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CLARITY – 3-26-18 Alarms Unheeded


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-26-18


Alarms Unheeded


What’s Happening:  “Tragic events occurred over the weekend and a world away: a mall in Kemerovo, Siberia, Russia experienced a fire Sunday that resulted in 64 deaths. Fire alarms sounded, but much of the packed out Winter Cherry Mall patrons simply ignored them ( People who witnessed the event told Russian TV that the alarms were silent or ignored.”


Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess alarms are for a reason…”


Biblical Response:  “You think?! Of course, we have all ignored them…or thought they were for a drill…or for somebody else. Still, it only takes one ignored REAL alarm to change our opinion…tragically, too late for 64. I’m sure there will be an investigation…what caused the fire?…were the alarms appropriately placed?…were exits clearly marked?…was the  mall overly occupied? You can say what you want about regulations (excessive bureaucracy and all), but if decisions about safety are left up to the builder, he might do the thing that saves the most money…not the most lives. Nobody thinks tragedy will happen…till it does.”


“Christians? The Lord gives us many warnings and alarms (Matt. 6:2-3), but do we heed them (Rev. 3:20)? Sure, you can ignore an alarm…and it might be false…or it might not! Best to be safe than sorry. All tragedy is local…and we should mourn with the families of those Russians and pray (Rom. 12:15).but all alarms are local, too…except those warning us that are universal (Luke 13:3,5).”


Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to regard Your warnings seriously…and pray for the comfort of those families that have suffered loss…in Parkland AND Kemerovo; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent


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