Devotional 07/10/2017by Terry Trainor on 07/10/17
I remember having car trouble in Browning, Montana on our way back from Alaska. We had to spend the night while the wheel bearing was being replaced. Browning is a very small town with many of the features of the old west. We sat in front of the motel and observed the small town life around us. Across the street was an old time saloon, with horses tied to the hitching rail in front of it, as well as some cars in the gravel parking area. We saw some folks come and go, but one in particular is what I remember best about this incident. It was an older cowboy, grizzled, and staggering drunk. He wandered over to his horse, got the reins untied, and managed to get into the saddle, where he slumped forward into semi-consciousness. The horse walked slowly and carefully away from the saloon, carrying his master home in a manner that told us this was a common occurrence.
Now, this man should NOT be wasting his life on drinking, but he at least did so in a manner that would harm no one else, something which cannot be said of those who drive their cars while under the influence.
I thought of that story when I read about an incident involving the drunken driving law in Louisiana, which is one of the toughest in the nation. There is a mandatory prison sentence in that state for anyone convicted of driving while intoxicated. Getting it passed was a major victory for various groups against drunk driving, and they could not have gotten it passed if it wasn't for the help of one particular state legislator who sponsored the bill. It wasn't long after the new law took effect that the first person to be arrested for driving under the influence was brought before the judge and found guilty and was sentenced to his prison term. Who was he? The same legislator who sponsored the bill!
We must be careful, when we set out to crusade against the sins of the world, that we first have corrected the sin in ourselves.
Matthew 7:3-5 (KJV);
“And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”