The passengers on the Costa Concordia were given a safety briefing within 24 hours of leaving port. But most did not attend. Lulled by two decades of accident-free cruising, the majority gave little thought to disaster preparedness. It reminds me of how few airline passengers pay any attention to the flight attendants as they give safety instructions! Or similarly, how many Americans are unprepared for disaster despite repeated FEMA warnings.
The parallel of course is the apathy by all too many Christians toward the return of the Lord. Perhaps 20 centuries of waiting has lulled them into apathy. "Where is the promise of His coming?" (2 Peter 3:4). Perhaps too many false alarms have turned them into skeptics.
As foolish as it is to be unprepared for a natural disaster, how much more for the Bride of Christ NOT to be eagerly anticipating, and ready for, the return of her Groom! (Matthew 25: the 10 virgins) No one knows when Christ will return, but when He does, John says there will be those who will "shrink away from Him in shame" (Jn. 2:28) for lack of readiness. Christ’s return is a reason for rejoicing, so I certainly do not mean to compare it to a disaster. But I am afraid it will be for those who are unprepared.