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C.A.D.D. It is time to step up and proclaim our responsibility. Christians Against Distracted Drivers!

Updated on January 25, 2014

Did we just get away with distracted driving and say I did not eat that cookie?

Life is not about getting away with something, it is about standing for something.
Life is not about getting away with something, it is about standing for something. | Source

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

1.

the state or quality of being sober.

2.

temperance or moderation, especially in the use of alcoholic beverages.

3.

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?

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Who will teach him love?

Can I fail to see that each person I pass in my car is a real person?
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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.

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      retief2000 3 years ago

      I am with you my brother, my sons do not text and drive, nor do they use the phone and drive. They have been told their entire lives that driving can be great fun, a great means of transportation but is dangerous and one must always be mindful.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Right on!! Let us make this a rally point for good. Why not celebrate our good? Why not make each other feel good for doing good?

      Tell you sons --- I love and respect and admire them though I do not know them! I will call my children right now and tell them I love them and in their honor will do right.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Another great article! Nice job!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Victoria that really means a lot to me.

      I really do not do much but water and blankets to my homeless and do some pastoring for youth. Oh a trip here and there to prison and some foster care mentoring. (the heat here is 82 degrees so my son and I washed off to guys and gave them some tee shirts and sweat pants today -- oh dear they needed -- stinky)

      But the best was the hug from my boy, saying we did good.

      Let us help those who are addicted to technology to be sober.

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      retief2000 3 years ago

      Eric, my sons (doting father here) as such decent men that they inspire me to be a better person.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      they do that! We are lucky.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great hub Eric, and a valuable message. Driving while on the phone in particular is a death sentence for someone. I always turn mine off before jumping in the car and don't turn it on until I reach the destination.

      You even see people walking down the street, phone implanted in their ear, unaware of anything happening around them. Crazy. At least they won't kill anyone, unless it's them trying the cross the road without thinking.

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      Rebecca 3 years ago from USA

      As the busy bees we are these days, when are we supposed to multi task? Ever think, a housewife on the phone making dinner after spending the entire day with screaming kids wants to be present? Or sober for that matter? Just a thought.

      Driving on the phone should just be illegal. I've seen people that can't even walk in a straight line while using a phone...esp texting!

      IDK...this is a good hub, and useful. I just think there are quite a few facets to this topic.

      Hey...just out of curiosity, were you once a boxer? Was that the reason for the in and out of the ring comment? Pardon my stupidity if you have that on your profile and I've failed to see it.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Driving while using the phone is very illegal here. Probably the highest fine and loss of points for any driving misdemeanor. Isn't it the same in the States?

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      Rebecca 3 years ago from USA

      Jodah, I'm not sure, but as far as I knew it just became illegal in Ohio a few years ago. Many deaths could have been prevented if it happened sooner.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Maybe you did not see my profile pic. I can take my palm and flatten my nose all the way flat with my cheeks.

      I fought like a dog soldier and a principal saw my dogness and put me in a ring. My pappy boxed his way through USC and Yale to pay bills. We box.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      No jodah not yet and that is what I am be ballistic about. I know a voice in the wilderness and all that, but I am a bulldog with a bone.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      let us elevate this awareness. Come on now the life we save might your childs.

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      Righteous Atheist 3 years ago

      There are already bans in place in some states, http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/cellphone_...

      It is already illegal to use a cell phone while driving in many educated countries - http://www.cellular-news.com/car_bans/

      Odd that you choose to make this a religious thing. My own country - the UK - is very non religious and we banned cell phones while driving 11 years ago. Perhaps if you approached the matter with reason and common sense instead of praying for majick? IDK - might help.....

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      HI! RA look at my hubs, I am approaching it from many directions. And I will keep doing so. I thought this was a good way to wake up some Christians, kind of an in your face deal. As you know I like that approach.

      We have to walk the talk.

      Illegal here in CA but of no consequence.

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      Righteous Atheist 3 years ago

      It is already illegal? Why is it not enforced?

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Our courts are just getting around, through vigorous work by lawyers to hold folks accountable in this matter. The fine is under 200$ and considered an "infraction" and not criminal.

      It is a tough one but crazy folk like me are working hard on it.

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      Righteous Atheist 3 years ago

      What are you aiming for? Imprisonment and a criminal record?

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Yes handle it just like a Driving while under the influence.

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      Righteous Atheist 3 years ago

      You put people in prison for drunk driving? I think that is extreme. I can see that of an accident ensues and someone is actually killed or hurt, but for texting while driving to be an imprisonable offense? When the fines are not even being enforced? Good luck with that.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Jodah, I will write another in this series. "they have an app for that". something that autoresponds saying the you are driving. I like that notion because it reminds both ends. Besides that, I like the "me" time while driving. Thank you

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You are about right on that RA. Repeat offenders are those most penalized for the actions. What many people have trouble getting is that while we have freedom of travel and liberty in our constitution it has never been applied as a right to drive. Here it is still a privilege.

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      Righteous Atheist 3 years ago

      Odd - anyone would think your constitution was written before cars. Oh wait....... It was written before assault weapons as well - they seem to do all right. :D

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well said distinction. Yes we have a right to own a gun or a car. Where, when, how and who can use them is where we constantly argue.

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