Echoes From the Campfire

You oughtn’t to hate work.  Hard work makes for what I reckon you like in a man, but don’t understand.  As I look back over my life…what I remember most an’ feel best over are the hardest jobs I ever did an’ those that cost the most sweat an’ blood.”
              –Zane Grey  (The Mysterious Rider)

    “That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”
              –Colossians 1:10(NKJV)
I’ve written about the evils of abortion in regard to the coming election.  How God cannot tolerate a nation that destroys the innocent, even before they are born.  A good way to judge a nation is to observe how they treat their children.  Second, I’ve written regarding the gay agenda, and where it will take the U.S. if the liberal-left is elected.  It is an abomination to the Lord.  Now I want to mention two things that I have seen often on social media in the past few months.
    First there is the idea of socialism.  Socialism doesn’t work, it never has and it never will.  Some want to argue that socialism and communism are different, however that is true only in the methodology not the outcome–a classless society.  That in itself is an impossibility.  “They” are throwing out new terms for this new socialism, one of them is democratic socialism.  That is an oxymoron, emphasis on the moron.  There have been several types of socialism written about–utopian socialism, Fabian socialism, dialectic socialism to name a few.  When you read Marx he often intermixes the terms, socialism and communism.
    Socialism, despite what the woke crowd may say is antiChristian; it is antiGod.  Marx, Lenin, and others said that to be a true socialist/communist one must be an atheist.  One of the first targets of the socialists is religion, and in this country that means Christianity and Judaism.  Some have said that Jesus was a socialist because He fed the multitudes.  Feeding and caring for the poor is not socialism.  Plus, it is important to see that Jesus did not continue to feed them lest they come to hear Him for the wrong reasons.  God stopped the manna when the Israelites entered the Promised Land for it was time for them to get to work.  Paul writes, “…Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10, NLT)  Work is something designed by God for man to do while he is on this earth.
    I like what Benjamin Franklin said in regard to work and helping the poor:

         “I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.  I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer.  And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”

    The second thing I have noticed is the idea of universalism creeping in.  There is one way to God, through His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is not true that all religions lead to God–that is one of the greatest deceptions of the devil.  When Bob Gibson died not long after Whitey Ford, I read several people saying that they are now playing on the heavenly field with their old mates.  Not true!  There have been several entertainers who have died and people are saying they are now playing in heaven.  Not true!  It is only true of those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
    Beware of the concept that is often thrown out:  RIP (rest in peace).  Without Christ those who have gone on before are not resting in peace, but are in torment.  Only those dead in Christ truly know what it means to rest in peace.