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Berean Bible Church

Spring Bible Conference

                   Grace drives a police car  And loves it

                                                                                                                Pastor Dave Siegmann
                                                                                                                   Berean Bible Church 

           Most of us when we drive a car try to know and obey all the road rules.  We stay on the right side of the road, know the speed limits and try to obey all the laws so we don’t get expensive tickets. Overall we usually do well, but if you are like me you’re always trying to push the envelope. I personally hate waiting at red lights so I punch it at yellow lights. If the speed limit is 70, I tend to go faster as I blend in with all the other blenders.  As I drive down the road, I always try to look for all the hidden policemen who might not enjoy my liberty like I do. Mr. Officer might not be as open to my freedoms as I wish he was.  Over the years I have lost this battle with the law a few times only because letter of the law wins every time, thus I get a ticket and fines.
            I have a very good friend that is also a police officer. Let’s call him Joel (not his real name). Joel is just as adventuresome as I am when it comes to passing slower cars on the road. He is always the faster car, and if you follow him he sometimes forgets to turn his blinker on and never totally stops at stop signs. Because Joel drives an unmarked police car, he gets pulled over every now and then, but every time he gets the same non-response after he shows them his badge. It’s always, “Have a good day officer” and so it’s like it never happened. No warning, no ticket, no points, no nothing.  The road rules don’t apply to him at all. You see there is an unwritten and unspoken law that states that the police never give a fellow officer a ticket. I actually agree with this, but that’s not my point here. The point is that I am seeing grace in action. This is an amazing Bible doctrine being put on display for all to see. The law doesn’t apply under Grace. Sure others can call us out about anything and everything, but we will never get a ticket, or be convicted by God. We are not under the law any more.   What makes Joel so amazing is that he has no guilt. He never looks for the police hiding behind a bush or at the top of a hill. Joel is carefree and happy. This what I want in my life too.
            How many of us wish our churches would be more gracious. We wish that we could laugh in church and have fun. If only we could sing at least one song that didn’t sound like we were at a funeral we would promise to enjoy the other songs.  The sad truth is that the Grace police won’t let this ever happen. How many of us wish that we could clap our hands in church. We don’t hate the music, but we actually want to just speed things up just a little bit. The compromise police won’t let that happen either.
            The Christian life should not be a place to use guilt, and control and manipulation in any way or another. Many well-meaning Christians use these things to control people and think they are helping. Yes there is common sense, and most of us have that.  Grace is not Law light or a list of less rules. It’s GRACE
                                                       Romans 4:15  Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.
            My friend Joel will never have a transgression against him because there are no laws in his life when it comes to his driving. He is a good driver, but I also am just as good a driver as Joel is. He drives down the road with happiness and joy, I have to be careful and always look for the police, for cameras and hidden traps. The Grace Law police need to be replaced with the Grace Life police.
 Welcome to reality, or what the Grace life has become. On one side we still have law light and on the other side is what it should be like.  We need to let go of all our control and our use of guilt towards each other and what we do to others, and start just enjoying our relationship with Jesus Christ. When we try to control others we take their joy away from them and replace it with the frustration of the law.  Christ freed us from that law, now we need to free each other from the same law. Christ isn’t judging us anymore so why are we judging each other? The law didn’t work with Israel and it won’t work with Grace either. That is why God replaced the Law with Grace in this dispensation of the Grace of God.
Galatians 3:23-26 But  before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.