Sunday, August 26, 2012
Flashing your lights alerting oncoming drivers of a police presence has many parallels with ‘dangerous evangelism’
By Mark Tronson, Press Service International for Christian Today Australia
Special to ASSIST News Service
TWEEDS HEAD, AUSTRALIA (ANS) -- A Florida judge in a ruling recently stated that it was a constitutional right in the United States for a motorist to flash their lights to coming drivers alerting them a radar police presence.
Kintner’s lawyer, J. Marcus Jones, claims his client took the case to court because he felt his human rights had been imposed upon.
“He felt the police specifically went out of their way to silence Mr. Kintner and that it was clearly a violation of his First Amendment free speech rights,” Jones is quoted as saying. Jones is also involved in a similar suit against the state’s highway patrol. (
The official term for the offence is “Use high-beam on oncoming vehicle less than 200 meters”, and the penalty is an $88 fine and one demerit point. There’s another law that also covers flashing your headlights “not as prescribed” which could also cost you $88 but no points. In Victoria, the law is the same – you’re not permitted to use high-beam within 200 meters of oncoming traffic, but there’s no specific rule surrounding warning other drivers of police presence.
Parallels in Christian evangelism
There are so many parallels with this story with that of Christian evangelism in so many parts of the world.
The very nature of “flashing your lights” to alert oncoming drivers of a radar trap ahead of them, is indisputably of like manner to that of an evangelist warning his hearers of the terrible dangers ahead of them - without repentance. Then comes the rejoicing in the Salvation of Jesus Christ by his death on the Cross for their sin, and His resurrection as assurance of life eternal.
An associate, and friend of mine, Dan Wooding, developed the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net) many years ago to bring “light” to the persecuted church around the world. He has a team of international journalists who report on such activities and he distributes them free of charge to some 2,600 media around the world and also to anyone who would like to keep informed about this vital topic. If you would like a free subscription just send Dan an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the country you are living in, and he’ll be glad to add you.
Dan Wooding’s web site – www.assistnews.net -- documents and details case-after-case, state-after-state, country-after-country, featuring real-life stories in real-time of some of the most horrible situations where ordinary Christian people, church workers, missionaries and pastors are handed out such terrible injustice in countries like China, Cuba, Pakistan and Egypt, to name just a few.
And what is their crime?
The philosophical flashing of lights, warning their hearers of the destiny ahead without the saving love of Jesus Christ.
If there is ever a time for prayer, now is that time. I advises people to go to Dan Wooding's web site (www.assistnews.net) and read these daily news releases of such horrific and unjust responses to that of these “flashing of lights”.
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