Because I am old, I may have an old-fashioned way of thinking but it really rubs me the wrong way when daily I see people totally disregard rules and laws. Here’s one random example: I was in my car one day waiting for my wife to have her hair done. I was in the shop’s parking lot, very close to a bigger shopping center and couldn’t have been more than 20 feet from a busy corner stop sign where cars passed by continually. I quickly noticed that none of the cars that came to it was making a complete stop. I decided to take a little survey to see how many would, and though I don’t remember the exact count, I know it was very close to 100 vehicles. Although a handful slowed down slightly, not one of them made a complete stop, not even when other cars who had the right of way were passing. I thought: “If a traffic cop had been discretely placed at that intersection, he would have generated some healthy revenues for the police department.” I also knew that those who got citations would have grumbled saying, “Don’t cops have anything better to do? Why don’t they go after real criminals?” Just to prove to myself that it could be easily done, when we left I made it a point to come to that same stop sign and made a complete stop.
I would not be upset or surprised if a few of you think I am overreacting a bit, but I feel that when one breaks or bends a tiny rule here and there, it will progress to bigger things. Hoping I am not misapplying the principle, I feel it is the same one Jesus spoke of in the Parable of the Talents. (See Matthew 25:21) He taught that those who are faithful over a few things will be made rulers over many things. It shows progression from small to bigger things. If that doesn’t convince you, here’s another: So those who refuse to obey the laws of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow. (Romans 13:2 /New Living Translation) Living by the rules is one sure way of honoring God. One fellow who thinks I overreact to such trivial matters, told me once: “Remember, Joe, rules are meant to be broken.” I think he had rules confused with records.
Memory verse for the week: Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Colossians 3:13 NIV)