Must Christians Obey Speed Limits?

We’re getting down to brass tacks today with this one, aren’t we?  I am doing part of my job in Scripture this morning.  Titus 3:1:  “Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities...”  So I’m reminding you to be subject to rulers and authorities and the laws they make -- including speed limits!

I still remember listening to a famous pastor who had just preached on submission to authority, then passed a congregation member on the expressway like he was standing still. The member said, “I can never take anything you say seriously again.” He stopped his lead-footing habit after that incident!

But preachers in general are just as bad as everyone else, if not worse, in the speed category.  In fact, the very worst speeders I’ve met have been preachers and their wives! One even had a radar detector in the car to help him break the law. Why do they speed like that? Maybe they just lack the self-discipline to leave on time, and maybe they forget Romans 13:1-2 and 1 Peter 2:13.

Romans 13:1-2: “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and authorities that exist are appointed by God.  Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgement on themselves.”

1 Peter 2:13: “Therefore submit yourself to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake...”  Those “25” speed limits in parts of Thomaston must be ordinances of man, since if God were setting them, He might let you go faster, say, up the bill headed toward Cushing.  (That’s just a personal opinion, not doctrine!) If it’s an ordinance of man that doesn’t contradict Scripture, you’re supposed to obey it whether you agree with it or not.  And it might save you a ticket from those policemen who like to hide out along that stretch! (You have been warned!)