Speaking of Unusual Sights -

...for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard”... 2 Peter 2:8

The guy in the photos? Sin in action. Sin at 90 mph.

There are a lot of people, especially in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island (southern New England) who simply ignore Speed Limit signs, not taking them as law, but rather, as suggestions. Oh, and New Yorkers. They’re terrifying on our local roads. Having lived in California, I was used to fast drivers. What I wasn’t used to were crazy drivers. If law enforcement is going to continue to ignore people breaking its laws, which is what speed limit signs are, throwing their hands up in the air as if faced with an out-of-control, disobedient child (which our society is), then I’d much prefer fast/in-control to insane/out-of-control.

In addition to the insane speed, he was a zig-zagger. No, I don’t mean he rolled-his-own. Although, now that I think about it, it would be a good explanation as to why he was driving like an idiot. We’ve all seen them – the cars who seem to be following a roller-coaster pattern imprinted on the highway invisible to the rest of us. It slings them from the outermost to the innermost lanes of traffic, catapulting their vehicle between cars through impossibly small spaces.

As his vehicle arched past ours, as if released from a sling shot, my daughter squealed from behind hand-covered eyes, “Mommy, don’t look. That man is naked”. We can neither confirm or deny her allegation not having any desire to be in closer proximity to him than we had to. I can confirm, courtesy of my Big Camera Lens, that ZigZagMan did have his left foot hanging out his rolled-down window. He wasn’t big on brains, but obviously quite limber.

Don’t you have to wonder, though, what possesses some people to behave like such…idiots??! Oh, I know, the Biblical answer is sin and Satan. But still…. No, there is no “but still”. The answer is sin. Lawless deeds and this guy was clearly showing the world just what he thought about conventional behavior.

Part of me desires and longs for kinder, gentler times of yesteryear…..

Yet again, the Bible disagrees. From the beginning, there have always been what the Bible refers to as the Lawless Ones living amongst the Righteous ones. The higher the population density of an area, the more chances we’ll have of witnessing how the Lawless ones lives – without respect of order, or an awareness that some day they will be accountable for their actions and words.

Now, truth be told, the Bible says we’re all sinners. It’s just that some have been turned over (given up on by the Lord) to the depravity of their sick and perverted minds. Romans 1:21 “…for although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened...”

When I see sin demonstrated in the manner of this man, his utter depravity, it is grieving to me. There’s a deep mourning in my spirit for those who choose a life wherein others are simply obstacles – that his priorities are what matters the most, above and beyond the safety of others. He’s witnessing, if you will, to what sin is – utter and absolute self-centeredness.

And, as life and sin goes, often, it isn’t the one being sinful that is hurt, but rather, others who are his victims.

I’m sure the police deal with this all the time, hearing lame excuses from people who refuse to be held accountable for their impulsive, out-of-control bizarre actions. Maybe, he’d say, this was the first time he ever drove in such an erratic, dangerous manner. Or, I don’t know, maybe he just broke up with his girlfriend, dog just died, lost a job or any number of other lines from Country Western songs.

I don’t know his heart. I don’t know his “position” under Christ – whether he has accepted or denied Christ as Lord, and that isn’t mine to judge. At this moment in time, though, I have a pretty good guess the only Good News about this guy is that if you hire him, he’s fully insured. Says it right there on his car – one door down from the hanging foot.

Matthew Henry in discussing 2Peter 2: “In bad company we cannot but get either guilt or grief. Let the sins of others be troubles to us. Yet it is possible for the children of the Lord, living among the most profane, to retain their integrity; there being more power in the grace of Christ, and his dwelling in them, than in the temptations of Satan, or the example of the wicked, with all their terrors or allurements. In our intentions and inclinations to commit sin, we meet with strange hinderances, if we mark them When we intend mischief, God sends many stops to hinder us, as if to say, Take heed what you do. His wisdom and power will surely effect the purposes of his love, and the engagements of his truth; while wicked men often escape suffering here, because they are kept to the day of judgment, to be punished with the devil and his angels.


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