How strictly does He want you to follow His law?Hi everyone.
I have a question about following the law of the land.
I know God tells us to follow laws of the land and our governments etc.
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
But my question is about how strict is this. Is it enough to just comply with the intention of laws, or to follow them to the letter? I feel like manmade laws are imperfect and there can be small inconsequential grey areas, and that although you may not follow them to the letter, as long as you follow their intent it is okay. God’s word, though, is perfect and we should therefore always follow 100%.
To give an example of what I’m talking about, if I’m driving my car in a 30mph area and a 50mph area is coming up, if it’s safe to do so I might start accelerating up to 50mph 10-20 yards before I reach the 50 sign. Technically illegal but physically it doesn’t make any difference.
Or when I approach a stop sign, the law says I should come to a complete stop. But sometimes I’ll come to almost a complete stop and be rolling forward an inch or two, have a really good look both ways and can see no other cars are coming, and then pull out. Technically illegal for not coming to a complete stop, but I complied with the intention of the law by checking really well that no traffic was coming in either direction before pulling out.
Do you think that I’m disobeying God by doing those things? Does he want me to follow the law to the letter? Or would he not mind as long as I comply with the intent of the law?
I’ve been having a big think about this and am starting to think that maybe I have been disobeying God and that I shouldn’t do this anymore.
Let me know your thoughts. Thanks!