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Google Says Humans Are To Blame!

google carWhen it comes to driving, Google has finally figured out the glitch – YOU! That’s right…you are the problem. According to press releases regarding recent accidents involving Google’s driverless vehicles, Google says humans are to blame for running into their cars every single time.

So Google says: “The clear theme is human error and inattention.”

Interesting, isn’t it? I mean, take the emotion out of it for a moment and just reflect on what Google is proposing. The least reliable piece of equipment in the car, they say, is you – the driver. So what is the solution? Remove the driver, of course!

As a preacher, I’ll admit that the thought piqued my interest. I mean, what if God had the same idea? After all, aren’t we the problem when it comes to perfectly following His plan? Aren’t we the ones who miss the mark (sin) time after time? Don’t the accidents we get into cause damage to others and create unsafe roadways of life?

God wrote the operating parameters of a proper life. He gave us the perfect example in His Son. And he gave us an opportunity to drive the roads of life directing our own paths. And we make a mess of it.

It is called life. And according to Romans 3:23, we are all bad drivers. Every single one of us has had a fender bender or will have a fender bender as soon as we get our license (reach the age of accountability as we call it in the church).

What if God, though, had reached the same solution as Google: remove the drivers? We couldn’t blame Him, right? We keep getting in wrecks, we are unsafe, we endanger others, and we are often inattentive and irresponsible as we drive our lives down the road.

But God, in His amazing love, allows us to keep driving. Why? Because He doesn’t want robot drivers! Now, I don’t mean on the highways. Maybe computer drivers are, in fact, better. But in real life…well, He wants us to have free will.

In other words, God isn’t looking for robots who do only what they are programmed to do. Rather, He wants us to do right and be good drivers because we love Him and choose His way. He wants us to pay attention to the laws; He wants responsible drivers!

I run into a lot of people who ask why God doesn’t just fix everything. But have you considered what that means? “Fixing” the glitch would mean getting rid of you and me…the ones who make a mess of His perfect road!

But God loves us so much, He allows us to make mistakes, learn how to do better, and get back out there on the road of life. And I, for one, am grateful He hasn’t revoked my license. And I hope, with a few years of wisdom under my belt, I’m a better driver today than I used to be. How about you?

A Recall We Really Need to Heed!

Recently, we have seen a string of recalls in the news. Most notably, General Motors has been plagued by dangerous ignition switches and airbag issues causing over $300 million in the first quarter of this year alone. That number doesn’t even account for pending lawsuits and the damage to GM’s reputation.

Thankfully, no known loss of life has occurred yet due to these faulty parts. But GM is moving swiftly because they know the potential danger. Unfortunately, the longer drivers stay on the road with these problems, the greater the risk of injury and loss of life.

Did you know that there is a recall in the Bible too? And the consequences are worse than injury and loss of life…eternity is on the line.

God’s recall isn’t due to defective parts in the manufacturing process. In fact, what God made in mankind, He called “very good” (Genesis 1:31). But God also installed an option in every model of human being; we call it “choice.” And due to faulty use (Romans 1:20-23) by every person who has the ability to choose right from wrong (Romans 3:23), God had to offer a universal recall to fix a problem every model shares – sin.

People generally respond to recalls in one of three ways: 1) ignoring the recall altogether; 2) procrastinate until it is too late, or 3) rush to get the new part. In the Bible, those who do not listen to the recall or ignore its consequences will be lost (2 Thessalonians 1:8); those who procrastinate often delay too long (Acts 24:25); but those who respond and follow the plan can begin their new journey in a vehicle to a place where recalls will be a thing of the past (Revelation 21:4).

The word “recall” (re·call) has two primary meanings: 1) officially order a return to a place; 2) bring something back into one’s mind. God is calling and recalling each of us today to remember our Creator and to go back to the manufacturer to fix our sin problem. Will you be healed by the gospel of Jesus? Or will you procrastinate? Ignore the recall? Or heed the call today?