In one of our opening services after many months of lockdown no physical service, our pastor used an analogy of cruise ship vs battleship. Just to bring it home: A cruise ship is more of an entertaining experience, everyone would desire to have a taste of a cruise ship.
Well, on a cruise ship life happens, there is variety of food, drinks, a dessert I mean all courses are available. Each day comes with a different cuisine to savour your taste buds. On a cruise, you wake up at your own time, and in fact, you do not have to clean after yourself. You hit the blanket and someone comes to lay your bed and clean up your room. We call it room service. Once in a while you have the privilege of having breakfast on bed or even lunch, everything is possible on a cruise.
It’s fun, you enjoy the ambiance, tranquillity is breathtaking, away from the hassle and the bustle of the city or normal daily life. Well, after some few days you notice you no longer enjoy the food as before, why? Your body has been stationary and mostly fed by junk. You want something different and excitement goes down.
While on the other hand, on the battleship everyone is in constant war, even as you take your tea on the other hand you are holding a gun in readiness for an enemy or an attack. Waking time is well spelled out, no one cleans after you, it’s your responsibility. You do not have the luxury of choosing what to eat. In fact, you survive on canned food, to bring it home, frozen food. Rarely do you get to experience a warm meal.
Discipline and order are top-notch. Rules and regulations are observed to the dot. No excuse for anything, you protect your partner always and you never leave your partner. Whether injured or dead it’s your responsibility to shoulder them to safety. Always alert and highly sensitive, following every instruction given. A simple mistake can cost a nation. You are constantly warring.
It is from this backdrop that we base how we lead our lives as Christians. We have to make a choice how to do our Christianity journey like we are on the cruise: while in church you come at your own time, you do what you want, you select what to eat and also you wait for someone else to clean after you. Absolutely no responsibility.
While you have an opportunity of being in an army, where everyone is responsible, we take care of each other. It’s not about you always, your partner is your responsibility, you cover their backs from any attack, you are constantly warring. We have a common enemy who is the devil. You follow instructions to the letter, you submit to a leader who has authority over you. You spend time drilling and training to sharpen your skills. Always alert and ready for battle. We have a choice to make.
Well, after that analogy I called myself for a meeting, serious introspection, and soul-searching what kind of a believer am I.
After a deep reflection I made some resolve, with the help of God and consistency I hope by half year I will be back with a report. The progress is impressive thus far though not fully, am a work in progress..
To be cont’d