He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Psalm 40:3a

Monday, September 28, 2015

God's Laws

         Laws are given so we know how to govern ourselves in almost all situations, especially publicly for social order, for financial integrity, and even in our religious community.  There are laws given and signs displayed to govern road and driving behavior.  You can see rules or laws posted in public buildings and in educational facilities, as well as, be aware of unwritten laws and guidelines in families.

       The Bible has a set of rules, as Christians we are expected to live by:  The Ten Commandments found in Exodus 20.  The laws written on those stone tablets so many years ago are the very foundation on which we build our faith.  God knew we needed rules and guidelines with which to frame our lives, and that without them we could expect to live a life of chaos.

            Not all governing laws are as valid as those given in the Bible.  Take for instance the law in New Jersey where wearing a bullet-proof vest while committing a crime (specifically murder, robbery, sexual assault, etc.) makes the person guilty of another crime.  Or in Rhode Island where a person biting off another’s limb faces up to twenty years in prison if the assault was on purpose.  In Wyoming felony offenses are charged if someone cuts or otherwise mutilates more than one-half of a sheep’s ear. And in Alabama residents better think twice about committing bear exploitation for the purpose of bear wrestling!1  

            These incidents are just a few of the unlikely kinds of laws you will find in every state of the Union.  They often make little sense and were created years ago, likely for a specific situation and seemingly totally inappropriate for today!  Still they are the law and if desired, could be chargeable as an actual offense.

            God’s laws, written with His finger on stone tables, however, are as valid and legitimate today as they were the day they were given to Moses for the people   Yet many of His laws are completely ignored or are being considered “offensive” by non-believers and are being removed for political reasons.

            Without rules and laws our world goes completely off kilter.  When we have no guidelines, people do strange and often evil things.  Consider when a natural disaster strikes.  Often “Martial Law” is implemented to thwart those who would come to the area and leave with whatever is in sight!  People have killed each other in an attempt to run off with electronic equipment from a store during riots and other such situations.  People seem to lose all sense of right and wrong!

            God’s laws are higher than man’s laws.  Within the boundaries of God’s Law we are instructed how to live our lives in a moral, godly and sane way.  When we turn away from these laws our world becomes, like those in the days of Noah, a people who do only despicable and vile things.  Sadly, our world today is very near “like in the days of Noah” because we have turned our backs on what is good and right and allowed the satan to confuse and color our perception of right and wrong in an effort to be politically correct.

            I challenge you to reflect on your own life.  Do you uphold and live by God’s Laws or do you bend, twist or otherwise alter the Law?  Or do you choose to only live by those laws you find comfortable or to your liking?  All God's laws are valid and we will each be accountable to how we obeyed them.