Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The law of the Lord is perfect...

I have a question...And would love honest responses.
Is it ok to go around the "law of the land" for a good cause?


JLW said...

Hmmm, well - I'd say it depends on the morality of the law to begin. Like, if the law is immoral, then obviously there will be times you must go against it, but we are also "subject to authority" placed over us and so I guess it just depends on the situation. If someone's life depends on disobeying the law, even the Lord's - like how Rahab lied to save the men - well then, I think the "crime" of lying was a worthy one because she was helping to save the men...and the bible does praise her for what she did...yeah, its a big question, but I guess the answer is different in different situations.

I'm excited to see what other people say, and also what on earth you are up to! :)

JLW said...

What I meant to say about Rahab is that lying was a lesser evil then telling the truth letting the men be killed - therefore the right choice. I hope that made sense. :)

a woman found said...

You know, I've prayed about this, and one day the Spirit really clearly answered me while reading 1 Peter 2:13, which says, "Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake..." He said, "every ordinance of man Sheila. Not everything man says to do or not do is man's ordinance. Some things only God can say yes or no to."

In other words what He spoke to my heart was, we are to obey God's ordinances period! No matter what man says or doesn't say... we are to obey God's Word. Man's ordinances are in addition and we obey them for the Lord's sake, not because they are necessary or required by God.

I always think of the story in Matthew 17:24-27 where Peter was interegated by those who receive the temple tax. Jesus taught Peter a lesson in that situation when He said, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?" Peter's respons was obviously strangers. And Jesus' point was drawn, "Then the sons are free. Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money, take that and give it to them for Me and you." (Matthew 17:25,27)

We're free from man's ordinances, because we're sons in Christ, but because of Love (in whom we are sons), lest we offend, we obey man's ordinances for the Lord's reputation being above reproach in our lives.

We have to obey God's word to matter what, in addition to that, because of the love of Christ, we obey man's ordinances, yet when man's ordinances try to make rule what is only an ordinance God can make (like whether the name of Jesus should be taught, or the gospel shared, or worship given only to our Lord, etc.) man's so called ordinance is nothing... we must obey God.

May the Lord grant you wisdom and boldness as you submit yourself to Him.

Sheila :)

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