It’s amazing what crosses your mind if you let it.
This past week’s homecoming and subsequent death of 22-year-old, comatose Otto Warmbier from North Korea left us all sad and shaking our heads. It’s still hard to understand how any nation or leader could imprison and evidently torture a visiting college student for taking down a propaganda poster off the wall.
But, sadly, Warmbier forgot where he was and the serious implications of such an act in a nation ruled by a crazed, cold-blooded killer like Kim Jong-il.
What’s equally perplexing is the fact that some liberal media moguls, comedians, black activists, etc., mocked the young Ohio native after his arrest and even after his return home. They basically said he got what’s coming to him and gloated over his “white boy privileges not shielding him from the same type atrocities some minority groups suffer here in the U.S.”
It’s bad enough that Warmbier, who evidently was a “charismatic, caring, lover of cultures, warm, engaging, intelligent young man” (according to one high school classmate), died a tragic, senseless death. But, far worse are those who would mock him and even stomp on his grave because of their own bigoted, racist views.
Likewise, I can’t for the life of me understand why those who’ve been elected to do what’s right and best for our nation can’t get along. Rabid partisan politics and political correctness—which are rooted in pride—now fill the halls of Congress instead of collegiality, civility and a deep sense of patriotism.
Where are Daniel Boone, Paul Revere and John Paul Jones when you need them?
Sadly, they’re gone and so are those (it seems) who have such a deep love for God and country.
Maybe I’m crazy, but I’ve still got to believe the majority of Americans still have our nation’s best interests in their hearts. I also still believe that honesty and integrity are still alive-and-well in our nation, but are hidden from view by the media and the tabloids for sale at the checkout lanes in the supermarket.
It would seem that our “enlightened” generation continues to embrace darkness over light and wrong over right. Even in the realm of religion, we find an increasing departure from long-held, Biblical views-and-values as we champion relativism and diversity over Truth.
And, sadly, in the process those of us who have resisted such changes are often labeled as bigots, narrow-minded and intolerant. And, those leading the attack are usually the ones who laud tolerance, but are among the most intolerant.
Interesting. And, definitely perplexing.
It’d be easy to get caught up in a frenzy over all of this and launch out into an angry, acrid tirade. Or, I probably could get an angry mob together and go burn some businesses and cars to voice my protest.
But, that wouldn’t do anything except continue to fan the flames of such insanity, injustice and inhumanity. And, it certainly wouldn’t glorify the One Who created me and in Whom I trust.
Much better is continuing to pray for our nation and writing columns like this. Thankfully, I don’t have to let my perplexity lead me to the point of despair—for my Faith is well-founded and not dependent upon my circumstances (II Corinthians 4:8-9).
Here’s hoping yours is too. If so, hope you’ll join me in praying for a mighty moving of God in our nation and around the world. That’s our only Hope. God bless you.
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