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Lord Jesus, our world is full of bystanders who have no knowledge of the gospel. Therefore, they cannot understand or perceive what's happening in front of their eyes. Now, more than ever, help us share the message of salvation to all those who are lost.

Recently a friend sent me an internet meme which permeated my spirit for several days. It was aptly titled, If the Titanic Sank Today, as it depicted the doomed ship sinking amongst a sea of people who were using their cell phones to record the catastrophic event (See image here). These bystanders appeared emotionless, as they uniformly raised their phones up to get the perfect shot of the vessel as it plunged into the ocean. A few even took selfies.

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My first reaction to the meme was sadness because as a Titanic history buff, I knew the horrific details of the actual sinking. As a Christian, however, I was also very aware of the spiritual implications tied to one of the most well-known disasters in history. Pride comes before the sinking is just one lesson a person might glean from this tragic tale. But after looking at the image over and over, I realized there was so much more to unpack spiritually.

It’s certainly true that we are living in an age where we cannot escape cell phones and recording devices. They have become part of us, though not necessarily in fruitful ways. But as electronic and digital tech infiltrates every aspect of our lives, it only highlights much bigger problems within society.

Unfortunately, like the people in the meme who are up to their necks in freezing water, much of humanity doesn’t seem to notice the enormity of what’s happening around them. Instead, they are behaving like a desensitized group that has detached itself from reality. All the while they cannot perceive the danger in front of their eyes. Their phones become the lens of truth and they can no longer discern fact from fiction, or good from evil.

The phone itself isn’t the problem, but rather a symptom of what’s going on in the heart. Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it.

 Our world is full of people who do not understand the sickness within their own hearts. Without the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, they are like the captain of a large vessel who is following the wrong GPS, or using faulty navigation equipment. This captain cannot get the ship to the correct destination, much less avoid a massive iceberg lurking below the water.

Society is replete with examples that illustrate this concept. For instance, how many lost souls cannot understand that God created life in the womb and thus, a baby cannot be a clump of cells? Why can’t they perceive the sexualization of our nation’s youth as a tragedy that warps the beautiful image designed by our Creator? In the “Titanic” age, justice quickly sinks as the innocent are trafficked, elections are stolen, borders are breached and truth is obfuscated. The lens of the camera has captured it all, but instead of thinking critically and praying for wisdom, the bystanders go with the flow. Their boat is hopelessly off course, but they can’t discern it.

Seeing the Titanic meme brought back memories of an experience I had back in October of 2019 when I was visiting New York City with my family. We purchased tickets to visit One World Trade Center’s observatory so we could view the city from its highest point. We couldn’t wait to see New York’s famous landmarks from one of the tallest buildings in the United States.

On our way to the viewing area, I had an uneasy feeling. At the time, I couldn’t pinpoint what it was. Walking on, I noticed many exhibits featuring the history of One World Trade Center. One particular display, however, captured my attention. It was a large, artificial rock with words flashing across it that said, “Tower One rises from a foundation of solid bedrock.”

That quote didn’t sit right with me and I would soon understand why. Nonetheless, I continued on, eventually arriving at the observation area. To my surprise, however, I wasn’t greeted by a beautiful, panoramic view of New York city. Instead, the entire scene was obscured by thick, dark clouds. I hoped they would dissipate, but they only became denser over time. Disappointed, I sat down on a bench, sighing to myself.

Next, I saw something quite puzzling. Visitors all around me were taking pictures of the non-existent view with their cell phones. All of them were posing happily or taking selfies as they photographed hazy windows instead of the New York skyline. There were no buildings to see–no iconic landmarks to capture–just thick clouds. Bewildered I thought, “What’s the point? Don’t they understand there’s nothing to…?” But then, the Holy Spirit interrupted my thoughts, whispering this message: “People cannot see or understand what’s coming. It’s a sleeping city.” Suddenly I remembered the words I had seen flashing on the artificial rock earlier – “Tower One rises from a foundation of solid bedrock.” At that moment I knew that the cloudy view of New York was symbolic of what was happening in America and around the globe. Like the Tower of Babel, where mankind wanted to build a world without God, many people had built their lives on a foundation of “fake rock.” Without the firm foundation of Jesus Christ, they were blind to their sin and could not see or discern the moral decline happening all around them. Like the Titanic meme, they are watching it happen, but they are unaware or indifferent to the enormity of the situation.

Just a few months after visiting New York city, the Covid pandemic was unleashed upon the world. When it arrived, many were caught off guard and crippled by fear. Those who didn’t know Christ were like a lost ship at sea that was easily tossed by the waves.

1 Corinthians 2:14 says, the natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

 The Titanic meme is a vivid reminder that society needs the living, breathing Spirit of God to perceive the events around them. Without it, they will exist in a collective bubble, never understanding the truth. Worst of all, they won’t realize that the greatest disaster they will ever face is a life without Christ.

Intercessors, your prayers are critical. In this sinking world, the lost must find their way to the lifeboat. They cannot do this as bystanders to the gospel. Now more than ever, let us boldly proclaim the truth that Jesus Saves.

Lord Jesus, it’s time to put down our phones and build a relationship with you. You are the solid rock–the firm foundation who will never forsake us. We need your Word and the Holy Spirit to survive the frigid waters of this world.

What comes to mind when you see the Titanic meme? Are there any other spiritual implications?  

Angela Rodriguez is an author, blogger and homeschooling Mom who studies the historical and biblical connections between Israel and the United States. You can visit her blogs at 67owls.com and 100trumpets.com. She is also the author of Psalm 91: Under the Wings of Jesus, and her first children’s book, Hallelujah’s Great Ride, was just released in September 2023. Photo Credit: Angela Rodriguez.

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Joyce Swingle
February 26, 2024

Angela, wow. what a powerful piece about our spiritual state. Thank you for praying for New York City to “wake up!”
May the Lord bless you for your fidelity to Him and His Word.

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Bob Glenn
February 24, 2024

You are right on your observation!
The Lord reminded me that the people in Noah’s time did the same thing. Kept living in the same way all of the years it took Noah to build the Ark.
Life distracted them then much the same as the people in your vision.
Pray earnestly that the Holy Spirit 🙏 gets their attention before it is too late! Please Lord hear our prayers for the Revival of ALL peoples.

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Linda Kay Rice
February 24, 2024

While the Titanic sunk, the band was required to continue to play to, vainly, reassure the passengers. That’s happening now also. “America shall be saved” IMO is such a meme. While the nation deteriorates, we seem to have two false flags. One is the above slogan, much repeated but unverifiable. The other is made up of those who are saying basically, it’s all over for America. I contend that no one knows the timing. But we should all know the command. Go make disciples and pray for the peace of the place you live and you will also have peace.

When Yeshua rose into the clouds and the disciples were staring upward, the angels quickly came to interrupt the upward looking disciples whose assignment was to go and not to stare or speculate. Then there was Yeshua’s shocking response to the disciples’ comments about the beautiful temple. It’s going down boys.

As a citizen of heaven and America, I would love for America to recover for the sake of peace and because Yeshua deserves our gratitude. As a citizen of heaven, I know my assignment is to pray for laborers to plant and reap.

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Rebecca Thornton
February 24, 2024

Such a good article. I would say that there are several believing Christians as well who don’t understand the times we’re living in. They are living as though things are going on normal and refuse to see the evil and sin all around us. I have many family members living this way.

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Grant Windholz
February 24, 2024

Thank you Lord God Almighty for bringing the gospel of truth to us as believers! As servants of Christ, we are to be salt and light to a broken world that’s a sinking ship. We strive to represent Jesus who is perfect!

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Carlida
February 24, 2024

These same sentiments could also be noted and applied to the people living in the time of Moses, when he was building the ark. Or to the citizens of Sidom and Gomorrah who refused to leave with Lot when they had the opportunity.

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    DC
    February 24, 2024

    Oooppps… that would be Noah.

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      Dennis
      February 24, 2024

      Like Moses with the 10 evil spies… Fear caused everyone but Joshua and Caleb entering The Land.
      Also, caused the 9th of AV destructions;
      On THE VERY SAME DAY
      Solomon’s Temple
      70AD Herod’s Temple
      1492 Spanish Inquisition
      Pogroms Crusades Holocaust(day of broken glass)

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    Mari
    February 24, 2024

    It was Noah who built the Ark.
    Moses led the people out of Egypt.

Rich Swingle
February 24, 2024

Angela, thanks for sharing these great insights!

Lord, wake our society up to the depths to which we’re plunging and to the greater depths to which those who don’t know You are plummeting!

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stephanie denton
February 24, 2024

The music died that day.

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DC
February 24, 2024

Although the fog is there – my eyes immediately caught that in the forefront of the picture- there is a Cross. I love those winks from God!

What a shining reminder!! More prayer, more often.

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