Deuteronomy 25:13-16 “You shall not have in your bag two kinds of weights, a large and a small. You shall not have in your house two kinds of measures, a large and a small. A full and fair weight you shall have, a full and fair measure you shall have, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. For all who do such things, all who act dishonestly, are an abomination to the Lord your God.
Leviticus 19:35-36 “You shall do no wrong in judgment, in measures of length or weight or quantity. You shall have just balances, just weights … I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.
Romans 13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
Why do good people do bad things? Psychology will tell you it is the compensation effect. “The compensation effect refers to the tendency for people to assume they accumulate moral capital. We use good deeds to balance out bad deeds…” But that’s not how this works. We can’t trade good works for bad. The Bible doesn’t allow us a pass on some sins and not others. There are no “white lies” or “petty thefts” in God’s book. Sin is sin. And Just because Jesus came to forgive us our sins does not give us carte blanche to keep on committing them.
James 4:17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, it is sin.
Hebrews 10:26-27 For if we willfully continue to sin after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment and fiery indignation, which will devour the adversaries.
“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” -C. S. Lewis
How does this tie in to our series on plans? That’s simple! Make sure your plans are LAWFUL – both in your country and in your Christianity. Don’t assume. Double check. Seek out counsel. Don’t seek out loopholes. Don’t say “nobody will ever notice”. Don’t say “everyone does it”. There is no good to come out of it. God wants you to do things correctly; It is not in His character to want you to do it unlawfully!
Lord, help us to remember that there are no shortcuts to doing good. That no matter how much something is in your plan, cheating to get there is not. You provide the provision we need, you open doors and hearts, and if we aren’t seeing the result we think we should see then the answer is to get more in your will, not less. But don’t let us get stuck judging others on this! Instead help us to search our own hearts, and to give them to you. Amen.