Following Jesus…But Only So Far… : Kevin H

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  1. richard says:

    i live in southern california, where there are many freeways. The government says, via posted signs, that I should not drive over 65 mph. I have been cursed at, swerved into, and told it is not safe to do this, even though the government says otherwise. I should also note that when i have more than just me in the car, I also like to utilize the carpool lane, which the government says is OK. Should I ignore the law and punch it up to 75 -80 like everyone else or continue to plod along at 65 ?

  2. Kevin H says:

    richard,

    I am a serial speeder so I am probably not the right guy to answer your questions.

    But to give it a whirl, speed limits are one of the hardest to answer in regards to “following the law” as pretty much everyone knows that the state does not expect strict literal adherence to the stated law. That is why nobody ever gets a speeding ticket for going 2 or 3 mph over the speed limit. So is it morally imperative to follow laws that the state pretty much lets you know (without officially saying it) that they don’t expect you to follow? Even trickier is if one believes it’s not a moral imperative to follow strictly the letter of the law when the state doesn’t even expect anybody to follow nor ever enforce it strictly, then at what point does speeding become too much and wrong?

    From a safety standpoint in looking out for oneself and others, it seemingly is true that there are common situations where it is safer to drive closer to the speed of the flow of traffic (which is often over the speed limit) than it is to strictly adhere to the speed limit, which then results in other drivers (sometimes a significant line of them) tailing each other too closely and becoming more aggressive to get around the “back-up”. The driving behavior of the others is not excused, but the reality is that situations like these often end up in more dangerous driving conditions for all involved coming about from actually following the law. Thus, it’s another conundrum.

    On the whole, however, since there are some uncertainties and complexity to the issue, I would think that nominal speeding is far down on the list of concerns of Christians not following after Jesus.

  3. Jean says:

    Excellent article!

    “So much of what Jesus taught was counter-cultural‚Ķ.. not only was it counter-cultural, but so often it was counter to our human nature.”

    This is what happens when the image of the invisible God comes into contact with fallen man who has lost the image from suppressing the truth. However, believers are called to put on Christ for renewal after the image of their creator. Therefore believers should reflect the counter-cultural ways of their Lord.

  4. Kevin H says:

    Thanks, Jean.

  5. LInn says:

    Kevin H-thank you for this well-written piece. I could write a paragraph on each point you raised! My church seems to have left some of the major political rants of the COVID quarantine years, but things still come up that concern me, particularly on immigration. I think about half or our Spanish congregation is undocumented; it could be more. The same can be said for our ESL ministry. We (I am strongly affiliated with them for the past 22 years, and most of my church participation is with them) have become a major influential group in the church, and as the older people move away and go to Glory, it’s quite possible we may be the church. I live with this constant cognitive dissonance of “yes, they are part of the church; yet, they are not part of it.”

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