I know you’ve seen this picture of the Costa Concordia this week. (Reuters/Max Rossi) I have been completely fascinated by this wreck, enough to actually pull up the nautical charts for the Island of Giglio… If I understand correctly this is what happened in a nutshell – The ship’s course was electronically set when it left Rome, and it was to pass through the main channel. But the captain turned off the alarms and changed course to sail much closer to the island because he wanted to “salute” the little town on that side, which happened to be where his head waiter was from. And he hit some rocks, ripped a big hole in a 450 million dollar boat, killed some people, scared the snot out of everyone who had to relive the Titanic, nearly bankrupted Carnival cruise lines, and will probably get to spend the rest of his life in jail….
He chose to take the other “un-approved”route to impress some people?!?! And it cost him EVERYTHING!! Not to mention what it cost other people!
There is a way that seems right to a man but it only brings him death. (Prov 14:12)
He’d probably been through there before. He thought he knew where all the hazards were. It looked like a simple thing to do, little bit of fun, even if it was against the rules. Just for the record – the rocks are on the charts, and so are some other wreck sites where other ships had troubles in the same area. But he obviously didn’t notice that. He was too busy turning off the alarm systems.
Am I now trying to win the approval of men or of God? Or am I still trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Gal 1:10)
Let me tell you something I’ve learned – sin is exactly like that in our lives. It’s just a little deviation from the “acceptable, righteous” path. It doesn’t seem like a dangerous thing. And maybe you’ve even tried it before and nothing significant happened. And often you do it to impress somebody else, or just to make them happy and not cause a ruckus. Or just because you feel like it. BUT you don’t always see the rocks! And you for CERTAIN cannot correctly estimate ALL the consequences of your choices. And there are ALWAYS consequences for sin. ALWAYS, but they are not necessarily immediate.
The “approved” path is there to keep you safe, to protect you. God is not trying to take all the fun out of everything… it is for your own good. Trust Him. Learn from the shipwrecks on the chart and DON’T GO THERE.
He guards the course of the just and protects the way of the faithful… Walk in the ways of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous. (Prov 2:8,20)