C.A.D.D. It is time to step up and proclaim our responsibility. Christians Against Distracted Drivers!
Did we just get away with distracted driving and say I did not eat that cookie?
We need to act on faith and good hearts and stop others and ourselves from doing wrong.
Christians profess faith. They also need to profess right and wrong. Distracted Driving needs to stop and who better than Christians to do it? C.A.D.D. It is time to step up and proclaim our responsibility. Christians Against Distracted Drivers! Drunk driving was not even criminal for years and years and it kind of got ahead of us. Electronic devices are almost as intoxicating and addictive. No wait!! They are worse. “Go forth sober” is not a downer for folks at a wedding party. And it is not just about booze. It is about sobriety in thought and actions. Let us look at sobriety.
Is a man on the phone with his boss and at his home computer being sober as he is watching his son? I think not. Is the housewife chatting on the phone while cooking dinner being sober about the dinner? I think not. Sobriety requires being in that moment and time and not having a vice or distraction to keep you from your duties. Sobriety is not being intoxicated by outside stimulus. I like this out of dictionary reference online: so·bri·e·ty
[suh-brahy-i-tee, soh-] noun
the state or quality of being sober.
temperance or moderation, especially in the use of alcoholic beverages.
seriousness, gravity, or solemnity: an event marked by sobriety.
I like that number three. I am a big man by most measure and tough as nails by most measure. I have fought a lot in and outside of a ring. But I have never fought against a 3,000 + automobile and won. So now we put that power in the hands of someone who does not get the power “who has never been in the ring” and they just do not get it!
Cars and guns and cellphones do not kill people, people do!
I am an advocate for more gun awareness stuff. I do not want all guns registered. I do not want guns not available. Show me a crook that chooses a fully armed house over another and I will show you an incompetent crook. I use my cell phone all the time and basically think I need it. And I have a car that I really like and like to drive it. But I am sober whenever I use any of the three. And I mean a number 3 sober. These are important things and dangerous things and things that can affect/effect others. I owe others that duty to use them responsibly.
What do you stand for? Life or life as it is?
Now on to Christians
What do we do? Do we just go to church or read our Holy Bible? Do we just donate some money and sing kumbaya? I call hypocrisy! I say start by praying. Start by repenting yourself. Start by stopping and giving God his due. If we live in prayer and supplication and devotion we cannot live in distraction. If we are truly sober we live in the moment and the moment we turn that ignition we are being entrusted with the lives of others. We are the stewards and must issue forth discernment, faith, hope and charity. We cannot live in charity if we care not for our neighbor.
And the second of these great commandments is to love thy neighbor as thy self. How can you possibly do that with one foot on the accelerator and one hand on a phone or other device?
This activity of distraction is exactly where Christians need to stand up and do better. At the Bassilica the other day we almost got hit by a Mercedes Benz driver on a phone with his wife and two children in the back. I swooped my son up and sat on the man’s hood of his car. (yes leaving the ground is the best route to take when being attacked by 3,000 pounds of metal. Staying set is what kills you)
We need to stand up in prayer and in word and deed to praise our Lord and ask his guidance for ourselves and others. A jawbone killed an army, how much more can a loaded vehicle being aimed by someone not sober do?
Are we being Christian in this new world?
Are we loving our neighbor?
Who will teach him love?
I am an empty gong if I not have love for you.
When we begin action and contemplate a road to take it is empty if not done in love. We must love first the offender and second the victim. It sounds so backwards but it is God and not of this world. In order to move forth we must shield ourselves with compassion for both ourselves and for others. We do wrong. Let you among us without sin cast the first stone. You who stand and proclaim no sin shall be first at the gates of hell.
Let us pray:
Oh father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name, how casually we take the lives of our children and neighbors. Please remove this nasty thorn of self from our side. Please release us from the bounds of a hell we create by not loving you and others more deeply than our own lives. Please let your Son intercede on our behalf and plead our confession of self-righteousness so we may begin to heal ourselves and others we put at risk. We beg that first you look into our hearts and soften them so we have enough compassion to help to heal others. Let us proceed with your thanksgiving to help others after we have healed ourselves. Let us be brave and do right.
And now for the sending
Let us get down and dirty. Let us not worry that our hands have dirt upon them. Send us now into the world with the blessings we have learned here today. And send us not with shield but send us with sword that me may cut down evil and wrong and build up right and good. Help us to turn our swords into plows and trowels to build up and make good your promise.
Let our legs stand strong against wrong.