Road rage. I’m sure there are a whole lot of images and vivid recollections that come rushing into your brain with those two words. For those of you who are old enough to drive, road rage is something that you have seen and maybe even experienced at one point or another in your driving careers. What is it that causes people’s peaceful demeanor to go flying out the window immediately after cranking over their car engine anyway?
I do a lot of driving for work and I see extremely outrageous examples of road rage almost everyday. People flipping their lids (among other things) over the silliest situations. Refusing to let somebody merge into their lane. Cutting in front of someone and proceeding to demonstrate how well their brakes work. Taking both hands off the wheel and thoroughly expressing how they feel to another driver who is not even aware of what they have apparently done wrong. It seems that these people are so caught up with what they are doing at the moment that they fail to see that there are much better alternatives to letting their inner “Road Rage” Randy show everyone else who is king of the road.
Well, I will tell you what causes this type of reaction out of Mr. Randy. Mr. Randy has become so wrapped up in his needs and what he sees as important that the driving experience for those around him has suffered. And the sad thing? He doesn’t even realize it.
Sadly, there are a whole lot of Christians who are “Road Rage” Randy’s. Christians that have convinced themselves that their spiritual journey is so much more important than the journey of others traveling down the same road. Instead of focusing on the destination, they have decided to focus on the perceived problems of those traveling around them. They see the spiritual victories of others as them being cutoff and they proceed to show their displeasure. They’ll gossip about that person, in an attempt to make themselves feel better. They’ll pull back in front and pump the brakes. These types of Christians have become so wrapped up in their own needs and what they see as important that the Christian experience for those around them has suffered. And the sad thing? This Christian doesn’t even realize it.
When I drive for work, I know that it is better for me to work together with the drivers around me in order for us all to peacefully travel toward our destination. The same is true on the road of Christian life. As Christians, we must work together and support each on our journey. There is no need to show that we are king of the road. There is no place for “Road Rage” Randy.
Paul said it this way to the church in Rome:
Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
So next time you are tempted to dish out some Christian road rage, don’t allow yourself to get caught up in looking out for your own interests or gains. Rather, step back and remember that we are the body of Christ. The life that we live is not our own. We’re on this road together.