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CLARITY – 10-7-19 Knowing the Enemy

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-7-19

Knowing the Enemy

What’s Happening: “It’s complicated. ..here are our choices: Remain in Syria (a small military force designed to keep ISIS from reconstituting) and being looked upon to aid Turkey when they invade -OR- Leave while we can, not risking U.S. lives and taxpayer dollars, and supporting a nation whose bellicose activities we cannot fully support (I mean, what do we gain by fighting against Kurds, who were indispensable in our fight against ISIS?). The Office of the President announced late Sunday they will choose the latter and leave the ‘immediate area.’ On top of all that, much of Europe has refused to repatriate ISIS fighters that came from their countries (https://www.yahoo.com/news/turkey-set-invade-syria-us-remove-forces-area-033736129–abc-news-topstories.html). ‘The United States Government has pressed France, Germany, and other European nations, from which many captured ISIS fighters came, to take them back, but they did not want them and refused,’ said the U.S. ‘The United States will not hold them for what could be many years and great cost to the United States taxpayer.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Isn’t Bashar Al Assad in charge of Syria and aren’t they supported by the Russians?”

Biblical Response:  “Sort of…the ‘red line’ (and might I add, meaningless?) Obama imposed was for gassing the Kurds; the Russians, who often create confusion and then like to ride up and offer ‘order out of chaos’, did just that; oh, and they support Erdogan, who on paper is a member of NATO;…throw in ISIS and the fact that Turkey would really be invading Kurdistan (which officially does not  exist…officially, it’s just Northern Syria)…I told you it was complicated. It would be great if, like God, we could see men’s hearts and knew the end from the beginning (Rom. 8:27; Is. 46:10). Of course, that would turn gray into black and white…and where’s the fun in that?”

“Christians? We know who the enemy is…ultimately (Eph. 6:12). Today…not so much. Maybe we should get God’s mind on the matter. Maybe we have. At least He already knew which choice we’d make.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to think like You, pray more, and move with caution; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 1-1-19 Let’s Hear it for Localism

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-1-19

Let’s Hear it for Localism

What’s Happening: “In a surprise attack, two F-16 fighters from Iraq leveled the building where 30+ gang leaders from ISIS were meeting in Syria….perhaps an indication of increased Iraqi involvement now that the US has announced its intention to pull out of Syria (https://www.yahoo.com/news/iraqi-warplanes-strike-islamic-state-leaders-syria-military-125330030.html). This is actually the second withdrawal of U.S. troops. Following the Iraq War, they were at a maximum of 170,3000 in November of 2007 (Wikipedia).. That we have made strides sufficient against ISIS to be able to withdraw those that were deployed there to fight IS is a good thing. Maybe it will devolve into a local insurgency…without our involvement…one can always hope.””  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Nobody wants us to be the world’s policeman…so why do it?”

Biblical Response:  “It’s complicated. Initially (and ostensibly) our involvement in Iraq was to rid Saddam Hussein of WMDs (remember). Subsequent searches revealed no such caches. Were the intelligence services wrong or did the Iraqis just quickly export them? Yes. If you are confused by my answer, it’s because it’s complicated (and that’s just on a small local scale). The intelligence services AND the powers that be in Iraq all had political agendas. Expand this local chaos to the entire world and you have the answer to the wider question why we don’t want to be the world’s policeman….We don’t have enough information (or power) to be God.”

“Christians? While we may arrogantly think we know best., we don’t. That is one of the reasons He gave us the Holy Spirit (John 16:13). Some of what happens on the world stage is God’s doing; others, God effecting Romans 8:28 – wisely, we should leave God’s work to Him (Is. 55;8-9); still others, the devil effecting his failing agenda.

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us patience, humility, discernment and discretion…and wise leaders; 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