with Keiran & Eraina Mckenzie
Off we went to visit (and obviously feed) the horses. But to my dismay, I was told “Nay”. Why have they put up a sign prohibitting the feeding horses; Obviously thats why people visit the horses!!
Several times, I was incredibly tempted to break this rule, whilst I stood, staring at my now-discarded clump of green grass that I had picked before noticing the sign. How annoying. The question: “Why not?” must have run through my head at least 15 times. It just appeared very MEAN of The City Council to impose such laws, depriving children (and Me) of the joy of feeding horses. “Surely” I thought, “this rule only applies to people who would try to feed the horses sweets” as I proceeded to pick up my clump of grass again. Eraina rightfully said I shouldnt. So I didn’t.
As I calmed and thought about it some more, I perceived that this very situation was a parallel to very serious choices we all make when laws and our self-justified desires clash.
Followers of Christ are stuck with decisions like this commonly. There are many decisions I have made where I have had to choose between following Christ or following self (and sometimes other people). The correct answer is always “chose God’ however, look at what the Bible says here,
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgement. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honour to whom honour is owed. Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:1-8.
Interestingly, here we learn that we are to not to have an attitude of defiance but rather of Peace. The Previous chapter states ‘If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.’ (Rom 12:18). Hebrews 13:17 says ‘Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.’ and make matters even more controversial, In Timothy we read ‘First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.’ In this case it means I should pray for Birmingham City Council, amazing!
So the conclusion of the matter is this: “Stick to your park rules, and pray for your leaders”. 🙂
Here’s us enjoying a healthy and yummy lunch Eraina had made. 🙂