Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Warning! It is Unlawful to . . .
So the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, "It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat."
Every society has laws. Some guarantee our protection and safety. Others serve to maintain a semblance of civility and respect within a culture. However, there are those laws, to many in the United States, which infringe upon a person's individual right to choose.
Too many which contradict our Declaration of Independence's guarantee of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Too many that assume morality can be legislated . . .
Georgia, the state in which I reside, has a law on the books, time out of mind, which makes it illegal to sell liquor on Sundays. The origin? State law makers whose staunch Christian upbringings view drinking as sinful.
While they can't control what their constituents do the other six days of the week, they can, by glory, make them tow the line when it comes to keeping the Sabbath sanctified.
How crazy is this? If a person desires to drink on Sunday, all he has to do is stock up the Saturday before. It's a no-brainer.
The law, essentially, is ineffective.
It needs to be repealed.
After many long years of debate in the state legislature, it is decided, over the loud and raucous protests of the die-hards, that the state will vote, county by county, town by town, on whether to allow the sale of alcohol on Sunday.
The vote takes place in November of 2011.
My town votes in favor of repeal. 76% for and 24% against.
Quite a margin. Quite a message.
Did I vote for it?
Yes. Because morality cannot be legislated.
It is a choice.
And, as Christians, if we truly follow Jesus' commandments to love our God and our neighbors as ourselves, we won't be breaking any laws.
We will be fulfilling them.
Are there any laws in your community that are antiquated or ineffective? Are there those which limit a person's freedom to choose?
Will you pray with me?
You have given to all of us, Father, the gift of free will; to walk with You in true freedom or turn away and become incarcerated by the laws of darkness. Let us seek Your truth and wisdom in all things and live the abundant life promised to us through Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Psalms 45 or 47, 48
Genesis 15:1-11, 17-21