“Submit yourselves to every ordinance of men for the Lord’s sake…” (1 Peter 2:13)
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. (Romans 13:1-2)
“Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s and render unto God that which is God’s (Your Lord and Master, Jesus Christ)
Most fair minded persons and peoples all around the world can agree that murder, stealing, adultery, lying and disobedience to parents are wrong and should be disciplined appropriately. The Christ-ian would add to this list bowing to and worshiping other gods and or graven images, taking God’s Name in vain, and covetousness. There is not a Christ-ian that would take exception to this list or would remove anything therefrom.
However, what about speeding? or using foul language, or rolling through a stop sign? Does God care if we play our music too loud, or splice into another’s cable T.V.? Does God care if we illegally chew bubble gum in Singapore or spit on a city sidewalk? Does God care if we stay in a public park past dusk? Does God take exception to us if we snub our noses to the above questions?
The answer to all the above questions is Yes, Si, Oui, Ja, Sim, Ken, Sea, Jes, Hai, Ndiyo, and Da. God does care if one speeds. How can one ask Him for traveling mercy when one goes outside the speed limits? It is the same as asking God, “Please don’t let me get caught as I steal this money” or “God, please let me get away with this murder” or” God, please keep my spouse from catching me cheat.”
Christ-ian, if you haven’t yet learned, let me bring you up to speed. The world loves to point out the failings of the Christ-ian. The Psalmist knew/knows this. The Psalmist wrote about the persons who love to say, “Aha, Aha.” When a well known preacher falls the world eats it up and drinks it in. They then drag out and dust off the tiresome, “The Church is full of hypocrites.” We must remember we, as Christ-ians, represent Lord Jesus and His ways, His words, and His teachings. As the saying goes, you and I may be the only “Jesus” others see. We may be the only Bible others will ever read. These are reasons not to jay walk but to cross the street at the cross walk when the little white walking man says so.
The Word of God teaches that the person who names the Name of Christ must depart from all iniquity. This means one may not litter, one may not speed, especially if there is a symbol of Christ-ianity adorning one’s vehicle, and one may not refuse to wear a seat belt. This also extends to the Christ-ian employee. The Christ-ian employee must rigidly adhere to their employer’s rules and policies. The Christ-ian employee must understand that God has placed him or her under their employer’s authority and there is Divine Reason behind that placement. The Christ-ian employee is God’s agent in the work place. As God’s agent one must demonstrate loyalty, honesty, dedication to the job, and cooperation with others regardless of one’s feelings. One must model Christ in one’s dealings with one’s employer, fellow employees, and clients.
If one is pulled over by a police officer for speeding and the police officer sees a symbol of one’s faith adorning one’s vehicle… what might they think? If one spits on a sidewalk while wearing a Christ-ian witness T-shirt…How much ammunition have you given the small minded and petty God-haters? How much joy does it give the enemy to hear a believer cursing while wearing a WWJD rubber bracelet?
To put the above into perspective: Would you, beloved reader, be happy if a person were to adorn them self in a T-shirt with your likeness and name on it? Would you remain happy if this person were to engage in unlawful acts while wearing your name and face? Of course not!
We that invoke the Name of Lord Jesus Christ must…must…must be self aware at all times so as not to give the enemy camp ammunition to decry and assault the Faith of Christ.