“Jesus, take the wheel! I’ve got to deal with these kids!”

The Father is driving the big family van with all His kids crammed in the back heading for their heavenly vacation destination. Of course, as with most large families, the kids are bickering in the backseat, crying about being hungry, needing to go to the bathroom again, and constantly asking “Are we there yet?”  

 Finally, an exasperated Father says “Jesus, take the wheel!  I’ve got to deal with these kids!”

Jesus takes the wheel while muttering under his breath, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do….” 

Spinning around to the back of the bus, the Father surveys the situation and asks, “What in the world is going on back here?”     

A chorus of kids blurt out, “Harold told everybody we’d be there by today, and now the whole world thinks we’re idiots!”

Harold chimes in, “Hey! I didn’t really mean that we’d be there…. I just meant we’d be on the road with no way to turn back.”

The Father shakes his head and rolls his eyes, just as a paper clip zings past his left ear….   “Dad! Did you see that!” exclaims little Robbie Bell. “They’re ganging up on me, trying to prove to me that Hell exists by putting me through it!”   

“Dad! Dad! Oprah keeps telling everybody out there they are in here with us!”  “Oprah? Oprah’s not in here is she?” “She thinks she is… and she keeps telling other people they are too!” 

The Father scans the back of the bus, looking for a little help: “Can’t you older kids keep your younger siblings from fighting?  C’mon….  Are you guys even back there?”

“Umm….  I think Calvin and Arminian are wrestling way in the back.  They’ve got this beautiful picture of the cross they’re sharing, but they keep arguing about what it looks like.”

“And, uhhh….  Martin Luther is trying to catch the Pope and nail him to the back door…..” 

The van starts to rock back and forth as kids on the left and right stand and scream at each other:  “Do Works!”  “More Grace!”  “Do Works!”   “More Grace!”

The Father shakes his head and sighs….  Turning back to Jesus, He says “I guess I’ll drive if you can go back there and deal with this mess…..”    “Ah, c’mon Dad!  Isn’t it the Holy Spirit’s turn to deal with those guys? I already did my part.”


1 John 4:20-22 says “We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.”

Having right theology is important, but when asked what the most important commands were, Jesus didn’t focus on theology — he focused on love. 

Love God.

Love your neighbor. 

Follow those two commands, and everything else will fall into place.

Can you think of a time when you felt compelled to love someone, even though you knew you didn’t agree on some theological issues?

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