My heart is heavy today thinking of the people who died in natural disasters in the past few months. As I write this, the deaths count stands at 139 people. I am speaking of the fires that ravaged entire neighborhoods in Paradise and other California towns, and the hurricanes, Florence and Michael that caused destruction in South Carolina and Florida. These people were warned and for whatever reason they choose not to head the warnings.
In 2005, I was with a group of students from Northark College on Dauphin Island when tropical depression Cindy approached from the Gulf of México. As I was not a native of the gulf I asked if we should evacuate the Island. Local’s all told me, “No, it would be a little blow.” I stayed in the house I had rented on the western end of the island. It started raining and the wind started to blow around 9 pm by midnight the house was shaking and the wind was roaring. I went out to move my vehicle and it was hub deep in the Gulf. I looked water in the front of the house and water in the back, no dry land to be seen. When the morning came, the island residence that I had asked was not home but during the night they had evacuated. If I ever find myself on the coast and they say storm I’m heading inland! I learned two valuable lesson. Don’t trust the local’s an if the officials say go, GO!
As Christians we have an obligation to warn others that destruction is coming. You can read about it in Ezekiel 33 New International Version (NIV)
33 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, 3 and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, 4 then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head. 5 Since they heard the sound of the trumpet but did not heed the warning, their blood will be on their own head. If they had heeded the warning, they would have saved themselves. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.’
The Message is simple, Jesus is coming soon and I warn you to get your hearts and minds under his saving grace. As sure as our EMS License expires every two years, Jesus is returning for his people. Please head this warning because if you are not ready you will be lost. I love you and you have been warned!