Wednesday, April 27, 2005

How to decrease traffic accidents

Economists are funny. Not funny haha but funny weird. I had the very interesting opportunity to study economics in college. Most people pity me because of this. But let me share some economic thinking with you..

Traffic accidents are on the rise. If you listen to the traffic report, everyday there will be at least one accident. It's inevitable. The reason why people are getting into more traffic accidents is because they feel safer and thus they take more risks. They cut people off when they shouldn't, driver faster than they should etc etc. Seat belts and airbags have caused this sort of problem.

The solution therefore is easy, get rid of air bags and seatbelts and replace it with a spike coming out of the steering column pointed right at your heart. If you get into an accident, you are guaranteed to die. This will cause people to drive safer, and therefore have less accidents.

This is completly opposite to general worldly thinking (that of, we want to make everything safer), but does present a very good point. Sometimes to get the desired result we must go against traditional thinking and that will give a solution.

As Christians, we are given these kinds of opportunities all the time. We shouldn't follow the "worldly" way, but rather God's way. A good example would be living together/sex before marraige. It sure seems like a good idea. After all, you want to make sure your completely compatible before you make that commitment to marriage. Once you completely know each other you can then rationally make the decision to get married. But if its such a good idea, why is there such a high divorce rate? Why are there studies that say more successful relationships didn't have premarital living/sex (I am going to assume of course that if you are living with the person that you are also in the same bed, and if you are sleeping in the same bed then you are also having sex)

I've been racking my brain trying to think of ways to more effectivly spread the Gospel. I think in America we have grown accustomed to being safe. Everything is safe. Showing your faith, or telling people that you are proud to be a Christian is tough (and I honestly don't do it enough) but it's dangerous. It puts the spike to your heart.

How ironic. To drive safer, we should make the vehicle less safe. To be a saved/safe Christian, we need to be out of our safe zone.

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