Echoes from the Campfire

By that toil and sweat, by the friction of horny palms, by the expansion and contraction of muscle, by the acceleration of blood, something great and enduring, something physical and spiritual, came to a man.”
–Zane Grey  (The Call of the Canyon)

“For the Lord is the one who shaped the mountains, stirs up the winds, and reveals his thoughts to mankind. He turns the light of dawn into darkness and treads on the heights of the earth. The Lord God of Heaven’s Armies is his name!”
–Amos 4:13 (NLT)
“The American populace must decide whether it is more important to be politically correct than morally correct.”
–John M. Vermillion

I don’t know whether to be angry, to grieve, or to puke, or maybe a combination of the three.  Enough is enough!  When a display in a store depicting fall items for purchase offends you–you have the problem.  Get a life!  The ignoramuses are coming out of the woodwork, not only in the political circles, but all over any place the media will promote.
This stuff about not kneeling when the National Anthem is played is ridiculous!  Do people have a right to protest, yes.  However, they are missing a very important component about rights, and that is RESPONSIBILITY.  What is their responsibility to their employer, teammates and those who purchase a ticket?  What is their responsibility to those who paid the price for them to protest?  Because of the great legacy and heritage of this country to fight to overcome wrongs they can protest, but how?  How can they disregard that sacrifice?
Each time they kneel it is a slap in the face to 56,000 names etched in a wall in Washington D.C.  My uncle’s name in on that wall.  Each time they kneel there is a rumble of men in graves throughout this country turning over.  Protest, yes if you must, but there is a time and place, and then there must be something that the individual does.  Just because they have a platform for protesting doesn’t mean they do not then have a responsibility to aid their cause.  Take away one paycheck and see how long they would protest.  True protesting, maybe so, but more than not they have the platform so are making a grandstand play.
These protesters need to talk with their ancestors to see how far this nation has come.  They need to see the sacrifices that make up the heritage to see where they are now.  Deprived, nonsense!  Whiny babies–yes!  And where is the club leadership… joining with them.  Now if that isn’t cowardice, what is?
“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.”
–1 Timothy 2:1-3 (NKJV)

Seldom do I remove someone as a “friend” from Facebook.  If they write something I believe inappropriate I simply delete the post or move on.  However, I did remove someone just yesterday.  The person stated that every NFL player should bow in protest against the “so-called President.”
There are a couple of things wrong here, the first is alluded to in the notes above.  The second is mentioned in the scripture from Timothy.  This political “junk” is entering the church and bringing a division.  The Church knows neither black or white, or Asian, or Indian, but the family purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ.
Paul, living under the reign of one of the most vile people in history, Nero, said that “first of all” prayers, etc. should be made for kings (i.e., Presidents).  This is not the encouraging of people to reject and bow in protest.
Let me tell you, the person on Facebook is not derelict, nor deprived or impoverished.
“When I do good, it is grace that does it; when I do right, it is grace that does it; when I do wrong, it is because I resist grace.”