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?