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Like Hobbits

34 ...Lord of the Rings? Remember how the Hobbits were living in a peaceful existence in the Shire? Their greatest joys were in eating, drinking, smoking pipeweed, and gardening. They were a peaceful, pleasant race, and did not get involved in matters outside their borders.

They were oblivious to evil lurking just outside their homes. The dark lord Suaron was amassing a huge army, preparing to take over all of Middle Earth. To do this, he must wipe out the peaceful races or take them captive.

The Hobbits had no idea that this was happening. They were too caught up in their own pleasures to notice.

Americans today are like Hobbits. As unrest in the Middle East grows on a daily basis, unrest that threatens our own peace, American society is far more focused on Hollywood, green living, iPads, reality TV, and texting. If we do notice a news blurb about the goings on in Egypt, we have no clue what it's about and how it affects us.

Right now, Iranian warships have entered the Suez Canal. This puts them right next to Isreal. This is a huge provocation. As one of Isreal's strongest allies, this is also important, and dangerous, for the United States.

Egyptians are protesting the rule of their President, and demanding he step down. On the surface it appears to be a great revolution. It looks like the citizens just want freedom from tyranny. But if you look more closely, it's much more dangerous. It's about the Muslim Brotherhood gaining a foothold in a very large nation.

There are other similar uprisings throughout the Middle East. It's actually getting hard to keep up with the new occurances each new day.

Muslim extremists are moving into Mexico and joining, and even taking over gangs. Mexico is awfully close to us, with a virtually unprotected border.

It saddens me that the free citizens of this country are too caught up in the unimportant, the frivolous, and the meaningless to notice what is going on outside our borders.

The worst part is, I don't know how we can change it. As I write this, I think of all the people I know who don't know, and don't care.

I'm glad that God is on His throne.

And there's your cupp'a cheer for today. : )
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