Tuesday, December 29, 2020

If Not for the Dikes

By David Bragg

    In a 2017 editorial for the Gospel Advocate Gregory Allen Tidwell reflected on a long ago visit to the Netherlands. He wrote, "I was fascinated with the ongoing struggle the Dutch fight with the ocean" (Keeping the Sea at Bay, August 2017, 2). Through a series of dikes north of Amsterdam the people of the Netherlands have reclaimed and developed farmlands that used to be beneath the North Sea. Known as the Zuiderzee, this land had formerly been a shallow bay gradually pushed back by a huge dam constructed in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
    Protected by the sea wall of dikes must be constantly maintained to keep the sea's pounding waves at bay. He concludes: “The view is dramatic. On one side of the walls, the Dutch are going about their industrious lives. On the other side, the surging North Sea pounds and rages.”
    If not for those dikes a sixth of the country would be swallowed up again by the sea.
    If not for the cross, we would be swallowed up by the eternally raging fires of Hell.
    If not for the cross, we would be helpless in the hands of Satan.
    If not for the cross, we would be would have no hope.
    If not for the cross heaven would be an impossible dream.
    If not for the cross, we would be forever lost.
- David Bragg serves as one of the ministers at the Northwest Church of Christ in Greensboro, NC and is co-editor of BulletinGold. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.nwchurchofchrist.com/ or his blog: http://davidbragg.blogspot.com/

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