Voice of Authority

Yes! I ran another red light and in less than two months! Once again I got away without a ticket. You may be wondering how I can be such a careless driver? Let me explain. This time I was getting ready to make a left-hand turn on an arrow, and the light changed. I stopped in plenty of time. But behind me was a car that needed to be towed. It was blocking the left-turn lane, and as I swung around it and back into the left-turn lane the light changed to red, so I stopped. I looked in my mirror to see a tow truck trying to pull in behind me, but there wasn’t enough room. I attempted to pull forward a bit, but any more, and it would have put me into the intersection. I then noticed a policeman in my side mirror walking up to my window. I rolled my window down, and before he even got to it he shouted out, “After that white jeep, GO! GO! GO!” I punched it, turning left on red, right in front of his eyes. What a strange feeling that was!

When I got home, I told Jim that I had run another red light. Of course he told me I needed to stop doing that, and then I got to tell him what had happened. I can’t get the feeling out of my mind—running a red light, at the urging of a police officer no less. How does that line up with right and wrong, and Scripture? Romans 13:1 talks about being subject to the governing authorities. The officer was in charge, so I was subject to him. But what if a governing authority is telling us to break the law, or even go against something in God’s Word? Are we to obey? In this instance of breaking the law, yes. But what about when a moment comes, or a “need” comes, where we are urged to go against God’s Word? Would we, would I, obey that? What would that even look like? If we were ever told to steal, kill, or destroy something, we know that comes from Satan himself...except in times of war I suppose, so we have to take all aspects into account. And then again, sometimes being obedient to God’s Word looks like disobedience to those who don’t see the whole picture. There are times when we are required to take a stand on something that might not look “loving,” but is Biblical. We can be criticized by those who don’t understand what God is asking of us. Titus 3:10 says: “Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them.” To the world, this can look like a very unloving action. It is something we would have to be very prayerfully obedient about, for sure.

I don’t plan on running any more red lights. This was an interesting experience, and one that got me thinking about a few things. I did wonder what would have happened “legally” if another car had illegally entered the intersection, and we collided. How would that be presented in court? “Well, your honor, the police officer told me run the light.” (Jim has just informed me that there is a law that provides for this.) I also wondered what it looked like to the other cars sitting there watching it. They didn’t know what I had been told to do. To them it looked wrong. Maybe they thought they were going to see “Cops” up close and personal. Thankfully, it all ended well.

When Searching And Noticing the Divine, we always need to be searching the Scriptures and tuning our life to them. We will never be perfect. Only Jesus, who died on the Cross for our sins, was perfect. Only He provided a way into Heaven through the shedding of His blood. But we can obey the law, and we can obey Scripture, all to the best of our ability. And what that looks like, or doesn’t look like, to those around us, has to be left up to God. Only our Father sees the full picture. As it says in Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.” I only needed to obey, and leave the rest to God.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Matthew 28:18 (NIV)