In the final fight scene within Independence Day over the skies of a California desert, Bill Pullman plays president Thomas Whitmore. America’s last hope, this former fighter pilot leads a cast of misfits to plow the road for the last jet with a missile hoping to bring down an alien ship about to destroy their underground hide out. Without this cover, defeat was inevitable. Who will risk their life today to plow the road for future generations?
Looking to politicians won’t find you much inspiration. Nor do most professional athletics provide the type of consistent leadership the youth of this country need. Unfortunately, the frozen chosen, church going believers often behave more like Pharisees than the body of Christ. As a result, people of faith are putting up road blocks to God instead of demonstrating the love of Jesus.
In Luke 9:57-63, Jesus is trying to separate the lukewarm from truly devoted followers. Setting the bar high, one by one, the wishy washy walk away, unable to met the standards set by God, disqualifying themselves. Not much has changed today as individuals still struggle to live in the world without losing faith, Matthew 19:16-24. Instead of plowing the road, storms have blocked the path Jesus blazed. 1 John 2:6. Despite this reality, its never too late to change. Therefore, one light at a time, Matthew 5:13-16, let’s plow the road for others to follow.
by Jay Mankus