Before you start wondering how driving more slowley is going to save your local church from extinction, I should point out that I’m actually refering to two rather excellent blog posts by other writers that I thought I should at least share with you. Entertainment for a Friday and all that.
Post one, with the cartoon above taken from cartoonchurch.com, was from St Aidan to Abbey Manor, a blog written by David Keen. He freely admits that the cartoon had little to do with the post, some inspiring words from Frost and Hirch’s ‘Shaping of Things to Come’, but he’s right, it is a good cartoon.
“In contrast with today, when so much of our Christianity is about being with the right people in the right places at the right time, Jesus was always in the wrong places, with the wrong people, at the wrong times. ” – The Shaping of Things to Come
Kill your speed was from political blogger, Iain Dale. He, like me, had been caught speeding (37 mph in a 30) and had been invited to take part in a driver refresher course. These things cost the same as the price of the speeding ticket, but you walk away in the end without points on your licence and a new respect for the speed limit. As Dale says,
The main point of the course was to drive home the difference between driving at 30 mph and 40 mph, and from that point of view it was highly successful. OK, it stands to reason that the faster you drive, and you hit someone, the more likely they are to die. But when you are told that at 30 mph the person has a 90% of chance of surviving, while at 40 mph they only have a 10% chance of surviving, it does make you think. Everyone on the course had been caught doing between 30 mph and 40 mph.
But the most interesting bit of his account was the stats. Did you know…
Perhaps the most shocking statistic was when we were told that if you break down on the motorway and decide to sit in your car on the hard shoulder your life expectancy is reduced to 12 minutes – 12 minutes!!! [read the whole thing here]
If you breakdown on the motorway this weekend, please, please, get out of the car, even if it’s raining.