west visalia--may 5 160Neal Pollard

I have been regularly flying for nearly twenty years, but last Saturday I did something I had never done. I greatly regretted it.  As Kathy and I approached Pena Boulevard for her to drop me off, it dawned on me that I left my entire wallet at the house.  It is 45 minutes from our house to the airport and my flight was leaving in less than 90 minutes! I had no idea what happens when you attempt to fly without a government, photo identification (or even prescription meds), but now I do!  I got the “special treatment.”  After checking my bags, I went to security and told them I had no identification. A TSA officer was specially assigned to me.  We sat at a table and he called an important, government phone number.  They proceeded to do a background check on me, complete with a mini game of 20 questions to prove I was who I claimed to be.  After clearing that hurdle, I got to go the front of the line and undergo “extra screening.”  While it was not as bad as you might imagine or have bad dreams about, it was quite “personal.”  My laptop bag, with its 47 pockets, was thoroughly searched and swabbed. Ultimately, with these “backup measures” executed, I was allowed to go to my flight which I barely made.

While there’s an obvious travel moral to this story, I could not help but think that some people consider the matter of eternity in the same way.  They do not obey the gospel plan of salvation or they live an unfaithful Christian life.  They know they should not, but they believe that God will ultimately save them anyway.  They may only get in by the “skin of their nose,” but somehow, some way, God will have a backup plan for the disobedient.  Friends, such thinking is fatally flawed.

Paul says, “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power” (2 Th. 1:7-9). This sobering passage reveals no alternative to the one (Jn. 14:6), narrow (Mt. 7:13-14) way.  The Bible records no alternative to that way.  We must make sure we depart this life with the “proper credentials”–the blood of Christ covering our sins!  Do not leave earth without that!

P.S.–Overnight express just delivered my license for my return flight! Thank you, Kathy!

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