Socially Acceptable Lesson 11

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Socially Acceptable Lesson 11

Drunken driver

When we drive down any road in South Africa, we find road signs that remind us of the rules and regulations for using the roads. The Traffic Department has a responsibility to place those signs there for everybody’s safety, but they will only work if everybody obeys them. Different signs stand for different things, yet they all work together for the good of all who drive on the roads.

As much as you are required to obey the road signs, you also have the social responsibility to avoid drinking alcohol while driving. If you are involved in an accident while you are under the influence of alcohol, you will be found guilty even if the accident is not your fault. If another person dies in the accident, you will be accused of manslaughter. This could result in a long sentence in prison. Rather ask a friend who is sober to drive.

As a Christian, you should not be getting drunk, thus you would be the perfect person to drive if one of your friends is under the influence.

Road rage (anger) or driving recklessly could also result in a fatal accident. Furthermore, it is very dangerous to use your cell phone while driving – many innocent people have been killed, because some drivers type SMS messages on their cell phones while driving.

When your girlfriend is sitting next to you in your car, it is a bad idea to look into her eyes while you are driving. Leave that for when you are at home or sitting on the beach. While driving, keep your eyes on the road!

In the same way, the best safety factor on the road of life is to keep your eyes focused on Jesus.

Drunken driver
Fabio and Mary attended a party and Fabio got drunk. Mary had fewer drinks. Mary only had a learner’s license but decided to drive them home, because Fabio was so intoxicated he could hardly walk straight. Mary ignored the road sign that indicated she must drive slowly because the roads are slippery when wet.

Fabio passed out in the seat next to Mary. It started raining and visibility was poor. Mary could not see the road clearly.

When Fabio woke up, he rolled down the window. The fresh air caused him to start vomiting and Mary got a fright. She turned sideways to assist him and just for a moment took her eyes off the road. She hit the barrier at the side of the road and BANG, she skidded into another car.

On the backseat of that car there were three beautiful children. Mary, Fabio and all three kids were killed in the accident. The parents of the children were absolutely devastated. They had lost all their children in one single day.

The headlines of the newspaper told the sad story the next day: Five lives lost – Unlicensed drunken driver.

The parents of the children were very angry. Carly was five, Matt three and Katy only one year old. The mother was unable to have any more children. She couldn’t forgive Fabio and Mary or get over what had happened. The most frustrating thing was that she was unable to tell Mary how angry she was about what Mary had done, because Mary was dead!


Group discussion

  1. Identify the in this story in this story.
  2. Should Mary and Fabio have made arrangements to sleep over before they attended the party, knowing that they were going to use alcohol?
  3. Should Mary have been driving? If not, why not?
  4. The parents and their children were innocent victims. Did they deserve this? Why do bad things happen to good people? What does God teach us through circumstances like these?
  5. If you were the parents of the children who died in the accident, what do you think would your feelings be about God?
  6. Was God to blame for Mary and Fabio’s wrong choices?
  7. How would you convince a drunken person to give you the keys of his or her car so that you, as a sober person, could drive them safely home?
  8. Should we obey road signs or ignore them? Why?
  9. Should we obey God’s rules as road signs to live by, or are God’s rules just “old fashioned”?
  10. Design your own road sign to make it clear that people should not drink and drive.






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Drunken driver

When we drive down any road in South Africa, we find road signs that remind us of the rules and regulations for using the roads. The Traffic Department has a responsibility to place those signs there for everybody’s safety, but they will only work if everybody obeys them. Different signs stand for different things, yet they all work together for the good of all who drive on the roads.

As much as you are required to obey the road signs, you also have the social responsibility to avoid drinking alcohol while driving. If you are involved in an accident while you are under the influence of alcohol, you will be found guilty even if the accident is not your fault. If another person dies in the accident, you will be accused of manslaughter. This could result in a long sentence in prison. Rather ask a friend who is sober to drive.

As a Christian, you should not be getting drunk, thus you would be the perfect person to drive if one of your friends is under the influence.

Road rage (anger) or driving recklessly could also result in a fatal accident. Furthermore, it is very dangerous to use your cell phone while driving – many innocent people have been killed, because some drivers type SMS messages on their cell phones while driving.

When your girlfriend is sitting next to you in your car, it is a bad idea to look into her eyes while you are driving. Leave that for when you are at home or sitting on the beach. While driving, keep your eyes on the road!

In the same way, the best safety factor on the road of life is to keep your eyes focused on Jesus.

Drunken driver
Fabio and Mary attended a party and Fabio got drunk. Mary had fewer drinks. Mary only had a learner’s license but decided to drive them home, because Fabio was so intoxicated he could hardly walk straight. Mary ignored the road sign that indicated she must drive slowly because the roads are slippery when wet.

Fabio passed out in the seat next to Mary. It started raining and visibility was poor. Mary could not see the road clearly.

When Fabio woke up, he rolled down the window. The fresh air caused him to start vomiting and Mary got a fright. She turned sideways to assist him and just for a moment took her eyes off the road. She hit the barrier at the side of the road and BANG, she skidded into another car.

On the backseat of that car there were three beautiful children. Mary, Fabio and all three kids were killed in the accident. The parents of the children were absolutely devastated. They had lost all their children in one single day.

The headlines of the newspaper told the sad story the next day: Five lives lost – Unlicensed drunken driver.

The parents of the children were very angry. Carly was five, Matt three and Katy only one year old. The mother was unable to have any more children. She couldn’t forgive Fabio and Mary or get over what had happened. The most frustrating thing was that she was unable to tell Mary how angry she was about what Mary had done, because Mary was dead!

Group discussion

  1. Identify the in this story in this story.
  2. Should Mary and Fabio have made arrangements to sleep over before they attended the party, knowing that they were going to use alcohol?
  3. Should Mary have been driving? If not, why not?
  4. The parents and their children were innocent victims. Did they deserve this? Why do bad things happen to good people? What does God teach us through circumstances like these?
  5. If you were the parents of the children who died in the accident, what do you think would your feelings be about God?
  6. Was God to blame for Mary and Fabio’s wrong choices?
  7. How would you convince a drunken person to give you the keys of his or her car so that you, as a sober person, could drive them safely home?
  8. Should we obey road signs or ignore them? Why?
  9. Should we obey God’s rules as road signs to live by, or are God’s rules just “old fashioned”?
  10. Design your own road sign to make it clear that people should not drink and drive.

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