I want to talk about the idea that the two “New Testament Laws of Love” fulfill all the “Rote Old Testament Laws” and I’m going to use “driving law” to compare these two sets of rules.
So here are a few rote rules of the road…
Driving within the designated speed on freeways and in residential areas… not cutting people off when changing lanes…. not tailgating…. using turn signals when appropriate…. not running red lights in intersections…. not speeding through intersections to avoid stopping at red lights…. coming to a full stop at stop signs…. not driving on the shoulder if it can be avoided…. driving the reduced speed limit within school and construction zones…. not driving while intoxicated…. not texting while driving…. not talking on a cell phone while driving…always giving pedestrians the right of way…
I know you are familiar with all these rules and are aware that these laws are only a smattering of all the rules involved in traffic law.
I am also sure that you recognize many people drive using these guidelines, and that the navigating force keeping them from breaking these laws is…. to avoid paying heavy fines that come with police-enforced traffic tickets.
To drive solely by these mandates is to be guided by rote “Old Testament Law”.
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Now, about driving under the second of the two “New Testament Laws”.
“… love your neighbor as yourself.”
[Matthew 22:37-40; Mark 12:29-30; Luke 10:25-28]
In other words… this new law contains only one “rule of the road”: To love your neighbor as yourself. If consistently adhered to, this one rule fulfills all the driving laws ever put to paper…. “to drive in such a manner as to avoid hurting yourself and all the other people around you.”
Do you see the difference?
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However, this one Law of Love goes deeper than all the Old Laws ever could.
Are there any legal mandates which state…?
“It is prohibited to curse at, or even hold ill-will toward another driver, bicyclist, or pedestrian, no matter what they may do.” No, there are no laws governing these behaviors.
Now, under this one new “Rule of the Road” called Love, you don’t curse out another driver for their scary driving habits. Instead, you pray for their safety. You slip on the shoes of compassion and consider the possible circumstances that may have led to their bad driving. Did they lose a loved one? lose their job? home? family? Are they trying to escape their own self-loathing? Are they lost? Did unforeseen circumstances, or out-of-control habit, make them late for an appointment?
Not cursing… but praying… that they be given what they need to have peace in their lives.
To pray for them is to be the ultimate defensive driver.
Do you see how this one, single, New Testament Law of the Road does a better job than all the Old Testament Rules put together?
I do my best to follow this single “Law” because when it is followed by many, not only are our roads safer but so is our world.
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**Peace & Feloreaw to our Great & Mighty God**
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