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CLARITY – 8-16-19 It’s the Law

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -8-16-19

It’s the Law

What’s Happening: “Though AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D., NY) disagreed vocally, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) were both barred by the government of Israel from the country, including a planned visit to Palestinian cities on the West Bank, Thursday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was only obeying the law and both Muslim Representatives had expressed hatred for Jews and Israel (https://www.yahoo.com/news/israel-ban-omar-tlaib-reactions-200932835.html). ‘There is no country in the world that respects the U.S. and the U.S. Congress more than the State of Israel. As a vibrant and free democracy, Israel is open to any critic and criticism, with one exception: Israel’s law prohibits the entry of people who call and operate to boycott Israel,’ Netanyahu’s statement read.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What right does an alleged democracy have to barr Muslims from entry?”

Biblical Response:  “Actually, every right…they have a prior obligation to protect their citizens. You might ask what harm two women could do? (google women terrorists sometime – your next question might be: ‘Are you calling them terrorists?!’ – a brief review of their anti-semitic comments will yield disturbing results – you be the judge – there are those who wield weapons and those who wield words). Netanyahu might be likened to a watchman on the wall (Is. 21:6). He bears a responsibility for those he warns (Ezek. 3:18).” 

“Christians? Deciding who gets into heaven is way above our paygrade, but no one will deny the momentousness (is that a word?) of the decision. Imagine someone who wants to do harm in heaven!”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to tone down the rhetoric and realizing the importance of decisions made, keep our leaders in prayer; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 7-19-19 Lest We Forget

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -7-19-19

Lest We Forget

What’s Happening: “25 years have passed, but the memory is still fresh…at least for the 85 victims’ families who were killed (hundreds more were wounded) in the 1992 attack and again in the 1994 Hezbollah bombings that hit two Jewish sites in Argentina. Although there have been accusations of a cover-up and a plethora of investigations, no one has yet been incarcerated (https://www.yahoo.com/news/argentina-honors-terror-attack-victims-152226960.html). In addition to the grief experienced in today’s recollections there will be much celebration tomorrow at the 50th anniversary ceremony of Neil Armstrong’s historic walk on the moon. He became the first man on the moon, saying, ‘One small step for man, one giant leap for Mankind.’ (https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/armstrong-walks-on-moon).  These two events represent the broad spectrum of Man’s tragedies and triumphs.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So, am I to be sad or happy?”

Biblical Response:  “Both…respectively. And there are lessons to be learned from both. That the price of liberty is eternal vigilance (pay attention Argentina – actually, Thomas Jefferson might be the original author in 1817)…and that few things of greatness are accomplished without the help of others (there were 400,000 engineers and millions of taxpayers that made Neil Armstrong’s feat possible). And we are right to cry and rejoice. In fact, we are commanded by God to do so (Rom. 1:15). And we are to remember…that anything is possible…bad or good. The real importance is that we learn what we are supposed to learn…lest we condemned to learn those lessons again.”

“Christians? We believe in learning…and in remembering. Only God has the luxury of forgetting…and we are still the beneficiaries of that (Jer. 31:34).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to remember, as painful or joyful as that may be…and LEARN; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 7-2-19 The Futility of Limiting Power

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -7-2-19

The Futility of Limiting Power

What’s Happening: “Iran has announced that it has exceeded the maximum set by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA – the nuclear deal) for medium grade (3.67% purity) fissionable material (661 pounds)…not to mention the 22,046 pounds of weapons grade – 20% – fissionable material it already stockpiles. Although the U.S. (Trump) unilaterally pulled out of the deal over a year ago, E.U. nations that signed on have tried to hold the deal together. Now they have clear evidence of non-compliance (https://www.yahoo.com/news/iran-says-broken-stockpile-limit-121553069.html). ‘The Iranian regime, armed with nuclear weapons, would pose an even greater danger to the region and to the world,’ Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said.” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Great! Just what we need! Another war!”

Biblical Response:  “Nobody wants war, but we’re talking about a whole paradigm shift. Give the world’s greatest state sponsor of terrorism a nuclear weapon  and we’re immediateley talking nuclear ransom on an unprecedented scale (actually, I don’t know whether it would be worse to have a nuke explode or just to fear one exploding – sometimes the unknown becomes more fearsome because it’s unknown). In any case, ‘power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely’ (Lord Acton). If anyone thinks that Iran could get close to the power it hungers for…but control itself, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you. Iran deals in the torment of fear (1 John 4:18); that’s the denomination of terrorism.”

“Christians? Fear? We’d like to say we only fear God (Matt. 10:28), but we are aspiring to that…meanwhile, we pray for wisdom (Matt. 10:16).” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us fight naivete’…with knowledge (John 8:32); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 5-25-19 Shedding Innocent Blood Is Wrong…Period!

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-25-19

Shedding Innocent Blood Is Wrong…Period!

What’s Happening: “Three were killed and at least twenty were injured at the bombing yesterday at a mosque in Kabul (Afghanistan). Among the dead was Muslim cleric Samiullah Raihan, who was leading prayers in the Sunni Al-Taqwa mosque. Although no one has claimed responsibility, it is not uncommon for warring factions of Muslims to take matters into their own hands (https://www.yahoo.com/news/bomb-kills-least-one-during-friday-prayers-mosque-094010470.html). Quoting from the Reuters article: ‘Firdaws Faramarz, a police spokesman, said explosives were apparently placed near the altar of the Al-Taqwa mosque, a place used by the mosque leader to initiate the prayers.’”   

Knee-Jerk Response:  “If Muslims want to kill Muslims, more power to ‘em!”

Biblical Response:  “That sentiment is why jihad recruiting is easy and evangelism efforts among Muslim communities is hard. The ‘Christian’ West (or should I say the post-Christian West? – many churches are not well populated…except for CHRINOs – CHRistians In Name Only). I know there’s a tendency to fear the unfamiliar and Muslim terrorism has fanned ideological bias, but if we truly believe in Christianity’s inherent superiority, we won’t be cheering on these innocent deaths (Ex. 20:13)…or taking matters into our own hands, either. God is quite capable of sorting nations and territories out (Acts 17:26).”

“Christians? They won’t know we are Christian by our hate, but by our love (Jn. 13:35). Rather, we should weep for those who weep (Rom. 12:15). A little kindness and compassion would go much further than judgmentalism and vengeance.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to love unconditionally and see every non-Christian as a potential future family member; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 5-23-19 Whatever Happened to Civility?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-23-19

Whatever Happened to Civility?

What’s Happening: “The jury is still out (no pun intended) on 27-year-old Christopher Cleary, a Utah man that maintains he’s still a virgin and has no girlfriend, He is being charged with a third degree felony (attempted threat of terrorism) for posting on Facebook that he was going to ‘kill as many girls as he could see’ because he was rejected…a dubious claim as two girls claimed to have a sexual relationship with him and he was living with a girl when was arrested (https://www.yahoo.com/news/man-threatened-kill-many-girls-141138663.html). ‘All I wanted to be was loved,” Cleary posted. ‘Yet no one cares about me, I’m 27 years old and I’ve never had a girlfriend before and I’m still a virgin, this is why I’m planning on shooting up a public place soon and being the next mass shooter ‘cause I’m ready to die.’”   

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Sounds like a bad hombre that needs to be removed from society!”

Biblical Response:  “And he may be, though I don’t believe his consorts anymore than I do him. What I want to ask is, where are his parents? Apparently he was not taught how to handle rejection…or anger, for that matter. Life is full of hard knocks. Kids are supposed to learn how to handle that while they’re young…so that when they get older, they have learned discretion…to be angry, but sin not (Eph. 4;26). That’s what parenting is for. (You know, that old-fashioned impediment to a two-income higher standard of living.,,what we have are kids posting threats on social media, still living in their parents’ basements which were afforded by that increased standard of living!)”

“Christians? We’ll probably get accused of child abuse for visiting the ‘woodshed’ so often…maybe you’d like visiting the prison better? See the following ‘outmoded’ scriptures

“Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.” (Prov. 13:24 NLT)

“Withhold not correction from the child; (For) if thou beat him with the rod, he will not die.” (Prov. 23:13 ASV)

“And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;

For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”

(Heb. 12:5-6 NKJV)

ETC., ETC.

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, make the parent impervious to the protests of the disciplined child, but attentive to Your merciful voice of direction: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 5-22-19 Rumors of War

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-22-19

Rumors of War

What’s Happening: “A poll released yesterday revealed that most believe that war with Iran is imminent…the majority also believe that a first strike would be a mistake, but favor a military response if attacked, with 39% favoring an outright invasion (https://www.yahoo.com/news/half-american-adults-expect-war-iran-within-next-043709356.html). Quoting the author of the above-linked article, Chris Kahn: ‘Trump has said he would like to negotiate with the Islamic Republic’s leaders. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rejected talks on Tuesday and has said “economic war” is being waged against Iran.’”   

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Iran’s just upset that the U.S. has pulled out of the Nuclear Deal. They’re not getting as much Euro-attention.”

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…especially if that Euro-attention brought petro dollars with it. Still, those crazy Iranians are the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism, and just wacky enough to think they might have something to gain by being in a war with us. This is not Armageddon, but American culture today knows nothing of world warfare. The Vietnam War was horrific (over 55, 000 Americans lost), and so was America’s longest war, Afghanistan (as of 5 August 2018, 3,458 coalition deaths). By comparison, WWII records 21-25 million soldiers and 50-55 million civilians! This culture might mature awfully quick if it experienced anything on that scale. Of course, China, Russia, and North Korea would have to get involved to produce those kinds of numbers. Like I said, that would be a quick, albeit drastic, route to maturity for a culture…but stranger things have happened…recently, as world history records time.”

“Christians? Pray (Phil. 4:6). Note that that scripture starts out by saying,”Don’t worry about anything…” Sure, we should take precautions like any responsible watchman (Ezek. 33:6), but God’s got an agenda that won’t be denied (perhaps I shouldn’t remind Him that we’ve aborted 60 million since Roe v. Wade).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father,help us to be wise and remember our frailty when You exact justice…and be merciful: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 4-29-19 Bloody Hands

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-29-19

Bloody Hands

What’s Happening: “Although the President and Prime Minister of Sri Lanka both claim to have no prior knowledge of the suicide attacks Easter that killed more than 250, the Indian intelligence service say they gave weeks of warning. Indian police intercepted a National Towheed Jamaat communication, the heretofore unknown IS-linked terror group that launched the attack, with warnings detailing the plot to the Sri Lankan government…which went obviously unheeded (https://www.yahoo.com/news/indian-police-uncovered-plot-sri-lanka-didnt-act-131730238.html). ‘That is why the kind of detailing of the incident they received was very, very specific, They knew the group, they knew the targets, they knew the time, they knew the whereabouts of the suicide bombers, and all of this was communicated to the Sri Lankan government,’ said Ajai Sahni, executive director of the Institute for Conflict Management in New Delhi.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What’s the use of having warnings, if you won’t heed them?!”

Biblical Response:  “Indeed, what is the use? Maybe the recent civil war there was a distraction. Still, that gives the current leadership little excuse. I predict a political shake up that will trace its roots to these unheeded warnings. Is there responsibility to heed credible warnings?Yes. Read what the Word has to say about it:

‘When I tell the wicked, you shall surely die; and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at your hand.’ (Ezek. 3:18)”

“Christians? We believe that warnings are not obligatory, but a grace gift. They are to be heeded, however. Maybe the above scripture has application for all Christians concerning the wrath that is to come…thankfully, Jesus took that wrath on the cross for me…how about you?”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give our leaders the wisdom to heed credible warnings…and us the wisdom to select leaders with ears to hear; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 4-24-19 Taking Advantage of Chaos

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-24-19

Taking Advantage of Chaos

What’s Happening: “It is disheartening to say that the death toll in Sri Lanka has risen to 359 (from 290 just a couple of days ago – BTW, CLARITY needs to make a correction in its 4/22 edition; there were 4 Americans killed, not 39), but rude and crass to learn that there are political forces wanting to take advantage of the lapse in security of the present regime, and the chaos that resulted, to promise a better way.  The FBI is due to arrive today to help in the investigation, but the current government is being criticized by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the former president’s brother who led the army in the recent civil war (https://www.yahoo.com/news/easter-massacre-opens-door-strongman-210000402.html). ‘“If there was even the slightest thing, we chased them and arrested them and took action to prevent incidents,’ Rajapaksa said. ‘Without security, you lose everything. Is there reconciliation now? Is there freedom now?’…  It may be a stretch to think this terrorist attack was anything more than revenge for the mosque terrorism in New Zealand a few months ago.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess there’s always someone waiting in the wings to take advantage of someone else’s tragedy.”

Biblical Response:  “Sad, but true. The long-term solution to terrorism is more Christian  missionaries (Eph. 4:11-15). There will never be peace on earth until the Prince of Peace rules in the heart of every man.”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in peace (which is not the mere absence of conflict), but we believe this peace comes from lordship (Rom. 10:9-10). And, if He’s not Lord of all, He’s not Lord at all.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be willing to go…or send others; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 4-23-19 The Definition of Integrity

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-23-19

The Definition of Integrity

What’s Happening: “Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, announced yesterday the end of waivers granted to eight nation for continuing to buy Iranian oil. It was part of Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ campaign following the U.S.’s decision to unilaterally pull out of the Iran Nuke Deal. Although the linked article is not written from a pro-Trump perspective it does mention Saudi Arabia’s pledge to increase its production to ameliorate any global oil shortage. Iran, for its part, has threatened to begin its ‘stopped’ nuclear program and close down the Strait of Hormuz (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-aims-stop-iran-oil-193459113.html). ‘This decision is intended to bring Iran’s oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue,’ a  White House statement said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Oh my! That means the price at the pump will probably go up,”

Biblical Response:  “Probably…even more than the usual summer driving-season bump…the price of doing what you said you were going to do. Which, by the way, is a good definition of integrity. Besides, no one respects what you say if you only threaten. Will it cost us at the pump (in our pockets)? Probably. So? To be unwilling as Americans to pay a small price for our nation’s integrity is…well, unpatriotic. I know there are some who believe we should still be in the Iran Nuke Deal, but we’ve decided to pull out…and that has real consequences for us to bear. At least terrorism will not be as well-funded. You may say getting out of the Iran Nuke Deal was Trump’s decision. True, but the last time I checked, he was still President…that is, unless you want to change the definition of integrity.”

“Christians? We believe in doing what we say (Num. 32:23). We also believe in being careful with our words (Prov. 13:3). It is only the integritous man that has the right to complain when he thinks integrity is being forfeit for self-interest. It may be painful, but we should silently bear the consequence.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us be willing to pay the price for our integrity…especially if it brings about a lessening of terrorism; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 4-22-19 It Knows No Boundaries

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-22-19

It Knows No Boundaries

What’s Happening: “The death toll in a series of seven suicide bombings yesterday in Sri Lanka has reached 290 (injuring 500), the Associated Press reported. Since the bombings (which killed at least 39 Americans) occurred at churches and hotels, and happened on Easter, officials think that it was religiously motivated…and coordinated internationally. Seven members of the radical Muslim group, National Thowfeek Jamaath, were involved, but it was not known yet their motive  (https://www.yahoo.com/news/sri-lankan-officials-radical-domestic-122114907.html).  ‘We do not believe these attacks were carried out by a group of people who were confined to this country. There was an international network without which these attacks could not have succeeded.’ said Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess that’s one destination I can take off my bucket list.”

Biblical Response:  “I can’t imagine why anyone would have the tiny island nation of Sri Lanka on their bucket list, but I think Americans are generally targeted…the world over. Why? Maybe it’s jealousy…maybe it’s the attention it will get in the media…whatever. Fear knows no boundaries. Am I advocating a fatalist, ‘que sera, sera’ attitude? Hardly! And we should pray for those who lost loved ones (Rom.12:15). But wringing our hands in fear or anxiety is not the answer. That’s just what the terrorists want (1 John 4:18). Sure, we should be vigilant. And, where it makes sense, harden soft targets. But the main thing is not to get so ‘jacked-up’ when these things happen. After all, we all have an appointment with the end…and we are not going a moment before…or after.  If it were not so, He would have told us (Jn.14:2).”

“Christians? When tragedy strikes on Easter (Resurrection Day), we need to realize a religious message was being sent. It was wasted on us (or it should have been). We know where we are going, and regardless of the method we leave, we are received with open arms…the message of Easter should have told us that.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we know our destination is secure, we don’t need to go before our appointed time…nor do we need to be manipulated by fear; 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