Thursday, July 22, 2010

Drunk driving...... the unseen picture

I think we'd all agree - there needs to be tougher laws on drunk driving. In most cases when a drunk driver takes the life of someone else, he has had previous DUIs.

I recently saw the other side of things. And don't get me wrong.... I am in no way advocating easing up on the laws we already have, nor am I defending drunk driving. I am 100% against alcoholic beverages and wish they didn't exist. Anyway......

I get along great with all of my co-workers - and like them all. One of them is a very sweet-natured and nice lady. I have found in talking to her that she has been affected by drunk driving also, but in another way: her husband has had one too many DUI's. How is it affecting her? The police confiscated the vehicle he was driving, their better vehicle - and they may or may not get it back. He is on house arrest, so that means she has to do everything that requires a vehicle. They are moving soon and the court has allowed him one day only to help her move.

I am sure it has caused her more problems and difficultlies that I don't know about. Our choices don't always just affect us - they affect our family and others.

Christians especially don't look at the whole picture - the drunk is punished severely - and should be - and we cheer. The pastor is caught in his infidelities and we are glad it came to light, but what about his family? The immoral person gets AIDS or some other disease, and we sit back and think smugly that they deserve to get it - but what about the people who love them?

As I stated, I'm not trying to excuse DUIs or say we need to ease up - not sure what I'm trying to say, but I have seen the bigger picture and that we all need to be more compassionate and less judgemental.


Christy said...

Bravo Mark!!
I appreciate you posting this! Why? Well, there are a lot of people that do NOT understand why I stay with my husband. They do NOT want to associate with him in any way shape or form when he comes home. Many of these people claim to be Christians. Ok, I totally get it....he did wrong and should be punished, but he is doing his time. He will suffer (as will I) for the REST of his life. I applaud you for seeing the "unseen picture" as you called it before it hit your family. Many people cannot see it until "the chickens come home to roost" so to speak.

Carmen said...

I'm there with you. There's the need for justice, and the need for compassion. The DUIs and anything else affect not just the criminal, but the families involved. They all need prayer. Thanks for posting this.