SAFE AND SECURE ON THE TITANIC?
On April 10, 1912, the RMS Titanic set sail from Hampton, England to New York for her maiden voyage. Titanic was far and away the greatest luxury liner of her day. The ship was massive, elegant, and powerful. She was deemed “the unsinkable ship.” However, that boastful moniker proved woefully untrue. Within five days at sea, the unthinkable happened to the unsinkable, and the mighty ship lay broken and destroyed at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
Titanic was repeatedly warned of iceberg sightings in her path. The radio operators viewed the warnings as disruptions, responding disdainfully to one of the messages with this angry retort, “Shut up! I’m busy!” Not to be outdone, the captain’s attitude was “full speed ahead!” No doubt he arrogantly and erroneously felt bulletproof on “the unsinkable ship.”
Once Titanic hit the iceberg on April 14, the hull was irreparably damaged, and the clock began ticking toward inevitable destruction. Did the passengers realize the immensity of the problem? Did they understand that time was running out on their pleasure cruise? Certainly not! By and large, they were oblivious to the pending maritime disaster. No doubt some of them were still complaining about the temperature of the soup at dinner, the arrangement of the deck chairs, the song choice of the stringed quartet, the need for fresh towels in their stateroom, and other trivialities. In hindsight, the truth was crystal clear. Other than personal and corporate survival, nothing else mattered once the ship struck the iceberg.
Tragically, lifeboats were woefully insufficient to accommodate all the passengers. As a result, 1517 people perished in the sea, almost half the total number of people who gleefully boarded on April 10.
DO YOU SEE THE PARALLEL?
I wonder how many of us are like the oblivious passengers who were aboard Titanic. I wonder how many of us are majoring on the minors. We get so focused on me and mine that we forget the clock is ticking on this Christ-rejecting world. Make no mistake, America has struck the iceberg! The wrath of Holy God is coming, and rightfully so. This world belongs to Him … and we have trashed it with a litany of capital offenses:
1. The rejection of God and His Word. There is no longer a rightful fear of Him in American public life. (As a result, there is no respect for authority.)
2. The murder of nearly 60 million innocent babies through abortion (almost 10 times that of Hitler’s death camps).
3. The unconscionable evil of kidnapping young girls for sex trafficking.
4. The flagrant reveling of depravity as we heartily embrace fornication, adultery, pornography, homosexuality, and other forms of sexual deviancy.
5. The rampant physical abuse of women and children in our homes and cities.
6. The proliferation of drug and alcohol abuse in order to cope with life.
7. The flippancy of commitment with regard to marriage, divorce, and family.
WHAT TO DO?
What are we to do in the face of such a shameful list? What are we to do as passengers aboard a sinking ship? I think the answer is pretty simple. Each of us needs to repent and get right with God … and sound the alarm! God has called us to be watchmen on the wall (Ezekiel 33:1-7) to warn people of the destruction that is coming soon. As Christians, our only real reason for being on this earth is to shine for Christ and share the good news that Jesus saves! We are here to follow in the Lord’s footsteps, to seek and save the lost, before it’s too late.
May we be faithful to pray, obey, and boldly declare the ship is going down … but there is one, and only one, unsinkable lifeboat in the Lord Jesus Christ. And there is room for all!
Pastor Jeff Schreve
From His Heart Ministries
Jeff Schreve founded From His Heart Ministries, www.fromhisheart.org, in 2005 with the vision to reach as many people as possible with the good news of God's love. Jeff believes that no matter how badly you may have messed up in life, God still loves you and has a great plan just for you. He broadcast on radio, TV and in the internet around the world from his pulpit ministry as Pastor of First Baptist in Texarkana, Texas. This ministry is completely listener/viewer supported. It continues only through the faithful and generous gifts of people like you. Pastor Jeff takes no income from this ministry. All gifts go to further the broadcast.
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