Hard to believe that for as long as I have lived in Groveport, I made my first visit to the Groveport Aquatic Center on Sunday afternoon. (Water sports are not my thing – I go in the water to baptize people.)
Grandchildren visiting have a way of causing you to break your patterns. Before anything else, let me say that the Groveport Aquatic Center is a community treasure – simply outstanding and excellent in every way.
Two different times during our swim session, the pool needed to be cleared for 30 minutes due to what was nicely called “contamination.” (In fact, the pool closed for an entire day on Monday because of this.) I will leave it to your imagination what this contamination consisted of, but a lifeguard I know at the Groveport Aquatic Center told me that the brown bead she has on her whistle lanyard signifies that she has managed the clean up of one of these contaminating events.
It occurred to me that sin works a lot like contamination of the pool. Even what seems like a small amount of material in the water leads to the contamination of thousands of gallons of water. The apostle Paul says in I Corinthians 5:6 that “a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough.” In the case of the pool on a hot summer Sunday afternoon in Groveport, a small amount of contamination brought to an end the swimming of hundreds of people.
The introduction of sin in a nation can do the same thing. The introduction of sin into a church can do the same thing. The tolerance level for pool contamination is rightfully zero. So ought to be the tolerance level for sin in our lives, marriages, families, and our churches.