We took our grandson on a trip to Europe last year as a high school graduation gift before he started college. We went to Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris, London and Scotland, and it was a wonderful experience, one I'm sure he'll never forget.
As I reflect on that trip, I am thankful that we did it last year, considering the slaughter terrorists have inflicted on that part of the world since then, I don't know that I would take my family on the same trip, this or any other year.
Europe has known, or should have known for decades, that its liberal immigration policies were allowing the birth and growth of a nation within a nation, allowing the massive immigration of a people who refuse to assimilate, whose goals, at least in large part, are to have their laws and customs adopted by their host country instead of the other way around.
The increase of drug related street crime is on the rise around the world, and if the criminals can't lay their hands on a gun, a knife works just as well.
Inner American cities are “no go” zones, and the ordinary people who live in them are held hostage to whatever gang claims the turf. The murder rates look more like combat casualties than local statistics.
For all intents and purposes, Mexico is ruled by cartels and with the kind of mordita (bribes) they can afford. Mexican politicians are given the choice of silver or lead, and they have absolutely no qualms about using the lead.
Preparations for the Olympics in Brazil this year looked more paramilitary than civil, as federal troops in full battle dress attempted to carve out a piece of Rio to conduct the games in relative safety.
Native populations around the world are aborting themselves out of, if not existence, at least majorities and immigrating vast amounts of people of radically different customs and beliefs to fill in the gap.
The United States of America, which was founded, established, fought and died for by men who served the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has allowed its government, through its court system, to subvert the laws of God and has tried to erase every mention, every symbol, every trace of His name from all public places.
There is a move afoot to create a third gender which can change it's mind on a daily basis if they wish on which public restroom they prefer to relieve themselves in, concerned families and frightened women be damned.
Freedom of the press was never meant to foster an agenda driven media, but that's basically what the mainstream of the media in America has become as they pump up some stories and practically ignore others.
My point, folks, is that this world gets more evil, more dangerous, more immoral, and more willing to call good evil and evil good every day.
It should be no surprise to those who read and believe the Bible because it tells us of a day when just such a thing will happen, and the truly scary thing is, it ain't gonna get no better. It's only going to get worse.
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying it's power. Have nothing to do with such people.
Does this sound like what's going on today to you?
And by the way, I didn't say this, it's from 2 Timothy 3:1-9 in the Holy Bible.
What do you think?
Pray for our troops, our police and the peace of Jerusalem.
God Bless America
Charlie Daniels is a legendary American singer, song writer, guitarist, and fiddler famous for his contributions to country and southern rock music. Daniels has been active as a singer since the early 1950s. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008.