If you have driven long enough, at some time or other you will probably have had a stone, thrown up by another car or truck, hit your windscreen. If you are quick enough, you may have been able to stretch out a hand to brace the windscreen and possibly prevent more serious damage. If there has been a small crack or chip in your windscreen, you have probably thought that you could live with it without any major problems. Yet the law states that the windscreen is unsafe and that it needs to be repaired or replaced.

Many people would think that this law is a bit of an overkill and why bother to fix the windscreen. However, if the defect is not corrected, serious danger lies down the road. If another stone was to hit the windscreen, or you were to hit a serious bump, like a deep pothole in the road, then it could lead to disaster. The windscreen might suddenly shatter with complete visual loss of the road ahead and a fatal crash could result.

Our Christian doctrine is like a windscreen through which we view the road of life. Cracks in our doctrine can have similar consequences to a cracked windscreen. They may seem inconsequential at the time or even go unnoticed, yet they are a serious risk to our journey of faith.

Cracks, such as we can have everything promised in heaven right now here on earth, or that God wants to make every believer rich in a worldly sense, are distortions to how we see the road of life and risk the Christian's faith suffering a fatal blow when life throws up the wrong stone or pothole.

The Apostle Paul encourages Timothy and each one of us to watch our doctrine closely, to prevent or repair any cracks so that we and those who listen to us can be kept safe.

1 Timothy 4:16 says:

"Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers."

Let's encourage one another in sound doctrine, and be open to correction when a brother or sister notices a crack in our windscreen, it will keep all of us safe so that we reach our destination with our faith alive and well.

Yours in Christ,

Peter Rogers

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