Echoes From the Campfire

One small guiding light in a vast darkness.  That’s the kind of man he was.”
              –R.J. Hendricks II (The Beale Treasure)

    “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.’”
              –John 8:12 (NKJV)
A person who is blind lives in darkness.  Their blindness may have been caused by many reasons, and that includes spiritual blindness.  They lived in a darkened world, and they must depend upon and follow others to get around.  However, Jesus warned about “blind leaders.”  Leaders who should see the light, but for one reason or another continue in their blindness.

    “Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.”
                   –Matthew 15:14(NKJV)

Several places Jesus combines blindness with fools and He speaks of “blind guides.”  He speaks of a power, actually a person, that has, “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, Lest they should see with their eyes, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.” (John 12:40, NKJV)
    Some people choose to live in darkness, others are blinded.  Look at what Paul writes in regard to blindness, then think of what is happening in our country.

         “whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.”
                   –2 Corinthians 4:4 (NKJV)

         “having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.”
                   –Ephesians 4:18(NKJV)

People who live in darkness stumble, they cannot see, and they seem to enjoy their plight.  As we have been looking at John, he writes,

         “But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”
                   –1 John 2:11 (NKJV)

Perhaps you have visited some of the caves in America and the guide at some point will turn off the lights to leave you in total darkness.  The experts say that if a person is in total darkness for three days they will go blind.  I would imagine that there is a correlation with spiritual blindness.  Some people reject the light of Jesus Christ.

    A recent article in the Los Angeles Times reads, “The secularization of U.S. society–the waning of religious faith, practice and affiliation–is continuing at a dramatic and historically unprecedented pace. While many may consider such a development as a cause for concern, such a worry is not warranted. This increasing godlessness in America is actually a good thing, to be welcomed and embraced.”
    The article continued, It reads, “The organic secularization we are experiencing in the United States is a progressive force for good, one that is associated with improved human rights, more protections for planet Earth, and an increased socio-cultural propensity to make this life as fair and just as we can–in the here and now–rather than in a heavenly reward that fewer and fewer of us believe in.
    Does this not foreshadow the words of Luke 18:8: When Christ returns, will He find any of faith??” (Prophecy News Watch)
We must be getting close to the coming of the Lord.  When these things, the things we are seeing and hearing all around us begin to happen, then get ready for the Lord is coming–our redemption is growing near.
    It happens quickly, the darkness arises and then, as Congressman Jerry Nadler stated, God’s will was of no concern to this Congress.  Stay in the light, warn those in the darkness, do not become a mocker like Nadler, do not be foolish and not have your lamp trimmed and ready.
    There is a darkness beginning to sweep over the land.  Do not fear; it cannot extinguish the Light.  Because of this darkness that with it brings fear–fear of terror, fear of a pandemic, and then turning to the government for the solutions and making it their security–their god.
    Rest in the security of the Lord:  “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.” (Isaiah 9:2, NKJV)