Monday Wars

General Musings

Here's a thought for the Monday morning preceding Memorial Day. I've thought a great deal over past few years about how far we've fallen as a socially relevant people. It's not just the idiotic politics and pop culture garbage. That would be enough to warrant a fuss but we continue to fight these wars all over the world. 

Most recently, a carrier battle group carrying numerous combat aircraft and a Marine expeditionary unit with thousands of combat and support personnel, tanks, amphibious landing craft, aircraft, etc., are playing war in the Arabian Sea. John Bolton just might get his war with Iran.

As I thought about all this, I ran into a scripture. Solomon is proverbing:

"Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away." Good advice, certainly. Too many are sucked into money, fame, and/or power and never find their way out. A fence on the cliff is certainly better than an ambulance down in the valley.

"For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall." This verse reveals a major characteristic of evil. It can't rest until someone is miserable and lost. Evil is relentless. Evil has no conscience or remorse. It never looks back. It will deceive, even, the elect, as they suppose.

"For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence." The sacrament that evil consumes is wickedness and violence. I can see John Bolton officiating at the altar. There are many others just as evil as John. And more. But his name is on the tip of my tongue. If you had to assess the condition or mortal world today using two words, I suspect wickedness and violence would be at the top. Solomon nailed it.

"But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble." (KJV Pro 4:14-19) 

How sad for those so ignorant to willingly become beguiled by evil. And how much more we are challenged not to fall into the formidable pits of arrogance, pride, and impatience. Charity, then becomes the weapon of choice. Charity being far more than simply giving alms to the poor. Zion requires a people of charity.

John Bolton wouldn't understand.

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