Lately I’ve been giving a lot of thought to American Government and the way that we as Americans seem to want to regulate, license and legalize or make unlawful everything. America might be the land of the free, but you’d better have a license to exercise your freedom. You’ll need a license to fish and a license to hunt, a license to marry and another to own a dog (but not a cat). Be sure to get a license to open your business and there’s a special one if your business is cutting hair. We might need to sell so many licenses so we can pay to enforce all the laws we seem to think we need. We want laws against hate crimes, laws to legalize the use of controlled substances, laws about who can and can’t be married, but I wonder, do we really need another law?
God gave us this book. It’s called the Bible. Within it’s pages are everything we need to live. If we’d look carefully in that book, we’d find God already gave us these 10 commandments. They aren’t multiple choice or advice, they are commandments. And just in case it’s too hard to remember all ten, the Creator was kind enough to summarize them in two short sentences: Love the Lord, Your God, with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. And love your neighbor as yourself. Can’t get much easier than that.
We want rules to keep us safe and make us civilized; however, if we’d spend more time helping everyone discover how much our Heavenly Father loves us, we might not need any of those laws, and law enforcement would/could become obsolete. If we truly love our neighbor as ourself, we’ll always use turn signals and always consider others in every aspect of our lives.
The problem with America is this: we’ve thrown out Christian values, and now we must legislate morality, an impossible task. Without some widely held standard of conduct, legislation aimed at correcting social patterns is completely pointless. As a young nation, the Bible was that standard to which we held fast; however, every second of every day we fall further and further away from that ideal. Every time someone says, “America is not a Christian nation,” we lose a bit of our ability to tell the difference between right and wrong. Without scripture as the foundation for our legislation, we’ll spend more time squabbling over the technicalities and completely miss the benefit that Christ gives us because we are faithful followers.
So, don’t ask Congress to create another “law.” Instead pray for them and those that have convinced your for the need of that law. Pray for the people who blatantly ignore the law. If they meet Jesus Christ, we’ll soon discover no need for the “law” you were attempting to create. I beleive that Christians need to spend less time worrying about the “law” and new ways to curb immorality and more time telling the world about the love of Jesus Christ and the freedom that’s found when we put our trust in Him!