Sermon for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost (9/28/14)
Text: Ezekiel 33:7-11
Theme: I am God’s Watchman. Which means…
I need to repent and…
I have work to do!
Back when there was no such thing as FM or XM radio, back when radio stations closed down and didn’t broadcast at night, Lt Kermit Tyler noticed that the radio station was broadcasting as he drove into work in the wee hours of the morning. This was not completely out of the ordinary; sometimes the radio stations did broadcast all night so that aircraft from the mainland could hone in on these little islands in the middle of the vast Pacific at night. “There must be a new batch of planes coming in,” Lt Tyler thought to himself as he pulled into work at the aircraft tracking center at Fort Shafter in Hawaii in the wee hours of the morning of December 7th 1941.
Shortly after 7am, knowing that a squadron of planes was coming in from the mainland, Lt Tyler would say four little words that would secure his place in American history books: “Don’t worry about it.”
Two inexperienced, practicing radar technicians had seen a large group of aircraft headed straight for the Hawaiian islands. They did their duty and called it in. Lt. Tyler, on only his second day on the job, alone in the office except for one private answering the phones said, “Don’t worry about it.”
As I’m guessing you’ve realized by now, that group of planes was not bombers coming in from mainland America, it was the first wave of the surprise Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor that hurled us into WWII.
Pearl Harbor is just one very real example of the importance of watchmen knowing what they are supposed to be doing and doing it.
Watchmen serve a vitally important role. Whether it’s a guy holding a torch on top of a stone wall in the middle east or a guy staring at a radar screen on an island in the Pacific, a watchman doing his job is the difference between being prepared and being unprepared, between victory and defeat, between lives saved and lives lost. People hire and appoint watchmen so they are never caught unprepared… Continue reading