Most of you know that Monica has started the first of two long term substitute teaching jobs in Springdale for this school year. She is supposed to be at the school by 7:45 each morning.
Most of you know that Jamie attends school at Arkansas Arts Academy in Rogers. Her school starts at 8:40 each morning.
Most of you can see that these two times do not really work that well for us.
Most of you can figure out that this means I get to take Jamie to school each morning.
Over the past few days, I’ve come up with a question during my new, one hour forty-five minute to two hour commute to work each morning.
Should a Christian break the law? All up and down 412, 49, and every other road I drive on to take Jamie to school there are these white, rectangular signs that have black writing on them that say “Speed Limit…” and then a number. And yet, from the speed some folks drive, you would think it was a “Speed Suggestion.”
So should a Christian break the law? What if driving the speed limit “creates” a dangerous situation (because nobody else is driving the speed limit)? I’ve been known to inadvertently fracture this law, but generally speaking, when I notice it, I slow down.
I think we can all agree that speed limit laws exist for a clear purpose and that they SHOULD be obeyed.
But what about other laws? Laws that we don’t see any purpose for? Laws that have, perhaps, been on the books for so long that they are no longer even necessary? Laws that we don’t happen to agree with?
Romans 13:1-7 (and other passages) pretty well answers these questions. We are to live in subjection to those over us or face the ruler’s wrath and God’s wrath.
So even if you think a law is “stupid” (like paying property tax on cars that you paid tax on when you bought them...just a random example), you still must obey it.
So even if you think a law is “out of date” (for example in Alabama it is a criminal "offense against public health and morals" to engage in a whole host of activities on Sunday: shooting, hunting, gaming and racing are prohibited and carry a fine of $10 to $100...worse yet, you could be imprisoned or sentenced to hard labor for no more than three months for any of these "immoral" acts).
The bottom line is that even if we don’t agree with a law, don’t like a law, don’t see the purpose for the law, or see the law as unnecessary, we still must obey the law.
The only exception to this is if a law contradicts a law of God. When told not to preach about Jesus, Peter said, “We must obey God rather than man” (Acts 5:29).
If it doesn’t contradict God’s law, then we must obey it...period. Or we will displease The Judge and suffer His wrath!