Friday, August 12, 2011

Spiritual Speeders

For the last two days my two oldest children and I have been on the road driving from Vermont to South Carolina where they attend college. The weather was great and somehow we managed to avoid all the road construction and rush hour traffic. We had no delays on the trip, with one exception. As we neared Charlotte, North Carolina, we came up on a long line of traffic due to a tractor trailer that had slid off the road. There was a fire truck and a rescue vehicle and a state trooper on the scene. The line of traffic had all shifted to the far lane to give the emergency vehicles room to work. As we approached the actual scene of the incident, a SUV came flying down the road in the empty lane, passing the line of traffic, narrowly avoiding the emergency vehicles, and just kept going. Apparently the driver was unconcerned about anything other than where he was headed in such a hurry.

Since I have had lots of quiet time behind the wheel since then to think about the incident, it occurred to me that many Christians are just like that SUV driver. People all around us have slid off the road of life and become mired in difficulty and trouble. Though some Christians have responded and have pulled over from their busy lives to help, many just go flying by. Far too many Christians are hurrying along at neck break speed doing their own  thing. In the rush to do everything, we often pass by those who need help the most. Such spiritual speeders narrowly miss hurting concerned Christians who are responding to needs around them. Spiritual speeders cruise past other Christians who are at the very least slowing down to pray as they see needs around them.

I know I have been guilty of spiritual speeding far too often in my life. I suspect we all have been at certain points in our lives. But perhaps we need to learn to slow down and spend more time praying. Perhaps we need to pull over and spent time helping others. Perhaps we need to encourage ministers and lay leaders who are helping instead of putting them in greater danger through our reckless attitudes. Perhaps it is time to actually live out our Christianity instead of just talk about it.

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  1. I think that many Christians have been the wreck on the side of the road at one point or another. We're fallen and failed and have fractured experiences that put us in the humbling position of being in need. What I've discovered is that those who "race" by without slowing down to pray or offer the gracious love of Christ are those who have not experienced a momentary wreck so they don't have the capacity to be compassionate. Paul alluded to this in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. We must slow down long enough to share the compassion and comfort that we have received from Christ.

  2. Ah, so true, it is a good check up in this harried life I live.

  3. Thank you for your insight on this subject. I know that I have been blessed by those who have slowed down to stop and pray for me when I needed it! Remembering to slow down and pray is always good advice. God Bless.