Can you see it?? Whisking past the great western landscape of sagebrush and cactus plants is a locomotive that’s out of control. There’s no engineer in the engine compartment, yet still the speed is picking up. The outcome is dreadful, too horrible to contemplate. For you see, this set of tracks does not go on endlessly. It’s just a matter of time before this trip comes to a crashing finish. Yet with each passing second the train inches closer to its tragic destination. Time is of an essence, yet no one seems overly concerned. Faster still…the train accelerates…the passenger cabins begin to shake, yet the people inside seem unfazed, too occupied by laughter and merriment within to even notice. But regardless, the tracks will end... and at that point, disaster will strike each and every person on that train. Everyone is in jeopardy. No one can escape. Do you sense the gravity of the situation? Does their impending doom create some sense urgency? Are you frustrated by the fact that those within are oblivious of their impending doom?
I’m sure we would all be relieved if this scene were simply a story. We would breathe easier if the picture painted was just make believe- a work of fiction. But the reality is… that mankind is literally on a runaway train headed for hell. The world is veering headlong into an eternity without God. What awaits them is a place of dread. The anguish they will face is unbearable. It’s a far too uncomfortable fact to contemplate, much less talk about. Nevertheless, that doesn’t make their plight any less true. We can ignore the obvious or pretend that there is no tragic outcome awaiting those without Christ. Yet the Bible is clear that there is a place called hell….a very real place…and the mass of humanity is racing towards this final destination. This runaway train is filled with men and women, boys and girls, old and young, who will ALL perish. Yet those of us who are safe don’t seem all that concerned. It’s almost inevitable…billions of people are lost, deceived, unaware of the grave danger that is coming their way. Yet we quietly watch. All hope seems lost.
That is, unless someone intervenes. Is it possible that the CHURCH would come to the rescue? What a welcome sight if WE who are called to be ambassadors for Christ would act like His ambassadors! Like a cowboy riding in on a white stallion to jump onboard the train, WE have the opportunity to be a hero in the lives of so many. We can go and save the day. But time is running out…and God has given US the responsibility to reach these souls before it’s too late. We cannot sit by and watch. We must speak and by doing so, bring men to safety. It may sound risky but that’s what it means to live on the edge! The stakes are high! Now is the time to take chances, to do whatever it takes to warn people. What will we do?