When Dr. King marched in various cities, he often violated segregation laws. In a letter from a Birmingham jail, he said he broke the laws because they violated undeniable higher laws. He said he was willing to pay the price for violating segregation in order to call attention to injustice. We find in Mark Chapter 2 that the Pharisees criticized Jesus because His disciples picked and ate grain on the Sabbath. Jesus told them they had their priorities twisted, that God gave the Sabbath to benefit people—not to be a burden on them. God provided the Sabbath so people could renew themselves spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. The Pharisees got it wrong because they took God’s law out of context and added unfounded interpretations to what God had said. If they had searched God’s word and compared one Scripture with another as Jesus did, they would have realized that the purpose of God’s law was to keep the Sabbath Day holy. Instead, they were more concerned about controlling people than about loving them and helping them develop. The Bible has many directives for fostering God-centered lives. Most are clear and unambiguous. But when they are not clear, we can search God’s Word to find the purpose of the instruction. If we are still in doubt, we should let love be our guide.
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