In his book, “The Survivor’s Club,” Ben Sherwood made an observation regarding human nature. An airline passenger seated next to him read her magazine while the flight attendant gave the emergency instructions. When the attendant asked everyone to check under the seat for a flotation device, she did not make a move. Ben asked her about her cushion. She did not want to check nor did she want to talk about it. Her philosophy was that if a plane crash did not enter her mind it could not happen.

    In an accident, some die for no good reason. If the passenger had only gone over an escape plan and followed basic safety procedures, they would have likely survived.

Experts on plane safety point out that this common approach actually increases the chance of becoming a needless fatality. In an accident, some die for no good reason. If the passenger had only gone over an escape plan and followed basic safety procedures, they would have likely survived. Unfortunately, the old head-in-the-sand idea makes the one in denial a liability. When disaster strikes, they could offer life-saving help. Instead, they must be the recipient of the help or die. 

When I wrote “The People of God,” my expectations were  high. I saw the solid Biblical information inside as important emergency procedures that would keep God’s people alive. I thought that giving nearly a thousand verses of Scripture, nearly five hundred directly quoted, would provide the credibility for the message. The response has been hard to nail down. A few so far have captured a survival plan in its pages. Of that I am grateful. But many are like the passenger who refused to check under her seat. If the subject of Christians enduring a time of disaster (i.e the great tribulation) is not discussed, it, therefore, will not happen.

      As shoppers run over each other at the mall on Black Friday, the U.S. dollar seems poised to follow the euro in the direction of oblivion.

With all the signs, we are on a plane destined to crash. As shoppers run over each other at the mall on Black Friday, the U.S. dollar seems poised to follow the euro in the direction of oblivion. As we watch our football and newly released movies, the North Koreans are threatening to launch an all-out military strike on our allies. As we attend church on Sunday, the prophetic word is silenced or falling on deaf ears. We have ears but we refuse to listen to what the Spirit is saying. Our magazines have more relevance than our Bible.

“A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land: The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?” (Jeremiah 5:30-31)

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