In responding last week to my previous letter regarding Ms. Luther opening her hair salon against the governor's order, Juanita Skyles said, "I'm not using Bible passages to respond to your letter. I'm using common sense and the Declaration of Independence. The second paragraph stated that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
As I said in my letter, "It depends upon what viewpoint you look at it from—a God-given Biblical one or a purely human one."
Apparently, Ms. Skyles and Luther choose the purely human one of obeying the laws you agree with. I choose the God-given Biblical one of obeying all laws that do not tell us directly to disobey God (Rom. 13, 1 Pet. 2, & Acts 5).
While sometimes obeying the law may cause a hardship, Peter says, "Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men"(1 Pet.2:13-15).
God wants His people to be good examples of law obeying citizens even if the law doesn't seem to make good common sense or works a hardship. Now, discussing a law's wisdom is good, and if we can change a bad law, I'm all for it. "But until its changed or we get permission otherwise, it is to be obeyed and we trust God to help us deal with it." As with children, so also with adults: do not make or keep a rule you do not enforce. That's worse than not having the rule.
Peter even said, "Slaves, submit yourselves to your master’s with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh" (1 Pet. 2:18). That last part, "but also to those who are harsh," may be hard for some to swallow. But it is a matter of whether or not we are going to listen to God and seek His help in doing what He says. Apparently, He wants us to be respectful and obedient, not rebellious and stubborn.
While it's good to have common sense, it needs to be Biblical common sense, not just human common sense. For, Biblical common sense leads to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and Heaven one day. Whereas purely human common sense leads to doing one's own thing and Hell one day.
Even if we're good people, we cannot ignore God here and expect to live with Him there.
Pastor Norman Heironimus
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