Why shouldn't you let Jesus take the wheel?
Because it's a bit insulting.
I mean, you can totally drive, you.
Don't get me wrong. I like the song. It's a powerful image of surrender. I'm all about surrendering more of yourself to God. Great plan. Do it daily.
So if the song serves as a beautiful symbol to you, then please stick with it.
But I wonder if the underlying theology of this idea needs a bit of tweaking. Two thoughts:
a) If your car is sliding on ice, hold on to the damn steering wheel.
b) God wants humans to be engaged with their wills and desires.
God didn't need to pay such a dear cost with the whole Jesus thing unless he wanted us to have ours wills intact. But He chose humans with freewill and he chose mess.
I suppose I could have just said "Jesus is your homie," but it loses its umph unless you realize this homie could also smite you, and has good reason to. Feel me?
"I don't like that kind of God."
I don't like gravity sometimes, but it's still a thing.
Imagine a police officer catches you peddling coke, but then shows up to jail, pays your bail, gets the charges drop and asks you if you want to grab a burger. Now that's a homie. Why did this officer arrest someone he was going to let go? Dang my metaphor is broke. But what I am saying is Jesus is more.
If God wanted to hyper-control everything, he totally could. He could create a bajillion humans who just do his bidding in the blink of an eye.
That's not what we have. We have a mess here on earth. A beautiful mess.
A bunch of "sinners" who are God's delight.
I think of a guy in a garage, tools clanking, grease up to the elbows, working on a motorcycle. The thing is dismantled, parts are everywhere.
Suppose somebody walks up to him.
"Boy, this looks horrible. It's gonna take a long time and lot of work before that bike looks like anything rideable!"
"I know," he replies beeming. "But it's going to be good."
Jesus said God cares about humans more than birds and flowers. It's not a slight on creation. He called it "good" after all. I just think he super digs the fact that we can choose to like him or not.
Which I suppose is my point. What God is after is poeple who will say "Jesus, let's ride together, because I'd like that."
I wonder what Jesus would say if someone actually asked Him to drive.
"Oh my, thanks! I appreciate the sentiment. Now put your hands back on the wheel and let's chat!"
But hey, if you want to slide around on ice, be my guest.
Jesus, I surrender my whole self to you. That's an important step. You're beautiful, worthy. I know you could take the wheel with full competence, but how about we be partners, friends, because that's the deeper invitation. Thank you. Amen.