You don’t have to be a smart person to know we are living in a time of trouble. Hate is the problem and love has been lost. The whole world is falling apart. We can’t change the world, but we can fix our country if we try. Our country is more divided today than at any time since the Civil War; politics, drugs, alcohol and religion has divided us more now than at any other time. Politics has divided homes, churches and good neighbors. Drugs have destroyed people’s abilities to deal with others. Alcohol has divided homes and destroyed lives. Religion, which should unite us, seems to divide us.

What is the answer? The answer is to quit judging others and take inventory of our own life. For some reason, people today think everyone should see things like they do. Remember, everyone has a right to their own opinion, and we should not hate those who see things differently. Social media, computers and smartphones have isolated us from each other. We are losing our ability to socialize with neighbors, friends and even families.

Let’s make 2020 a good year! Think before talking, treat others like you want to be treated and forgive others like you want to be forgiven. Pray before you vote, pray for those who hate you and try to be nice to those who reject you. You will be surprised how love can turn hate around if you will only try. Try reading the whole Bible-not just your favorite chapters-with an open mind, and turn back to God. You will be surprised how better things will be when you have changed your own life. The Bible says just before Jesus comes back, trouble will be rampant. Children will turn against parents and parents against children. Wars, and rumors of wars, our country will speak like a dragon, and right will seem wrong and wrong will seem right. Storms, earthquakes and troubles like never before. People killing each other for no good reason.

We are living in troubled times that ministers preached back in the ‘40’s and ‘50’s. Thank God Jesus will come back soon and all this trouble will end. Are you ready?

God Bless.

Andrew J. Hampton

West Salem