For crying in the mud, based on what has gone down in 2017, 2018 promises to be a wild, weird and wacky trip around the nearby star.

Looking at where things stand as 2017 ends, who knows what might happen in the coming year?

But while we can’t be sure what might transpire in what appears to be an anything-goes type of year, I think I can safely predict several things that won’t happen. Here are some of them, in no particular order.

•The mainstream media in the U.S. begins presenting news objectively.

Unfortunately, it’s now too popular for major sources of so-called “news” to use their platforms as formats for promoting agendas, pushing opinions and even creating or nurturing fear.

It’s unnecessary, unprofessional and unfair, but it ain’t about to change.

•Republicans and Democrats in Washington D.C. make compromise a common procedure.

I’d say the “aisle” between members of the two parties in both the Senate and House is now more like a deep, dark chasm and nobody is willing to try to communicate across its expanse.

•Planet 9, X or whatever you want to call it drifts dangerously close to Earth.

I’m pretty sure that if this heavenly body that has been talked about for years truly existed, there would be solid evidence by now.

It’s comparable to the Sasquatch legend. If they exist, why is the only “evidence” always in the form of blurry photographs or odd stories told by people about experiences they had when they were alone?

•Islam stands down.

That’s never going to happen, let alone in 2018.

“Islamist extremists” will always be a thorn in the side of everybody on the planet who won’t bow down to their false god and follow that Muhammad guy who founded the false doctrine.

•People avoid getting swindled by phone scammers.

Whether it’s due to being ignorant, naïve or overly trusting, there are men and women who simply won’t get the message that they need to use extreme caution when speaking to someone on the phone.

For whatever reason, they can’t comprehend three fundamental aspects of the subject:

•If you don’t recognize a number on your caller ID, you don’t have to answer.

•If you aren’t 100-percent sure who you’re talking to, don’t offer up personal information or send money (not 99.9, but 100).

•There are always red flags in a conversation with a scammer. If one comes up, it needs to be taken to heart.

•Nuclear war with North Korea.

Despite his incessant rants about destroying this or that, I just don’t believe Kim Jong Nutcase is the threat he wants the world to believe he is.

I also don’t believe he’s actually dumb enough to have not only the rath of the U.S. rain down on his country, but that of China and Russia as well (in case you haven’t noticed, America isn’t the only country “Rocket Man” is riling up).

•God’s will is acknowledged more in U.S. society.

That ship has sailed folks. We now live in a country where secular interests and “tolerance” take precedence over conserving what God (the One who is, was and will be) said was good and right. Nope, it’s all people hearing what they want to hear, getting favor in spite of the will of the majority and doing everything possible to oppose His will, and never mind 2018, we’ll never return to a place where Godly principles are the driving force in society’s decision-making processes and the fabric of every day life. From here out, it’s about increased selfishness and rampant immorality (see 2 Timothy 4:3 and 2 Timothy 3: 1-5).

Keep in mind that mankind isn’t surprising God and He’s not all disappointed and worried about the state of the world. On the contrary, He runs the show and wrote the script and everything takes place according to His will.

That includes all of the above stuff and literally everything else. And that means everything – without exception (see Colossians 1:16 and Ephesians 1:11).

Doug Davison is a writer, photographer and newsroom assistant for the Houston Herald.

Email: ddavison@houstonherald.com.

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