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Watch now! We're repping the King.

August 28, 2016

If you could find a book on driving etiquette, that'd be great. I'm sure there's one out there somewhere. I'm also sure I should be studying it in depth.  

    Yesterday, we were traveling back from Altoona on I-99; I got up to speed and set the cruise control. I have found out on the open road that cruise can maintain a nice consistent speed and when necessary can be kicked off to address changing traffic patterns. Well, as we ventured home, I passed a pick-up truck with Florida tags and I noted the water company advertisement wrapped around the entire vehicle (complete with phone number to call for service). Not thinking much of it, we continued on.

    About four miles down the road I looked in the rearview to see this same truck approaching quickly and passing us with no problem. He glided into the right lane and continued. As he went by, we noticed he was fiddling with a cellphone. In less than two miles, he had slowed down and I was quickly reeling this truck back in. With heavy traffic in front of us and traffic backing up in the passing lane, I was forced to pull out to repass the truck again. As I pulled alongside, I made sure the fellow understood his maneuver was in poor taste. As we went by, he was mouthing something about my mother and he still had his cell phone in his hand. Bad move sir. My wife quickly waved her phone to him and shook her head no. Driving distracted is bad for business and just plain dangerous. It also contributes to what we commonly know to be road rage. You already know how I feel about an accountable society. I expect people to keep me accountable in the same way I encourage others.

    Thirty years ago and before the Lord did major heart surgery on me, I would have had an 8 or 10 mile game with this fellow, but yesterday, I was repping for the King and thereby left well enough alone. I then thought of the fellow in the truck and wondered about his plans for me. It wouldn't be wise to be a jerk while driving a vehicle with a huge advertisement for a water company (complete with phone number to call for service) plastered all over the truck.

    How often do we as believers in Christ (complete with all the signs, bells, and whistles that proclaim our allegiance) give rise to cause someone to question our claim. If you could find a book on Christian etiquette, that'd be great....oh wait, there is a book for this. It's the Holy Bible. 

        "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to

        stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I

        am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved. Follow my example, as I

        follow the example of Christ. (1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1, NIV)

Repping for the King of kings demands our witness to be one of love and justice. As the psalmist would say, these two must come together to 'kiss'. In all things, to God be the glory alone! Soli Dei Gloria!

PS: Please don't drive distracted.

 

 

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