NOTE: THIS ARTICLE is a reprint from the blog of reverend Kevin Rogers of New Song Church in Windsor, Ontario and is reproduced here for your convenience. You can visit the his blog called "The Orphan Age" HERE.
Most people consider themselves to be law-abiding citizens. Not many of you are burning down buildings, torturing your neighbours or heading up Ponzi schemes. Even when you ask people about why God should let them into Heaven, most will reply that they are a good person. They haven’t killed anyone, and they try to do good things.
But, if you dig into the minutiae, you will often find that we are not completely truthful about our law-abidingness or our moral excellence.
I break the laws of the land all the time. Who doesn’t view the speed limit sign as something that you can add a few kph to in your driving? After all, the police are looking for the ones that excessively speed. We view moderate speeding as trivial and assume that we can interpret the law based on traffic flow, our own hurriedness and whether an officer is in sight.
Are you always meticulous about building code? Do you always get a permit from the building department, or do you sometimes renovate and replace quietly without bothering busy city officials? Have you ever downloaded a computer file through file-sharing?
We tend to be soft on the things that have the least consequence. A speeding ticket, a fine or a warning are things we assume we can live with. If it’s something that could put you in jail for a long time, you will assume that you are not that kind of person. Or you will be extra careful to cover your tracks.
There are some very real and difficult questions that people are asking about the appropriateness of certain laws, whether they be human or Divine in their origins. Like it or not, we all have a relationship to law.
Many laws are primarily about people and property. There is a higher realm that we call the law of God. We deceive ourselves if we think that have perfected the moral law of God.
I want to focus mostly on our relationship to the laws of God, since that is inarguably the locus of the moral ground. I see three categories of people when it comes to the acceptance and application of God’s law—we are all outlaws, lawyers or lovers.
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