This week we watched as hurricane Joaquin blew through the Atlantic and the El Faro cargo ship was lost at sea. Thirty-three mariners are missing and presumed dead.
The El Faro was a 790-foot vessel, huge and heavy in the water, but there was no competing with a Category 4 storm. They sailed straight into the hurricane eye, battled it, but lost and possibly because the ship lost its power. Did they read the weather signs incorrectly, or did they take a chance they could beat the storm to Puerto Rico?
Just as a ship needs an anchor to hold fast in place, we all need our life’s Anchor.
Tragically there was more news—another school shooting. The media called it a hate crime against Christians. Since Columbine, it seems that Christians been singled out in America. But has always been this way.
What does it mean to be Christian?
In our American culture I see many faces that call themselves Christian, but some pick their beliefs like food at a buffet, selecting only what is comfortable, politically correct, fits their own personality, or worse…is non-threatening. The idea that if we help our neighbor and work hard at being good, we will get that eternal life…on our own.
We are not so far removed from the era of clearly seeing right from wrong. It was black and white. There were no gray areas, and sin was called sin whether you went to church or not…you knew.
Now we have lived through the sexual revolution, free love, drugs and rock ‘n roll, we are spread thin. Compromise has even taken its toll on people who once stood for Christ.
Now, for some Christians, the walk is only private. But sadly—in America, if we stand up against immorality, abortion or genocide we are mocked, hated and thought to be living in the dark ages.
The Bible has no place in this world, they cry!
Why do we hear that cry, and what does that cry mean?
Mankind ran from the truth of God to attain more knowledge, because more knowledge made mankind advance…and mankind saw himself separate from God…and he thought he was god.
And man has been running since.
No more God to tell them what to do because they became full of knowledge, full of themselves…but without wisdom.
And does man have an anchor?
Where does he go when his ship is going down? Does a man give a thought to anything but his own life until it is nearly snuffed out? Until he is grasping because his world is turned upside down and he has no other way but to cry to his Maker? His Anchor?
I present the world as totally selfish, and it is not. When God said to love Him first, and love our neighbor, he meant love him as we love ourselves. It’s a tall order that needs constant attention. How can we love our neighbor as much as we love ourselves? It seems impossible!
So what is our choice? Do we give up? Or do we continue to believe God’s Word is truth no matter what?
Can we as individuals stand against evil? Not in our strength alone.
Here is our Anchor. The One who stands firm, holds us…to steady us. He doesn’t falter…he doesn’t sink. He is always a sure and steady Anchor for our souls.
“When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”
Hebrews 6:13-20 NIV