So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Traffic Light Theology

How many people obey traffic lights when they want to, or need to, or when the time of day admits no bending of the rules?

How many people approach the commandments of Christ, the Holy Gospel, in the same way they approach a stop sign or red light at an intersection?

The California Stop, or rolling stop. Not really a stop. More of a deceleration as one approaches an intersection and then acceleration through the intersection. In this instant, 'stop' means 'yield'. 'Stop', to some, means 'optional'. 'Stop', to the faithful, means 'stop'.

Traffic signs are 'optional'. Do you observe traffic lights and stop signs in the wee hours, or do you consider them optional when no one else is on the road?
  1. Speeding. Life in the fast lane. The first rule of thumb in living a virtuous life, like driving, is knowing where the brakes are and how to use them.
  2. Running a red light. What don't you understand about rules that enable virtue? Do you enjoy putting yourself and others in harm's way?
  3. Not signalling.  Sin against courtesy. Pride assumes it always has the right of way. The proud assume their needs trump the needs of others.
  4. Crossing the median. Crossing the line... do it and you could end up in a head on collision with death. Cross the lines set by Jesus and the windshield of life will seem insignificant by comparison to the hell you'll face for not paying attention to your moral obligations.
  5. Driving in car pool lane. A sin against the eighth commandment. You're bearing false witness by pretending to be something you are not.
  6. Not stopping for school bus. If anyone should cause one of these little ones to fall... (St Matthew 18:6).
  7. Not stopping for pedestrians. You're driving a car; you're powerful. A pedestrian is no match for a car. Pedestrians are vulnerable. Show some mercy toward the vulnerable.
  8. Not using seat belt. Seat belts, like the Ten Commandments, are there to protect you from injury. The Commandments of Jesus work up to and beyond death. Ask God for the grace to help you keep Jesus' commandments.
  9. Driving on shoulder. Venial sins can lead to mortal sins.
  10. Passing in a no passing zone. Jumping the queue. Again, a sin against charity.
  11. Drunk driving. The proud, the arrogant, the self righteous, the narcissistic, the relativist, the hedonist... are all drunk on their inflated self importance and disordered desires.
  12. Reckless driving. Playing loosely with the powers and gifts God has given you will land you in jail, if not the morgue. Pray that a police officer stops you before you hurt yourself or someone else. Perhaps a fine or loss of license (Fasting and abstinence aid sobriety!) might persuade you to adopt better habits that preserve life.
  13. Driving without a license, insurance, or registration. Now you're asking for it! No license (no sense of sin), no insurance (no Sacrament of Penance), no intimate communion with Jesus and His Church? You're really taking your chances of making it even to purgatory.

No comments:

Post a Comment

"A multitude of wise men is the salvation of the world(.)—Wisdom 6:24. Readers are welcome to make rational and responsible comments. Any comment that 1) offends human dignity and/or 2) which constitutes an irrational attack on the Catholic Faith will not go unchallenged. If deemed completely stupid, such a comment will most assuredly not see the light of day. Them's the rules. Don't like 'em? Move on.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...