CLARITY – 4-16-18 Orban’s Orbit

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-16-18

 

Orban’s Orbit

 

What’s Happening:  “When Prime Minister of Hungary Victor Orban won re-election last week (in a landslide that likely yeilded him a ⅔ majority in their Parliament), it was a repudiation of ‘The United States of Europe’ concept in favor of an anti-immigration ‘Europe of sovereign nations’ ideal, an endorsing of his far-right Fidesz party (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hungary-election-orban/hungarys-orban-to-seek-eu-of-strong-nations-after-landslide-re-election-idUSKBN1HH12A). ‘“The Hungarian people have defined the most important issues: these are the questions of immigration and national sovereignty,’ said Orban.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “And what happens in Hungary matters to me how?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Living in myopic America may make most contemplate personal navels, but the increasing interconnectedness of our world in the 21st century means that every butterfly wing’s flap has its consequence.  In other words, what happens in Hungary may be uninteresting to some, but it does make a difference. Likely, what has happened in Hungary’s election is a reflection of Trumpism…a sweeping away of the old guard to make room for the new. Brexit, the election of Macron (of France), an exit by the U.S. from the pact on Climate Change, and now the election of Orban should be seen as examples of this. I’m not saying it’s altogether a good thing…or a bad thing…it’s just a thing.”

 

“Christians? Baron John Dalberg-Acton (1834-1902) was the first to say it, but ‘Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’ Whether it’s Trump, Macron or Orban, power is only checked by power.  ‘We the people’ must make our voice heard (Matt. 18:20).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to make our voice heard but not stridently…softly, but insistently; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 4-13-18 A Higher Loyalty

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-13-18

 

A Higher Loyalty

 

What’s Happening:  “Although former FBI Director James Comey’s book, A Higher Loyalty, is not due to be released until next week, reviews and quotes are already beginning to appear. Comey tries to explain his actions, conversations he’s had with Obama, Trump and the Hillary Campaign, etc. Who knows what the truth really is? (https://www.yahoo.com/news/whats-james-comeys-book-235458827.html). Comey writes, ‘We are experiencing a dangerous time in our country, with a political environment where basic facts are disputed, fundamental truth is questioned, lying is normalized and unethical behavior is ignored, excused or rewarded.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Will we ever really know the truth?”

 

Biblical Response:  “We may already know the truth…but do we know we know the truth?…probably not. Or the question might be raised, ‘Whose truth?’ If you ask Trump, it’s one thing. If you ask Hillary, it’s another. If you ask Comey, it’s still another. (and honestly, they’ve believed their own hype for so long, maybe they can’t even recognize the absolute truth). ”

 

“Christians? Sure, we know there’s ‘A Higher Loyalty.’ God is the higher loyalty and He knows the absolute truth (Jn. 8:32). What is ‘absolute truth?’”

 

“Let me illustrate it this way: There is an argument that ensues between two guys. Both are watching a roofer put on shingles a quarter of a mile away. As he strikes the nail there is a delay in the report of the sound. One guy says to the other, ‘Bet you can’t tell me when he’s striking the nail.’ The other guy argues, turning around, he can even do it without looking.

 

“‘Now’… ‘and now’…timing his ‘now’ with the blows as he hears them. The other guy smiles. ‘You have it all wrong because light travels faster than sound. You think he’s hitting the nail when you hear it, but I can see when the blows really occur.’”

 

“Another guy, who’s been standing nearby pipes up, ‘You’re both wrong. The event actually occurs even sooner than the light reveals.’”

 

“‘Yeah,’ the second guy admits, ‘But you’d have to be in the hammer and in the nail to know that.’”

 

“‘Exactly!’ He exclaims.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not get too bogged down or deceived by the difference in the perspectives of various witnesses to ‘truth.’ Your absolute truth is all we trust;  in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 2-20-18 Who’s Indicted…Who’s Not

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-20-18

 

Who’s Indicted…Who’s Not

What’s Happening:  “Announced by the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller just indicted 13 Russians and 3 Russian entities for their involvement trying to influence the 2016 elections. Neither Trump, nor any of his campaign staff have been indicted. We can’t say whether or not Mueller s done with the investigation (https://www.npr.org/2018/02/17/586825413/the-russia-investigations-reading-into-mueller-s-latest-indictments). Although President Trump claims this vindicates him, the investigation is likely to continue.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “There are a lot of people who think this will be bigger than Watergate.”

 

Biblical Response:  “And they might be right, but to date no one has proven there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians. Did the Russians try to meddle in our elections? Probably, though there is no indication they were successful. (But they’ve tried in every election – what we need to be wary of are the protests they have financed since the election). Is Trump out of the woods? Not yet (at least if the Trump-haters have anything to say).”

 

“Christians? Truth is often discoverable…but not often convenient. We are for the truth (John 8:32), but also for the release of the truth in a slow and discreet manner. We’d probably all have apoplexy if everything God knows were revealed in an instant. I’m for telling what needs to be told…WHEN IT NEEDS TO BE TOLD. Good advice for the eternal…and the temporal.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, please consider the frailty of our nature, the excitability of our emotions, and our true need to know when revealing the truth; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 2-13-18 Dream On

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-13-18

 

Dream On

What’s Happening:  “The immigration deal that President Trump has proposed (1.8 million  ‘Dreamers’ on path to citizenship + 25 billion in border protection + end to immigration lottery + end to chain migration) doesn’t sit well with Republicans or Democrats. Whether enough of either party is willing to hold their nose and vote for it remains to be seen – reminds me of budget (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-pushes-immigration-deal-says-last-chance-pass-111634053–politics.html). ‘”Wouldn’t it be great if we could finally, after so many years, solve the DACA puzzle,” Trump tweeted, ’This will be our last chance, there will never be another opportunity! March 5th.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What are those brought here by parents to do?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Gee, they could apply legally…as long as this deal is approved it would really be a plus for them to get citizenship out of the deal…and it may happen. I guess we’ll know by March 5th…or whenever the courts decide. I appreciate that the ‘Dreamers’ were brought here through no fault of their own…and this deal provides a path to citizenship for them (800,000) and their parents (1,000,000); This is what Trump is willing to concede if he can only get the rest mentioned above.”

 

“Christians? Of course, we’re all here through no fault of our own (did we choose where we were born?). Here’s what I propose: at your 18th birthday (when your majority rights kick in – you are allowed to make your own decision as a legal adult), you can choose any country of the world in which to apply for citizenship; until accepted you’ll be from the country of your birth by default;  you have to decide by your 19th birthday. Sounds reasonable to me. As Christians we’re citizens by adoption, anyway (Eph. 2:18-19). I guess that makes us all ‘Dreamers.’”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let us realize we’re all here by someone grace; therefore we should, as recipients of grace, show grace; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-6-18 Standing Up for Those Who Laid Down

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-6-18

 

Standing Up for Those Who Laid Down

 

What’s Happening:  “There has been a flurry of activity at the U.N. over Iran – in Tehran, peaceful protesters of their government elicited support from Trump; Nikky Haley, America’s Ambassador to the U. N., has called for an open meeting of the Security Council; in Moscow, Sergei Ryabkov, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister, argued that as Iran did not pose an international threat, they should not be on the council’s agenda; etc. (https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-seeks-un-emergency-meeting-iran-friday-211619638.html). “The United States continues to interfere both openly and covertly in the internal affairs of other countries. They do so shamelessly,” Ryabkov said. ”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “Does anything the U.N. does really matter?”

 

Biblical Response:  “I can see where you are coming from…no power to enforce their ‘resolutions’ and all…still, the media ensures that what they say matters (and sanctions do have some effect).. Besides, the deaths of many (21 protesters have laid down their lives since December 28) cry out for justice. What will come of it all? Some say another war-torn Syria. Others, that the Iranian regime will put down this uprising like they have done others…with horrendous purges.

 

“Christians? Of course, prayer is in order (Phil. 4:6). And we should support those voices that call for freedom (John 8:32). There is a price, however, short-term and long-term. In the short-term, there may be no alternative to blood. Freedom will prevail, no doubt…eventually…but what will be the price in blood? Long-term? Freedom, once acquired, requires ongoing maintenance (read; responsibility and sacrifice).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to communicate to everyday Iranians the lessons we have learned (and are learning) in the struggle for our own freedoms; in Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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