While in the United States recently, I noticed a change in how people drive. Previously, when entering a highway, you would slow down and yield before merging into traffic. This has changed. Now, the one on the freeway must be alert because the cars entering are coming full speed ahead, barging into traffic.
The yield signs are still there. The interpretation of who needs to yield has changed.
Why would cars yield? Drivers were taught to slow down, check for danger, and proceed with caution.
Perhaps in a small way this reflects our cultural shift. We view our ability to change ourselves as the most powerful force. If only we try harder and make better decisions. It is up to us, not the traffic laws whether we yield. This shift carries into our Christian walk as well.
Paul tells us in Romans 6:13 to yield to righteousness, or to grace