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CLARITY – 2-28-19 It’s What They Do

CLARITY

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

CLARITY

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

CLARITY

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

CLARITY

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

CLARITY

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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