That Old Sinking Feeling

“Woe! Woe! O great city, Babylon, city of power! In one hour your doom has come!” (Revelation 18:10).
When the White Star Line’s centerpiece was built, it was heralded as the ultimate ship. Its designers used every technique to make it safe and luxurious. Passengers admired the hand-carved paneling and ran their fingers along the railings of the stairs, which were made of ivory. But most striking of all was the fact that it was designed to prevent sinking. Made of the strongest steel, its hull was divided into sixteen watertight compartments. If even four compartments were ruptured, the great ship would continue to float with the other twelve. The design made use of the best of technology to make it safe.
The Titanic was unsinkable.
“The ark,” someone has said, “was built by amateurs; the titanic by professionals.” With much pomp and circumstance, the Titanic sailed from Southampton harbor in southern England, bound for New York City. In the evening of October 14, 1912, the good ship Titanic struck an iceberg, and this marvel of human engineering took three hours to sink beneath the cold Atlantic waters. There is no evidence that a Leonardo De Caprio look-alike was on board.
It took the Titanic three hours to sink. It took “Babylon” just one! The eternal city of Rome fell in a stunningly short time. In spite of human hubris, there is still a God who is more powerful than all. God still “opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6).
Personally, I think I’ll buy passage with the company that made the ark!

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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