Echoes From the Campfire

Don’t waste time worrying about the mistakes of yesterday. Each morning is a beginning. Start from there.”
–Louis L’Amour (The Cherokee Trail)

“And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?”
–Luke 12:26 (NLT)
“The past is death! Destroy everything to create a new future!”
–Khmer Rouge slogan

“Some folks live in the lap of luxury for so long they believe they are above the rest of mankind. They think the laws of the land only apply to the rest of the world.”
–Lou Bradshaw

There has never been a more spoiled, easily offended, whining bunch of cry-babies and spoiled brats than the Millennials. We are entitled to this, and we are entitled to that. The problem is that when they were a child they were given those blessed self-esteem awards when they should have been given the truth.
Let me ask you this. These “snowflakes”, as they have been dubbed think they are entitled to whatever. What they don’t realize is that ain’t nothing free. There is a price somewhere, and someone has to pay it. For years they had their parents to pay their way. Then they took out loans for college and will expect that they will not have to pay back those loans. They may ride along a few years in the wonderboat of entitlement, but what happens when all the folks who are paying the bills die? The Greatest Generation is almost gone and my generation, the Boomers are moving into retirement. That means the Busters and the Mosaics are paying the bills, ’cause the Millennials certainly won’t.
Right now they think they can protest and rant and rave and stay at home. Tear down the history, tear down the language, chaos and confusion right now, and what will it be like say 30 or 40 years from now? Create a new future; now if that isn’t a stupid slogan I don’t know what is. How can you create something that hasn’t happened yet? Of course, by getting rid of the past, people are no longer guided by anything substantial.
Do you remember the Sandinistas and the Contras and the fighting that took place in Nicaragua? I had a student who escaped from the ordeal. At a certain age, I believe it was 11, they were put in military school. It wasn’t a private school, and it wasn’t to learn their ABCs. The Sandinistas were also destroying all of the history books in the country and rewriting them from a communist viewpoint. Within a generation their history would be gone and they would be able to enjoy the blessings and comforts that come with every communist country.
One more question–what are you doing about it? Are you aiding or fighting the good fight? Are you standing up for right or becoming complacent and joining the crowd? David Jeremiah wrote, “When the secular culture marginalizes the Bible and Christians don’t counter by elevating its place in their own spheres of influence, the Christian unwittingly participates in its marginalization.”
I came across the following in my reading last week. Good thoughts to ponder in this crazy 21st century. It was written around AD 130, “The Epistle to Diognetes”:
“They [Christians] dwell in their own countries, but simply as sojourners. As citizens, they share in all things with others and yet endure all things as if foreigners. Every foreign land is to them as their native country, and every land of their birth as a land of strangers. They marry, as do all others; they beget children; but they do not destroy their offspring. They have a common table, but a common bed. They are in the flesh, but they do not live after the flesh. They pass their days on earth, but they are citizens of heaven. They obey the prescribed laws, and at the same time surpass the laws by their lives. They love all men and are persecuted by all. They are unknown and condemned; they are put to death and restored to life. They are poor yet make many rich; they are in lack of all things and yet abound in all; they are dishonored and yet in their very dishonor are glorified. They are spoken evil of and yet are justified; they are reviled and blessed; they are insulted and repay the insult with honor; they do good yet are punished as evildoers.
When punished, they rejoice as if quickened into life; they are assailed by the Jews as foreigners and are persecuted by the Greeks; yet those who hate them are unable to assign any reason for their hatred. To sum it all up in one word–what the soul is to the body, that
are Christians in the world.”
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
–Matthew 5:11-12 (NKJV)