CONTROL: Rules, Regulations, Laws, Ordinances, Codes, Contracts, and The Constitution, etc. A few days ago, I talked about STRUCTURE, and realize now, that it was just the surface to a much bigger issue. CONTROL! Where would we be if we didn’t have Red-lights, Stop Signs, Detour, Curve Ahead, Railroad Crossing, Children-Playing, Airport, Hospital, and School Zone? These are all “control devices,” that regulate what we should, or not do.
We are so accustomed to these instruments of CONTROL that we have grown to accept them…. generally, without question. How about if one of them were to say….Nuclear Storage Facility? Or, Toxic Waste? Maybe it would be something we don’t want in “our-back-yard,”….or affecting our life-style.
We have laws which provide that people who have been convicted of Sex-Crimes, be REQUIRED to register with local officials. If it’s so important that they be REGISTERED (and many of them don’t), then why shouldn’t they be REQUIRED to post a SIGN in their front yard, stating….SEX-OFFENDER-LIVES-HERE?
Or, if someone has been convicted of multiple DUI offences, that they be REQUIRED to have a certain type of Identification. We are required to have a SPECIAL notation on our driver’s license if we are required to “wear glasses.” Why not a DUI license, or ID, signifying that you’ve been CONVICTED of a DUI? If a person has been convicted of multiple DUI offences, then he/she should not be permitted to purchase alcoholic beverages, or maybe, even, to OWN a vehicle. So, if/when one goes to purchase any kind of alcoholic beverage….he/she MUST present an “acceptable” driver’s license, (or ID) indicating their AUTHORITY to purchase ALCOHOL. After all, we have to present “qualifying ID’s” to purchase tobacco, and alcoholic beverages if we’re SUSPECTED of being UNDERAGE….or even to VOTE. Proving that we are as we present ourselves to be is common-place.
I wonder what the REGULATORS will do when the car/truck with “automatic pilot” (driverless cars) becomes available for consumer purchases? Can a “drunk” simply get in the back seat of his vehicle and tell the car to “take me Joe’s bar?” Think about this; If a person who is a “convicted FELON,” is not allowed to VOTE, or allowed to own a FIREARM…. Yet a CONVICTED Felony DUI…. Can still go and buy ALCOHOL, and own a vehicle. Does that make a lick of sense?
Maybe a person who has been convicted of a felony involving “driving-while-texting,” should not be allowed to “own a vehicle” or a cell-phone. I’m just using simple LOGIC. If our children miss-use their cell-phone, or computer….don’t responsible parents “take their phone privileges” away for some prescribed time frame? If my child was not home on time…he’d lose his driving privileges. Simple as that.
Yet… we SELL ALCOHOL to CONVICTED DUI offenders. And, if someone were found to “purchase” it for them, then they would be charged accordingly…. Just as when someone purchases cigarettes or alcohol for minors. Simple as that.
I am reminded of “how easy we have it,” as God’s children, to obtain ever-lasting life with Our Lord Jesus Christ. The Israelites who fled Egypt under Moses, all through the Old Testament days… were required to adhere to some pretty STRUCTURED laws. I’m thinking there were over 600 laws that God expected them to abide by. And, if you didn’t obey “God’s Law,” then you were subject to some severe punishment; banishment, or death. This carried STRUCTURE to a “high-level.”
Today…we SIMPLY must accept and BELIEVE that Jesus died for our sins, repent, be born again, and AMEND our lives. This is not a terrible BURDEN. While there is STRUCTURE, and The Ten Commandments, that we must adhere…it’s not impossible. In fact, when we ACCEPT God as our Lord and Savior, we’ll find that life can be a lot more FUN, PLEASANT… .and REWARDING.
We’re told in John 3:16-17 – “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”…