Chaplain (Capt.) Chuck Lowman
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division
Motorcycle riding is becoming a popular pastime.
Hardly a day goes by that you don’t see half a dozen motorcycles on your way to work, especially in the beautiful weather we have here on Oahu.
Maybe you’ve got a neighbor with chopped pipes on his old Harley who leaves you wondering if he’s got any hearing left at all.
All of this aside, the reason they ride is not because of the great gas mileage — something all of us have tried to tell our wives is a good reason to get a bike — but because of the personal freedom that riding a motorcycle represents.
With that freedom, comes great responsibility.
We have a responsibility to ride safely, obey the law and use our freedom in a way that preserves our pastime without becoming a liability to ourselves, our family and our community.
This responsibility reminds me of a scriptural principle that the apostle Paul wrote in the Book of Galatians: “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”
When I get on my 1200cc horse, I want to let it ride. However, I have to ask myself if I am acting in a way that loves my neighbor, or if I am serving my own selfish needs.
About that time I see the speed limit sign and make sure I throttle down.
Whether I ride, or get into a heated discussion with the wife, I need to ask myself, “Am I acting in love or serving myself?”
With our freedom comes responsibility — the responsibility to act in love in everything we do.