Scores of people lost their lives. The world’s mightiest army was forced to abandon a strategic base. Property damage approached a billion dollars. All because the sleeping giant, Mount Pinatube in the Philippines, roared back to life after 600 years of quiet slumber.
When asked to account for the incredible destruction caused by this volcano, a research scientist from the Philippine department of volcanology observed, “When a volcano is silent for many years, our people forget that it’s a volcano and begin to treat it like a mountain.”
Like Mount Pinatube, our sinful nature always has the potential to erupt, bringing great harm both to ourselves and to others. As Paul wrote: “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The biggest mistake we can make is to ignore the volcano and move back onto what seems like a dormant “mountain.”