This is a discussion that I enjoy having with my Brother – and I tell him that I do not have to be under the Law…. Most of the time it was about something like the government making me wear a seat belt…. I have always felt that it should be my choice and not the government passing laws to make me be safe. When I grew up – we did not wear seat belts and allot of the cars did not have them – so the Government should not be forcing Laws on me. OK – that is the radical part of me speaking and that personality quirk has been corrected. But I could have a great discussion with my Brother about the Law.
But here is the question: Do we need Laws – and should we Obey them?
The Scripture in Romans talks about us Obeying the Government, because God has put them there…
Romans 13: 1. Obey the government, for God is the one who put it there. All governments have been placed in power by God. 2. So those who refuse to obey the laws of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow.
This one normally gets me on the right track – I do believe God is in Charge and the Leaders who we have today are put there by God…. So the answer would be “Yes” this Scripture will tell us we do need to Obey the Laws of the land.
Pastor Shaun referenced a passage yesterday that did get me thinking about me Needing Laws.
Galatians 3:23-25 > 23. Before it was possible to be saved from the punishment of sin by putting our trust in Christ, we were held under the Law. It was as if we were being kept in prison. We were kept this way until Christ came. 24. The Law was used to lead us to Christ. It was our teacher, and so we were made right with God by putting our trust in Christ. 25. Now that our faith is in Christ, we do not need the Law to lead us.
Laws were meant to help us identify our Sin nature and enlighten us to what causes us to stumble. These are the areas that hinder our relationship with Christ – and these areas are different for each of us. I used to have that terrible problem with the Seat Belt Law and would refuse to wear it. It finally hit me that I was constantly looking to see if there was a policeman around – when I would see one, I would put it on. Then I had one of those moments that hit you hard (A Duhhhhh moment) why are you looking for a policeman – it was because the Holy Spirit within me was telling me I was wrong and I was not listening.
It was then that I really understood what verse 25 was talking about. We have the guidance of the Holy Spirit to help us in doing what is right – He identifies those areas that separate us from Christ.
So do you have those areas that the Spirit is talking to you…..? (are you listening).
When I Accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior – I was given the Holy Spirit to help me identify the Law. I use to have several of those Gray Areas that I could justify as being right or OK… The Holy Spirit gets me past them and gets me to do what is Right.
**I still have issues with the Seat Belt Law – but I am getting better….. And as Romans above states: So those who refuse to obey the laws of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow: It did cost me a ticket once – So I am learning…