Does breaking the law really matter?

My brothers and sisters in Christ, have we considered that when we disobey the laws of the land we are a reproach to the name of Christ? Submission to authority, as long as it does not conflict with God’s authority, is a concept we find throughout scripture. This does not mean picking what laws we want to obey (i.e. paying our taxes but choosing to disobey the speed limit).

***Selecting which laws we like is not submission but rather rebellion.***

Submission is found in complying with authority even if it means inconveniencing ourselves, for this is well pleasing unto God and brings glory to his holy name.

There are those who will say that I am advocating legalism. They do err, not knowing the scriptures. Legalism would be advocating good works in order to gain favor with God in this life or in eternity, which is a foolish notion. Obedience to our Lord should be a service of love because of his goodness and mercy, not selfish pursuit in order to get something. Our Lord Jesus said in John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” We show our love not by paying empty lipservice but by submission.

When we submit to the authority over us (parents, grandparents, teachers, bosses, local traffic laws, state regulations, federal tax laws, and so forth), we honor our God and show submission to him, for “the powers that be are ordained of God.” – Romans 13:1

Let us strive to live differently than the world and do all things to the glory of Christ. As the scripture says in II Timothy 2:19, “Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” – Colossians 3:17

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