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CLARITY – 2-14-19 It Just Makes Too Much Sense

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-14-19

It Just Makes Too Much Sense

What’s Happening: “Ben Marquis of the Western Journal reminded everyone by his post yesterday afternoon that Sen. Ted Cruz (R.-TX) introduced a bill last year (and reintroduced it on Jan. 3 to a new Congress) called ‘affectionately’ the El Chappo Act. This Act called for the seized funds of convicted drug lord for the Sinaloa Cartel Joaquin ‘El Chappo’ Guzman be applied to border security…a roundabout way for Mexico to pay for the wall (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/ted-cruz-offers-brilliant-way-pay-wall-conviction-mexican-drug-lord-el-chapo/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune). ‘America’s justice system prevailed today convicting Joaquin Guzman Loera, aka El Chappo, on all 10 counts. U.S. prosecutors are seeking $14 billion in drug profits & other assets from El Chappo which should go toward funding our wall to #SecureTheBorder,’ tweeted Cruz on Feb. 12.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What if the prosecutors don’t get that much?”

Biblical Response:  “And they may not…still, anything is better than the piddlin’ $1.375 billion the compromise committee is offering. Some are clamoring for comprehensive immigration reform. I’m all for that…AFTER we secure the border. Of course Trump wants his wall…he promised it on the campaign trail…and he knows there are some places where a wall makes no sense, or where drones and other technology should be employed, and he knows that enhanced security measures must be employed at ports of entry…still, there no sense in confusing his loyal constituency…he just calls it ‘his wall.’”

“Christians? Funding border security from seized drug funds sounds like a practical application of the law of sowing and reaping (Gal. 6:7).”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to judge rightly and to recognize when a problem’s solution simply comes from justice being served; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-31-18 Works for Prisons

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-31-18

Works for Prisons

What’s Happening: “An inmate, Shalom Mendoza, 21, just walked away from San Quentin while on an outside work crew. He was apprehended at a fast food restaurant  4 days later (https://www.yahoo.com/news/california-inmate-walked-away-san-quentin-caught-223511360.html). Quoting from the Associated Press article: ‘It isn’t unusual for inmates outside secure areas to walk away, and most are quickly caught. Far more uncommon are escapes from walled or fenced prisons.’”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “The mistake was not putting him behind a wall…wait a minute…that sounds familiar.”

Biblical Response:  “The argument would be that caravans are not criminals. True, at least those who apply for asylum at official ports of entry…and they’re not a gang member, fleeing prosecution…or from a terrorist country, etc. What I find ironic is that the very folks who believe walls are for protection are against Trump’s border wall, Duh!?”

“Christians? Some think it’s un-Christian, to not offer these downtrodden a helping hand. What about that scripture that condemns not protecting you own? (1 Tim. 5:8). No doubt it’s complicated.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, we need discerning, merciful, but vigilant hearts. Since You know a man’s heart, guide us; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-29-18 Shutdown Govt?…Immigration?…Border?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-29-18

Shutdown…of Govt?…of Immigration?…of Border?

What’s Happening: “Yesterday, the President, in the face of a government shutdown, said he may shutdown the entire southern border. There is currently an impasse between Democrats and Republicans over the demanded $5 Billion (really only a downpayment on the overall border security cost of $26 Billion). What this Congress, which is currently on permanent recess, or the one scheduled to convene January 3, 2019, with a newly elected Democrat majority, will do is anybody’s guess…but it’s a cinch they won’t call any money allocated: “for the wall” (https://www.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-venting-fury-over-151943226.html).  ‘I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught – and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!” the President tweeted.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “How long can the government be shut down?!”

Biblical Response:  “The popular mantra among the media..and Chicken Little…is the sky is falling. It’s not. 87% of government services will continue unabated. There is nothing to fret…unless, of course, you are John Kerry or his family  (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/john-kerrys-family-fights-border-security-palatial-french-villa-terrorism/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=patriotupdate&utm_campaign=dailyam&utm_content=libertyalliance). What is sauce for the goose is apparently not sauce for the gandee.

“Christians? Some Universalists and Unitarians might disagree, but heaven is only for those who come though the gate…and there is a wall (allowing access for the righteous – and excluding others). Sure, I know Christ died for everyone…but all have not received His gift.

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the love to pray for others; we’ll leave the judgement to the Judge; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 12-21-18 Doing What’s Unpopular

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-2i-18

Doing What’s Unpopular

What’s Happening: “With a government shutdown looming (tonight at midnight) and Trump so far intractable on his demands for border security, it seems an impasse is inevitable. Top all of that off with Defense Secretary Mattis’s resignation, the removal by Trump of 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria (and rumored 7,000 from Afghanistan), the stock market’s recent plunges, and you may have what some opponents describe as ‘chaos’ (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/12/21/after-chaotic-day-trump-defends-wall-plan-risks-government-shutdown/2385388002/).  ‘Properly designed and built Walls work,’ said Trump.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “No wall is worth shutting down the government over.”

Biblical Response:  “There are a lot of things wrong with that statement. To name a few: 1) It’s a wall system – some repairs to existing structures, drones, other technology, beefed up training, more Border Patrol agents, …and some actual wall – besides, it’s just a downpayment of all that’s got to happen. 2) Government shutdowns do not mean a cessation of all government activities – Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the Military, etc., will all continue unabated. 3) How else do you stop illegal immigration, drugs, and human trafficking?.”

“Christians? If we let popularity be our guide, much would never get done- much of  what must be done (1 John 2:15). We are for the government doing its job, but not to people that try to circumvent the law.

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we want to show mercy, we must show mercy to those who have waited in line first; help us do just that; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 2-28-18 “…Walls Work”

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-28-18

 

“…Walls Work”

 

What’s Happening:  “The Trump Administration won a small victory in court yesterday to build the border wall (though the money has yet to be approved by Congress). U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel ruled against the State of California and various advocacy groups in its ruling in the San Diego court. Mexico continues to deny that it will pay for the wall (https://www.yahoo.com/news/despite-legal-victory-trump-needs-money-border-wall-071213597.html). Department of Justice spokesman, Devin O’Malley applauded the decision saying, ‘this important work [is] vital to our nation’s interests.’ Homeland Security spokesman Tyler Houlton quipped, ‘Simply put, walls work.’”

 

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Don’t drugs and human trafficking come through tunnels under and  by way of people over walls?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yes, currently…where there are short walls or distances to negotiate (though there are some tunnels that get blown up upon discovery)…but not in the border security system the administration is proposing. The difficult-to-scale 30’ walls, increased number of border agents and added technological improvements suggested (drones, ground penetrating radar, etc.) should deter most illegal entry of drugs or people. Now all the administration has to do is come up with the money. This shouldn’t be too hard…privately, publicly…or through the tariffs, customs or border crossing fees we could charge Mexico. ”

 

“Christians? We believe borders are sacred, even determined by God (Acts 17:26). Protecting them only makes sense. Having a country without borders is like living life without rules…that doesn’t work very well, either.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us know what is right and do what is right. While we want to be generous and good stewards, we must first protect what you have given us to steward over;  in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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