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CLARITY – 4-23-20 A Battle of Bluster

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-23-20

A Battle of Bluster

What’s Happening: “Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami threatened the U.S. Navy earlier today, saying: ‘I have ordered our naval forces to destroy any American terrorist force in the Persian Gulf that threatens security of Iran’s military or non-military ships,’ This may have caused President Trump to retaliate in a war of words that had him reciprocate a threat to harassing gunboats. All of this is likely Iran’s response to crippling sanctions and the withdrawal of the US from the ‘nuclear deal.’ Who will win this battle of bluster? It’s quite humorous to see these tiny gunboats next to a huge battleship or a carrier (https://news.yahoo.com/guards-chief-u-warships-destroyed-101041260.html). ‘I am telling the Americans that we are absolutely determined and serious in defending our national security, our water borders, our shipping safety, and our security forces, and we will respond decisively to any sabotage,’ Salami said. ‘Americans have experienced our power in the past and must learn from it.’ Give me a break! Really?!”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Sounds serious to me!”

Biblical Response:  “It may have to Hezekiah, too (he was similarly threatened by the leader of the Assyrian forces – read the account in 2 Kings 18-19). However, the Lord was on his side. Iran touts that Allah is on their side. I guess we’ll see who wins. I will say we are currently in a post-Christian era in America (not the Christian consensus we once enjoyed). Of course, Baal, like Allah, is no god. Sure, Iran can threaten, but the reality begs to differ. Want proof? All I know is that Assyria’s army went home quickly after God killed 185,000 of them in a single night (11 Kings 19:35-36).”

“Christians? Although we believe that God can and does use smaller forces to teach larger forces who’s really in charge (hint; it’s not the larger force OR the smaller force), all this blustering is just so much ‘clouds without rain’ (Prov. 25:14). All this has been predetermined anyway (Acts 17:26). We had just better get in step with God’s plan.

‘This plan of mine is not what you would work out, neither are my thoughts the same as yours!’”  (Isaiah 55:8 LB)

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to not to make empty threats and to realize our strength comes from You, not the size of our forces; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 10-31-19 Good Fear

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-31-19

Good Fear

It’s Happening: “While much of the western world is Trick-or-Treating, using good-natured ‘fear’ as its calling card, the U.K. (and France, the U.S., Russia, etc.) patrols the oceans with submarines that strike real fear in their nuclear missile threat to kill billions. This threat will be updated, the U.K. announced (it’s assumed the other nuclear powers are doing similarly), with subs launching in the 2030’s and programmed to last into the 2060’s (https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/royal-navy-may-not-be-most-dangerous-it-can-kill-billions-91846)). At any one time, there are 64 nuclear warheads under the sea…and that’s just from the U.K’s threat. Imagine how that number is exponentially multiplied by others.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Should I be doing duck-and-cover drills?”

Biblical Response:  “If that makes you feel better. Of course, that was only created to give the helpless 1960’s public school kids a naive sense of safety…as they huddled under desks with arms over their heads…as if desks and arms could provide any real protection against nuclear holocaust.! And that’s just physical protection. All this alert, alarm, and drill does nothing to shield anyone from spiritual death…the real threat to be feared:”

Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matt. 10:28 NASU)

 This ‘good fear’ hopefully will have some rethinking their ‘preparations.’”

“Christians? Generally, we do not favor fear (Matt. 6:34; Phil. 4:6; 1 John 4:18). However, when you consider how holy and great and powerful God is…and how puny comparatively we are…it only makes sense to take Matt. 10:28 to heart (printed above).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the wisdom to not make threats emptily, but to make real preparations spiritually, too: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 8-21-19 Watchful But Not Rattled

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -8-21-19

Watchful But Not Rattled

What’s Happening: “North Korea keeps testing short-range missiles (https://www.yahoo.com/news/pompeo-says-north-korea-missile-125513626.html), China keeps threatening the Indo-Pacfific region where U.S. and allied bases are located (https://www.yahoo.com/news/china-could-render-us-military-104141882.html), and now that both Russia and the U.S. have abandoned the INF (Intermediate Nuclear Forces agreement), the testing of those intermediate missiles has been resumed by the U.S., launching its first ground-based missile from California since the early 80s (https://www.yahoo.com/news/pentagon-conducts-1st-test-previously-182317892.html). All this to challenge America’s undisputed leadership militarily: A report has described the US military as an ‘atrophying force that is not sufficiently ready, equipped or postured for great power competition…’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Another arms race…great! Next we can expect our taxes to go up or our deficit to increase!”

Biblical Response:  “Or both. Still, threat-of-force seems only to be deterred by further threat-of-force. Why is that? Because you’re dealing with natural men (Is. 53:6) and fear is the denomination of terror (1 John 4:18). As long as we (metaphorically speaking) ‘trust in horses’ (Ps. 20:7: Is. 31:1), we will be in an arms race. Maybe we should just increase our vigilance (Ezek. 33;3)…through increasing our satellites, I guess…that might be cheaper…still, as long as you’re dealing with natural men, maybe it’s just not possible to completely eliminate the possibility of armed conflict. There will never be peace on earth until the Prince of Peace rules in the hearts of all men. Sounds like heaven. Exactly!”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in dealing with men as they are, not the way you want them…but we also believe in calling those things that are not, as though they were (Rom. 4:17). Hopeful, but not naive.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us wisdom, but help us to look positively…You know, ‘trust, but verify’…but trust; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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