By Rev. Jim Witcher
“Equal” is defined as: 1. Having the same quantity, measure, or value as another. 2. Mathematics. Being the same or identical to in value. 3.a. Having the same privileges, status, or rights: equal before the law.
Many of you know me as Jim Witcher Minister. Others know me as Trooper Witcher of the New Mexico Mounted Patrol.
In that capacity it amazes me just how many people believe that the laws were enacted for others and dot for them.
For some reason they believe that others should either obey the law or suffer the consequences. While at the same time they should be allowed to do as they please. They seem to believe that for some reason they are above and beyond the laws of the land.
When they find out differently they can and often do get belligerent. Let me give you an example of the way the cycle goes. The speeder says “I was only doing 10 miles over the speed limit and I’m in a big hurry. Why don’t you go after the drunk driver?”
The drunk driver says, “Officer I only had two beers, and I’m not hurting anyone. “Why don’t you go after the robber? He’s the one who is hurting others.”
The robber says “Hey man, I’m I really need this stuff, and I can’t afford it. Why don’t you go after the murderer? He’s the one that is really hurting people.”
The murder says, “Yes I did it, but I didn’t speed when I left the scene. Why don’t you go after the speeder. There are a whole lot more of them anyway.”
I find that many Christian people have the same problem. They believe that God’s laws were written for others and not for them. Oh, not all of God’s Laws just the ones that they want to break: The Ten Commandments “Exodus 20:1-17 (NIV)1 And God spoke all these words: 2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 3 You shall have no other gods before me. 4 You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. 7 You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. 8 Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. 12 Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long on the land the LORD your God is giving you. 13 You shall not murder. 14 You shall not commit adultery. 15 You shall not steal. 16 You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 17 You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
The Greatest Commandment
Matthew 22:34 0 (NIV) Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees go together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “Love the Lord our God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
When God gave us these laws, He gave them to all of us. No one is excluded from them. And everyone will have to answer to Him when they break them. Yes, we have grace and yes we are forgiven through the Blood of Jesus. But we will still have to answer to Him for breaking His laws. The laws that are there for our protection and for our benefit. Because in the eyes of God we are all truly equal.