Did you know:
It is illegal to take gum into Singapore.
This has been illegal since 1992 due to the damage chewing gum has caused to the public transit system. People caught importing or selling gum can face a fine or even jail time.
In Oklahoma, it is against the law to have a sleeping donkey in your bathtub after 7pm.
I guess your donkey can be awake when he’s in the bathtub, but don’t let him fall asleep.
In Thailand, it is illegal to step on money.
Money in Thailand is called the Thai Baht and it has a picture of the king of Thailand’s face on it. It’s illegal to deface any image of the king and if you step on your baht you could be arrested.
In Samoa, it is illegal to forget your wife’s birthday.
In the beautiful island nation of Samoa husbands have to be very good at using their calendars because it’s illegal to forget their wife’s birthday!
There’s a whole lot of rules around the world. It seems like it could be pretty hard to keep up with what is right and what is wrong.
When we live as a Christian, part of God’s kingdom, we can know what is right and wrong because we have God’s word, the Bible. In Mark 12 we read about Jesus showing the teachers of the law what the greatest commandment was. The teachers of the law were all hung up on rules, they had rules for everything! Many of their rules would seem totally strange to us today. They came to Jesus saying, Mark 12:28-31 (NIV) “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Jesus taught us what is right and wrong, not by giving more laws and rules but by how He loved people. God’s word shows us how much God loves people. When we stand up for what is right, we show people God’s love. God’s word may not give us an exact answer about what to do in every situation, but it directs our steps and shows us how to love one another.