Things sure are going to pot around here!

It’s been a long year.  With so much going on in the world, it’s a wonder we can keep up with it all.  Just think about some of the issues you contend with daily.  For starters, there’s the upcoming 2012 election. Don’t worry; I won’t get political on you here.  But I think you would agree, regardless of what side of the fence you’re on, if you’ve got half a brain you’re concerned about the future of our country.

There are candidates running here and there using any tactic they can just to get your vote.  It certainly isn’t like running for Student Council back in the day.  The only thing on the line then was whether or not you would get ice cream at lunch.  Today our national security and financial stability hang in the balance!

When I think about such serious issues and the injustices that abound, I pray God will find a way to level the playing field soon.

I pray justice really will prevail.

You see, I’m old school.  I’d like to go back to a simpler time when a hard day’s work resulted in a full day’s wage and the government didn’t take half your paycheck.  A day when the family gathered around the table for dinner on Sunday.  When right was right, wrong was wrong and kids were kids!

Oh, yes…the kids.  As of this writing, we are just days out from the shooting at Theatre 9 in Aurora, Colorado.  Twelve victims were killed and fifty-nine were injured by a twenty-four year old gunman.  A young man barely out of his teens with his whole life ahead of him, killing and injuring almost seventy-five people in one fell swoop.

Remember back in the 70’s when Karen Carpenter demurely sang “We’ve only just begun” and you paid 32 cents for a gallon of gas? Did it EVER occur to you then that you might have to protect your kids by turning yourself into full body armor at the movie theatre? Probably not. Yet, many experienced that very thing just days ago in Colorado.

I could go on and on.  Think about the economy, the housing market, the record bankruptcies, foreclosures and the underwater homes.  Crime and corruption are on the rise.  Reality TV shows where anything goes are the new craze. There’s no indication that somewhere out there the “good guys” are winning.  Nope, the “bad guys” are all around and they seem to be multiplying like rabbits.  You can find them almost everywhere including the highest levels of our government.

I know some of these things were present in years gone by, but have you noticed they seem to have reached epic proportions?  Would you say there used to be a day when life was simpler?  Safer? Just a bit easier to navigate?  I would.

In fact, I can recall the year President Kennedy was shot.  My life up to that point was uncomplicated, not yet littered with the difficulties of adulthood. Watching Lassie was the last thing I did before hitting the hay every Sunday. Wanting to stay home from school had nothing to do with gun carrying classmates, metal detectors, or suicide bombers.  I simply enjoyed being with my family.

But gradually, “real life” crept in and I began to understand that things weren’t always going to be easy. Maybe the change in my perspective happened because I grew up some or maybe I’m just an idealist at heart.  I sure don’t want to sound like Sad Sack Sally here.  But sometimes, I long for those simpler days. Don’t you?  I’d be interested in hearing your comments on the subject but for now, let me share some scripture verses with you.

2 Timothy 3:1-7 says;

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

It’s tough reading those verses!  But I have to say they look oddly familiar when I check out the nightly news or go to the mall on Black Friday. Do you see any of those behaviors as you look around your world today? Do some of them ring true for you?

If so, are we in the end times now?

Well, I’m not here to debate that question.  I’ll leave it for you to discuss with your Pastor or in the comments section below.  But I would like to highlight how all-knowing and perceptive God is.  Before any of us were ever born he knew what our life would be like.

Yup, He knows your name and your little bag of tricks.  He also knows mine.  He knows our world, our culture and our final destiny.  I’m glad He does.  It gives me hope and reminds me how much He cares for us.

Be blessed dear friends~until we meet again!

Toni

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