Rules and Rebellion

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“Employees must wash hands before returning to work.” Have you seen a sign like this in a restaurant restroom? One can only hope this rule is followed!

“Rules were made to be broken.” That’s a rather sad commentary on human nature, isn’t it?

Surely those who make rules don’t make them for the purpose of having them broken.  But has there ever been a rule somebody didn’t break? Every single day rules are ignored, defied, or circumvented.

This happens with parental rules, NBA rules, school rules, traffic laws—and especially the commandments of God.

Why rules are necessary

God gave Adam and Eve only one prohibition, and we all know how that turned out!

In spite of rules there are illegal drugs, cheating on tests, counterfeit money, and falsified tax returns.

Many laws were made to ensure fairness and provide protection. Wouldn’t it be true to say that many if not most of society’s ills today are due to the violation of rules of one kind or another?

So what’s the solution? Doing away with the rules so people can’t break them?

God has authorized government to make and enforce laws (Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-14). A society without rules is a chaotic mess. Law and order are a pair that naturally go together.

Disobedience to government is disobedience to God—unless the laws conflict with God’s laws (Acts 5:29; Daniel 3, 6).

Attitude is everything!

There is a certain mindset that chafes under rules. Some people break rules because it’s not convenient to comply. Some because they are determined to get what they want, regardless. Others break rules because they are there. “Nobody’s gonna tell ME what to do!”

One of the colleges I attended was rather conservative. Daily chapel was required. Curfews were in place. Many students were happy to be there and were cooperative. Others complained about the restrictions. The boundaries weren’t wide enough to suit them and they kept stepping over the line.

Obedience at all levels is a hard lesson for most of us to learn. It was excruciatingly difficult for Jesus to do His Father’s will, especially when it meant going to the cross.

He not only submitted but He did it with a good spirit. It cost Him His life (Philippians 2:5-11).

In this ultimate act of obedience He took away all our excuses.

 

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Like a Child

The kind of love children need

A couple of 7-year-old girls were talking about parents’ rules. One said to the other, “If they didn’t care about you, they’d let you do anything.”

Smart girl! She saw rules as evidence of love, and freedom to “do anything” as a disadvantage.

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The kind of love we grownups need

Like children, we grownups have Someone who provides directions for living. When we’ve done as we pleased, we’re not always too pleased with what we’ve done.

We too need guidance and discipline (Hebrews 12:5-6).

The child who identifies parental authority with love is far more likely to be well-adjusted.

Christians who see God in the same way can enjoy their relationship with the Father (1 John 3:1; 5:3).

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