Echoes From the Campfire

If only the evil men are willing to use force, what will happen to the good men?”
               –Louis L’Amour  (A Man Called Noon)

     “For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deed should be exposed.”
               –John 3:20 (NKJV)
Protests?  Bah!  What I see are looters, vandals, selfishness gone mad, and anarchy.  Man is acting out what is in his heart.  He is fallen.  Yet man will not heed the Master’s call–“come unto me.”  If a person cannot see that man is in need of redemption then they are truly blind indeed.
     Where is God in all of this?  He’s watching, He’s waiting, He looking to see what His people will do.  He wants to call the world to repentance, but He wants His children to obey His Word.  How does one know when the cup of His wrath is full and He will send judgment? 

          “‘No one born of God commits sin; for God’s nature abides in him, and he cannot sin because he is born of God.  By this it may be seen who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil:  whoever does not do right is not of God, nor he who does not love his brother.’
          Sometimes, People argue whether there is a God or not, or if there is one, they then argue whether he’s dead or not.
          Sometimes, I argue about the nature of God whether he’s this way or that; I wonder about the way of Christ whether it’s this way or not.
          Sometimes, I wonder if I’ll succeed, or if I’ll do something well enough; I wonder if I’m doing the right thing.
          Sometimes, I wonder if I’ll be strong enough, or bright enough, or good enough; I wonder if I’ll measure up.
          You can’t read the Bible for more than ten minutes, anywhere–Old Testament or New–without being hit squarely with:
          Some are chosen of God; some do not sin, and those who sin are of the Devil.
          And for those who sin there is no hope, and I am frightened and I am small.
          It isn’t in keeping with the times, this being frightened of an angry God, but I believe in an angry God, he can reject me…
            And then nothing else will matter, nothing at all.”
                           (Lois A. Cheney, “God Is No Fool”)

You may be appalled that the above.  God is not so mean, so heartless, so unloving.  In fact, He is love.  But, He will not, cannot condone sin forever.  There is a time of justice which will bring judgment.  Isn’t is sweet to know that if we do sin, He doesn’t immediately strike us down, but we can go to our Father and He will cleanse and justify us because of the redemptive work of His Son.