October 05, 2010

Fire Insurance or Fire Assurance

Hot Topic literally.....

A City Fire Department in Obion County Tennessee let an Obion County Resident's home burn to the ground because he chose not take advantage of the City's Fire Insurance program in advance of his fire. The City offered a Fire Protection Service to County Residents by means of a small annual fee of $75 to those who normally would not have been afforded protection by the City Fire Department. Much to the dismay of some including the family who lost their home, the City chose to abide by their rules of the service and didn't respond to a non participating Obion County resident's repeated 911 requests for help with a fire on his property. They eventually responded only when neighbor called to report the fire had now spread onto his own field the City Fire Department responded only to protect the neighbor's property since he had participated in the plan and paid his fee to the City.

This situation helps remind me of another important type of "Fire Insurance" and makes me sad to think of how many people knowingly and unknowingly choose not accept a "Fire Insurance" of a different nature rather "Fire Assurance" really, that is afforded to us by God and offered by his Son's Jesus death on the Cross. The amazing thing really is that the only fee for this act of Service to us, for which we ultimately are not deserving, is acceptance. This also reminds me of the need to persist and spread the news of this gift of "Fire Assurance" until all have heard and all have been made welcome.

John 3:16 NIV
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

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