I went camping a few weeks ago as a last of the summer fling. It was one of those times where the sun is still warm, but the nights are crisp, making you want to huddle around a fire with lots of marshmallows. It was a great time, as long as I forget the four times it rained and the bear my dog and I know was stalking our tent. My husband is still doubtful, but good thing I had him around to send out and see where the bear was. Good thing for him that the bear took one look at him, got too scared, and vanished into the night. The poor thing was so frightened that it even took its footprints and left no trace behind!
However, I digress. What’s the best thing of camping? Getting eaten by insects? Getting poison ivy? Sleeping on the hard ground? Nope. It’s fire. Without it, there would be no marshmallows roasted. No food cooked. The campfire at night is always the best time of camping.
But is fire always good? Not really. Ever seen a house burnt to the ground? Ever seen a forest after a raging blaze has gone through? All that’s left is blackened trees and ash. In the campfire ring, it is fascinating. Out of control, it’s extremely dangerous. Did you know that the temperature of a candle is 1,800 degrees °F. A blowtorch at 2,400 °F. In five minutes, given the right things to burn, a room temperature can reach 1100 °F, making it hot enough to ignite every combustible object in the room at the same time!
How the world around us is like fire! It’s filled with wonderful things to do, to see, and to explore. And so the world should be explored! God’s creation is amazing, and He has given us the ability to do astounding feats. Music, dancing, art, discoveries, movie, science. The list goes on. But beware. Just like fire, the world can blaze out of control. But instead of burning our bodies, it will burn our souls until there’s nothing left. It can reduce our joy, our freedom, to ash. It can take all that is good and reduce it to a useless, ugly black lump.
Only a few brave people fight fire. Most of us grab what we can and run. But some will enter the inferno, willing to either beat it back or rescue someone. They’re willing to die in their fight for that what is right. Only a few brave people fight the flames of our culture. Bold enough to question what is accepted as right and normal, they search through the smoke and flame for God’s path.