The wreckage of the Santa Maria has a lesson for our society!

Christopher Columbus became famous by bringing three ships to the New World -- and making it home to tell about it. But he only got two ships home to Spain! He took the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria west across the Atlantic, but only the Nina and the Pinta journeyed east again.

This is how the end of the Santa Maria came about: On Christmas Day, 1492, Columbus and his sailors all went below decks to celebrate. They left only a cabin-boy on deck to keep watch. The ship was safely anchored, the seas were calm, all seemed entirely well. But -- the wind began ever so gradually to blow, to push very softly against the hull, then to blow slightly stronger and push slightly more. The anchor dragged through the soft sand of the Caribbean bottom ... By the time the boy realized the ship was moving and began to shout, it was too late. The ship had drifted, and it fetched up on a reef. They could not get the ship off. So, they dismantled it, used the timbers to build a fort, and left a band of sailors behind to wait for their return from Spain the next year.

Now, this is what I call THE DRIFT: movement under such a steady, very gentle pressure -- a pressure that stays just below the level where you would make an effective response, but whose cumulative effects can be disastrous.

Please consider : Key Scripture: HEB 2:1 We must pay more careful attention therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.

Our society has "drifted" in its fundamental understandings ...

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