I Was Caught Speeding

    I was caught speeding.  The date was August 22nd, 1956.  It was a Saturday, when two car loads of our church people were leaving Jackson, Michigan going to a baseball game in Detroit. I was driving the lead car.  As we were leaving town, the police pulled me over.  They had caught me in a radar going over the speed limit.  I received a ticket.  How embarrassing.

    Interesting were the comments, from our church people, when they heard about this and they soon knew that the preacher had been caught speeding. Some of them said, “You are the preacher, they shouldn’t give you a ticket.”  Another said, “Radar is a sneaky way to catch you speeding, it should not be allowed.” Still another said, “You weren’t driving very much over the speed limit, they ought to allow you a little leeway.”  Some one else spoke up saying, “You didn’t know that you were speeding so they should have just warned you and not have given you a ticket.” 

    All this rationalization could not excuse that fact that I had broken the law therefore, I deserved to pay the consequences.  

    The truth of the matter is that God has established government to enable people to live together peaceably, which demands law.  Government is divine. There are three divine institutions: home, church and government.  God set apart the home by instituting marriage.  Husband and wife committed to each other and the means of propagating the human race through children. God set apart the Church to be God’s means of offering salvation to all mankind.  God set up government to protect the rights of individuals. There must be law (government) or you have anarchy. 

Romans 13:1-2 “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.  The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”

    Only one exception to all this and that is found in Acts 5:29 “Peter and the other Apostles replied: we must obey God rather than men.” NIV   Our first obligation is to God.  The law of God is the highest law of all. There can be no conflict, no interference with God’s clear teaching found in the Bible.  Yet, God has delegated His authority for governing people to man so we must be subject to any and all laws not contrary to the laws of God.  Christians are citizens of two worlds.  Jesus said, “Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”  Matthew 22: 21    NIV

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