Do you use maps or navigation things when driving anywhere? I use them only when I am totally lost, not just lost but TOTALLY lost. There’s a difference. It used to drive my kids crazy when they would ask, “Dad, are we lost?” or “Dad, do you know where we are?” I wouldn’t answer their question, because it was obvious we were lost. Instead I would tell them that we were on an adventure. I could guarantee that their groans could be heard all the way to the place I was trying to find in the first place. But, really, isn’t life an adventure? We have road maps and stuff and we can generally get to point “B” or pretty close to it. Laws are like road maps. They help us remember that we are not alone on this journey and sometimes need guidance. If they are good laws, then we have a good journey. People recognize that. Even the morality that most of us live by is radiated outwards so others can see our internal laws. That’s a good thing.
6 Keep them, put them into practice, and other peoples will admire your wisdom and prudence. Once they know what all these laws are, they will exclaim, “No other people is as wise and prudent as this great nation!”
9 ‘But take care, as you value your lives! Do not forget the things which you yourselves have seen, or let them slip from your heart as long as you live; teach them, rather, to your children and to your children’s children. (Deuteronomy 4:6,9)
So we live our lives not in Henry David Thoreau’s words “…of quiet desperation” but full of life, connected to others and nature. We abide by external as well as internal rules and regulations. For example if your child asks for bread you don’t give him a stone to snack on. That’s kind of an obvious rule I know. We have a way towards truth and it may coincide with another’s way toward the truth. So we join forces and make our way together. All equal under law, is written over the supreme court building and in our hearts.
19 Therefore, anyone who infringes even one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be considered the least in the kingdom of Heaven; but the person who keeps them and teaches them will be considered great in the kingdom of Heaven. (Matt 5:19)
Something to keep in mind as we wander on our adventure, looking for our destination.
and so it goes…