By David Bragg
Automobile executive Lee Iacocca died recently (July 2, 2019). He oversaw the development of the popular Ford Mustang (1965) which remains a very successful line. As the 1960's gave way to the 1970's Iacocca saw the trends developing for a new kind of car: smaller, economical, affordable. And so, with the 1971 model, the Pinto was born.
Ford was not able to successfully repeat their success they experienced with the Mustang. Once of the Pinto's major problem arose with the car's basic design to have a small car with adequate truck space. To achieve that goal the choice was made to place the car's gas tank between the rear axle and the rear bumper. Accidents were followed by lawsuits which initiated a considerable amount of bad publicity and the resulting decline in sales led to the Pinto's quiet death in 1980 (autoweek.com).
Some product design plans in the manufacturing world enjoy great success while others do not. The same is true in the realm of spiritual growth except in that area the plans can be clearly identified as of either divine or human origin. If it is made by man, beware. It will prove defective. If it is from God, it will lead you to heaven (Galatians 1:6-12).
- David Bragg serves as one of the ministers at the Northwest Church of Christ in Greensboro, NC and is co-editor of BulletinGold. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.nwchurchofchrist.com/ or his blog: http://davidbragg.blogspot.com/