Many years ago I had an old speed boat that I loved to race around the gulf islands in. There was such a feeling of freedom, cruising from island to island with no roads to restrict me. However, my nice little boat had a fatal flaw. It had an old relic of a depth sounder, that could hardly be trusted for any serious navigation. In my inexperience, I trusted my eyes and intuition to look out for navigational hazards. This works fine when you are in a kayak or a row boat, but flying along at 40 kms per hour in a fiberglass hulled craft requires one to be more aware of what lies beneath the surface.
So here I was, enjoying the sun, minding my own business, cruising along about 300 meters off shore. Kaboom. It was a good thing I was only going 1/4 throttle or I would have been swimming. Beneath my now stuck hull was a hidden reef. After half an hour of wrestling with an oar, I was lucky enough to have the incoming tide take mercy on me and release my bruised little craft from the the clutches of this under water monster. How could it be that there was a reef out here a long ways from shore? To add insult to injury, I noticed that people were watching the whole spectacle through their binoculars from the safety of their summer cottage sun decks. They were probably laughing at this idiot who didn’t check his charts for the reef. A little wiser now, my next floating purchase was immediately outfitted with the latest and greatest electronic gizmos. It seems it’s as important to know what’s under the waves as what’s on top of them.
I was reading the scripture in Jude, where it describes some people as hidden reefs. I immediately thought it’s important to know who they are, because they can sink you. They are sinners who shamelessly join our fellowships without thought of consequence. In another time, in Acts 5:13, out of the fear of God, those people didn’t join them. Where have we gone wrong that God’s presence in our churches is not evident enough to convict sinners? One of the most dangerous hidden reefs are described in Jude as malcontents. They are often one time Christian, but offended and now displaying their bitterness towards the church. They say they don’t have a problem with God, just some Christians. Perhaps they were unaware that in a very real sense, the church is the embodiment of Christ himself.
When questioned about Christians, Ghandi was quoted as saying he liked God, he just didn’t like some of His people.
To have a problem with His people, is to have a problem with Him. The problem with God is that He thinks He’s God. Anyone who has a problem with that, will run into a few obstacles in life.
Jude 1:12 These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted;
13 wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.