Lately I have heard a lot of talk about obeying the laws of the land. I've heard it preached from the pulpit, "Obey the law, God won't bless you if you don't follow the law." Some brothers and I were talking about this over coffee recently. They were expressing their view that we need to abide by the rules such as speed laws and such. They brought up the fact that we need to set an example for others. We often ride with non-Christian brothers. Will our testimony be ruined if we break the law in some way when we are out riding with them? Will other Christians who know us doubt our salvation if they see us riding over the posted limit? If we die in an accident, will we actually lose our salvation if we were speeding when we were killed? Are we out of the will of God if we knowingly break the law?
I understand these views and I am not suggesting that we should ignore the rules or take breaking them lightly. But I have to ask, what price will we pay to obey the rules? I know many people who tippie-toe through life, being careful to never break the law, always being honest on their taxes and having them in on time, never speeding and would never answer their cell phone while they were driving. All of this sounds fine but I have to wonder, how far will we go to abide by the law of the land?
Let's just remember who controls this land we live in.
Luke 4:7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
Luke 4:8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
I believe that hard times are coming for the whole world and especially so for the body of Christ. If you are one of those who believes we should always obey the law, what will you do when they pass a law forbidding Christians from assembling together? What will you do when they pass a law forbidding you to wear a cross around your neck? What will you do when they start issuing $200.00 tickets for having a fish sign on your car? This is persecution and it is coming! Are you going to be ready or are you going to follow along like a sheep to the slaughter?
What will you do when the government requires you to get a computer chip implanted? They will tell you that this is to eliminate crime and they will tell you that it is the law to get it done. Will you do it? Because you want to obey the law?
We need to renew our minds. We need to be transformed from the lowly controllable sheep that we are now to the majestic, powerful, free-soaring Eagles that God wants us to be.
Part of that mind-change is understanding that we have been set FREE. I am not saying that we should go around breaking as many laws as we can. But, if we break a law now and then, we should not condemn ourselves or our brothers because CONDEMNATION IS SIN.
We need to be obedient to God. Obedience to the world's laws is OK but we need to be focusing on God first and obey Him first. I am concerned that the body of Christ cannot see the difference. We are going to find ourselves having to make a choice between them very soon and I wonder if we will be able to decide properly if we have never challenged the devil and his laws before. This will confound many.
Let's learn to fly like EAGLES and let's start TODAY.