Echoes From the Campfire

As he sat there watching the embers, he knew that he had never been meant for the crowd, for work in an office, for gambling in business deals with men. Peace hovered somewhere near him.”
–Zane Grey (Wyoming)

“Do not be stubborn, as they were, but submit yourselves to the Lord. Come to his Temple, which he has set apart as holy forever. Worship the Lord your God so that his fierce anger will turn away from you.”
–2 Chronicles 30:8 (NLT)
I don’t know if my feelings should be hurt or not. Only one person asked who the “Soldier Saint” was. I left his name out of my writing on Monday, by accident, of course.

John of Capistrano
“I see that old flagpole still stands. Have your troops hoist the colors to its peak, and let no enemy ever haul them down.”
–Gen. Douglas MacArthur (his return to the island of Corregidor)

The enemy today is among us and is threatening to tear down the flag. I do not fear North Korea; I do not fear Iran; I do not even fear Russia or China. The fear is that the something that could happen to our country is in the middle of us. Listen! Those bowing when the National Anthem is being played are not protesting. They are mocking the sacrifices of those gone before; they are scorning the very name of the United States. All they are doing is putting themselves on the grandstand to protest what? That is my real question, what is the real protest about?
One player and Jesse Jackson (who is he?) stated that these football players are still in slavery; they have only changed owners; that they have just exchanged picking cotton to picking up footballs. Hmmm, there are many white players in the NFL; are they slaves as well? If so, there goes the argument for white privilege, or white supremacy. Let me see: these players receive millions of dollars for pay, while slaves received sustenance. These players could quit at any time, while slaves were bound to their master unless freed someway. These players could find a real job, while slaves had to do the job their master gave them. Seems to me there is quite a difference.
I had a colleague, a few years back, and yes, it was in a Christian school. He told me I needed to get rid of my old archaic ideas of nationalism. Globalism is the way of the world and the United States, along with all Christians need to realize it and become part of it. I will agree, that sooner or later (and it may be sooner that you think) the world will be globalistic in nature. When the Antichrist comes to reign there will be a global network, but until then we are admonished to pray for the leaders of our country and be good and loyal citizens.
Whatever happened to Father Coughlin?
He was ordained a priest in Detroit and began a weekly hour-long radio program. When the Depression hit he began to move away from spiritual topics and started concentrating on political, social, and economic issues. He became an avid supporter of FDR’s New Deal program. He claimed that “the New Deal is Christ’s deal.” Eventually he turned away from Roosevelt and added capitalism to his campaign along with Socialism and Communism.
Some saw him as a man who was standing up for the poor and downtrodden, while others saw him as a threat to the nation. Either way, World War II came along and new slowly began to fade out of the picture. He served as priest until he retired in 1966, and died in 1979.
(thanks to Stephen J. Lang–The Christian History)
Battle Grounds: “For am I now trying to win the favor of people, or God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10, HCSB)