Read Romans 3
Focus on verse 23-25
Suppose two men were duck hunting in a canoe and began to disagree. The disagreement deteriorates into and argument so severe the one man loses his temper and discharge his shotgun near the feet of the other man. As the canoe began to sink he realizes his error; they are both in the same boat.
There is a sense in which all humanity is in the same boat, because we are on the same planet we call earth. Some of the people who live on this planet have become very concerned that we are sinking our own boat with carbon emissions. Others disagree and continue to drive SUV’s and burn plastic bags in their camp fires. While there is disagreement regarding the science that fuels the climate change agenda, there is clearly value in being good stewards of all that we have been given including the environment.
There is however, another sense in which we are all in the same boat, and in some ways it is much more serious than climate change. In today’s reading Paul writes to the Roman churches;
For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. (v. 23-25)
From the perspective of God, we are all in the same boat in regard to being sinners. We have all at some point crossed the line of God’s law making us law breakers worthy of death and separation form God, yet God by His gift of grace, provided a way through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for us to be redeemed. Just as all of us have sinned, so also all of us have the opportunity to accept the redemption God offers to us.
Ultimately, we will all be in that same boat until the point at which God judges between those who have accepted His offer of redemption and those who rejected it. It is at that point that one boat sinks and the other stays afloat. As always the choice regarding which boat we want to end up in rests with us.