Why is it that people look at this sign
and see not a ceiling but a floor?

“For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, because he is the messenger of the LORD Almighty and people seek instruction from his mouth. But you have turned from the way and by your teaching have caused many to stumble; you have violated the covenant with Levi,” says the LORD Almighty. “So I have caused you to be despised and humiliated before all the people, because you have not followed my ways but have shown partiality in matters of the law.” – Malachi 2:7-9


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  1. 1
    Adam F

    Good observation. Is this the way all people tend to view laws, or is it more of a Western-specific thing? Or a moving-violation-specific thing?

    My thoughts just went to misdemeanors and felonies now. People may consider the”You shall not murder” ceiling is higher than it is: ‘Yeah, I would never hurt him, but I do seriously hate that guy.’

    Can you imagine if there were road signs everywhere that said “Matthew 5:21-22”?

    By the way, I found your blog through a comment you left on ProBlogger.

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    Hi Adam,

    Welcome and thanks for the comment. I see our desire to sin as a universal thing and it’s an issue that goes well beyond misdemeanor offenses. When it comes to speed signs, we don’t really see them as more than an annoyance, and I think that says a great deal about hearts. It may seem insignificant to drift a few miles (or many) over the limit, and it might seem like such a seemingly little offense to do so, but that we think nothing of doing things like this all the time and that should give us pause to consider the deeper desires within us when it comes to performing even greater evils.


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