Echoes from the Campfire – Summer Edition

“Money don’t grow by itself. You’ve got to water it with sweat.”      –Elmer Kelton (Stand Proud)

“So I perceived that nothing is better than that a man should rejoice in his own works, for that is his heritage. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?”      –Ecclesiastes 3:22 (NKJV)

Seems like there is so much commotion and confusion around us and in people’s minds and souls. The question boils down to what do you base your life and your decisions upon? People ponder and question and seek this so much, and yet there is another group who does not even think about it; it is either ignored or neglected.
Until recently the ancient was always the Bible. Even nonbeliever would go along with the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount, especially the Golden Rule. Things are no longer that way. The Barna Group shows that the basis for truth and for purpose is the “Morality of Self-Fulfillment.” It is seen that 74% of Millennials believe that “Whatever is right for your life or works best for you is the only truth you can know.”
What is this “Morality of Self-Fulfillment”? Barna gives the six following answers:

1) The best way to find yourself is by looking within yourself.
2) People should not criticize someone else’s life choices.
3) To be fulfilled in life, you should pursue the things you desire the most.
4) The highest goal of life is to enjoy it as much as possible.
5) People can believe whatever they want, as long as those beliefs don’t affect society.
6) Any kind of sexual expression between two consenting adults is acceptable.

This idea of selfishness is very pervasive. There has always been an issue with every generation of an “I” attitude. However, this is now becoming the norm. Look at the news, especially with the Millennials; it is “give me, give me, give me.”
It has been several years ago at church. My wife was down at the altar praying for someone and this individual direct his verbage at her. It was something like this, “This is our music and if you don’t like it, too bad!” Now she knew his idiocy was showing, but he didn’t even begin to recognize her position in life as a lady, and more so a lady in the church at the altar.
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We just celebrated Memorial Day; a day that pours forth the virtue of sacrifice. The following quotation shows the attitude of that generation that fought against tyranny and despicable evil and it the antithesis of a Millennial.
“I don’t recall any goof-offs, whiners, or cry-babies. We all did our jobs under the most adverse conditions! I don’t believe our country will ever be again a nation of 100 percent real American men! There were no such things as a hyphenated American; we were all AMERICANS.”
–Tibor Tarok

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