Police in the small town of Tairua in northern New Zealand used to dread the winter holidays.
Alcohol-related incidents tended to skyrocket in the days leading up to and following Christmas and the New Year. They begged the city council to impose some restrictions on the public consumption of alcohol and public intoxication during this period. The city council complied. They imposed a ban on the consumption of alcohol in public places from December 23 through January 6.
Most people welcomed this ban. Some did not. During one holiday celebration last year a group of partiers found a way to skirt this unwanted restriction. During low tide at this seaside village, they gathered with their shovels in the harbor’s mud flat. They piled up a six-foot high/twelve-foot wide mound of mud. They flattened its top and placed a picnic table there. As the tide rolled back in, the partiers rowed a boat out to their newly created island and proceeded to “party hardy.”
The police did not challenge the legal basis of their effort to skirt the law. They left the group alone. Of course the rebel island was washed away in a matter of days. But, as far as the partiers were concerned, it had fulfilled its purpose.
You know, I sense that this is what sinful humanity has been trying to do on this planet. In its mind humanity tries to create a world of its own, one in which God’s rules for life and order do not apply. Sinful humanity pretends that God does not exist and exerts a constant effort to eliminate Him from their thinking. Naturally, every reminder of God is an irritant. It bothers unbelievers to see the words “In God we trust” on our money. It offends them whenever someone tells them to “have a blessed day.”
Once God is expelled from the mind, sinful humanity then proceeds to write its own rules. It takes all credit for God-given abilities and God-inspired achievements. It abolishes all traditional values. Fallen humanity legitimizes lawlessness. It normalizes perverse and deviant behaviors. And it suppresses all dissent and persecutes nonconformists.
Yet just as that man-made island of mud quickly faded away, so will the imaginary world of sinful humanity. Before our own eyes, the scientific evidence for God’s existence grows more compelling every day. And beyond our present vision, there is the day of revelation and retribution which is racing toward us like a threatening tsunami. This day will overtake us and sweep away this rebel island we’ve created in our minds.
Therefore, the Scripture tells us, “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you. For when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever” (1 John 2:15–17).
Dear Father in heaven, open my eyes to the frailty of my foolish and selfish worldviews. Inspire me, O God, to invest my fading possessions and powers in the glorious world to come. Help me, dear Father, to prepare for eternity in heaven. Amen.
Information from: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2018/01/01/New-Zealanders-drink-on-tiny-island-to-avoid-local-alcohol-ban/9571514865232
In article photo: Admiral salutes with the official party as her flag is hauled up during a change of command ceremony by the U.S. Navy licensed under U.S. Govt. Work