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Where is it Safe?

January 14, 2013

Pedestrian CrossingOur church recently hosted a community meeting to talk about street improvements. Some people came with an eager concern for safety improvements. One frequent suggestion was the addition of a crosswalk at a nearby intersection. The suggestion seemed to fade after one of the city officials commented, “People are actually less safe in a crosswalk.”

Less safe? Say that again. We are talking about a designated protected zone for pedestrians. How can that be less safe? The reason cited was that it gives a false sense of security. When pedestrians enter a crosswalk, they make assumptions about how cars will respond. The problem is that a pedestrian never wins in a car-pedestrian accident. Assumptions about safety and cars stopping can be fatal.

Sometimes people can view a church as a spiritual crosswalk. As long as they are in it, God must be pleased. They develop a false sense of security. Being in church does not make a person any more Christian than being in a Crosswalk! To be a Christian means that we are paying attention to the world around us. We are mindful of dangers and opportunities that surround us. We don’t assume we go to church to be safe. We realize that church is one of the most dangerous places in the world. In worship, we come into the presence of Almighty God and invite Him to transform us however He sees fit. How dangerous is that?

If you want to play it safe, stay home. If you want to get a life, go to worship; engage God. Don’t be surprised when you hear that the only way to be secure is to be willing to lose your life. Yes you will be ‘less safe’. But you will also be more alive!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Anna Assink permalink
    January 14, 2013 10:36 AM

    Thanks for the new way of looking at crosswalks whether they be part of a street design or in the pathway of life….more than one way to look at risk and/or opportunity.

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