Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Love Paramedics, Hate Guardrails

New blogging friend Trigger posted this bit on Conspicuous Forgiveness that's worth a read. It made me think of a sermon I heard recently letting us all know how important forgiveness was. The priest is a thorough lefty, so his sermons lean heavily to the forgiveness side and almost never touch on sin itself. Now that's all well and good and forgiveness is a big part of our faith, but it's only needed after you've screwed up.

In essence, forgiveness is the paramedics coming to patch you up after you've rolled your car and find yourself upside down in a ditch. Rules about sin are guardrails designed to keep you on the road and stop you from rolling your car in the first place.

Folks like that priest don't like it when we're judgmental of each other. They don't like to preach about rules and regulations or seem small minded. However, they also don't like to preach about the sins that led to little Taniqua Wilson being abused by her baby mama's live in boyfriend or the ones that led to Joe Smith's meth addiction. We hear a lot about forgiving Taniqua's mom and Joe, but some of us think it might be better to be asked to forgive just a little less often.

Still think you don't need guardrails?


tim eisele said...

In your example video, I would argue that guard rails would actually make that road more dangerous. They'd give people a false sense of security, they'd drive too fast, and the rails wouldn't stop them when they went over the edge (and the car ripping off the guardrail would also remove some of the road shoulder, making it more dangerous for the next vehicle).

Mainly, I'm struck by the thought that these people in the car are acting like the are doing something sooooo dangerous, without considering that somebody, at some point,actually went up there and *built* that road. Evidently with *explosives*. Now *that* was dangerous!

Anonymous said...

Speaking of a false sense of security, I would argue that unloading guns makes guns more dangerous. How many times have you heard or read that someone got shot because they "thought the gun was unloaded"?

If guns were always loaded and everybody knew it, that wouldn't happen.