The Narrow Road Oct 2015


Psalm 51:17

A number of years ago, when I began attending biker events, I was taught by a friend how to show proper respect when meeting bikers. I was taught that it was good form to remove your sunglasses when being introduced, as a show of good faith. (ie. You’re not hiding your eyes from the other person.) I was told that it was important to remove the glove on your right hand before reaching out to shake someone’s hand. I was told that you never position yourself so as to overhear a conversation that doesn’t concern you. That you should wait to be acknowledged before introducing yourself or joining a conversation. I learned about cuts and patches and that there were certain questions you just didn’t ask because they were none of your business. These were all very simple rules to follow. Some were common sense rules that I had already learned from my parents. Others were new to me and although they seemed overly picky, I didn’t need to know why they were enforced, only that they needed to be followed in order to avoid making a bad impression on the community or possibly getting your butt kicked.

It’s been many years since that initial lesson in biker etiquette. I’ve since learned that there are good reasons why many of these rules of etiquette exist. I’ve also grown quite accustomed to following them and I quickly notice those who don’t. I’ve also seen what can happen to those who violate these rules in front of the wrong people. I’m acutely aware that these rules are not a joke and although the community can be incredibly patient with the newby, continued violation of the rules can land you and even your club in hot water.

With that said, I would like to pose just one simple question to you. If we in the Motorcycling community need to be this careful in how we approach others, particularly those who are let’s say, of higher rank in the eyes of the community, then how is it that we feel that we can approach God, the creator and sustainer of all things in any way we please?

You may not realize it but the majority of the Old Testament points to the holiness (otherness) of God. The Law of Moses describes in great detail just how man may approach a Holy God. Any violation of this protocol could and often would be met with the death of the violator. None the less, the Jews considered the Law to be a great blessing, in that they could now properly approach God, albeit through a complex system of rules and rituals. This however, is not the way God intended it to remain.   His desire was to restore man to a place of complete and unhindered fellowship with Him. This would be accomplished through the life, death and resurrection of Christ.

The New Testament teaches that those who have received the gift of Christ have become His brothers and sisters and are restored to fellowship with God. In any motorcycle club, those who are members need not worry about Biker etiquette when dealing with their own club brothers or sisters. Club members may approach one another with familiarity and freedom because they are of the same family. It is the same with those who are in Christ. Those within the family of God need not be hindered by rules and regulations when approaching God because they are part of the family and God is their Father. (Hebrews 4:16) But those still outside the family, have no business approaching God with such familiarity. They are still under the rules and regulations of etiquette as proscribed by God. They are like a biker dealing with members of a different club.

The Good News, is that unlike a motorcycle club, one does not need to prospect in order to become one of the family of God. What one requires is a humble and contrite heart toward God and God will do the rest. (Psalm 51:17) You think about that. God bless you and……

See you on the road.

Bob Anton: Christian Motorcyclists Association