“For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. “(Matthew 15:19 NIV)
According to NBC news, more than 40,000 new state laws went into effect last year. Those do not include the many federal laws which also took affect, and does not include the ones that are already on the books. However, if you want to get an idea of how many federal laws there are, the 2006 edition of The Code of Laws of the United States of America is about 200,000 pages long.
And that edition is six years old.
Our world, especially American society, is crumbling. We enact laws in a futile way to ‘save’ it, depending on what viewpoint we have in what we believe needs saving. Ironically, it seems the more laws we enact, the more problems we incur. While laws are necessary for the well-being of a nation, laws in themselves do not make us moral. As our society continues to look for ways to reduce crime, violence, etc, we will never succeed until we come to the realization as to where the main problem rests: sin
We are a sinful people who are prone to do sinful things. Yes, we can do some very nice things. However, our fallen nature has us leaning heavily in the wrong direction. And that, my fellow disciples, can not be solved with legislation. It can only be solved with a renewal of the spirit and of the soul.
Our world is in the middle of a moral battle. Violence is all around us. What is good is being called evil. What is evil is now being called good. This, of course, has been going on since the early days when Cain killed Abel. God saw it coming. “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” (Genesis 4:7 NIV) God did not have to tell Cain that killing his brother would be wrong. He did not write him a law. Instead, he told him to rule over the desire.
Laws, it appears, do not change a person’s heart.
All we have to do is look at history to see the problems in our world as coming from the heart of man. The Israelites were the poster children for showing the cycle of sin and its disastrous results. First, they would honor God with their minds, hearts and lips. Then, they let their minds wander toward evil desires. Once those desires took root, their hearts ran toward their own selfish desires and rejected God. Yes, many continued to tell God how great he was. However, their minds and hearts had rejected him and his ways. That rejection led to war and slavery; a persecution with terrible results.
As disciples we do not live by law. Instead, we live by the Spirit. The Spirit of God intermeshes with our spirit until we are a completely different person. Our walk then becomes inclined to the spirit and not the sinful nature of mankind.
Out of the heart comes the violence, adultery, hateful words, evil thoughts and lies which plague our lives. The only answer to this is to have our hearts changed. It means a renewal of our minds. More laws are not the answer. More regulations will not cure our ills. Our only hope is to accept the Spirit of God and allow Jesus Christ to be our Master.
Christ ruled over his desires. When we allow him to be our Master and discipline us on how to live life with the right heart and mind, then, and only then, can we rise about the problems and sin of our world and live the kind of life worth living.