Echoes From the Campfire

Anger and hate are strong forces, but they can also cause failures in judgment.”
              –Lou Bradshaw  (Rubio II:  The Man)

    “Thus they have rewarded me evil for good, And hatred for my love.”  
              –Psalm 109:5 (NKJV)
Is it a sinister ploy, or is it because the world is insane?  “Christmas is probably not gonna be possible” this year.  Some crazy journalist made this statement.  Add that to Cuomo saying that no more than ten can gather for Thanksgiving and the governor of Oregon saying no more than seven and that she’ll send police officers to homes to make sure.  Friends, is there something wrong with this junk?
    I was filling my jeep up with gas last week and talking with a fellow doing the same.  He said he was going to bury a good friend that afternoon; the dead man was 54.  The person pumping gas next to me then continued, “I am not going to allow nonsense to keep me from seeing my family and living my life.  I’m not promised tomorrow, so I’m not going to let a virus hinder me from the important things in life.”  I told him that would preach, and that he was correct.
    As a historian I have studied the horrendous and atrocious acts in times past.  There have been some gruesome times; the horror of man upon man is clearly shown in the history of mankind.  However, it is clear to see that this generation is the most violent in history.  Hatred abounds!  Men hate men, and they may deny it but the reason is that they have turned their backs on God.  A person that I know recently wrote, “I am pro-gun, pro-gay, pro-choice, and a Christian.”  Then she proceeded to say, “Don’t judge me.”  I was grieved, and all I could do was shake my head.  Talk about a delusion.  Of course, in the last days, there will be a great delusion sent upon the earth.  Men will wax worse and worse, there will be a sharper dividing line between Bible-believing Christians and pseudo-Christians who have joined with the world.
    We have the worst form of savagery in abortion.  The innocents are slaughtered, torn apart and ripped to shreds, and yet people, people who say they are Christians, vote in favor of it.  We have a lifestyle that God calls an abomination, and yet people, people who say they are Christians, vote in favor of it.  Perhaps it is that they only read the verses they want and not the whole Bible.  Perhaps they read the Word of God with a postmodern mindset which makes the Word relative to their opinion.
    Folks, perilous times are coming, I would say in some places they are already upon us.  Why the hatred, why the bitterness, why the disregard to the Word of God?  Look at the rioters, those who claim they are pushing a righteous agenda but in reality they are anarchists.  Are they not grateful that they live in this great nation?  Seemingly not for they are full of poison that is now beginning to ooze out.  Rick Renner wrote, “When people stop expressing a heart of gratitude toward God, unholy attitudes begin to materialize, then followed by unholy behavior.”  
    The holiday (holy day) season is upon us and now there are those telling us that it should not/cannot be celebrated.  Are we seeing the behavior of the heart?  Do we wonder why there is so much turmoil, grief, and terror?  It is because a nation, once so blessed by God, and I would add, still is, has turned away from being thankful to Him.  Lack of thanksgiving begets unholy behavior.  For one, I will enjoy and continue to have Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I will for me, be grateful for family, friends, memories, life, and most of all, my Savior Jesus Christ.