Monday, January 16, 2012

The Steeple Hawk

He's always there (except when he's not).
I go to my church several times a week and, like an old friend, I really look forward to seeing him.  
Every time I enter the property, I look up at the steeple cross, and there he is.   

I watch him as he scours the property with his laser-like hawkeyes.   From his perch high above the steeple, he stands guard, ever watchful for snakes and vermin and other pests that might do harm to our people and our property.  And when he sees one, he unapologetically swoops down, quickly and silently, for the kill.  

It's too bad we don't have more, like him, inside the church.  Think about it.

(Watch out) for certain men have crept in unnoticed, ...ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.  ...these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries.

These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage.

But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ:  how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts.  These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.  (from Jude 1)