I disagree with a friend’s thought on the topic of helping a speeder avoid police speed traps. She believes there is nothing wrong with flashing her lights to warn someone of a hidden police car. She also praises friends who inform her on Facebook of traps before she leaves the house. My thoughts lean more towards not helping others to break the rules. What are your thoughts on the subject?
If I am speeding down the road, I know I am breaking traffic laws. When we don’t follow the rules, then we must accept the consequences of our actions. I don’t like speedy tickets, but if I get caught, then I will be ticketed. And, just for transparency, I do not advocate anyone speeding. My speeding ticket count during my lifetime only total three so far.
Now, most of my speeding involves driving about five to ten miles per hour above the speed limit. I think if I only break the rules by a little bit then I won’t get caught or the police will not bother stopping me and go after a real criminal. Breaking the rules just a little does not make me a rotten person, or does it?
1 John 1:8 “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
How does this principle apply to my Christian life? Does a little sin in my life me a sinner if I don’t get caught? I think many of us like to try to walk a thin line between sinning and following Christ, with the hopes that we do not get caught. For example, I might not murder anyone, but sometimes I tell a little white lie. Or maybe, I lose my temper with those around me for no reason. Romans 3:23 reminds us that all of us sin even if we think no one is watching.
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
As we study the Bible, we find yeast used as a symbol of sin in our lives. When God instructed Moses to prepare unleavened bread for the first Passover, He wanted them to be like the bread, free of any yeast (sins) as they anticipated the miraculous deliverance from the Egyptians. In the New Testament, we see the instruction that a little bad yeast will spread throughout the batch and ruin it. These words for us as a little sin in our life can destroy us. If we allow a little sin into our life, it can quickly creep into every corner of us. It might start small, but like the yeast, sin swells until it overflows and spills onto those around us.
Matthew 13:33 “Jesus also used this illustration: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.”
As I told my friend, speeding is speeding and just because I don’t get caught does not make it okay. The same is true for the small sins we try to hide. God sees them and tells us sin is sin and just because no one else sees them does not make them acceptable to God. We must remain vigilant to not allow the yeast of wickedness to invade our hearts. Just like those people that flash their lights to warn us of speed traps ahead, God’s word warns us to avoid the sin traps in our pathway. Reading and applying God’s instructions will help us evade sin and their consequences.
Yvonne, Blogger, speaker, and author
Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”