This morning I had a special meeting with the police (not the music group). It was around 5:45am as I was on my way to Men’s Breakfast, when I realized I was driving too fast. I have always found it interesting that the only time I realize I am speeding is when I pass a police car. I rapidly slowed to the speed limit but it was too late. Lights were already flashing.
I pulled over and went through the normal procedure. I got a ticket for speeding. A ticket that was not wanted but was deserved. There are always the normal excuses and emotions when you see the red and blue flashing lights. I tend to rationalize the speeding. My excuses this morning included, “That should be more than a 30 mile an hour limit there,” “there were other cars going just as fast”. But the truth is, I was speeding and I deserved the ticket.
I always seem to get convicted when I try to make excuses here. In fact, sometimes I don’t like it when God reminds me of the Scriptures. As I was stewing over this fine I would have to pay, not to mention the unhappiness this causes Sonya, God reminded me of Paul’s writing to the Romans. “Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen. If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you’re trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear.” Romans 13:1-3 The Message Bible
What would it be like if there were no police or ruling authorities? People would be lawless with no accountability. God uses these servants of our communities as ministers that keep law and order. We should be thankful for them even if it requires us to pay a large sum of money for wrong-doing. Take time today to pray for our police department and military.