Shark attack and blame

Great white Shark

Update: you’ll find the interview with two of the rescuers on the CCFM Rise & Shine Face Book Page

Yesterday there was another shark attack at our local beach at Fish Hoek. The victim survived but has lost a leg (& possibly a foot depending which news item you listen to). News of the attack spread quickly as it was a beautiful day and many people were at the beach. As soon as the news starting spreading so did the condemnation of the man who was attacked. Various reports said that the shark warning flags were up, the siren had sounded yet this man still decided to swim. Others said if he was a local he should have know better. Another rumour was that someone directly said to him about the shark and he said he had already paid for parking so was going for a swim anyway. I don’t know the truth of the stories but people were quick to find blame.

Thankfully the rescuers did not make their decisions to risk their own lives based upon whose fault the attack was. Imagine if they had reached the guy and asked him if he knew the risk he had taken and if he said yes then just left him? Imagine if they had stood at the water edge and yell ‘sorry mate, but it was your choice to swim with the shark’. Thankfully they didn’t and the man was rescued.

Thankfully God doesn’t either when he sent his son to rescue us from our sin. God knows that we have sinned, that we have made the wrong choices, many times on purpose and in direct disobedience to him. Yet Jesus still went willing to the cross knowing that we were to blame for our own mess.

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

When Jesus started his public ministry he announced his mandate by quoting from Isaiah 61:

Luke 4:16-21 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. 17 The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” 20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, 21 and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Jesus did not say that he came to rescue those who are in trouble through no fault of their own, who are innocent and helpless victims. Jesus came to rescue in spite of out faults.

Thank you Lord that you know me inside out and even yet with all the wrong choices I have made you still come to rescue.


Update: you can see photos of the rescue here

10 Replies to “Shark attack and blame”

  1. Hi Tracey – very good analogy. I am so grateful that my behaviour or sin is a decision breaker as to whether Christ saved me or not. He saved me because of who He is, not because of what I’ve done or not done.
    God bless
    (you can come swim our side if you want too – too cold for sharks ) 🙂

    1. I have one friend who asked this morning how many warning flags have we ignored from God. He is so gracious.

      I’m a bit of a chicken when it comes to swimming in the sea – the sharks would need to grow legs to get hold of me on the beach!

      Take Care

  2. Great illustration. I heard this story on this morning news – clear up here in Ohio and they said he knew a shark was there. I too judged him too quickly so I take your post as a real lesson. Great post that hit my heart!

    1. Apparently he swam there often & told the shark spotters if the sharks every get me it is my fault not theirs! I love that one of the guys who jumped in to save him is actually a local pastor.

  3. Your application her is so appropriate for me this morning! I needed to do an attitude adjustment towards my husband and not blame him for a recent happening, and just love him as Christ loves me! Thank you for that reminder.

  4. This is awesome, and something we all need to be reminded of from time to time. Sometimes it’s so easy to blame each other for our bad choices… forgetting we all make them! We all need grace and rescuing.

  5. that’s awful about the shark attack but you used it as a great analogy. The thing is….He never gives up on us. It took me a long time to finally say yes to Him….and I’m glad He just accepted…no blame…no shame….no arguements…just His amazing grace. great post.

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