My university-aged son called home a few days ago to inform me that the check engine light had flashed on while driving home from work that day. He wondered what he should do. Having driven any number of older model cars over the years, I walked him through my experiences with bad sensors, faulty plugs and wires, and poor hoses, and encouraged him to get it to a repair shop that could run the diagnostics and look up the codes for the problem.
I wish that leaders in positions of spiritual authority had a form of the check engine light that would flash when inner misfires occurred. Wouldn’t it be helpful if a light would warn the leader to pull over, pull up the hood of his or her life, and examine the deeper issues long before irreparable damage happened?