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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 – 4-15-19 In The End, Truth Always Prevails

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-15-19

In The End, Truth Always Prevails

What’s Happening: “Yesterday, in a 3:50am raid of his home, Mustafa Sonmez, an economist famous for anti-government rhetoric, was detained and questioned about his recent anti-Erdogan (President of Turkey) tweets. This warning does not mean the columnist and television commentator won’t be charged or arrested for ‘seditious’ activity in the future … Turkey may pay lip service (no pun intended) to freedom of speech, but it is only applied in one direction (https://www.yahoo.com/news/turkey-detains-economist-insulting-president-105226727.html). ‘The police knocked on my door at about 3:50 a.m. They took my deposition at the police headquarters and then put me under custody. They had a file of about 20 of my recent tweets. I told them what I did constituted criticism, not insult,’ Sonmez said. It is interesting to note that an insult in Turkey against the President gets the same punishment as an insult against Mohammed … the punishment can be death.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “That would make for fewer insults…hmmm…maybe we should try that over here.””

Biblical Response:  “Maybe fewer insults…but more fear. I’m sure Erdogan’s government was trying to instill in Sonmez fear or intimidation.

How can you really have freedom of speech or religion and Christianity really have the influence it was intended? Because our message will prevail (Matt. 16:18). Any message that requires government support to thrive must be weak in the first place. (Hear that abortion providers?)

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“Christians? We believe in the ultimate superiority of our message. Why after nearly 2000 years has Christianity not swept the world? (Perhaps, you are saying to yourself: This guy can’t add. Well, first, there is a recording error of 4 years…Jesus was really born on 4 B.C. Then there’s the fact that the Holy Spirit was not poured out until Pentecost, 33 A.D. (Luke 24;49). Christianity is still just one of many religions because our message is rarely spoken with ‘signs that follow’ (Mark 16:16-18).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the confidence that our message will prevail, the courage to call on Your power, and the patience to wait till You move; 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

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CLARITY – 10-25-18 A Rock and a Hard Spot

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-25-18

A Rock and a Hard Spot

 

What’s Happening: “The recent (last Tuesday – 2 days ago) discovery of Jamal Khashoggi’s body in the Consul General’s garden and the initial denial of knowledge by Crown Prince Salman, then that a ‘choke hold’ during an interrogation gone bad was responsible and then the announcement of the arrest of 18 Saudis involved in the event, has put Trump in an awkward position. His deal (http://time.com/4787797/donald-trump-yemen-saudi-arabia-arms-deal/)   with the Saudis means a lot of jobs for Americans, yet Turkey is trying to vie with Saudi Arabia and Iran for hegemony in the region….and is using the Khashoggi incident as leverage. It’s complicated.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Erdogan, Salman, Rouhani, Trump…the players in a huge Monopoly game!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Actually, not an inaccurate depiction, but it’s even more complicated than that. It involves sovereignty, conspiracy, power, and, of course, money. They’re not just competing for control of the region, but also its resources. Remember, most of the area powers are not democracies. America might just be trying to bring some sanity to the table. One thing is for sure, the light of truth will change everything…which may be why Khashoggi’s murder cover-up is being so hotly pursued…and leveraged.”

 

“Christians? The light of truth is revealing…sometimes it exposes what we thought was hidden…sometimes we’re ‘shocked’ when we learn what we’ve really known all along…always it is the last word. What really happened to Khashoggi? Who’s really responsible? We may never know all the truth…at least on this side of eternity. Justice makes hell necessary, mercy makes heaven possible (Heb. 9:27).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, I am glad Your light of truth will ultimately prevail; 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

 

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CLARITY – 7-18-18 Things Are Rough All Over

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

Things Are Rough All Over

 

What’s Happening:  “Nobody has an exclusive  claim on difficulty. There is a typhoon in China (https://www.yahoo.com/news/china-provinces-braced-heavy-rainfall-typhoon-heads-west-005007148.html), a hurricane is ravaging the coasts of North  and South Carolina (https://www.yahoo.com/news/rivers-rise-rescues-continue-florence-055240405.html), there’s turmoil in Idlib (in neighboring Syria – Turkey fears refugees might flood her border…and Europe’s – Iran and Russia are backing Bashir Al Assad’s offensive against the last rebel holdout) (https://news.sky.com/story/idlib-offensive-fears-of-humanitarian-crisis-mount-as-syrians-flee-homes-11495458, to say nothing of North Korea, etc. ”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Maybe Chicken Little really was right…the sky is falling!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably not. Chicken Little was, after all, an alarmist. Things are bad (and may get worse), but God is not asleep (Ps. 121:4). He uses these things to discipline us because He loves us (Heb. 12:6). ”

 

“Christians? I’m not saying He authors these calamities, Just that all these things work out for our good (Rom. 8:28). He’s just as upset we live in a fallen world as we are. He just doesn’t waste a crisis, either.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to put things in perspective; to weep with those who weep (Rom. 12:15), but to realize You’re not finished with us, either; 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