Watch Out for the Other Guy

The cold north wind cut through my jacket like a knife. I should have worn a heavier coat. I didn’t feel it would be necessary, since I was only walking from the parking lot into the church and then back again. I was on the “back again” part of the journey. I had spent some time in my study while Nancy hosted a D-Group in our home. I benefitted from the solitude as I began the process of preparing another sermon. It was Sunday.

By the time I exited the building to get into my truck, some were beginning to gather for various events. The wind seemed brutally cold. As I walked toward my truck, I looked to the left to see if any cars might be approaching. None were. About the time I took a step, I noticed a vehicle to my right. It was barreling to the south against the flow of traffic. I stopped and stepped back. I thought of the irony of a preacher being run over in the church parking lot. 

It was my fault. I failed to watch out for someone who was headed the wrong way. “Watch out for the other guy” was emphasized repeatedly as a safe driving campaign many years ago. I remember seeing the commercials on television. “Watch out for the other guy” is also emphasized in Scripture. I read it just the other day.

“Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals.’ Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.” Paul’s blunt letter to the Corinthian Christians reminded them that they could not run with dogs without getting fleas – lots of them.

We tend to become like the people we spend the most time with. While we are called to evangelize those who have no knowledge of God, we are not to adopt their lifestyles. We can and should befriend and include people in our lives for the purpose of sharing the gospel with them. Jesus said we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. We should do so with caution. Many people are headed the wrong way. Don’t let them run over you!

I Corinthians 15:33-34, 


FBC Highlights

  • May 19 LifeGroup Attendance – 682
  • Sunday Sermon – “Prioritizing God’s Kingdom” – Exodus 20:15 – 17
  • THIS SUNDAY, May 26th – One service at 10:30 am. No LifeGroups
  • Church office closed May 27th for Memorial Day
  • Foster Care and Adoption Q&A – Sunday, June 9, 12 – 1 pm
  • Registration for Vacation Bible School – June 3-7, is available online
  • Falls Creek 2019 will be July 15 – 20

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