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When the Light Turns Red

Psalm 119:105 – “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”

Matthew 7:34 – “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

Psalm 33:4 – “For the Word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.”

Growing up in the United States, we take something for granted. As a nation, we are privileged with orderly traffic laws. That’s right, we should be thankful for our traffic laws. In the last 15 years, I’ve had the privilege of spending time in a number of countries overseas. Of the countries I’ve visited, India sticks out as one with some of the most relative, subjective, and “optional” traffic laws. In addition to the “optional” traffic laws given, there are also more cars (and rickshaws, and scooters, and people, and animals, etc.) than there should be. Too many moving physical objects with little regard for following order breeds chaos.

When I visited South Africa, the missionary working in South Africa explained to us the imperfect ways the authorities seek to maintain order in their country. Instead of the police being in cars, they stand in the middle of the road and flag cars down that they believe need to be pulled over. As if that didn’t seem odd to us Americans, the missionary also told me that he could easily talk himself out of getting a ticket if he were to be pulled over. Speaking with more confidence about this matter than he should, I decided to challenge him. “Prove it to me,” I said. Get pulled over and prove that you can talk your way out. Wouldn’t you know, in just ten minutes time, he was flagged down by one of these policeman to pull over, and sure enough, he smooth-talked his way out of getting a ticket saying things like, “My friends here from the United States wanted to meet one of you policemen, so I did what I could to introduce you two.”

As simple as it may sound, I am thankful for our objective, law-enforced traffic laws here in the United States. When a light turns green, we objectively know to drive. When a light is red, we stop. When a light turns yellow, as debated as this might be to some, we aren’t to speed up, but instead slow down and try to stop if possible. Objective traffic laws bring order and clarity.

As an image-bearing creation of God, I am so thankful for God’s objective written Word. I am so thankful that he has given us clarity and order and a sure foundation to help us know our Creator. God’s Word is a lamp and a light to our feet and path. Our lives are built on the foundation of God’s objective Word when we allow His Word to be what guides our decisions and our interactions with others. God’s Word is right. It is true. It is right and it is true precisely because it is inspired by God himself. In a world where subjectivity and relativism is oftentimes celebrated, it is our privilege and responsibility to be able to present to our culture objective, absolute truth. God’s Word is that standard by which we can base our lives. I do believe that what some people are starving for is exactly what they are fighting against. So I praise God that he has shown us himself in concrete, knowable, objective ways.

Next time you stop at a red light in town, instead of grumbling and complaining about how the traffic laws are keeping you from getting where you are going, instead thank God for the gift of His Word that teaches us objective truth!

Pastor Greg