Have you ever been in such a press of people as you were simply swept along with the crowd? It’s a scary place to find yourself. At a Carman concert many years ago, we were at the front of the crowd when the doors of the venue were opened. The surge from behind us propelled us forward with such force as I was immediately concerned with keeping my footing. A dangerous situation during which keeping up with the crowd sweeping us along was the safest response. When we had to choose an aisle to continue forward, the pressure from those behind us lessened as everyone spread out, and we were able to change our direction without the previous concern of fighting to remain upright.
There is a path in life where the crowd is thick and rushing forward, pushing and shoving, without hesitation, toward a destination generally given little thought. Their hurry is announced by their harried faces and hectic pace. They struggle to keep their footing as the pressure from the surging crowd behind sweeps them along.
Alongside this place is another entrance through which the population is purposefully progressing, with a lower count of people, and at a steadier gait. These have a determined forward stride, yet are marked with a peaceful countenance. Their path is actually narrower than the first way, and the walkway is difficult. But the travelers here encourage each other and cheerfully make their way toward the destination as a flint-faced team.
You and I stand at the entrance to the broad gate. It is labeled Heaven, just as the narrow gate is. The devil has no intention of allowing those on this broad way to be awakened to their fate if he can do anything to keep them blind and being pushed forward at a hectic, mindless pace. But we are responsible to warn them of their future if they continue on the way they’re taking.
Just as the Titanic was warned, just as the warning of “bridge out ahead” must be signaled to those racing toward danger, we must swing the light of the gospel that those on the wrong road may turn and take the right way, the only way, into the kingdom of God. We must hold forth the truth of the two paths that travelers may come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ and change direction toward safety. Carried along, pressed forward on the dangerous path, you and I may be their only hope. We must be prepared to share our hope – Christ within us, the hope of eternal security. The fate of those herded along the broad way toward eternal danger is at stake.Tags: bridge out, Carman, crowd, crowded, Titanic