Speed limit

11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor. 1 Peter 2:11-17

A pretty remarkable passage. A passage that I’m sure has been used on many (and opposite) sides of various arguments. It hit me hard about a week or slightly more ago. Strangely what the passage convicted me of was speeding. I’ve been convicted of that before but didn’t really act to strongly on it. I am not a reckless driver by any means, but I tend to always drive about 4 miles over the speed limit (not in town- on the highways and freeways). Sometimes more like 7 over, when we are driving to the airport in Boise as an example.

Historically I’ve had some tendencies toward road rage, but I think that dates back to a much more angsty, pre-Christian time in my life. From a self analysis (which is always somewhat suspect) stand-point I think I’m a pretty calm driver. So it’s not that I was feeling convicted of “rage” or aggression, literally that passage seemed to be telling me to obey the law.

So about 10 days ago I stopped speeding. Let me re-phrase. I tried to stop speeding. The very first day I was going to stop speeding I took a left onto I-95 to go to work and sped up to get ahead of the traffic coming North. I’m cruising along and look down and I’m going 8 over the limit. Just simple matter of speeding up and not CONSCIOUSLY being aware of my speed. Over the last 10 days I have been much better at it and really the last two days can say “I don’t speed anymore…for now”. But what makes this relevant is the broader application to sin in general.

To not break the speed limit I had to be constantly aware of my speed. I think sin is very similar. To avoid sin we need to be constantly in Christ and constantly striving to avoid sin. Sin is too easy in our world. Sin is everywhere on the internet. I don’t even mean full on porn surfing- even 5 minutes ago I went to the weather site I use and the advertisement on the right of the screen featured an attractive woman with a tee-shirt that did not fit appropriately. It’s easy to spend 10 seconds longer looking at that then you should. It’s easier to click the link and see “what other T-shirts they have for sale”- but that’s how we lie to ourselves.
Likewise it’s easy on internet forums to say and act in ways not representative of our God. I once belonged to a forum online through my old church and the things and beliefs that people espoused on that forum routinely amazed me- and that was on a site for and by Christians.

15 Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. 1 John 3:15

Yikes. We need to gird our minds and stay sharp to avoid sin- even of that of hating our brother or sister. Keep your eye on your speed if you don’t want to break the speed limit.

Published in: on May 4, 2011 at 8:07 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Amazing that keeping an eye on speeding can shed such a light on sin in general. Nice post.

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