Government of the people, by the people, and for the people was not designed to “regulate” the people.
Law making bodies around the country, like the Congress of the USA, feel that it’s their duty to address and control every aspect of our lives. The question is: when does legislation cross over the line from freedom to tyranny?
If you’ll remember, our revolutionary war was sparked by “The Boston Tea Party.” The Brits were controlling the colonies by “regulations,” and taxes.
Listen. We need limits. I wrote a column on that recently, but limits in the form of controlling laws that move away from common sense are draconian. Do we really need regulations that tell us what we can and cannot do on our own property? Well, some will say, “Yes,” when it impacts our neighbors, and others will say, “No.” when it forces us to comply with the latest legislative fad.
The Christian principle of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” still holds (Matt.7.12). It’s based upon moral common sense. But, It comes from the individual, not the state.
If I want to build something on my property, or if I want to cut a tree on my property, or if I want to paint my house purple, that’s my right “to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” It hurts no one, and if the next person to buy my property doesn’t like what I’ve done, they can change it.
Ah, but the regulators believe that we’re incapable of making good life choices, so, they want to control all of us because of a small minority who abuse privilege.
But God, who gave Moses the Law to guide and protect His people, likewise, came personally in Christ to teach us, “Love God...and love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets” (Deut.6.4; Matt.22.37-40). God called the people Israel “obstinate” and “stiff-necked” (Ex.32.9;33; Deut.9.6; Jer.7.25-26) They needed the law to reign them in, but with the Advent of Christ, God focused on the one law (commandment) that mattered most: “love one another even as I have loved you” (John 13.34).
You can’t regulate morality. It’s a matter of the heart, and to jerk people around with more rules and orders only leads to a revolution.
The objective is not “peace and safety.” That’s what the prophet warns us about as a sign of the day of judgment (1 Thess.5.3) The objective is sanctified common sense which honors the golden rule. That comes from God.
Tom Brown is the pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship