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Saturday, November 24, 2012

God at the wheel? Not necessarily

(Photo by CZmarlin) 
When Melissa Miller was recently caught doing 100 in a 30 mph zone (while blaring her horn, no less), she told the police officers, "…I was letting the Lord spirit guide me."  When they specifically asked about the horn, she again explained that this was "the Lord telling me to do it."

It's certainly true that the theological analogy of God taking the wheel has been used many a time since the days of Henry Ford.  This excerpt from a Focus on the Family article titled "Trusting: Let God Do the Driving" is right within this metaphorical genre:  "When we try and take the wheel away from God because we don't trust Him, it will lead to emotional and spiritual fatigue.  Why?  Because we're doing something that we weren't created to.  God made us to lean on Him in dependence – to let Him drive – which leads to contentment, and the confidence that we are exactly where we need to be…"

In Miller's case, this notion of God at the wheel led to her arrest, and the confidence (on the part of the police) that she needed to be in jail (at least until the $375 bail was paid).  Either this is the worst case of dangling principles, or Miller is seriously deluded.  Many readers of The Huffington Post article about Miller think the latter.  Here are some of their comments:  God is real; but so is Satan.  She got the voices mixed up…;  Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's.  Try not to mix the two…; And had she killed someone she most likely would have said that it was God's will that they died…


Copyright November 24, 2012 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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