The Parable of bikers and hikers

The Parable of bikers and hikers


Recently a friend and I were riding our mountain bikes up a narrow trail and a hiker actually made my friend fall off his bike. He could have easily stepped to the side for 3 seconds and we’d be gone. Instead, he kept walking toward us and wouldn’t budge. He yelled at us because “Hikers have the right-of-way.” My friend politely pointed out that we had the right-of-way in this situation. The hiker wouldn’t hear it, yelled some more and kept going while my friend got up off the dirt.

Later, as we approached another hiker, we braced ourselves for another uncomfortable encounter. After all, ALL HIKERS must be angry, trail-hogging jerks.

In reality, most hikers and bikers are extremely polite and pleasant. Both enjoy the trails and know they aren’t the only ones in those hills experiencing the beauty of the outdoors.

How easy is it for us to quickly label ALL hikers or ALL bikers as “rude and obnoxious”?

Do you see where this is going?

  • Are all policeman bad, violent racists? NO
  • Are all people of color, rioting looters? NO

Time for a change? YES

Maya Angelou, “Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.”

Martin Luther King, JR. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:31 NIV)