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Written by FBJ Women for Women

September 16, 2020

by: Camille Anding

A Dark Enemy

Some refer to it as the electronic age. I really don’t know what to call it, but I’m certain there’s an app to help explain it.

The landline phones with their curly cords and dial tones are hung up forever. I remember a favorite phone that had an extra three feet of extension. We could step into another room for private talks, thanks to that lengthy cord.

Today, my iPhone comes equipped with my own secretary that answers most of my questions and finds hotels and restaurants when I’m in an unfamiliar city. The map app tells me how to locate any address with voice and visual directions. Another app warns me of potholes, traffic delays, and detours.

If I get bored, the electronic gadget entertains me with YouTube clips or an endless selection of music. I can check accurate times anywhere in the world and the weather that accompanies those places. The accessible Dow Jones information keeps tabs on my stocks and another app counts my steps around the house.

Paper coupons have gone the way of the brontosaurus – extinct! My brainy iPhone locates coupons, discounts, and the location of the cheapest gas.

My physical bookshelves are full to capacity but not my library in my iPhone. I can hold it all in one hand – every Bible translation, sermon, or piece of literature that I could ever hope to read.

I can still remember the excitement that ran through my childhood home the day the telephone man hung our kitchen phone on the wall. The world seemed to be at my fingertips. Even my child-inspired imagination would never have imagined the advances ahead of me in electronic technology.

When I consider the brainpower and innovative minds that God has heaped on our nation in a brief 200+ years, I am amazed and humbled that He would allow us to live in such a time. However, somewhere along this trail of blessing, a sinister mindset has entered our society and concluded that man, not God, is the center of our universe.

We are being told that humanism trumps theism. Who needs God when man is so intelligent and wields such power? In fact, this powerful segment of humanistic beings is relegating the Bible to a collection of fairy tales and re-defining God’s original and set-in-stone laws.

The American ship is sailing on stormy waters. Unless the winds of revival blow her into a safe haven, she will be another casualty broken up on the destructive rocks of humanism. Since we are all aboard this ship, we must pray, stay near the LifeBoat, and heed the words of the old hymn: “Weep o’er the erring one, Lift up the fallen, tell them of Jesus the mighty to save.”

“You are the salt of the Earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” Matthew 5:13

Holy Father, I ask your forgiveness – I am not the salt I need to be. I carry the only true Light, but sometimes my sinful nature clouds it. We not only need revival, we must have it if our nation survives. Forgive us for not being the salt and light you called and enabled us to be. Amen

Camille Anding

Camille Anding


  • Camille Anding is a child of God since age 12.
  • Wife of 53 years to Othel; mother to Tahya and Eli;l grandmother to seven grandchildren and two great-grands.
  • Retired from photography business with Othel. Now carry cameras on their travel adventures.
  • Freelance writer, regular contributor to Hometown magazines, and dedicated to living “my utmost for His highest.”