Neglect is not a pleasant subject, and it does not engender positive feelings within us. Stories of the death of an elderly person who has lived, not by choice, as a virtual recluse in our neighbourhood, or the neglect of a child whose parents who are so caught up in their abuse-driven lifestyle, do not bring a smile to our face or make us laugh. Neglect is not a good thing under any circumstances, but if it takes root in the life of the professing Christian it can have disastrous eternal consequences.
Neglect is never a sudden, cascading reality. Invariably it always has a quiet starting point and its progression is often marked by an almost imperceptible drift into its ever increasing form. The writer to the Hebrews calls his readers to pay much closer attention to what they have heard lest a drifting away from it lays hold of their lives. The picture he paints is of a little rowing boat which is tied to the dock with a rope. A failure to make sure that the mooring is tightly tied means that over time the movement of the boat on the ebb and flow of the tide begins to [...]