This is an intentionally ire-raising piece addressed to everyone who loves to talk about God and love but remains clueless about what they are.
So, you who love to talk, answer me this. If we have God’s love in our hearts, why do we need laws?
“Well,” you say, “we do need laws: God’s laws!”
Right you are, but those are supposed to be written on our minds and our hearts. At least Jeremiah and the writer of Hebrews thought so.
So, if God’s laws are written on our hearts and on our minds, why do we need any other laws?
Oh, that’s right, pardon me! We need laws for all those bad people. People with God’s laws written on their hearts and minds certainly don’t need them.
But wait! Isn’t there a conflict here? If we have God’s love in our hearts and his laws written on our hearts and minds, does that leave us powerless? Or does that imply that we have been given incredible power?
So, if we have God’s love in our hearts and his laws written on our hearts and minds, giving us incredible power, why do we need laws for all those bad people?
Where does the Bible say, “Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with legislation?”
I suggest that those who rely on laws love laws, even if they claim to love God “with word or with tongue.” They claim a form of godliness, but deny its power.
We resort to the most powerful means at our disposal, and our eyes, hands, and feet show our faith far more than our mouths do. By relying on laws, we proclaim that they are more powerful than love. And for many “believers” that’s absolutely true. Their love is pitiful, impotent. Otherwise, they would love to overcome evil with good. They’d be happy about it. Instead, evil intimidates them, so they resort to violence.
Yes, exactly. Laws are worthless without enforcement, and enforcement always involves force, which by definition does violence to the will of the one being forced. That might be a necessary evil, but it is not good.
We resort to laws and the violence of enforcement and punishment when we lack love powerful enough to do better.
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.” 1 John 4:18
I wonder if there are Christians who even think that kind of love is possible, let alone believe in it, let alone possess and express it? Jesus wondered too.
“I tell you that He [God] will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” Luke 8:18
Imagine that! God takes care of justice, while we overcome evil with good and love, because we know that they will work.
What will be the result of that kind of overcoming? Unfortunately, that question has been answered only sporadically, by those we like to honor as “saints,” simultaneously exempting ourselves.
So, why do we still need laws? Any reason?
What do you think?