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CLARITY – 4-26-19 Default Citizenship

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-26-19

Default Citizenship

What’s Happening: “Not only has Russia invaded the Crimea region of Ukraine, annexing it in 2014 (Eastern Ukraine is now in a war that has so far claimed 13, 000 lives), but it now offers to expedite claims for Russian citizenship rights for Crimeans. Although president-elect TV comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has called for international sanctions against Russia for its recent moves, Putin has offered to give fast-track process to applications for new passports, saying that applicants should not be restricted in their movements (https://www.yahoo.com/news/ukraine-anger-russia-eases-citizenship-rules-east-ukraine-165432712.html). ‘This is another clear confirmation for the world of Russia’s real role as an aggressor state, waging war against Ukraine,’ Zelensky’s press service said.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Big deal! Do you think Crimeans really care? They just want to go abroad for vacation.”

Biblical Response:  “Can’t blame them for wanting to be as far away as possible from the chaos and death. But citizenship does matter. The Crimeans may not care which country issues them a passport…but they should. Citizenship comes with an oath of allegiance. To swear their allegiance to an invading power means they are in favor of that invasion. Are they? There’s a lot that comes with citizenship.

It’s kind of like the enemy’s invasion of the church. Although the Church has been promised to prevail (Matt. 16:18), those invaded are free to switch sides (of course, it may prove they were the enemy’s citizens in the hearts all along). Folks that are invaded may not recall signing up for anything, but by NOT signing up, they signed up. That’s called default citizenship.”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in the concept of default citizenship. Just like your parentage can determine your citizenship, we were citizens of heaven under Adam and Eve…before the fall (Gen. 3). Now, since they’ve switched allegiances, so do we – by default – until we decide to become apart again of our original heritage by making Jesus the Lord of our lives (Phil. 3:20).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to realize in whose kingdom we are…and in Whose kingdom we should be. We certainly want to be on the winning side; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 4-2-19 LUI – Living Under the Influence

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-2-19

LUI – Living Under the Influence

What’s Happening: “Ukrainian officials seized about $60 Million worth of heroin – over half a ton – Sunday, officials said. It appears that the US is not alone when it comes to the illicit use and smuggling of drugs…on March 21, $51 Million worth of heroin was seized in a cargo ship in the Black Sea port of Odessa. This crescendos a recent uptick in psychotropic substances seized (https://www.yahoo.com/news/ukraine-police-seize-60mn-heroin-never-seen-much-153613737.html).  Some argue that what you do privately ought to be private.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Well, shouldn’t it? Taking an illegal substance out of your house…now I can see the crime in that.”

Biblical Response:  “A lot of people have that view…they argue: ‘It is ny body, isn’t it? (Sounds like a pro-choice argument…hmmm).’ I thought you were bought with a price (1 Cor. 6:20; 7:23) Whether you are talking alcohol or drugs or some other controlled substance, the influence inside the home is different than the influence outside…right? Of course. the potential for collateral damage is always higher the more people that are exposed to behaviors influenced by mind-benders. That’s why there are laws governing the way we behave in public (public intoxication, DUI, etc.).

Sure, some will argue that anything that comes from something God made cannot be bad. Really? What about toxins or other poisons? And I’m not of the opinion that Jesus turned water into grape juice at the wedding in Cana! Didn’t He say something about that (Eph. 5:18)? Maybe it’s how much or how we use such substances (Phil. 4:5). ”

Christians? For us (maybe for others, too), there is no such thing as ‘private.’ Even what we do ‘alone’ in the ‘privacy’ of our own homes, God was present for (Ps. 139). The mistake comes when we think it’s our life we live.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be ever mindful of Your all-seeing eye…and grateful (if we but ask) for Your all-forgiving heart; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 7-31-18 Presumption of Guilt

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-31-18

 

Presumption of Guilt

 

What’s Happening:  “Today, a hearing will be held at 9:00 am (ET) to determine whether testimony and evidence from Ukraine can be presented in the Paul Manafort trial…voir dire (jury selection) will begin at 10:00 am (ET). Manafort, 69, pled not guilty to these charges (of not paying taxes on unreported offshore accounts) and to charges of money laundering he’ll face in a later trial. He was Trump’s 2016 Presidential campaign manager for three months (https://www.yahoo.com/news/ex-trump-aide-manafort-faces-charges-first-trial-101031671.html’While prosecutors have said they will not present evidence of collusion at this trial, they are seeking to provide details of Manafort’s work in Ukraine, raising the possibility that new information about his Russian connections could emerge,’ quoting Nathan Layne, author of the above article.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What if there’s no evidence of collusion?”

 

Biblical Response:  “So? What if there is? Collusion is not a crime. Obstruction of justice and conspiracy? Well, that’s another story…and collusion is a step closer to those, for sure. Do I, as Trump claims, think it’s a ‘witch hunt’? Probably. I don’t have enough information…and neither do you! As much, politically, you’d like! Oh well, we’ll just have to suspend judgement until the jury comes back.

 

“Christians? Oh, the jury’s already back on us…and we’re all guilty (Rom. 3:23). Thankfully, Someone’s already paid the price (Heb 7:27). In America, we have the ‘presumption of innocence.’ Of course, that’s on unproven charges. All men have the proven charge of some sin…and that’s what is meant by today’s title: ‘Presumption of Guilt.’”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not try to earn (or lie) about the charge we all have…for which You’ve already paid; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 5-30-18 Final Justice

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-30-18

 

Final Justice

 

What’s Happening:  “Arkady Babchenko, a Russian journalist who had fled Russia for relative safety in Kiev, Ukraine, was shot in the back and killed Tuesday just outside his upscale apartment. Local authorities believe his criticalness of the Moscow government’s policies finally caught up with him, but launched a full-scale investigation into the incident (https://www.yahoo.com/news/russian-journalist-shot-killed-ukrainian-capital-192728589.html). ‘Ukraine is becoming the most dangerous country for reporters,” said Russian lawmaker Yevgeny Revenko. You think?”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess Babchenko didn’t go far enough from Russia…”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe not, though I wonder if you can ever be far enough from the long arm of Russian “justice.” Don’t get me wrong, I think dissent should be protected speech, but not everywhere has freedom of the press. Thankfully, Babchenko’s death is only the end of his earth-life. He may have been a Christian. If so, eternal bliss is beginning. ”

 

“Christians? There are many injustices this world continues to mete out, but final justice awaits us all. Some will be grateful…others will not (Heb. 9:27).”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help the Babchenko family with their loss and help us all look for the final justice that will be rendered one day; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

Share as you like; just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe to any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent