In our part of the world,where increases in fuel prices are as often as one could
wish his salary leaped, it is not too surprising that whiles driving, as though
by some reflex activity, one’s eyes are almost always fixed on the fuel gauge, wishing
and desiring: ‘could this gauge not just stay there!?’
The fuel gauge which is intended to be an indicator of the reality that we are running
out of fuel, if we had our own way would be a fabricator of reality- we are ok on
fuel! Many of us do face this temptation.
One such indicator we manage to turn (of course with much difficulty) into a fabricator
is our conscience.
‘That was a surly comment’, says the conscience. What do we do about it? Agree with
our conscience and offer the necessary apology or force our conscience to agree with
our actions by making excuses?
‘You could give more than you plan on giving’ says the conscience. Do we heed what
the conscience is pointing to? Or we justify our actions and quieten our conscience?
The conscience is our God-given, strong and truthful indicator. However, it could
be beaten and corrupted into a fabricator, which would tell us what we want to hear
instead of pointing us to the truth. This is a dangerous path to tread.
A malfunctioning gauge, showing a full tank does not change the actual quantity of
fuel in the vehicle.
A ‘trotro’ driver who is irritated by his fuel gauge indication and manages to
tweak his fuel gauge so it indicates a full tank will soon find out how ‘wise’ he
is when he gets stuck in the middle of the road and is left at the mercy of the
scorching sun and
insults from other motorists and passengers!
Toying with indicators, to turn them into fabricators as convenient as it may seem
at a moment, is irrational and dangerous.
Deadening our consciences so it no longer points to truth, abusing the Scriptures
by reading into it what we want but not listening to what it says; these are indeed
deadly paths to tread.
Could our proclivity to making fabricators of indicators not, in itself, be a sure
indicator that we are in need of a saviour?