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Grimm's Musings: What do you think?

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H.R. Grimm is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Wilson County News or

October 6, 2015 | 934 views | 1 comment

Glad you stopped by today. If you don't mind, find yourself a comfortable seat and sit here with me for a spell.

I'm trying to come to terms with something. Maybe you can share a couple of braincells to help process something that's been bothering me. In fact, I've heard a number of people are bothered but it just doesn't look like anybody's bothered enough. I've got this gnawing feeling that won't go away. Try as I may to ignore it, I keep finding myself back at this same spot sitting here pondering it all, musing, if you will. Like something bad is happening and it's all going to get worse. Still, if it's as bad as I think it is and as bad as I'm hearing people say it is then we've got to do something about it, but what?

On one hand the Good Book tells me I'm supposed to "submit to authorities" (Romans 13) and on the other hand I'm to "Put on the whole armor of God" (Ephesians 6) to take a stand as we're in a battle. It's rather confusing.

So here we are in this God-blessed USA and currently it looks like we're being lead onto a fast track to a crisis, a real disaster, but nobody is upset on a large enough scale to stop it. Nobody is crying from the housetops, so to speak. Is everyone just going to sit around with our eyes glued to our TV night after night or our faces buried in our cellphones on FaceBook or is there some unifying action taking place somewhere and I'm just not hearing about it?

When it comes to action there is usually an announced event or public gathering to rally people, but too few seem to be rallying anywhere to make much of a united voice. But what happens if a person wants to make a difference, be a positive influence to start a movement to provide change or hope?

Looking back over my own life I see time after time what looked like a disaster was just God getting me to move to some place I wasn't all that keen about going. Yet, I can see now there was a better plan than the one I came up with and more favorable results than I had envisioned. But is it the case this time?

I have read that conflict can bring about changes or new ministries, it most definitely leads to new insights. Take Paul & Barnabas having a "little" bit of difference of opinion to take Mark in the Book of Acts. We could look at the persecution that drove those early Christians running for their lives and they spread Jesus everywhere they went. Nobody's recorded if there were any Christians inside Jerusalem when it was leveled by the Romans in 70 A.D. but if there was, I'll bet they wished they'da had their comms link sooner to get their marching orders. I have to wonder if we Christ Followers have difficulty hearing God speak clear enough to get guidance or is it just that His warnings don't get through to us until things blow up in our faces?

We have a border that's about as useless as a screen door on a submarine. Nobody can tell any of us who's entering this Country. We've got Islamic extremists popping up in Ohio, Texas, Florida, Minnesota, and training camps that even the FBI doesn't know about. Then there's ISIS slaughtering and destroying lives around the Globe. All these lives being ruined and when will they come for you and me?

Of course, it just could be that God is orchestrating all this for a bigger purpose than any of us can grasp and what looks like a major disappointment is somehow "His-Appointment." So, if it is His Divine Plan at work, no matter what anybody does, we're not going to stop it. But then I think of farmers and if they don't take responsibility for the very soil before planting and after harvest, there won't be next year's crops. Aren't we supposed to be responsible?

What do you think? (hrg)
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