Any of us would be afraid to fly down and around an oval at 200 miles an hour. That doesn’t faze New Zealander Scott Dixon. On May 21 he won the coveted pole position for this Sunday’s Indy 500. He’ll bank $100,000 for that success.
He and friend Dario Franchitti headed for an Italian restaurant in downtown Indianapolis Sunday evening, May 21. Store closed. They then decided to find a fast food provider. They found a McDonald’s about a mile from the fabled Oval. Closed for remodeling.
Next door a Taco Bell beckoned. Into the drive-through they wound their way, their windows down, fearing nothing, tough-minded big-time racers that they were. To all of a sudden be accosted by two teenagers with the great equalizer. A pistol shoved against Dixon’s head brought the surrender of wallet and cell phone. Keeping his cool—he was sure he and Dario kept their cool—he obliged. And off the criminals rushed. (They were arrested soon after.) San Diego U-T, 5/23, 24/17
Dixon later reflected on his close call with a lot worse fate than being robbed. He and Dario wore expensive watches, which the thieves didn’t know. Dixon was glad nothing “silly”—his word—happened. Nothing silly? Not dangerous, wicked, lethal? A tough man.
Yet he admits it made him feel small. Falling from pole-position to robbery victim would have that impact. It would reduce one from being invulnerable to feeling defenseless. It might even encourage the toughest guy to keep his car windows up and his doors locked. It would certainly teach him to be aware of his surroundings at all times, especially at night, especially in an area of a city plagued by crime.
Speaking of fear. If having a pistol held to your ear gets whatever the thief wants, what will it be when each human dies and stands before Jesus Christ for judgment? If the gun would force quiet compliance, how could we imagine we’ll have any voice at all when God Almighty opens the books to the page with our name? The man in Matthew 22:12 warns us: don’t plan on talking your way out of trouble when Jesus looks down on us. Even the saved won’t speak then. The unsaved will certainly be tongue-tied. Only Jesus will speak. And what will he say? “Well done”, or “I don’t know you”? The saved will then find their voice and Praise the One who loved them and gave himself for them. The lost will then scream unavailingly as they’re cast out, that Jesus doesn’t understand, to please let them explain, that they didn’t really mean any of the things they said against him, blah, blah, blah. Too late, too late. For the unsaved, who will continue forever shouting their innocence, too late, too late. Don’t be one of them!
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