Echoes From the Campfire

He had the look of a man resigned to follow this trail down the years, as long as he should live.”
              –Alan Lemay  (The Searchers)

    “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”
              –1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT)
Friend, you better figure out what trail you plan to follow in life.  There is one that leads to destruction and eternal damnation and another that will take you to the throne of God.  One is easier to travel than the other, but the end of the trail is definitely different.
    Focus every effort of your life and resign yourself to follow the trail that leads to life everlasting.  The way may be tough and rugged at times, but you can make it.  Endure it to the end.
    I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much hatred or the idiocy of some of our so-called leaders.  Someone tell me how they can condemn the words of the President when he referred to the members of that terrible gang “animals” and say that this same gang has Christ within them?  What is going on?  
    I will say that mankind is made in the image of God, but to have Christ living within them is another thing.  That requires a person to accept Jesus as the Son of God and declare Him Lord.  It requires obedience to His Word.  Do these people that commit this artrocities as gangmembers obey God’s Word?  
    There is a problem when people begin to call good evil, and evil good.  Not only is there danger to their eternal soul, but if they are in positions of influence they can endanger large segments of society and drag them down as well.

          “But these, like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption, 13 and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you, 14 having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children.”
                 –2 Peter 2:12-14

    Then we had that terrible shooting in Santa Fe last week.  I’ve read that it was the fault of the President (hmmm, remember when Obama said that everything bad that happened was the fault of George Bush?).  Just a couple of thoughts on this.  How was the kid raised, where were the parents, how involved were they in his life, was the Word of God being poured into his life?  This are the questions that need to be answered.  The first blame lies with the father, if there is one in the home, followed by the mother.  I saw this so much when I was involved in education.
    However, God gave man a wonderful, powerful gift.  That gift is the ability to make choices.  Even if the person is raised in a godly home, with God-fearing parents who are actively involved in the person’s life, they still have to make choices themselves.  Putting the blame totally on the parents, or society, is wrong for choices mean that there are consequences.  The issue is not putting the blame on the parents, or on the President, or on the gun.  The issue is the evil that resides in the human heart.