Friday, June 29, 2012

The Bible Doesn't Say That

Did you know that the Bible never said you must obey the speed limit? But I think it’s safe to say that most Christians would agree that God wants us to obey the traffic laws. We might not like obeying the speed limit, but we all agree that God wants us to obey the law of the land. I would say that most non-Christians would agree that God wants us to obey the traffic laws.

If it is so obvious that God wants us to do something that isn’t specifically spelled out in his word, why then are people so anxious to find ways to dismiss those things that are? If a person ran a red light—something many people do—and we asked them if what they had done is wrong, they would say that it was. But what about something like fornication? It seems that the writers of television shows think it is the most normal thing in the world for unmarried people to sleep together. Going by what they show, if you aren’t sleeping with one of your co-workers, you are practically Amish. The way they tell it, fornication isn’t wrong, but it is wrong not to be involved in fornication. The same goes for adultery, homosexuality, drunkenness, divorce, and any other sin that God has said we ought not to be involved in.

I’m afraid this attitude isn’t likely to turn around without people seeing the consequences of their sin. People know it is wrong to speed and run red lights, but many of them will keep right on doing it until they run a red light one day and get hit in the side by a semi. If they survive, they might think twice about what might happen the next time they come to a light that is changing. Sin is fun, so as long as there are no consequences, people will keep doing what they are doing.