Stephen A. Peterson
Derek, 15, was a teenage smart aleck who thought he was above the laws of God, humankind and the law of gravity. On a hot July evening, Derek and three friends stole a brand new 2006 Lexus automobile for a joy ride through the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. To them, it was no big deal. They had done it before on four separate occasions and were not caught. So a fifth time would be no different in their minds.
However, on this night, Derek could not negotiate the new technologies of the car. Within five miles of where they stole the car, they ran into the living room of a Nichols Hill family who had gone on vacation three days before. A neighbor saw Derek and his friends quickly leave the scene of the accident. At that moment, the boys decided it would not be a good idea to stay around to discuss the incident or make friendly introductions with the family’s neighbor.
Running to avoid being caught, Derek and his friends split up vowing to meet up in their own neighborhood. Derek head for a nearby forested area. Leaping over a newly constructed wooden fence, Derek eyed what looked to be short tops of seedling trees growing in close quarters and leapt for sanctuary. Unfortunately, the trees were growing but on the ledge of an embankment. The ground Derek assumed was there did not exist. After a brief moment of uncontrollable aerobatics, circus like moves, and roughly thirty or thirty-five feet of empty air, Derek hit the ground in a heap of young trees. Fortunately, Derek survived the fall and lived another day to face the music society hands out to those who seriously flaunt laws and socially appropriate judgment.
What Derek thought was a firm foundation and a sanctuary from sin and bad judgment was in reality an illusion. And so it is with many people in today’s world. Many people believe (this also include many Christians surprisingly) that truth is relative. That is, truth is NOT universal but found in each individual person. Truth is, in this venue, determined by what is agreed upon by group beliefs and mores absent of God and His laws. Those who accept this distorted view of truth believe all they have to do is take shelter in their inner self, science, a humanistic cause, their careers, their clubs, their wealth or in things. In these, they attempt to evade the laws of God and re-do any laws that do not suit their logical conclusions. Fools they are! The so-called foundations they have chosen are similar to the sands of an hour glass—shifting, without substance and elusive.
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I like your message. We defy God, just as we do man-made laws. Your example is fitting to the subject. I hope Derek learned his lesson from that experience.