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May 23, 2010

A Testimony

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

A young police officer told me of this experience.  On patrol, he noticed a car was being tailgated by what seemed to be a very stressed man.  It was a busy street and the officer began to observe the man closely because of the danger he was causing.

As the lady being tailgated suddenly stopped when the traffic light turned yellow, the man became irate.  He began to blow his horn as he let down the window and began yelling at the lady who had stopped so suddenly for the traffic light.  The man was so furious that he was unaware of the officer in the car behind him.

The officer noticed the rage in the man as he threw his cell phone to the seat so that he could have a free hand to make an obscene gesture to the lady in front of him.  Cars in the other lanes noticed the man screaming out his frustration and blowing his horn as a vent for his anger.

The officer got out of his patrol car and walked up to the man.  The man began to express his outrage at this lady.  The officer realized that this driver was out of control and ordered the man to step out of his car.  With belligerence, the man did so, but began to be verbally combatant toward the officer.  The officer then ordered the man into the patrol car and they went to the police station.

The man was fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a holding cell while his background could be checked.  The officer may have only warned the man when he first approached him, but thought there might be a possibility that he was wanted for something.  After about two hours, the man was released, and the young officer was there to meet him.

The young officer said to him, “I am sorry that I had to bring you to the station and for the inconvenience to you.  But you see, I brought you in because I witnessed how irate you were, blowing your horn, making obscene gestures, and probably cussing a blue streak.”

He continued, “I saw your Choose Life license plate holder, the What Would Jesus Do bumper sticker, the Christian Fish symbol on your trunk, and the sign in your back window, Follow Me to Church on Sunday.  Naturally, when I saw all those Christian expressions, and then saw you acting the way you did, I assumed you had stolen the car.”

This was not a true story!  But it might be similar to behavior that occurs!  The story does grab our attention to remind us that our Walk Needs to Match our Talk.  The bumper stickers, the jewelry we wear, and our attitude must be consistent with our life advertising!  This is probably enough said!  This blog is not for preaching!

 “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds, and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”  (Ephesians 4:22-24)  “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of the world . . . .”  (Romans 12:2)   “So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.”  (Acts 24:16) 



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