Monday, November 4, 2013

Shark Tank!

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour: (1 Peter 5:8) 

Here's a quick trivia question for all my readers...

Of the three most dangerous sharks in the world, which one is the most dangerous? 

Is it...

A) Tiger Shark?

B) Bull Shark?

0r C) Great White Shark? 

If you probably guessed "b) Bull Shark", then you are exactly right! All three of these sharks are very dangerous and have endangered the lives of so many people that have encountered them, but the bull shark stands out from the other sharks in a very interesting way. What makes the Bull Shark more dangerous than the Tiger or Great White sharks? For those of us that are well-educated in the area of sharks, the answer is very simple and we can come to the conclusion that it is the Bull Shark. 

The Tiger and Great White sharks, while potentially dangerous, are limited in their ability to be a truly legitimate threat to human life because they are exclusively salt-water fish in contrast to the bull shark that has the unique ability swim and thrive and both salt and fresh-water environments.

You're probably thinking. What does all this talk about the shark kingdom have anything to do with us as Christians? That's a fair question and one that I will be more than happy to answer. This topic on sharks has alot more to do with us than you think. 

In today's world, there are alot of people that claim to be Christians, but end up turning out to be "wolves in sheep's clothing". Everything from the world we live in to the church we attend can be symbolic of a shark tank. Anywhere you go, you will always a very large pool of innocent people. Within that large pool of innocent people, there's a dramatically smaller pool of hostile or indifferent people. 

Our churches, just like the bodies of water these sharks inhabit is supposed to be an environment that is safe and enjoyable. The unfortunate reality is that we have men and women in positions of authority in our churches that have had a history of spiritual abuse. This doesn't even take into consideration that there are those who claim to love the Lord and yet act indifferent toward their brothers and sisters in Christ. As a result of the indifference and spiritual abuse in our churches today, we have inadvertently created a "shark eat shark" mentality and culture. 

My dear friends, it is imperative that we get back to the basics of what the Bible tells us in how we are to treat one another. No other substitute will be necessary or another program to compliment or supplement what the Word of God has already been teaching us for millenia. Our watered-down Christian culture has negatively impacted our ability to maintain a supportive and fundamentally sound spirit of unity. It is one thing to start a relationship with those around you, it's an entirely different matter to maintain that spirit of unity whenever there's a point of contention or a "territorial spirit" is developed. Remember how I mentioned earlier that the Bull Shark is the most dangerous shark? That fact is further supported by the fact that they are the only type of shark of the three mentioned in this post that have that "territorial spirit".

So friend, are you a Bull Shark? Or are you a more benign-type of shark? 

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-)