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CLARITY – 8-11-18 Pouting and Unhinged

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-11-18

 

Pouting and Unhinged

 

What’s Happening:  “The GOP has started running an ad that some think should be run until 2020. They say the left is unhinged. You watch and you be the judge (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/watch-gop-ad-should-run-non-stop-until-2020-shows-chilling-leftist-violence/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune). ‘Trump isn’t on the ballot, but sanity is,’ says an article by Cillian Zeal.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It’s disgraceful…and scary!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Sadly, I couldn’t have said it better…kind of reminds me of Gov. Wallace in Alabama in 1963. The far left and the far right are both capable of violence when they take matters into their own hands. The cure (for those who think a middle path is the cure) is not compromise. We could ask Henry Clay (1850s) if he were around. Perhaps bloodshed is inevitable…if the Civil War is instructive. Obviously it isn’t…or we wouldn’t be here.”

 

Christians? Oh, we believe in the inevitability of bloodshed…just His, not our own (Rom. 3:25). His blood-bought peace needs to be at the forefront of our minds…not the violence we feel ‘they’ deserve.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to realize all the violence has already been expended so that we might have peace; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 5-18-18 Half-full or Half-empty

CLARITY

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

 

Half-full or Half-empty

 

What’s Happening:  “A huge controversy erupted yesterday over the term ‘animals’ the media claims Trump used to label all illegal immigrants. White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders, said the term ‘animals’ was probably not strong enough when labeling MS-13 gang members, to which she said the President was obviously referring (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trumps-use-animals-describe-ms-13-gang-members-wasnt-strong-enough-white-house-says-185118738.html). ‘It took an animal to stab a man 100 times and decapitate him and rip his heart out. It took an animal to beat a woman they were sex trafficking in the back, indenting part of her body. And it took an animal to kidnap, drug and rape a 14-year-old girl,’ Sarah was quoted as saying,”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “The MS-13 gang probably took the epithet as a compliment!”

 

Biblical Response:  “No doubt…it’s hard to use harsh enough terms to describe their heinous acts. They seem to show no regard for the soul and spirit, let alone the body. Then again, what do we expect from the unregenerate? The rest of the lost only show a modicum of civility because they were raised in a society that condemns violence and substitutes tolerance for love.”

 

“Christians? We see things a little more hopefully. Though the President may have expressed most people’s frustration at the gang members’ behavior, we believe change is possible – that Man, regardless of how inhumanely he may have treated others in the past, may forge a different future. Of course, none of this is possible without a spiritual rebirth.,..of which no true animal is capable..”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to display the hope that distinguishes us from the rest of creation and the wisdom that keeps our loved ones safe; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 3-24-18 The Formation of Character

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-24-18

 

The Formation of Character

 

What’s Happening:  “Today, the ‘March For Our Lives,’ protesting the violence that erupted in Parkland, Florida, is supposed to draw nearly a million (and many more in the 80 cities that are supposed to hold similar marches Saturday). Teenagers in the D.C. area daily confront violence, though deaths by violent means are down in 2017 (https://www.yahoo.com/news/ahead-march-lives-d-c-teens-speak-gun-violence-see-every-day-171120598.html). ‘I would say seven or eight kids I knew from 8th grade are dead,’ guesses sophomore Myles Nelson, of Edmund Burke School.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What’s wrong with kids wanting less violence in their schools?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Nothing….it’s all in how you go about it. Teenagers have unreasonable expectations when they want less violence but spend more time with violent video games than their homework. It was the student’s (mentioned above) school namesake Edmund Burke who famously said, :’Education has for its object the formation of character.’

 

GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out) is a familiar concept in the computer world. It refers to the immutable truth that the input governs the output. It’s great to march and all, but until teenagers want less violence enough to turn off the violence on their screens, it’s not going to happen…or is that the parents’ job?”

 

“Christians?  Oh, we’re all for developing good character. Two scriptures come to mind. The first reflects an obvious truth: ‘As a man thinks in his heart, so is he’ (Prov. 17:6) And the second recommends a proper course of behavior and association: ‘Bad company corrupt good morals’ (1 Cor. 15:33). Of course, those quotes are taken from a book the public schools have banned.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us through this challenge to our emotions; while we want to find a cure to a violent society, help us to not just pursue those means which will only make us feel better about the problem; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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