Most of us are risk takers; we have to be to function in our world. We drive our cars on roads where the only thing that separates us from a head-on collision is a line painted in the street. We regularly eat food that has been prepared by some unknown person in a kitchen we've never seen. And we regularly believe things that others have written or said that "sound right" to us.
Recently leaders from our community staged a mock car accident involving a drunk driver for the junior and senior class of our high school. From what my daughter shared with us, this staged car accident was designed to demonstrate the possible consequences of drinking and driving.
I say possible because, too many people still take the risk of "drinking and driving." But like every risk we take, the more times we place ourselves at risk, the greater the chance we will suffer the consequences of our actions.
Most drunks will deny they have had too much to drink. Denial typically plays a large role in the risk drunk drivers take. It's a way of coping with their fears. "It won't happen to me," is a common response when questioned about their fearless attitude. And because they are "fearless," they will continue to drive drunk until someone or something puts an end to their reckless behavior.
If your life was to end today because of the risk some drunk driver was willing to take, where would you go when you died? If you do not know the answer to that question you are taking a risk with eternal consequences.
It is my hope and prayer that everyone reading the column today knows for certain where they will be spending eternity. But if for some reason you have questions about the risk you are taking by not knowing where you will go when you die, I would love to talk with you about God's plan for your life. Please feel free to visit us this or any Sunday or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I have some information I would be happy to send you.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 TNLT
- John Rusk, pastor Mercy Springs Church of the Nazarene