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Mar 8th, 2021
Muscle Car Theology: The Passenger Seat
By: Kelly Hill
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Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor; if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. (NIV)

The number 1 song on the Billboard charts for the last 6 weeks is the song, Drivers License, by Olivia Rodrigo. I work with high school students at Southland, and they told me all about the song and the meaning behind it, and I’ll admit, it’s a pretty good song if you listen to the clean version. The song captures the teenage excitement of getting your license mixed with the frustration of your first heartbreak all in one. You’ll feel like you’re 16 again as you belt out the lyrics in the car, “Cause you said forever, now I drive alone past your street.”

Many of you can remember learning to drive with one of your parents sitting in the passenger seat directing, coaching, sweating, and yelling, all while gripping the roof handlebar and pressing their imaginary break to the floor. Then, you finally got your license, and you traded your driving instructor out for your best friend who would ride shotgun on your adventures and control the radio. Later, the passenger seat may have become reserved for a significant other on date night. It’s nice to have someone in the passenger seat as the GPS coordinator, DJ, and snack manager. 

God intended for our lives to be lived in community. As we see in Genesis 2:18, “The Lord God said, ‘it is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.’” From the beginning, God knew we would need a helper. The Hebrew version of the word “helper” in this verse is ezer kenegdo, which breaks down to ezer—to rescue, save, be strong; and kenegdo—beside, corresponding to. This verse is specifically talking about the marriage relationship between Adam and Eve, but don’t all of our friendships provide strength, saving, and companionship in different ways?

Jesus uses our earthly relationships to help us grow, to help support one another, and pick each other up when we are down.

Spend some time praying for community. Who are you spiritually investing in? Who is spiritually investing in you? If you’re not sure, pray for God to show you your next step toward community.