Echoes From the Campfire

Sometimes it is necessary to protect the innocent against the plans of the criminal.”
              –Louis L’Amour  (Westward the Tide)

    “Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us. Do not fear them.”
              –Numbers 14:9 (NKJV)
Does the future seem bleak to you?  Maybe it is because of your outlook on life, your perspective on what is happening and your part in it.  True, I know that some of you wish you could pack up your pistol, take your old shotgun and run the dastardly devils out of town.  Hmmm, but really, would you?
    There is so much clamor going on I wonder what is really down inside someone’s soul.  It’s easy to be brazen on Facebook and other social media, but even then some are afraid of the so-called “media police.”  I know that many are thinking through this, and wonder how far they go before action must be taken, but, oh, let someone else do it.  But there may come a time when you have to get involved.  Vigilante??!!  Hmmm, seems to be a hateful word, but when you truly look at it, it is actually democracy.  The people are taking action to enforce the law.  Yes, there are many problems with vigilantes; if not guided properly they become a mob and similar to the ones they are trying to rid.
    I like what Mario Murillo wrote”

         “Millions of these ‘woke’ Christians are nervous and anxious about tomorrow. They see the storm we are sailing into. They even pray for protection for themselves and the ones they love—but they won’t take a stand, and they don’t agree with God’s means of saving us. Hypocrites! You want God to save you from the very evil you refuse to stand against!”  

That’s hitting the nail on the head.  Standing against evil, or do we let evil have its way and if not stopped it will and it will only get worse, more bizarre and perverted.
    In this day of worry, doubt, and fear, I want to remind you that it should not be in the make-up of the Christian.  Are there sorrows?  Yes.  Are there dark clouds of unknown?  Yes.  But, where is your hope?  In Whom do you place your trust and faith?  As I was writing this the words from an old song came to me.  Let me finish this Echo with them and let them “echo” through your heart in this trying period.

         “I don’t know about tomorrow, I just live from day to day,
          I don’t borrow from its sunshine, For its skies may turn to gray.
          I don’t worry o’er the future, For I know what Jesus said,
          And today I’ll walk beside Him, For He knows what is ahead.

                   Many things about tomorrow, I don’t seem to understand;
                   But I know who holds tomorrow, And I know who holds my hand.”
                               –Ira Stanphill

Hmmm, perhaps that is the problem, we don’t know what Jesus said and we really wonder if He is walking beside us.  I can assure you that He most definitely is!