By Charlie Johnston
I have been running quite a bit these last few days in my New England visit. I hope to get a solid post up tonight. Meantime, just a couple things. First, my next public presentation will be in Manchester, New Hampshire as follows:
Manchester, New Hampshire
7:00 p.m. Tuesday April 5, 2016
The Yard Seafood & Steak House, Salon A & B, 1211 South Mammoth Rd., Manchester, NH 03109
Admission is free and no meal purchase is required
Contact: Doug or Jacki
I hope I get a chance to see you there. Apparently they had very little snow in New England this year until I arrived. Now it has snowed since I got here. Everywhere I go I bring joy, hope…and strange weather patterns 😉
A couple of people, including a good friend, have suggested I was not charitable to the commenter I cited in my last piece, “I Proclaim a Rescue.” I sympathize with their sensibilities, and respect those who whacked me in trying to defend him. But I did exactly what I intended.
The gentlemen has the filter of having merely used a screen name, so he is not exposed to any general sting. But from his comments, it was clear that if he entered into accepting what I have said about the continued progression of the Storm, he was likely to go right back to the disordered hoarding response he lived last year. We are in very serious territory here. Some who I speak gently to are determined to rely on themselves to come up with a plan to outwit God, rather than just doing a little and trusting God to guide their little steps. That is a formula for disaster and painful rebuke from on high, at best. I figured if with tart bluntness I can shock a few into trusting to God instead of to themselves, it may save them a lot of grief. In any case, henceforth, when people tell me how they have made plans in their own home which would supply a battalion – or any other complicated scheme that does NOT rely on God, I will be tart at best. The main point of this Storm is to trust in God and rely on your neighbor while helping him as well. We have gotten to the point we have is because of our delusion that we are sufficient to ourselves and the master planners.
When I say the way forward is to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope, I mean it. I think I have been too gentle in failing to emphasize doing anything else could get you badly hurt. I will not fail to emphasize that further. Those who focus on what I say will happen rather than what I say to do whatever happens are going in a very wrong direction. I would much rather people ignore me altogether than use what I say in a frantic effort to outwit God.
I can live with it if people think I am not nice. I cannot live with it if God says to me I have not warned people firmly enough and some who could have been recalled were lost because of it.