Carelessness and Ignorance
Carelessness and Ignorance
Of course, it happens on a week where you are already running a little late, and it contributes to an improper decision. Sunday morning, on my way to teach my Bible class, I approached the red light at Ken Caryl and Wadsworth to turn right and head up to the church building. However, I did not execute a clean stop but rolled through it (since I could see that no cars were close enough to overtake me). Unfamiliar with the mandatory use of the acceleration lane, I pulled on into the right lane of northbound traffic. It was about fifteen seconds later that I noticed the State Trooper inviting me to pull over and chat about it. Truthfully, I did not realize I had rolled rather than stopped and I did not realize that I had to use the acceleration lane first. The extremely polite officer let me know that my ignorance and relative indifference did not make my actions lawful. Only because of his kindness and the validity of my insurance and registration did he let me go with just a warning. But, I was "dead to rights." It would have been an expensive lesson for a man who has been driving for 30 years as of this year. Oh, and I was 30 seconds late to my Bible class, too.
I will claim that I am a courteous and ordinarily lawful driver with a clean MVR (motor vehicle record), but that did not make me exempt from Colorado driving laws.
It is sobering to contemplate the great day of judgment:
"All nations will be gathered before [Christ]" (Matthew 25:31).
"Each one of us will give an account of himself to God" (Romans 14:12; 2 Corinthians 5:10).
"God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus" (Romans 2:16).
"God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil" (Ecclesiastes 12:14).
While every child of God will be the benefactor of amazing grace available to all who walk in the light (Titus 3:7; 1 Jon 1:7), there will be well-intended, moral, upright people lost for eternity (Matthew 7:21-24).
While every child of God will be the benefactor of amazing grace available to all who walk in the light (Titus 3:7; 1 Jon 1:7), there will be well-intended, moral, upright people lost for eternity (Matthew 7:21-24
God will deal out fiery retribution to "those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus" (2 Thessalonians 1:8).
Despite their good intentions, good deeds and moral uprightness, they will pay the penalty of eternal destruction (2 Thessalonians 1:9; Matthew 25:46).
I cannot help but think of how many people will stand before the kind, beneficent Christ and claim ignorance or carelessness. He will have demonstrated great patience and doled out so many "second chances" (2 Peter 3:9), but His long-suffering will have been exhausted in that day "when He comes to be glorified in His saints" (2 Thessalonians 1:10). May we "regard the patience of our Lord as salvation" (2 Peter 3:15) and make sure we are following His reasonable expectations.