My ‘Private’ Car

As a result of the poor state of public transportation and the obvious difficulties in completing my daily itinerary when I rely on public transportation, I have decided to buy a ‘private’ car.

I admit the ‘private’ sounds somewhat redundant when used in this context but why should I or even the guy who buys an ‘Okada’ for the same reason highlighted be denied the ‘small’ benefit of inserting the word. After all I don’t even use my car for commercial transportation as some so called private jets are used. But that’s not really the point of this post.

While it’s almost impossible to make moral judgements about what a person owns or does not own (there are many people who buy mere tokunbo cars whose CIRCUMSTANCES dictate otherwise even as there are those whose CIRCUMSTANCES dictate that they own jets… Ok, private jet); I find some of the justifications being offered for this new rave to be somewhat lame.

Let’s take the “it was a gift” explanation for instance. This sounds just as lame as the curious excuse Aaron gave to Moses for making a graven image for the children of Israel to worship.

So Aaron said, “Take the gold rings from the ears of your wives and sons and daughters, and bring them to me.” All the people took the gold rings from their ears and brought them to Aaron. Then Aaron took the gold, melted it down, and molded it into the shape of a calf. When the people saw it, they exclaimed, “O Israel, these are the gods who brought you out of the land of Egypt!” Aaron saw how excited the people were, so he built an altar in front of the calf. Then he announced, “Tomorrow will be a festival to the L ord !”(Exodus 32:2-5NLT)

“Don’t get so upset, my lord,” Aaron replied. “You yourself know how evil these people are. They said to me, ‘Make us gods who will lead us. We don’t know what happened to this fellow Moses, who brought us here from the land of Egypt.’ So I told them, ‘Whoever has gold jewelry, take it off.’ When they brought it to me, I simply threw it into the fire—and out came this calf!” (Exodus 32:22-24 NLT)

Do you see the difference between what actually transpired and how Aaron chose to report it when confronted by Moses? He blamed it all on the pressure from the people. Now contrast it with another situation in the same story.

Then the L ord said, “I have seen how stubborn and rebellious these people are. Now leave me alone so my fierce anger can blaze against them, and I will destroy them. Then I will make you, Moses, into a great nation.” But Moses tried to pacify the L ord his God. “O L ord !” he said. “Why are you so angry with your own people whom you brought from the land of Egypt with such great power and such a strong hand? Why let the Egyptians say, ‘Their God rescued them with the evil intention of slaughtering them in the mountains and wiping them from the face of the earth’? Turn away from your fierce anger. Change your mind about this terrible disaster you have threatened against your people! Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. You bound yourself with an oath to them, saying, ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars of heaven. And I will give them all of this land that I have promised to your descendants, and they will possess it forever.’” So the L ord changed his mind about the terrible disaster he had threatened to bring on his people.(Exodus 32: 9-14NLT)

See how in his own case Moses resisted pressure from God (not even humans). This says to us that even if God were to offer us a thing, whether private okada or private jet, we are at liberty to graciously decline if we feel that it might bring opprobrium to his name, how much more if the offer were from men.

God’s demand always and everywhere is that he retains glory and so the morality of our actions or inactions is measured by whether it brings glory to God or brings disdain to his name. That’s the real issue not the terrible state of our public transportation and its implications for our personal convenience.

… One final thought; if we so stridently proclaim the powers available to us by reason of anointing that we even boast of never falling ill and needing medicine, could we not also deploy the same anointing as others (Jesus walked on water, Philip travelled a journey of three days in an instant) have to escape the limitations of public transportation without resorting to the ‘medicine’ of human contraptions. …just a thought.


4 thoughts on “My ‘Private’ Car

  1. I find this hullabaloo about private jets and ‘it was a gift’ malicious. My gut instinct is that men of God should live a simple life – reminiscence of the Lord Jesus, or even our contemporary Mahatma Ghandi. I will NOT understand why a clergy will ever need a private jet when there are millions of hungry mouths to feed; and natural disasters ravaging our environments.


  2. Jesus didn’t decline the gift of Perfume in the Alabaster box. He also didn’t decline from matching on the masses clothes on his way into Jerusalem. Wether P.J or P. Car, God is the giver of good gifts. Nevertheless, caution needs to be taken bcos what we associate ourselves with determines where our mind is.


  3. @ imotv8

    Alas there is nothing good or bad about a jet. What determines good or bad is whether it serves God’s purpose or not. Even Jesus curiously declined being called good master. He said only God is good; essentially that everything derives it goodness from its position relative to God.

    The post clearly does not try to address the morality of owning or not owning anything but simply to debunk the idea that we have no say in what gifts we accept or decline.

    Who knows, my excuse for buying a particular pair of shoes may be even lamer than someone else’s for owning a jet – only God knows. The point however is we cannot shifting responsibility for our actions to others like Aaron was clearly doing.


  4. Another insightful one! Private Jet, Personal House, Pious Suit… In the end, there’s one who weighs both INTENTs and ACTIONs, and He will be each one’s Personal Judge.


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