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CLARITY – 1-21-20 ‘Soon’ Exposed

CLARITY

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 – 1-9-20 (In Retrospect) The Pictures Weren’t That Important

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-9-20

(In Retrospect) The Pictures Weren’t That Important

What’s Happening: “A newly-wed couple, Saeed Tahmasebi Khademsadi and Niloofar Ebrahim, he traveling under a British passport, left Tehran on a Ukrainian International Airlines 737-800 flight, and all 176 passengers perished when the plane crashed shortly after takeoff, Wednesday. Nobody knows yet whether or not the crash had any connection to the missiles fired in Iran’s response to what the Iran government called ‘American aggression.’ The couple had stayed later than the rest of the wedding party waiting for pictures (https://www.yahoo.com/news/three-britons-killed-tehran-plane-125610781.html). ‘We all left to come back home earlier and were anxious about the situation because of what’s going on in the region. But when we spoke to them ten minutes before they boarded, [and] we thought everything was fine. Then we heard their flight had gone down. It’s terrible, absolutely terrible,’ said Amir, Mr. Tahmasebi’s brother-in-law.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It’s a tragedy, for sure. I guess the pictures weren’t that important, huh?”

Biblical Response:  “Maybe they were victims of the missiles, maybe Boeing’s got more problems, etc., but I’m with you: The pictures were just not that important. Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time! I don’t imagine they prayed about it…but maybe they should have. We go blythely about our day, thinking/assuming that nothing will happen to us…of course, the Scripture recommends to pray about everything (Phil. 4:6). We all have a tendency to forget we live in a fallen world (read Gen. 3).”

“Christians? We believe we are to pray about everything…to assume nothing, but we also believe in empathizing with those who mourn (Rom. 12:15). There’s something comforting in helping others realize they are not alone.”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to forget losses and those who mourn, but realize God may be working through tragedy to accomplish something beneficial (Rom. 8:28), too; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY 10-15-19 It Works Both Ways

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-15-19

It Works Both Ways

What’s Happening: “Hunter Biden made some ‘poor judgments,’ he said in an interview with ABC’s Amy Robach…no news there. Did he really think his last name played no part in his being on the board of a company in Ukraine or China? His recent leaving the Chinese equity firm is probably no coincidence, either. Whether he did anything unethical or illegal, he did  surround himself with those kind of people…this he freely admits (https://www.yahoo.com/news/exclusive-hiding-plain-sight-hunter-biden-defends-foreign-095021838–abc-news-topstories.html). ‘I gave a hook to some very unethical people to act in illegal ways to try to do some harm to my father. That’s where I made the mistake. So I take full responsibility for that. Did I do anything improper? No, not in any way. Not in any way whatsoever.’ Riiiggghhhttt…and I have a bridge in Brooklyn I want to interest you in…”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “As P. T. Barnum said: ‘There’s a sucker born every minute…” No way do I believe him!”

Biblical Response:  “I don’t know whether Joe or Hunter did anything they weren’t supposed to, but it looks bad. Don’t they know it works both ways, Sure, I’m sad that they got caught with their hand in the cookie jar (it sure looks bad for American politicians and their families – not that Ukrainian officials are innocent (how’s the old saying go? ‘Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’- Lord Acton – 1887). Also the Scripture is quite poignant on this fact: 

“‘Bad company corrupts good morals.’ (1 Cor. 15:33 NASU)

“Christians? They should be familiar with that scripture…and another one, too:

‘Abstain from all appearance of evil.’ (1 Thess. 5:22 KJV)

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, teach us to look both ways…forward into the future, and backwards into the past…and realize our actions affect more than us; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 9-23-19 The Illusion of Privacy

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-23-19

The Illusion of Privacy

What’s Happening: “It’s not ‘1984’ (from the book of that title by George Orwell), but ‘Big Brother’ may be watching…or at least listening – and a ‘whistleblower’ in the intelligence community is complaining about a call he/she alleges President Trump made to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Allegedly, the complaint concerns pressure that may have been applied in the phone call to investigate Biden’s son, Hunter, who is on the board of a large energy company in Ukraine. If true, this might supply Trump’s opponents with another impeachment issue, now that the Mueller investigation of a possible collusion with Russia in the 2016 election has proven false. I say ‘allegedly’ because the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Joseph McGuire. has refused to share the complaint with a demanding Congress (https://www.yahoo.com/news/rundown-trump-biden-whistleblowers-complaint-162233535.html). Trump complains this is just another ‘witch hunt.’

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Trump may or may not have done something wrong, but I guess we’ll never know for sure.”

Biblical Response:  “Probably not, but that doesn’t mean Somebody won’t know. Aside from the ‘whistleblower,’ who may have partisan motivations, nobody is supposed to know the content of ‘private’ Presidential phone calls. Sure, there are a few from the intelligence community who listen in (presumably, that is where the ‘whistleblower’ is from}, but the presumption of privacy on phone calls is an essential ingredient to foreign policy. Of course, this is a political hotbed – with Biden being the Democrat front-runner for 2020 and Russia having invaded Ukraine under Biden’s (and Obama’s) watch.”

“This post is titled “The Illusion of Privacy,’ not because there are so many leaks in Washington (though that is a valid point), but because God, being omnipresent (Ps. 139; prov. 15:3), is an eye-witness to all things…including Presidential phone calls”

‘Christians? We believe that even what is done in secret will one day be revealed (Luke 12;3); that there really is no such thing as privacy (Jer. 23:24; 32:19). Maybe that’s why we are told to avoid even the appearance of evil (1 Thess. 5:22).”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may the truth be revealed and lies soon exposed;  in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 4-26-19 Default Citizenship

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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

 

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