The Italian cruise ship, Costa Concordia, was serving dinner to its guests. The cruise had been going according to plan and everyone was enjoying this enormous luxury ocean liner. This is when tragedy struck. The ship began taking in water and turned on its side. Everyone was now in severe danger. The next few hours were filled with panic and chaos. Ever since this disaster occurred a week ago, people have been asking, “How did this happen?” To put it simply, the captain was sailing too close to the shore.
Time and time again people flirt with the boundaries. We bend and twist the rules. We push ourselves and others to the breaking point. We get in the face of danger to see what happens. People are constantly putting themselves too close to crisis. The Costa Concordia is just the latest example. The captain had no business being so close to shore. He is currently facing charges on manslaughter, causing a shipwreck by sailing too close to shore, and abandoning ship.
Far too often Christians flirt with sin. We put ourselves in bad situations and think we won’t be affected. I don’t know how many times I have heard the words, “Well, ______ doesn’t really affect me.” We are lying to ourselves. Maybe it’s when we don’t feel we are being affected by something (bad movies, language, sexual content, lewd music, money, etc) that we are in the most danger.
Ephesians 4:27 says, “Do not give the devil a foothold.” This is exactly what we are doing when we allow ourselves to get too close to sin. Let the Costa Concordia serve as a reminder that we really don’t know the dangers that could be hiding beneath the surface just waiting to destroy us. Let’s stay safe and sound. The only place this can be found is with the Lord.