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Covering Your Tracks

Sin Accountability Guilt

Source: https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/65110/footwear-helped-moonshiners-evade-police

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-10-24

Scripture: Luke 8:17 ; Hebrews 4:13

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

During the years of “Prohibition” (1920 - 1933), when the manufacture, sale, or use of alcohol was illegal, moonshiners and bootleggers would go to great lengths to evade police notice and capture. One of their more creative strategies was to wear cow “hoof” risers attached to the bottoms of their shoes to throw law enforcement off their trail.

Nothing to see here, folks. Just a bunch of cows wondering around in these woods.

The ploy was, at least initially, fairly effective, until Law Enforcement caught on and begin taking a closer look at all those meandering cow tracks. A 1922 article published in the Florida Evening Independent reported the following

Tampa, May 27 [1922].—A new method of evading prohibition agents was revealed here today by A.L. Allen, state prohibition enforcement director, who displayed what he called a "cow shoe" as the latest thing from the haunts of moonshiners. The cow shoe is a strip of metal to which is tacked a wooden block carved to resemble the hoof of a cow, which may be strapped to the human foot. A man shod with a pair of them would leave a trail resembling that of a cow. The shoe found was picked up near Port Tampa where a still was located some time ago. It will be sent to the prohibition department at Washington. Officers believe the inventor got his idea from a Sherlock Holmes story in which the villain shod his horse with shoes the imprint of which resembled those of a cow's hoof.

 

APPLICATION

Ingenious, really. But clever as they thought they were, their sin was eventually found out.

To what lengths will you go to evade being found out in your sin?  In what ways are you attempting to cover your tracks?  Rest assured, you too will eventually be found out.

“For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all” (Luke 8:17, NLT, cf Luke 12:2).

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight; everything is uncovered and exposed before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13, NIV).

You Can't Outrun God In An Excavator

Restoration Accountability Grace

Source: “Wanted Oregon man attempts to flee arrest in slow-moving excavator, deputies follow on foot” by Stephen Sorace, for FoxNews.com, 8/15/22, retrieved 8/25/22.

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-08-26

Scripture: Psalms 119:32 ; Psalms 139:7

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

What was he thinking?!

Jesse B. Shawin was wanted in Oregon where he was facing three separate arrest warrants, including charges of stealing a car.  Police located and confronted him in Washington County as he was sitting in a construction excavator.  But instead of disembarking from the heavy-duty vehicle, Shawin took off, putting pedal to the metal to outrun the officers.

Let’s just say his efforts were futile. According to one online construction equipment source, “Most tracked excavators are limited to a top speed of four to six miles per hour, while some lumber along at a tortoise-like two or three.”

The sight of Shawin’s flight was nothing short of comical, as heavily armed police officers calmly walked behind the fleeing rig, content to pursue until he was ready to stop. (You can view it here.)

The ending was inevitable. Just a mile and a half later, Shawin finally stopped the vehicle and surrendered.

I can just imagine the officers’ words to him as they pursued from behind. “Turn off the engine and climb on down, son. We can do this the easy way or the hard way. Your choice.”

APPLICATION

Running from God is a lot like running from the cops in an excavator. You can’t possibly outpace Him. And even if you could, where would you hide?

Yet, committed to our own willful ways, this is what we so often do. We attempt to run from Him, run from our accountability to Him, run from His control, or even His correction.

In the end, we would be much better off if we simply surrendered to His will, forgiveness, love, and grace. So why not just climb off that rig and surrender to Him? Run toward Him, rather than away from Him.

His righteous, yet gracious, heart is calling out to you: “We can do this the easy way or the hard way.”

“I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart!  (Psalm 119:32, ESV)

“You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. … Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?” (Psalm 139:5-7, NIV).

“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? (Matthew 18:12, NIV).

I'm On Your Six!

Accountability God's Protection Faith

Contributed By: James Augustine | Date Posted: 2016-01-13

Scripture: Joshua 1:5 ; Galatians 6:1

Author: James Augustine
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ILLUSTRATION

I like courtroom drama. One of the shows I used to watch regularly is JAG (which stands for Judge Advocate General). This show was about a Navy lawyer who used to be a fighter pilot. During the course of the show's run, Harm (the Navy lawyer) went back to flying Navy fighter jets. One of the things that they would always say to each other while flying was "I got your six." This referred to the 6 o'clock position of the fighter which was directly behind him. The pilot could not see behind him, and was therefore dependent on someone else to keep his "6" clear.

APPLICATION

The same is true in the Christian life. There are positions in life that we cannot see...we might call them blind spots. We need brothers and sisters to "watch our six" so that we might be safe and free from failure. ("Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness..." Galatians 6:1).

But even more significanly, God's promise to us is that He's always "got our 6." On the cross He took care of sin and death, and we can trust Him for that. So no matter what you might face today...no matter how big and tough and scary the enemy is...you can know that God's "got your six!"

"No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Joshua 1:5).

Championship Fathering

Fatherhood Commitment Accountability

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-08-09

Scripture: Joshua 24:15

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Do Your Sins Have Mugshots

Sin Judging Accountability

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-27

Scripture: Matthew 7:1

Author: Jason F. Wright
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Accountability Quotes

Accountability (Quotes) Responsibility Accountability

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-18

Author: Various
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Who's Listening?

Accountability God's Omnipresence Gossip

Contributed By: Chris Horton | Date Posted: 2015-03-13

Scripture: Proverbs 18:7

Author: Chris Horton
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Following the Leader

Followership Accountability Discernment

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-26

Scripture: Luke 6:40 ; Numbers 16:1

Author: Kent Crockett
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Following the Leader

Followership Discernment Accountability

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-22

Author: Kent Crockett
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Bumper Sticker Accountability

Accountability Warnings Correction

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-01

Scripture: James 5:19

Author: Staff Writer, READING EAGLE/READING TIMES / Illust
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