From the Pastor's Desk
I have been troubled recently while having conversations with people who self-identify as Christian but purposefully disregard or outright reject what is written in the Bible. Their self-styled religion has shades of cultural morality and hints of “Christian” behavior but lacks the solid foundation of the Bible. More and more people are setting their own course regardless of the outcome. The following conversation clearly illustrates what I am trying to say.
This is supposedly the actual radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October 1995. Radio conversation released by the chief of naval operations, 10-10-95.
CANADIANS: American vessel, please divert your course 15 degrees to the south to avoid a collision.
AMERICANS: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the north to avoid a collision.
CANADIANS: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the south to avoid a collision.
AMERICANS: This is the captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.
CANADIANS: No, I say again, you divert YOUR course.
AMERICANS: This is the Aircraft Carrier US LINCOLN, the second largest ship in the United States Atlantic Fleet. We are accompanied with three Destroyers, three Cruisers and numerous support vessels. I DEMAND that you change your course 15 degrees north. I say again, that's one-five degrees north, or counter-measures will be undertaken to ensure the safety of this ship.
CANADIANS: This is a lighthouse. Your call.
Often, we are the American ship in conversation with God's lighthouse - His unmovable standard as revealed in the Bible. How arrogant we are - thinking we are such good people, such giving people, such loving people, and that it is God who should change His direction. We are like a ship willingly wrecked upon a rocky shore, the captain as the waves crash over his head, still clenching the wheel in this fists and shouting to the sullen skies, "But I was right!".
Have you changed your direction? If not, what's holding you back?
Love In Christ, Bro. Pat