This past weekend, we attended my nephew’s wedding in the mountains west of Wenatchee, Washington. It was a beautiful mountain setting, but that outside ceremony was intensely hot. As we departed and descended the mountain, I could smell smoke. I didn’t see any fire burning; but for mile after mile, I smelled the smoke.
I commented to Cherelyn several times about the pervasive smell of smoke–not like one single campfire, but a different odor of smoke, something you smell when you come upon an area where there has been a recent forest fire. Little did I know that as we drove across that State, my brother and his family–as they returned to their home that night in Wenatchee where we had been staying prior to the wedding–returned to a crisis. The fires descended from the hills; and on Sunday, they were given just a few moments to grab anything they could from their home as they evacuated in the face of the advancing flames.
In the twenty-plus years my brother has lived there, there have been other wildfires that came close; but this was the first time they were forced to abandon their home. They took refuge in their church further in town away from the danger zone. Providentially, his home was not one of the two-dozen that were consumed by the fires that claimed 30 square miles of Washington State. As for my family, we escaped just ahead of the fires, smelling smoke but not fully realizing what was happening behind us as we traveled eastward. We only became aware of what had happened when we saw the weather report highlighting the fires.
The old saying is certainly true: where there is smoke, there is fire.
I was thinking about all that is happening in our land today. The Supremes engaged in infantile wishful thinking. They essentially declared that words have no meaning in law. Law is whatever they say it is, and you’d better comply or else! So let’s get this straight: laws no longer mean what they say? Yes, you heard correctly; that’s what they said. Laws mean whatever they wish them to mean; words only mean whatever the imaginations of five black-robed lawyers want them to mean.
I don’t know about you; but in America today, I smell smoke. It comes in advance of the fire, and the fire is very real. Those who specialize in imagining that reality is what they like to think it is pretend they don’t smell that smoke. But where there is smoke, there is fire. And this isn’t some wildfire that consumes a couple dozen family homes; this is a fire like that experienced in the towns of Gomorra and Sodom, a total fire of devastation leaving nothing behind.
Turn to Genesis 19:1-11:
“And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night. And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.”
Notice that Lot is a judicial leader in Sodom; he is one of the city’s judges. Court was held at the city gate; and when it says that “Lot sat in the gate of Sodom,” it indicates that he was a judicial officer of the city. In that position at the city gate, he would see those coming and going in and out of the city. So he, it appears, noticed the two angels, who were hiding their glory and appearing as mere men when they came into Sodom. He knew the wickedness of this city, and he knew these strangers would not be safe from the Sodomites were they to “abide in the street all night” as they proposed to do.
Here is some real advice. Pastors – no more marriage licenses from the State. That thing the civil government calls marriage is not marriage at all; it is a fraud, a sham, a lie. No Christian should marry under a marriage license. Families – take back jurisdiction over marriage, education, property ownership. Build up strong marriages which will be an undeniable testimony as fake marriages will never work, and real marriages not founded on Jesus Christ will falter because there are only two sinners who are there to make it work.
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