunshot wound (two were stabbed)…no story about the need for gun control. And only two died…not 17…not enough to be newsworthy. Oh, and the obvious motive was not politically correct.”

 

“Christians?  We have an obligation to be informed (Luke 10:27-35). True story: the day of my move from San Diego (I had just backed up the U-Haul to load), my nextdoor neighbor walks up, shoves a hand toward me and introduces himself, ‘I’ve lived here for quite some time and I thought I’d meet you before I lost the chance.’ You might think this is an indictment against him. No, it’s an indictment against me. I never learned about him, but I was a Christian! I know you have many demands on your time, but keeping informed about what is going on around you is one of them (that’s why this is so short). How else can we be salt and light?”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to value others as You did us…giving Your Son’s life; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-22-18 Is Anywhere Safe?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-22-18

 

Is Anywhere Safe?

What’s Happening:  “How about some good news for a change? The two IED’s that exploded around 5:30pm at Eagle Ridge Mall at Lake Wales, Florida (about 30 minutes east of Tampa) injured or killed no one. That’s the good news…that no one is apparently safe anywhere: the bad news. (https://www.yahoo.com/news/2-ieds-explode-florida-mall-073521103.html. ‘It’s very concerning to us. We’re a family-oriented community. This is a family-oriented mall,’ said Deputy Police Chief Troy Schulz, at a press conference Sunday.”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “There go trips to the mall. I’m going to do all my shopping online.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Which may be exactly what terrorists want…what with wanting to change our culture and cyber-terrorism and all. Living in fear is exactly what terrorism is all about. It is reasonable to want to be safe, but is there really anywhere safe?”

 

“Christians? That is a great question deserving a great answer: YES! Let me put it like my friend, Ralph Irwin, put it when asked the same question as a medic in VietNam (imagine being on a jungle battlefield armed with only a first aid kit!). He said, ‘The safest place is the center of God’s will.’ (Psalm 18:19) When put like that, fear has no power.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, grant that we might operate in faith, not fear; there are plenty of things we can do something about to fret over the things with which we cannot: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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