One night working a DUI checkpoint in my city, we noticed that a gaggle of apartment dwellers nearby became our rooting section. They were comfortably seated in beach chairs as they watched the action. They raised their red solo cups, (before the country music singer, Toby Keith, made them famous) as a toast each time we made an arrest.
Late in the evening one of the final drivers to pass through the gauntlet, admitted to drinking “a lot.”
“Can you define ‘a lot?’” asked one of my partners.
“Maybe a twelve pack,” replied the impaired driver. He freely continued, “Yeah, I’m drunk … and stupid too.”
“Where have you been drinking?”
“Right over there,” as he pointed to the rooting section, who were again raising their cups because they knew we had a keeper.
“Why are you driving when you’ve been watching us all night?”
“We ran out of drinks and they dared me to make a beer run.”
How about some personal reflection now that you’ve laughed at the poor slouch in my illustration? Have you found yourself muttering, “I can’t believe I’m in this situation,” due to a self-inflicted wound?
I have found myself there frequently as inappropriate anger has a history of getting the best of me. When this occurs, I need to take a three step process to make things right:
- Confess that my actions were wrong as I suffer the consequences.
- Turn from that which brought the anger.
- Reconciling relational damage that was done as far as it depends upon me.
Just like the guy arrested for DUI, there are penalties for our behavior, but with confession to God for our wrongdoing, turning from our destructive tendencies, and reconciling relationships, our heavenly Father will honor our obedience.
The next time you pass through a DUI checkpoint (hopefully sober), think about the biblical principles of confession, repentance, and reconciliation. It’s a purifying process that is necessary for our own welfare and our relationship with God.
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20 ESV).