FIRE LESSONS

July 10, 2018

 

At this writing, the Spring Fire in southern Colorado has consumed in excess of 107,000 acres.  The alleged perpetrator of this disaster is in jail charged with arson.  The rest of the story will never be told by the mainstream media because it is counterproductive to their open border agenda.  The firebug is an illegal immigrant who has posted pictures on social media of himself smoking a marijuana joint.  Three cheers for legalized weed and unrestricted immigration; all we need is a few more dope heads wandering around the dry forests of the American West.

Supporters of these insanities should spend some time visiting with a few of the 100 plus homeowners who lost everything - such as the couple who is staying with us.  They were given thirty minutes to evacuate which allowed them just enough time to pack one suitcase and gather valuable papers.  Everything else they owned has evaporated.  Their retirement home was comfortable but far from palatial…now they don’t even own a knife or a fork!

Jack was a Navy pilot who flew 196 combat missions in Viet Nam…all from an aircraft carrier.  His flight jacket and every military memento is gone. His attitude remains positive, but who could blame this true patriot if he ever believes his country has turned its back on him?  Jack and his wonderful wife are not bitter nor do they possess a complaining spirit.  They are not expressing even a hint of an entitlement attitude---but then, they are not liberals.

According to local Forest Service personnel, the largest difficulty with this fire is the tremendous amount of fuel on the forest floor.  That is the result of dead and dying trees accumulating for decades; of course, logging is anathema to tree huggers who have successfully road blocked many attempts for productive clean-up.  This opposition is based on the faulty notion that old growth forest must be preserved, all the while ignoring the obvious.  If a cluttered timber land burns, the likelihood of everything in it being destroyed is great, but if the woods are appropriately thinned, the danger of fire is lessened, and the survival rate of some trees increases.

Environmentalists control many of Colorado’s mountain communities; several are attempting to limit woodburning stoves or fireplaces because, in their opinion, wood smoke is detrimental to the environment.  However, precautions to prevent tons of smoke emanating into the atmosphere are rejected.  Don’t you love liberal logic?  “The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself” (Proverbs 10:12).

A few years ago the Raton Pass fire left a large quantity of dead standing trees.  A saw mill in Raton made every effort to buy that timber with the realization that it (at least for a couple of years) is viable wood.  The leftist controlled Department of the Interior successfully drug their feet until the trees were no longer an economic option.  Today they stand as silent sentinels of stupidity.  “As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly” (Proverbs 26:11).

The Bible speaks of at least twenty-seven different kinds of trees with the initial notation that they were created by God to serve specific purposes, which includes things to eat, sawn lumber, shade, food and shelter for birds or animals, or simply to beautify the earth.  Different types of trees typify distinct kinds of people; for example….the green bay tree pictures the wicked, the palm tree represents the righteous, the oak demonstrates the steadfast, etc.  Even Satan is characterized by a giant cedar tree (see Ezekiel 31).  When forests are violently destroyed by fire, it periodically serves as an occasion for God’s attempt to gain the attention of the surrounding residents (see Joel 1:19,20).  It is not unusual for the humanistic element to declare that their god is found in nature.  Consequently, the woods and water are their focus of worship.  Here is the difficulty of this pantheism…it can be destroyed.  The Lord of the Scriptures cannot be eradicated or permanently ignored (Philippian 2:9-11).

Trees were created to be harvested as a crop.  Noah was instructed to build an ark of incredible dimensions out of gopher wood.  The size alone of the reproduction of Noah’s construction will answer the often asked fallacious question:  “How did Noah make room for all the animals in that boat?”  The lumber that was used to build that amazing reproduction in Kentucky came from Colorado.  Those trees are serving a far grander purpose than fire consumption.  I would encourage every believer to visit the “Ark Encounter".

Beautiful cedar trees were used in the building of Solomon’s Temple for the purpose of worshipping the Creator, not the trees.  “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us:  for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree:”  (Galatians 3:13).  The Redeemer was the One Who took our curse; all the tree did was amplify that curse.

 

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