Learning from Airport Prohibitions

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I saw this bin filled with confiscated items at the boarding area at the airport this morning. It had all sorts of prohibited items in it—from umbrellas to powdered juice and even spray deodorants. I thought confiscating more might lessen the passenger terminal fee should the airport authorities decide to hold auctions.

The airport policy is simple: Any thing that has the potential to bring down an airplane should be in that bin. I mused on it the next several minutes and I had a pretty good contemplation until the sight of donuts distracted me. But here are my thoughts on this:

Ignorance is costly

Frequent flyers aren’t spared from this. You will always have your moment with those X-ray personnel. Those guys seldom smile for a good reason. The prohibited list is just getting longer and longer simply because people are finding more and more ways to blow up a plane. So, we will all have our fits with those dudes at the airport. I had a friend who bought a Malaysian Kaya Spread for my wife and me. At the KL airport, they were asked to leave it behind. Counting the cost they instead downed bottles of those Kaya instead of leaving it behind. I should say the authorities together with all the onlookers had been Filipinoed.

Ignorance will cause heartaches. We pay for ignorance and it is costly. Consciously or unconsciously we will break some laws. The bad news is, scratching your head and telling everyone you didn’t know will never justify your actions.

Harmless Nail Clipper

My nail clipper can’t make it in the plane? Yes. So does your 150ml alcohol. Any stuff no matter how small, which has the capacity to bring down a plane, is prohibited. How do you bring down a plane with a nail clipper? Use your imagination, watch HBO or email Steven Seagal.

It’s amazing how one seemingly harmless sin can bring down an airplane. As a Christian, it would be helpful for us to check our spiritual bolts and screws. Consider your elevation. We might appear too safe and sound, but if we do not leave behind or cut off the sin that so easily entangles, we will go down.  Or in aviation term, crash and crash hard. What is your nail clipper? It can be an increasingly awkward online chat, a porn site, a 2×2 photo, an under-the-table P1,000 bill, a peck on the cheek, under time at work, a wink, a yes, a no, or words like, “I’m busy.”, “I’m okay.”, or “Next time.” Whatever it is, throw it away

Prohibited to Enter

Let’s keep this simple. Because of Jesus, you as a being are not prohibited to enter. You can come in and enjoy God’s presence like enjoying the perks of flying business class. But there are prohibitions. In the airport you will have to leave things behind even the expensive ones simply because they are prohibited. If we are to enjoy our relationship with God, we will have to leave behind our sins because sin is a prohibition. You cannot bring sin to the heights. They need to stay away. Sin interferes with your relationship with God just like how your cell phone signal does to the airplane.

Eyeballing Sin

I’m a fight fan. One of the fundamentals of fighting is to be able to hit and not get hit. We all know that in an octagon of aggression, a terrible mistake could translate to a TKO to the enemy’s favor. That’s why we always hear coaches by the sideline yelling at their fighter to keep their guards up. The likelihood of kissing the canvas unconscious is high every time a fighter throws a punch with his other hand down.

How true can such reality apply in the world of a Christian disciple?
Are we a people who keep our guards up? Or are we someone who is putting it too low? Or maybe some of us have been TKO’d simply because we’ve kept it too low.

Paul tells us in that we ought not to be conformed to this world (Rom 12:2).
Conformity is always locked up with standards. Meaning to say if you conform then you comply with the standards. So the initial question for a Christian is, who and what is your standard? In a world swarming with immorality, don’t you think that as Christians we have to all the more bring our guards up if we are a people who have accepted the standards of God?

If we are beings who were created to worship and the Bible tells us that our worship constitutes presenting our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to Him (Rom 12:1), then don’t you think it talks about a standard hinged on an understanding about who we worship?

If those cases satisfy, then let me present you with some harder questions:
Why do we get insecure with the world?
Why have we ditched modesty and propriety in dressing up?
Why is our culture not different from the world’s?
Why do we want to show more skin, more cleavage, and more stupidity?
Why are we setting ourselves up to eyeball with sin?

I. Culture and the World

If culture represents or mirrors the heart of a certain people group, then are we a people who try to study the culture around us and win it for God, or are we a people who gets sucked in the cultures of the world? Specific: Where has K-pop lead you? Is it leading you to pray for Korea or is leading you into wanting to be more Korean in looks, in attitude, and in culture?
Hey Archie, that’s too low na. Exactly! The guard’s too low! Watch out for the knock out!

But wait, God looks at the heart, right? Tama. So, what is in your heart? ‘Cos God is looking at it nga. Isn’t it true that whatever is in the heart will always manifest and exude out of us?

Why do you feel insecure with the world? Sometimes our insecurity has lead us to curiosity and our curiosity has lead us to impropriety. Keep doubling the frequency of that and you get a hardened heart times two.

Review your identity in Jesus and act it out!

II. Decency and Modesty

Most probably it’s because we are too heavily online. That’s where we get the idea to be more “provocatively stunning“. Let me leak a secret to your benefit. If you are a woman, there is actually nothing wrong with being “marketable“, but do not price yourself too low. If you are market price then you get the market guys. Up to you. If you think you can hook the godly men, nope. Bring it lower and shorter and see who you get. I’m not kidding. It’s a sure thing that men could know if you are a love item or a lust item. Do not think because you’re a church lady you are spared. Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised (Prov 31:30). You do not have to announce, you do not have to pretend, men knows if you are God fearing.

III. Sex and more sex

Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled (Heb 13:4). You can have sex and enjoy sex when you’re married.

IV. Too tired to keep it high

Boxers know the guards up rule. But sometimes you would know they’re not in in for a full 12 rounds when somewhere in the middle of the fight they are too tired to put their guards up. What’s at fault? Conditioning.

Same is true with us. Are we conditioned spiritually? Christianity is not a walk in the park. Christianity is blood, sweat, and tears. Meaning to say we need train ourselves to be godly. Godliness has value in all things (1 Tim 4:8). In the long haul it pays off.

Nobody can eyeball with sin long enough and not sin.

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