Echoes From the Campfire

Violence is an evil thing, but when the guns are all in the hands of the men without respect for human rights, then men are really in trouble.”
–Louis L’Amour (The Daybreakers)

“Confuse them, Lord, and frustrate their plans, for I see violence and conflict in the city.”
–Psalm 55:9 (NLT)
I read an article with the following title: “School Shooter Taken Alive, Will We Now Have Answers?” The answer is emphatically “NO!” Man doesn’t want an answer when he wants an excuse. Right now I have seen the fault of the shooting last week in Florida has ranged from guns to President Trump to the NRA to the Congress to mental instability. NO! None of those things or people are at fault.
Let me direct you to what is at fault, and it is really two things. First, we live in an anti-God, amoral, totally tolerant society. When we began to “legally” allow abortions killing millions of babies, when the “legal” system said that God is no longer welcome in school we opened the floodgates for the breakdown of society. When society began to call right, wrong and wrong, right we began to head down the direction where all kinds of immoral and destructive actions will happen.
The second reason is that there is evil in this world. People laugh at the thought of a devil, someone who is determined to destroy mankind, but there is a real devil and he has a real agenda against God, thus the evil.
The fault of what has happened lies within the heart of man and the deception of Satan. Professing to be wise, they became fools,…Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” (Romans 1:22, 24-25, NASB)
The nation needs God, yet when you have the media scorning and mocking Vice-President Pence because he says he talks to God and God talks to him, saying that is a clear sign of mental illness, we are in trouble. The Bible is mocked and scorned and yet that is Word of God speaking to man. Throw it out and what do you have–chaos and destruction. Hmmm, I wonder if there is a connection: abortion/prayer not in schools with many of the attacks coming in schools?
By the way a little background. The AR-15 is not a high caliber weapon, it is a .223 and it is not fully automatic, but semi-automatic, you have to pull the trigger for each shot.
Let’s take another look from Robert J. Morgan’s book at the life of Adoniram Judson. He asked for the hand of Ann Hasseltine in marriage but also warned her father of the dangers of her becoming the wife of a missionary. They were married and left for Burma in 1812. “By 1820, there were ten Burmese converts, but at a cost. One Judson child was stillborn; another died of tropical fever.
“When war broke out between Burma and England, Adoniram was accused of being a spy and placed in a death prison. His dark, dank cell was filled with vermin, and Adoniram was shackled at the ankles. Every evening he was hanged upside down with only his head and shoulders resting on the ground.
“Ann, pregnant again, visited one government official after another, urging her husband’s release. On February 16, 1825, eight months after Adoniram’s arrest, she showed up at his prison carrying a small bundle, their newborn daughter Maria.
“Torturous months followed. Adoniram was finally released, but both Ann and Maria soon died of fever. Adoniram suffered a mental breakdown that nearly took both his ministry and his life.”
(Ah, but get ahold of this!) “But God wasn’t finished with him. America’s first foreign missionary still had a world to change!”