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Failure to Deal With What is Unseen

Negligence is the cause of many tragedies. Postponing action on giving attention to a known problem is never positive.  By failing to address a genuine need that has potentially harmful dangers puts other people at risk.  And depending on how severe the situation, that negligence may be putting himself in harm’s way.

The kinds of dangers that we consider when we hear of “negligence” are catastrophic failures of some massive structure…. a bridge, building, or an aircraft.   But, the same horrific results can come to a human being when anyone chooses to seek to lead lives with hidden sin.  The drain on one’s energies because of that which is ungodly affects relationships, attitudes, and morale.  But if sinful behaviors thought to be hidden are “discovered” and exposed, the hidden behavior can result in loss of a marriage, job, and the respect of family and friends.  Just as construction failures can create massive loss of property and perhaps loss of life, moral failures can be equally deadly.

God’s Word often admonishes all of us to Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  (Romans 12:9).  Hidden diseases like cancer do not get better without aggressively seeking to eradicate them.  The same is true with sin.  If we confess it “early” and earnestly, sin does not gain a foothold in our lives. If we delay, and a stronghold is secured in our minds and behavior, it is a much stronger battle to remove that sin from our habits. And, it can be very costly.  Neglecting known sin is neither wise nor beneficial.

For most of the 1980’s, Chicagoans who worked in the Loop, the booming downtown business district, could easily ignore the city’s budget crisis; Washington’s cutback of aid to cities didn’t seem to hurt business.  They learned one price of neglecting the underpinnings of all that economic growth. On April 13, 1992, basements and other underground facilities throughout downtown Chicago were flooded with water from the Chicago River that poured into a damaged century-old freight tunnel that was connected to dozens of underground spaces.

A quarter billion gallons of murky Chicago River water gushed into a 60-mile network of turn-of-the-century freight tunnels under the Loop and brought nearly all businesses to a soggy halt.

The water quickly rushed into the basements of several Loop office buildings, retail stores, underground parking facilities and subways. The city was forced to evacuate much of the downtown area. It took three days before the flood was cleaned up enough to allow businesses to open. The flood caused at least $1 billion in damage and business losses.

The Loop and financial district were evacuated, and electrical power and gas were interrupted in most of the area as a precaution. Trading at the Chicago Board of Trade Building and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange ended in mid-morning as water seeped into their basements. At its height, some buildings had 40 feet (12 m) of water in their lower levels. However, at the street level there was no water to be seen, as it was all underground.  It turned out that a top city official had known about the leak, but, acting for a cash-strapped government, had delayed repairs costing only about $50,000. The final cost to repair all the damage was higher than $1 billion. (Copied).