Yesterday as I drove to my office I encountered a traffic jam on I-470.
As soon as I merged from the ramp onto the highway, I could see it up ahead. “Oh, no,” I thought. “I wish I had gone a different way.” Then I saw one of those electronic highway signs messaging “Wreck at Raytown Road exit. Left lane closed.”
As I drove closer to the back up, the left lane was open. And I couldn’t see any obstruction ahead. So, I got over in the left lane and began passing everyone in the right and middle lane that were beginning to clog up. (Yes, I’m one of those kind of drivers.)
As I drove I could see head flashing emergency lights on the right side of the highway. Hmmm? Then as I drove closer I could plainly see a flashing sign with an arrow on the RIGHT side of the road pointing everyone to move left. Yet the far left lane was totally open.
As I approached the Raytown exit there was a wreck in the RIGHT lane, which was closed. And everyone was bottlenecked trying to get over to the middle lane.
Finally I saw one other driver see the mistake and move over into the far left lane. We were the only two. As I happily drove by all the traffic with no delay, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud.
Why were all those people staying in the right lanes? Especially when it became obvious that the wreck was in the right lane and not the left? When there was a sign pointing them over to the left?
Then I thought of Jesus statement in Matthew 15:14, “If the blind leads the blind, both will fall into the ditch” Or there will be a traffic jam!
Someone had obviously made a mistake. The first electronic sign was wrong. It was the right lane closed, not the left. Yet everyone followed everyone else and clogged up traffic.
I couldn’t seem to get this out of my mind for the rest of the day. It almost seemed like a metaphor for the moral mess of our country today. “The blind leading the blind…”
Earlier that morning the Today show reported a survey showing Oprah Winfrey was one of the two most trusted people in America. A few years ago USA Today called her “a spiritual leader for the new millennium, a moral force of authority for the nation.” Another poll revealed that 33% of the 6,600 respondents said that Oprah had a “more profound impact” on their spiritual lives than their preacher, pastor or priest. That is stunning.
I understand the Oprah is wealthy. Successful. Likeable. And very charismatic. But I don’t think she’s a safe spiritual guide.
In recent years she seems to have taken on the mantle of a ”religious icon, conducting spiritual on-line studies with “spiritual superstar” Eckhart Tolle. Among the outrageous things Tolle has written is, “All religions are equally false and equally true, depending on how you use them.” Really?
Oprah has said that she didn’t believe that Jesus came to die for our sins. She says He came to teach us a “Christ consciousness.” She once spouted, “I don’t believe Christ came to start Christianity.” When asked if she believed in God, she responded, “I believe in THE FORCE–I call it God.”
Oprah has also promoted the teaching of New Age guru Marianne Williamson who teaches “There is no sin.”
A “slain Christ has no meaning.”
“Do not make the pathetic error of clinging to the old rugged cross.”
This is only one example of people today following famous people instead of Jesus Christ who affirmed, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6).
Our world is a moral mess. Truth has been replaced by relativism. Babies are being slaughtered on the altar of individualism. Marriage is being redefined. And anything goes in our sexually liberated culture.
And who is leading the way? Musicians. Movie Stars. Politicians. Popular writers. Celebrities. Indeed, the blind are leading the blind.
Get off the clogged highway that leads to destruction. Come to Christ. He is the only way to the Father.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman