On the eastern point of Dauphin Island, just past Ft. Gains, there are two bright red warning signs. They caution would-be swimmers of dangerous undertows in that area. Often the water looks harmless and suitable for swimming. But, by disregarding these signs you may put your life at risk.
In popular use the word “undertow” is often applied to rip currents, which are responsible for the great majority of drownings close to beaches. When a swimmer is caught in an undertow (a rip current), it starts to carry the person offshore. They may panic and drown, or they may exhaust themselves by trying unsuccessfully to swim directly against the flow and sink beneath the waves.
There is a life lesson here. There are many things in the world around us that at first glance may seem harmless. There are often no ‘thou shalt nots’ that forbid involvement, yet I would raise a caution flag. There are so many movies, so many T.V. shows, so much of our secular music that lower the moral climate of the soul. Themes of illicit love affairs, violence, rape, and hedonism serve to draw in an audience. There is an old adage, “garbage in – garbage out”. We must be careful what we allow to come into our minds. Seductive advertising that sells everything from clothing to automobiles can also pull us farther and farther from Biblical standards. They frequently create dangerous undertows for the soul.
There are many scriptures that can help us guard our hearts and minds against these undertows. I point to just a few:
- Philippians 4:8 (ESV): “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is any thing worthy of praise, think about these things.”
- Colossians 3:2 (ESV): “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”
- 1 Thessalonians 5:22 (KJV): “Abstain from all appearance of evil.”
- Romans 12:2 (ESV): “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
“ Lead us not into temptation but deliver up from evil…” Matthew 6:13
~ Brother Roy