Every day, you have choices to make in what you do and say. The actions you take concerning those choices will have consequences and those consequences can not only affect you but they can affect others as well.
For example, let’s look at Captain Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia.
All of the ships in the area had guidelines as to how close they could sail to the land. Captain Schettino made the decision to steer the ocean liner closer to the rocks than what was allowed.
The consequences of his actions resulted in the ship hitting a reef and tearing a 165 foot long gash in the hull of the ship. The ship started to sink and rolled over on its side. Everyone on board the ship was affected by the captain’s actions. To date, there are 11 people confirmed dead and 21 people still reported as missing and may be dead. There were also numerous people that were injured. There were about 4,200 passengers on the ship when it hit the reef and turned over. The captain’s actions affected every one of them.
The families of those missing and killed have been affected as they grieve for their lost ones. Perhaps some of the victims were the primary sources of income for their families that are now faced with trying to figure out how they will pay the bills, keep the house or put food on the table.
The Italian government and the owners of the Costa Concordia are also affected by the captain’s actions as they are dealing with the search and recovery of bodies. Another company and their employees are affected as they have having to bring in tons of equipment in an effort to pump out most of the fuel oil before it leaks and pollutes the environment.
By the time this is all over with, the captain’s actions will probably affect over ten thousand people. And it all could have been avoided if the captain had just done what he was supposed to do and made the right decision to sail the ship in deeper water as he was instructed to do.
Actions made by good decisions usually result in good consequences.
Actions made by bad decisions usually result in negative consequences.
God gave man Ten Commandments. Every one of them is vital, in all ages. Only by observing them can man live a full life each week, maintain a happy marriage, and function well in his home, job, and the world. Even before the fall, man was to keep the law out of gratitude for Gods grace. The law was taught by the Apostles, the early Church Fathers, Luther, and Calvin; it is the very basis for the law of the United States. As Christians, we should desire to keep Gods law.
Dr. Lee presents the view of the infallible written Word of God that all men, of all religions, of all cultures, and for all time, are obligated to follow the Ten Commandments. Francis Nigel Lee was a trial lawyer before becoming a minister and has been Professor of Philosophy and Church History.