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CLARITY – 6-11-19 Unreliable

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -6-11-19

Unreliable

What’s Happening: “Extradition to China from New Zealand is in question…A) It’s never been done before (China has no formal extradition rights for New Zealand); B) There is some evidence that though China rigorously challenges any accusation of torture it nevertheless occurs; C) The attempt to extradite someone from Honk Kong has resulted in a million-man protest there… Kyung Yup Kim is accused of killing a woman in Shanghai a decade ago. And the courts in New Zealand put a temporary halt to his extradition to China earlier today (https://www.yahoo.com/news/zealand-court-stops-man-being-082024042.html). ‘Nevertheless, torture remains widespread and confessions obtained through torture are regularly admitted in evidence,’ said the court’s report.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Maybe Kim really did kill that woman!”

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…but we’ll really never know…and neither will the Chinese…not if they rely on a confession obtained through torture. People being tortured will tell you anything just to get the pain to stop. It might be the truth, but it might not. Extradition has traditionally been used as a way for the long arm of justice to get even longer…if there’s no place to run, maybe criminals will just give up and face the music. The Apostle Paul, of course, used it to get justice. His appeal to Caesar led to his extradition to Rome (Acts 25:21), and a fair trial…at least fairer than the Jewish leaders would have given him.”

“Christians? Do we believe in extradition? Absolutely! That is what the translation of the saints at the end of the age is all about (1Thess. 4:13-18). Don we believe in torture? In what way can we construe torture to mean that it is a demonstration of loving our enemies (Matt. 5:44)?”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we want to be set free by truth (John 8:32), we don’t want to assume what we get from torture is truth; help us to discern; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 5-12-18 The Gate that Should be There

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-12-18

 

The Gate that Should be There

 

What’s Happening:  “Fox News’ Charles Payne apologized for not immediately correcting the comment of guest and military analyst Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney, who called Sen. John McCain ‘songbird John,’ claiming torture worked on him (https://www.yahoo.com/news/fox-cuts-ties-guest-cited-134529474.html). ‘I regret I did not catch this remark, as it should have been challenged. As a proud military veteran and son of a Vietnam Vet these words neither reflect my or the network’s feelings about Senator McCain, or his remarkable service and sacrifice to this country,’ Charles Payne tweeted.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Oops!”

 

Biblical Response:  “You can say that again! Even if true (I wasn’t there,,,neither were you), common decency says you don’t kick a man while he’s down. Remarks made by anyone concerning Sen. McCain (who suffers from a brain tumor) need to be spoken discreetly and respectfully. Most people have a gate between their brain and their mouth. It is unfortunate that some people’s gates are rusted open…or non-existent.”

 

“Christians? We should be known as much by what we DON’T say as by what we do (Rom. 4:17). As the Scripture says, ‘All things are lawful for me, but not all things are expedient.’ (1 Cor. 6:12).”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, teach us what is truly apropos; help us to win people with the sweetness of our words, not lose them through our indiscretions; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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