August 23, 2017 at 5:00 AM
A breach in the rubber lining on the Luke Society office roof allowed rain water to leak into the building last week. (Photo by Greg Kuiper).
We were all surprised at the Luke Society office last week to discover water dripping from the ceiling. Obviously, a one- to two-inch rain the night before had something to do with that.
I’m no roof expert, so when I climbed onto the flat roof of the building, nothing seemed unusual. The roof is protected by a rubber liner and covered with stones to protect this liner.
From outside appearances, everything looked normal.
But what could not be seen on casual external observation was painfully obvious inside the building. The water barrier had been breached.
It occurred to me that our lives might also look fine to a casual observer during “nice weather.” But when faced with a challenge a different picture might emerge.
The Bible warns us repeatedly that small compromises — breaches if you will — of our character will have devastating results.
The Israelites of Elijah’s day believed they could compromise by serving Baal and still consider themselves to be God’s people. Elijah reprimanded them, saying, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him” (1 Kings 18:21).
The author of Proverbs 25:28 speaks of the dangerous and vulnerable position a person is in when the barrier to sin is compromised: “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.”
The good news is that an office building roof can be repaired. And the Good News also reminds us that in Jesus, the sins we have allowed to permeate our lives can also be forgiven.
But from there we are called to be on our guard so that the barrier remains intact: “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong” (I Corinthians 16:13).