So you’re driving down the road and some yahoo in a big pickup is riding your bumper. What do you do? Do you: A) Brake check him and risk an accident or B) Give yourself some room so that he can get around you? Well, if you’re wired like I am, you probably already chose option A without hesitation, and today, I caught myself doing exactly that.
I digress and share this little tidbit of information with you because I am human, and sometimes I make some very un-Christian decisions. Would Christ do the same thing in this situation? Absolutely not. Should I, given the same situation? Most likely not. This is outlined in Proverbs.
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.
Proverbs 29:11 (NIV)
Yes, my decision to brake-check the driver was foolish. He was inching his truck ever closer to my rear bumper and I showed my annoyance with him immediately. So yes, we were both in the wrong, however as my fiancée would point out, two wrongs don’t make a right. Proverbs also teaches us that foolishness is arrogant and careless.
The wise fear the Lord and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.
Proverbs 14:16 (NIV)
So what can we all do when confronted with a driver that is being aggressive, such as the one described above; or the driver who’s too busy paying attention to their cell phone to notice that they almost side-swiped you? What about the driver who’s just plain enraged and shows it with every other driver on the road?
The answer is simple: give them room to get around you, yield, be patient and don’t turn an already dangerous situation into a potential accident. Stop and think for a second about those armbands that were popular in the late 1990’s: WWJD: What Would Jesus Do?