“Driving to Destruction”
“Broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it (Matthew 7:13b).”
Bennie L. Hart has been driving with the personalized vanity license plate “IM GOD” for more than a decade in the state of Ohio. But his request to receive the same plate as a resident of the state of Kentucky was denied by that state’s Division of Motor Vehicles as “not in good taste.” Now the ACLU is backing Hart’s lawsuit against Kentucky for the right to place the vanity tag on his Jeep.¹ Hart wants his fellow motorists to know that “it is impossible to disprove… any individual’s assertion that he or she is ‘God’; this, religious belief is highly susceptible to religious interpretation.”
Is Mr. Hart correct? Is it impossible to disprove that he is God? Yes it is a preposterous question, but let’s go with it for a bit. After all, there was a brief period in history in which the Divine Creator (Colossians 1:16) did in fact come in the flesh and dwell among us and those who were charged with recognizing Him, religious experts in fact, failed to properly ID Him (Luke 19:44, John 1:11). So, there are a few questions for Mr. Hart and all of those who set themselves upon the throne of their own hearts as God.
Mr. Hart, and all who state that it is impossible to disprove that any individual is God, is there a Date of Birth on your driver’s license? If so, it disproves that you, or any man, is God. As the true “I AM,” God is not dependent on anyone or anything and did not begin to exist but has always been (Psalm 90:2). He is the Father of Eternity (Isaiah 9:6) whose goings forth are from everlasting (Micah 5:2). Were you there to lay the foundations of the earth (Job 38:3)? Did you call things that did not exist into being (Romans 4:17)? Were you able to say, “Light, be!” and bring forth light (Genesis 1:3)? Have you ever broken your word, even once (Numbers 23:19)?
O, Mr. Hart, have you truly lived so to never sin even once (Hebrews 4:15) or like the rest of us, do you understand the disappointment and shame of sin (Romans 3:23)? If you have erred even once, you are not God. How will you clear yourself of sin as no works a man does can ever remove their own guilt, for sin can only be removed by the sacrifice of an innocent substitute (Leviticus 1:4, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 9:12)?
Mr. Hart, do you have the power over death so as to raise yourself up from the grave’s smothering grip (John 10:17)? Do you indeed have the power to give life and to renew it to those who have perished (John 5:25)? Mr. Hart, can you comfort the hurting (2 Corinthians 1:4-6) offering hope to us? Do you love us so much that you can give what is most dear to you to save us from our sins (John 3:16)? No, you don’t and no one else on the roadways can either. So where is our hope? Where is your hope? What will you offer to God in exchange for your soul on that Day (Matthew 16:26)? Mr. Hart we plead with you to consider these questions and be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:20).
There are so many on life’s highway driving their vehicles in the same direction as Mr. Hart, although they are not so bold as to wear the plate stating they are God, they set their own course and will arrive at the same destination – destruction. In their heart of hearts they know that they are not God but they have deceived themselves that they know the best course to follow to their eternal destination. There remains an exit ramp ahead called “REPENTANCE.” You will have to surrender your vanity plate to exit but the toll has already been paid.
“These things you have done, and I kept silent; You thought that I was like you; But I will rebuke you, and set them in order before your eyes (Psalm 50:21).”