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Four Signposts

On the night of February 6, 1996, three young men drove the country roads east of Tampa, Florida, committing acts of vandalism. The three friends pulled about twenty street signs out of the ground and they removed one stop sign at an important intersection.
The next day three eighteen-year-olds, who had just come from a fun evening of bowling, sailed through that intersection where the stop sign had been uprooted. Their vehicle ran directly into the path of an oncoming 8-ton truck. Those three teenagers were instantly killed.
Within a year the original three “pranksters” were brought to justice and convicted of manslaughter.  In June 1997, the three young men stood in orange jumpsuits and handcuffs in front of a judge in a Tampa courtroom, crying their eyes out as they were each sentenced to fifteen years in prison.
It is obviously a dangerous act to remove a signpost on a highway. But it also seems as though human beings try to remove the moral signposts that God has placed in this worl…
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