george_hancockstefanProbably no other country in the world emphasizes the rule of law like we do.  From the local level to the federal level, we write more laws every day than any other nation.  On the same note, we have more lawyers and legal offices than any other nation in the world.

Last week I traveled to Philadelphia and, because Route 29 was flooded, many of us had to take a different route. My usual 2 hour trip to Philadelphia became a 4 hour trip. Therefore, on the streets of Philadelphia many of us were running late. As a result some of the traffic signs such as speed limit or no turning right became non-existent. In less than 5 minutes I could have been in two accidents – both because the person in the left lane decided to make a right turn right in front of me. In the second event, there was also a car in front of me and we could have had a three car accident.  Within a couple of blocks the person who almost caused the accident and I were stopped at the light. I wanted to roll down my window and tell him (gently) that a couple of blocks ago he almost caused an accident with three cars.  However, I have read enough stories of road rage that I decided that this was not the best teaching opportunity.

That same evening, I flew to Seattle.  The Northwest part of our country prides itself on being one of the most ecologically advanced areas in the nation. Outside of the airport buildings they have this sign that said that smoking is prohibited outside of the airport.  One cannot miss the signs.  Every five minutes, there is an announcement that smoking is prohibited and that fines will be applied on the spot.  Yet, right in front of the signs, people smoke. The police officers are enforcing the no waiting signs for cars, but they do nothing about the smoking.  After about 15 minutes the smoke was beginning to get to me, but at that moment my relative came and took me to my lodging place for the evening.

When I arrived home, one of our church members gave me an article about changes in Christianity in the last 20 years. Two of major changes were that people claim that they love Jesus, but they do not feel that they need to attend or join a church, and people claim to follow Jesus, but their lifestyles are very close to the lifestyle of the world.

Jesus said, “If you love me you will keep my commandments.” There seems to be a discontinuity between the love that people proclaim for Christ and their willingness to keep the commandments of Jesus. Similarly, we view ourselves as a nation of law abiding citizens, but then we break them sometimes in broad daylight.


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Apostle Paul tells us that the law is good because it instructs us how to live our lives. Jesus summarizes The Ten Commandments in two – love thy Lord God with all thy heart, strength, body and soul and your neighbor as yourself.  It is through the given commandments that I evaluate whether my life is godly or if I deceive myself.

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Rev. Dr. George Hancock-Stefan

George Hancock-Stefan

Pastor George Hancock-Stefan completed 30 years as the pastor of the great congregation at Central Baptist Church in Atlantic Highlands in 2020. Those 30 years have been a blessed time for him, his wife...