Winter Roads of Wisconsin and Morality

This winter has been incredibly cold, even by Northern Wisconsin standards. But alas, so far this year I have gone on six runs and three bike rides.

Every winter I am amused at where the roads go. Snow covers the country roads I run on from about late November til sometime in April. During this time, the roads tend to get lost.

Where cars drive in February is in the general neighborhood of a road, but when you run, you see just how far off the road drivers are.

What happens is when the roads get covered with snow, cars cut corners, pushing their lane off onto the shoulder of the road. Next time it snows, the plows follow where the cars have been going. Cars continue to push further off the road and plows will follow next snowstorm.

If a guy were to ride his bike on the edge of the actual road, by February he is practically riding down the middle of the winter road.

Get what I’m trying to say? In the summer, a stop sign is about ten feet from a corner, whereas in the winter, that corner will move to about three feet from the stop sign.

This illustrates human nature’s desire for the easiest way, the shortcut, what causes the least resistance and the best gain.

Over the years of morality, humans have drifted further and further off the moral road. Plows then follow the traffic patterns, and cars continue to push further and further off the road to make the trip shorter.

After a while, people are so far off moral ground it’s ridiculous, but they’d never know it. “It’s where everyone else is driving.” “That’s where the plows went.”

The problem with morality is that it must be compared to an ultimate standard–where the road actually is. You can’t base morality on where all the traffic is, nor where the plows cleared the way.

This is why Christianity is easier if you don’t read the Bible and merely go along with what everyone else is doing. When the Bible tells us to measure ourselves with Christ, be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect, and such things, we get uncomfortable.

It’s not easy dealing with the reality that you are actually the problem, not all those other people. Ignore the other people and view yourself in front of God and Him alone.

If you need other people to let you know how well you’re doing, trust me, you’re on the broad road to destruction where the many travel. The narrow road leading to life is lonesome. It’s just you and God, but at least you’ll know where you are going and that the destination will be great.

People often warn of a “slippery slope.” The idea seems to be that once you take one step in that direction, you will inevitably slide to the bottom. Satan is a deceiver. By the time people warn of a slippery slope, I imagine we’ve already compromised our way to the bottom of the hill one inch into the curve at a time.

2 thoughts on “Winter Roads of Wisconsin and Morality”

  1. For several months I’ve had this idea that the Lord is telling me to quit comparing myself to others and just keep my eyes on Him. But that’s hard stuff. Thanks for so succinctly putting into words the uncomfortable truth I’ve been trying to avoid.

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