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CLARITY – 8-27-20 Not Good For Your Health

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-27-20

Not Good For Your Health

What’s Happening: “In a story that ran yesterday in The Daily Beast, one of Putin’s closest allies, Yevgeny Prigozhin, has threatened to strike economically Alexei Navalny, who lies in a coma in a Russian hospital, an apparent victim of someone putting poison into his tea. Navalny is one of Putin’s harshest critics and has been campaigning against him in local elections. Prigozhin, although under U.S. sanction for his part in efforts to manipulate the 2016 elections, has bought debts owed by Navalny and has said he will get him one way or the other: ‘He added that if Navalny survives, he would be liable ‘according to the full severity of Russian law’ to pay off his court-ordered debt,’ quoting directly from the article (https://www.yahoo.com/news/putin-chef-threatens-destroy-navalny-133100944.html).It seems it is not good for your health to cross Putin.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I’m glad I live in America…”

Biblical Response:  “No doubt, but the long arm of the GRU (formerly the KGB) is pretty relentless. Here, you might get some prison time…or at least the threat (or reality) of a lawsuit (I’m thinking of some of Trump’s friends…enemies of the DNC). Still, at least those are survivable. Lies and deceptions can be pretty potent poisons themselves, however,  and, thankfully, will not go unanswered indefinitely (Jer. 9:8-9). An accusation of molestation or indiscretion in your ancient past is often sufficient to tank (or nearly do so) any political aspirations (I’m thinking Kavanaugh, or Roy Moore), true or not.”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in integrity (Prov. 23:7). But, we also believe the Deceiver is out to deceive, Thankfully, we have been furnished weapons that neutralize the poisons of deception (2 Cor. 10:4). Then, there’s every lie’s greatest enemy: the TRUTH (John 8:32; 10:10; and 14:6).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us discern truth, demand integrity; and be patient enough to see the reaping that is surely coming; in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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CLARITY – 7-15-20 Ungraceful Grace

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-15-20

Ungraceful Grace

What’s Happening: “Grace, a 15-year-old black girl, was sentenced to detention and led out of the courtroom in handcuffs for violating her probation – which included doing her homework. Originally charged with assault for biting her Mom, Charisse, and for pulling her hair…and later charged with stealing a phone…and later charged with stealing a laptop. Judge Brennan said the Michigan case would be up for review September 8…Grace has been diagnosed with ADHD and some think her sentence is too harsh and systemic racism might be to blame (https://www.yahoo.com/news/black-teen-didnt-her-online-194300056.html). Quoting from the Insider article, which  was co-published by the Detroit Free Press and Bridge Magazine: ‘Because of the confidentiality of juvenile court cases, it’s impossible to determine how unusual Grace’s situation is. But attorneys and advocates in Michigan and elsewhere say they are unaware of any other case involving the detention of a child for failing to meet academic requirements after schools closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “For not doing her homework?! You’ve got to be kidding me!”

Biblical Response:  “Obviously, you haven’t read the whole, rather lengthy, article…just the headlines…which is typical. When you just react to the spin the media puts on things, you get a jaundiced view. Determining truth is hard work…in any political environment…still, if we want to be fair and unbiased, we must do the work…or not shoot from the hip, making snap judgments…unlike God. But you say, didn’t Moses argue with God not to punish the Children of Israel in Exodus 32:12-14?  Wasn’t God just making a snap judgment out of anger? Didn’t Moses change God’s mind because of what others might say? It apparently worked…I say apparently because he did change God’s mind…sort of…I mean,  it could be argued that God really didn’t change His mind knowing in advance how He would act in the future (Is. 46:10).” 

“Christians? We believe in the hard work of determining the truth (Matt. 18:16). Do you think the witnesses mentioned in the previous verse just volunteered their testimony? They were usually sought out, compelled to testify…and then their testimony had to be corroborated. Hard work. (And we want to defund the police! Are you kidding me?!)”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be willing to dig for the  truth; not just accept someone else’s interpretation; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 6-9-20 Wet Finger in the Air

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-9-20

Wet Finger in the Air

What’s Happening: “A CNN Poll, putting Biden ahead of Trump by double digits, was bashed Monday by the Trump campaign saying Trump was behind Hillay, too, at this point in the campaign in 2016. The poll was different by 7 points over last month’s poll (dropping in job approval from 45% to 38%) and shows Biden winning amongst likely voters – still, it’s 5 months out from the November elections. The GOP pollster, McLaughlin and Associates said CNN’s poll was skewed as it didn’t include enough Republican voters. CNN’s margin of error was 3-4%  (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-fumes-cnn-poll-finds-184338902.html). ‘I have retained highly respected pollster, McLaughlin & Associates, to analyze 1todays CNN Poll (and others), which I felt were FAKE based on the incredible enthusiasm we are receiving. Read analysis for yourself. This is the same thing they and others did when we defeated…Crooked Hillary Clinton in 2016. They are called SUPPRESSION POLLS, and are put out to dampen enthusiasm. Despite 3 ½ years of phony Witch Hunts, we are winning, and will close it out on November 3rd!’ Trump tweeted.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess it depends on to whom you talk and what their agenda is…”

Biblical Response:  “True…and both sides have an agenda: the Biden camp wants to dampen Trump-voter enthusiasm, the Trump camp wants no one to believe the polls. At least Trump has history on his side…the Hillary camp polls had her winning the 2016 election…but Trump won by a comfortable margin.To me, the real issue is the importance of polls these days. Has the American public really sunk to the unthinking level as to let polls dictate how they are going to vote?. Surely not! I guess we’ll find out who’s telling the truth. After all, the Scripture says:

Truthful lips will be established forever, But a lying tongue is only for a  moment.” (Prov. 12:19 NASU)

“Christians? We believe in truth prevailing (the above Scripture) ,… and in its freeing ability (John 8:32). That means that those who believe lies are imprisoned by them.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us think for ourselves and seek the truth, rather than be manipulated to be imprisoned by lies; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 1-21-20 ‘Soon’ Exposed

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-21-20

‘Soon’ Exposed

What’s Happening: “An apology by a TV Host (Host of  state TV’s Good Morning Iran, Gebareh Jabarri)  posted on instagram Monday (the post has since been deleted) for lying about the downing of a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 on board. ‘Apologies for lying to you for 13 years. It was very hard for me to believe our people have been killed, forgive me for believing this late.’ Others have apologized for believing the lies of the regime, including Taraneh Alidoosti star of the popular 2016 movie, A Salesman (https://www.yahoo.com/news/sorry-lying-13-years-iranian-201452298.html). ‘We are not citizens, we are captives, millions of captives,’ she wrote (this post, too, has been deleted.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Didn’t the Iranian regime initially say they had nothing to do with the downing?”

Biblical Response:  “Yep…guess their lie was ‘soon exposed’ (Prov. 12:19 LB) – ‘Truth stands the test of time; lies are soon exposed.’) Of  course, it can be argued that 13 years is not soon (which is why it’s in quotes in today’s title). But then, nobody likes to believe their own government is corrupt, least of all left-leaning media types. The first part of the verse refers to the eternal nature of truth…the last part: the temporal nature of lies. That’s why the prevailing truth always wins out..,.eventually…and why we have to learn patience.”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in truth triumphing in the end…and that truth is a person (John 14:6). And He will set us free (John 8:32).” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to know the truth and be set free by it; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 1-11-20 Just As Dead

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-11-20

Just As Dead

What’s Happening: “After denying the Iranian military had anything to do with the downing of a Ukrainian Airlines flight just after it took off from Tehran Airport (all 176 on board were killed), it was revealed earlier today – just as American inte;lligence had suspected – that it was shot down by an Iranian missile. Apparently, the missile batteries were on high alert after the ‘retaliatory’ airstrike by the Ameericans (which killed Soleimani) and ‘unintentionally’ fired on the jet (https://www.yahoo.com/news/iran-says-unintentionally-shot-down-034030154.html). Of course, a video of the missile firing didn’t help the attempt at concealment. Quoting from the Associated Press article: ‘Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, expressed his “deep sympathy” to the families of the victims and called on the armed forces to “pursue probable shortcomings and guilt in the painful incident.””

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Oops…I predict heads will roll.”

Biblical Response:  “And they should. Nothing will return the lives of those tragic  innocent travelers (read the CLARITY blog of 1/9) – unintentional or not, they are just as dead, The real crime is the attempted cover up (don’t get me wrong, we should mourn with the families of the victims – Rom. 12:15). It’s bad enough to accidentally shoot down an airliner, but then to deny any culpability and to lay the blame at the ‘bellicose actions’ of an American administration… well, that’s beyond the pale. However, the truth will set you free (John 8:32), and there are a whole lot of angry Iranian families who are no longer disillusioned into believing the lies of their own government.”

“Christians? We believe in the freeing power of the truth. We also believe that people under pressure often make mistakes. Neither of these beliefs are much comfort to the victims’ families – nobody likes being the collateral damage of other people’s learning curves.”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to think before we act, be quick to admit error when it occurs, and de-escalate the tensions that bought all of this on; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-28-19 It’s What They Do

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-28-19

It’s What They Do

What’s Happening: “Michael Cohen, admitted liar, and once personal lawyer to Donald Trump, had much to say that delighted the Democrats in Congress that questioned him. Did  he say anything new or that could be used to impeach the 45th President of the United States? That’s debatable, but probably not. You see, he has this credibility problem (https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/02/27/6-takeaways-from-cohens-hill-testimony-about-trump/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWm1Wak5EZGtOamN6WW1GaSIsInQiOiI1SEdES0FSbk9mUlVWajhKbnJJMVk3ZDJYZDZqa2U1T2kzeHdXSzNmVnVKWlJmaDJQem5MZTFoeHVTMkR1U1F1aWhLbUo2Q0t6XC9Vd1JpdENyUWRXWk0zamRuazhXZTN5VXZ6XC9wd3FwYWs4NmlHb1dBZ1g4RmJKVWZncEFKYWcrIn0%3D)  Quoting from the article from the link above, ‘Soon to serve a prison sentence for, among other things, lying to Congress, Michael Cohen took a parting shot Wednesday at his old boss, President Donald Trump, in testimony on Capitol Hill.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Maybe he’s telling the truth…at least from his perspective.”

Biblical Response:  “Yeah…and maybe you’d be interested in a title to a bridge I own in New York! Liars lie…it’s what they do. He might be telling the truth…but probably not. ‘His truth’ cannot be trusted. It’s tainted by self-serving…by his plea and the fact that days from now he goes to prison…FOR LYING! Besides, the whole concept of ‘his truth’ gives credence to his perspective… and that there is no absolute truth.”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in absolute truth; irrefutable things that happen that are witnessed in the closet AND out. The proverbial ‘closet’ is a myth, since God was in the closet all along. His omnipresence is multi-dimensional…in space AND time, too…He’s not just everywhere present…He’s also everywhen (Is. 46:10). ”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to determine what is truth…as only then will we be set free (John 13:8), making decisions based on real reality  in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-8-19 Surprised

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-8-19

Surprised

What’s Happening: “When Dutch former far-right activist Joram van Klaveren converted from Christianity to Islam (he had formerly labeled the Quran ‘poison’) it made waves. Of course, he was studying Islam at the time, ostensibly to write an expose’ of the religion. Now he is releasing a book entitled: ‘Apostate: From Christianity to Islam in the Time of Secular Terror.’ (https://www.yahoo.com/news/former-far-activist-called-quran-171627137.html). ‘”It feels a bit like a religious homecoming for me,’ van Klaveren said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I’m happy for him. He has found what is meaningful for him.”

Biblical Response:  “That would be great if what you believe about God was just a matter of opinion…if sincerity was the measure of truth. Unfortunately, for him and 19 terrorists who flew planes into buildings (and, thankfully, a Pennsylvania countryside) and were convinced that 72 virgins awaited, it’s not. There is what you think is going to happen…and, in fact, what really happens. It’s not who has the best argument that wins out in the end…regardless of whether it’s Mohammed, or Confucius, or Ghandi, or Stephen J. Hawking… or even Christ. Truth is determined by God Himself. That Christ is right is entirely beside the point.”

“Christians? We believe in absolute truth. How else can the ‘truth set you free’(John 8:32)? If the truth sets you free, lies enslave. We need to pray for the soul of this man…and all similarly deceived. Admitting you’ve been led astray sure beats being surprised,”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we do pray for Joram. May he find the absolute truth…before it’s too late; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 11-23-18 Obfuscation

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-23-18

Obfuscation

 

What’s Happening: “When the head of the Russian spy agency, Igor Korobov, (62) died recently, it came as no surprise to many (the GRU’s previous head died at 58). He is credited recently with interfering in the 2016 U. S. election and the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Krispal in the UK (https://www.yahoo.com/news/russian-military-intelligence-head-korobov-042059166.html). Of course, who believes TASS (the Russian government-sponsored news agency) anyway.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “TASS is known for serving its own ends.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yep. Perhaps they think both investigations will die with Korobov. In any case, we may complain about the need for transparency here, but they have plenty in Russia…it’s just you can’t trust any of it. TASS reminds me of the tongue-in-cheek Soviet-era news agency PRAVDA (‘truth’ in Russian)…it’s no more reliable. What happens when the ‘fourth estate’ isn’t functioning properly? Just look at Russia.”

 

“Christians? We believe in transparency and truth (John 8:32), but as Jer. 6:14 (LB) says: ‘You can’t heal a wound by saying it’s not there.’ Just telling people to ‘pay no attention to the man behind the curtain’…will not divert attention from the truth.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our pursuit of the truth not blind us to the rampant obfuscation attempts of the Deceiver; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 9-27-18 The Truth Needs No Polygraph

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-27-18

The Truth Needs No Polygraph

 

What’s Happening: “It turns out the polygraph (released yesterday) Christine Blasey Ford ‘passed’ never included Kavanaugh’s name…not in the questions (2) that were asked by the non-law enforcement interviewer conducting the test, nor in the written statement Ford was asked to corroborate. (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/ford-polygraph-results-released-just-blow-huge-hole-story/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune). Politico reported that Dr. Ford does not want to fly across the country from her California home because she’s afraid of confined spaces. Many are asking then why the polygraph was given in Maryland?”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So her version varies a little bit. So what?”

 

Biblical Response:  “It matters a lot! We’re talking a lifetime appointment! What about the midterm elections?! Then there’s the issue of character assassination. I’m not saying something didn’t happen or that Dr, Ford doesn’t believe her version (though I have no explanation for the difference in her versions). Today’s hearing is must-see TV. No doubt, the truth will ultimately prevail, but what is the truth?”

 

“Christians? Oh, we can tell you all about the truth. Truth frees, lies enslave (John 8:32).

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help our leaders to set aside politics and discern what really happened; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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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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