The Things Are Not the Problem

What is wrong with our world?

prison-fence-219264_1280You don’t have to look very hard or far to notice that there are many problems in our world.  People are broken and in need of help.  The problems that exist in our world lead many people to ask the same question.  What is wrong with our world?  There is a popular thought among many that there are too many bad things in the world.

There are a lot of different ideas on what laws are necessary for society to function well.  It is a commonly held belief that by making something illegal, that thing will be diminished or all together go away.  However, it can be argued that the “things” aren’t the problem.  In many instances, making the “thing” illegal only makes it more appealing to more people.

A band-aid won’t stop this flesh wound

I remember several years ago when an employee of a company that I worked for cut his nose with a pocket knife.  The company decided to ban pocket knives from all of its stores.  Did the pocket knife ban stop employees from bringing pocket knives to work?  Definitely not!  Did the pocket knife ban stop people from cutting themselves?  No, not at all.  I witnessed employees cut themselves with box cutters on a few occasions after the pocket knife ban.  The obvious morals to this story are twofold.

  1. Inanimate objects are not to blame.
  2. Banning things doesn’t work.  Consider the prohibition of alcohol, as just one example.

Jesus never promoted the prohibition of things.  God gave us free will to choose between right and wrong.  At some point in the beginning Adam and Eve chose wrong (sin entered the world kind of wrong), but they had the freedom to choose.  We are all sinners… “for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23 (AKJV).  However, God clearly gives us a choice between doing right or wrong.  Instead of banning things maybe we should address the root of the issue, which is the heart of the individual sinner.  The problem with our world and our nation is sin.

So do we even need laws?

Should there be laws in our nation?  Of course we should have laws.  Although those laws should be limited to allow as much freedom as possible, as God has done for us.  God gave Moses the Ten Commandments, not the 1,000 Commandments.  Jesus made it even easier for us by summarizing the Ten Commandments into two.  Do you remember the story of the lawyer of who asked Jesus about the great commandment and the law?  “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Matthew 22:36-39

God established government, but he didn’t make it complicated.  God gave his people limited laws through Moses and an abundance of grace to us, which is declared in John 1:17… “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”  Laws are needed in society, but attempting to rid the world of things does not fix the problem of sin, nor does it work.

There is a solution to sin and that solution is life in Christ.  Romans 6:23 declares, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  As long as there are people there will be sin.  We will never be perfect, but God calls us to be the salt of the earth.  There will always be problems in the world and we will always be sinners until we meet the Lord in heaven.  However, a relationship with God will help us to grow into being more loving and more caring towards others.  Do you believe that other people can change because of the good that God has done in your life?  How can you have a positive impact with others in regards to laws within our nation?


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