Do you ever get the feeling that we are in a mess in the United States and the rest of the world? If you do, you are not alone.
There are, however, millions of people who are trying to make a positive difference, but millions of others who are doing their evil worst to continue on their destructive rampage. Their goal seems to be to make things as bad as they can for as many people as possible.
In recent weeks, I have read again historian William J. Federer’s perceptive book, Change to Chains. What we see going on today and what has been happening in recent years is about to bear an abundant and devastating harvest in our nation and throughout the world.
The domino effect will release and produce consequences of which we have never dreamed. Our time of denial and closing our eyes to what has been going on is about over. The efficacy of accumulated depraved power may predictably unleash a torrent of evil and judgment upon us that will forever change life as we have known it in the long history of the United States and the world as we and our generations have experienced.
Forsaking common sense, intelligence, wisdom, prudence and judicious living can only hasten the day of conclusive judgment upon all those who have lived as though they had no social responsibility and that there was no God to whom they must ultimately answer.
Federer wrote in his book mentioned in paragraph three, “There have been approximately 6,000 years of recorded human history. That is all – only about 6,000.” He reminds us that: “Pulitzer Prize winning historians Will and Ariel Durant in an 11-volume work, The Story of Civilization (published 1935-1975), in which they examined the rise, flourishing and fall of major world civilizations. More than 20 years after his death, Will Durant’s quote appeared in an opening graphic of Mel Gibson’s 2006 film Apocalypto, “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.”
Federer continues, “In a companion work, The Lessons of History (NY: Simon and Schuster, 1968, p. 90), Will and Ariel Durant wrote, ‘Civilizations begin, flourish, decline, and disappear – or linger on a stagnant pool left by once life-giving streams.’ ”
Historian Arnold Joseph Toynbee wrote in his 12-volume Study of History (1934-1961), “Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.” President Abraham Lincoln on January 27, 1837, warned America, “If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”
Empires and weather patterns seem to follow the suggestion given in Matthew 16:1-4 by Federer. Most of us have heard “Red at night, sailors delight. Red in the morning, sailors take warning”. I suggest you read often the reference in Matthew 16. Read it until it says something significant to you.
What about turning hate and death into love and life? Here are a few suggestions.
1. Speak and write well of others.
2. Take responsibility for your actions and quit blaming others.
3. Treat other people the way you would like them to treat you.
4. We need more truth and less opinion.
5. Our stupidity and ridiculous remarks may help us gain a minor headline, but they will accomplish nothing of value.
6. Start reading the Word of God and conduct your behavior as it teaches.
7. Make an honest effort to understand other people and find at least one thing good about them.
The blame game will not be profitable for the life of individuals or nations. Become an agent for positive change.
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