Laws are serious, except when they are hilarious. Some laws are just weird. You have to wonder how some of them came to be. Every state has its own fair share of laws that just make you scratch your head. Some of them are simply antiquated and made sense 150 years ago. But there are plenty that make you question why anyone would pursue such legal prohibitions. Here is a sampling of some of the legislative craziness.
For a pickle to legally be called a pickle in Connecticut, it must bounce.
Taking a snooze in a cheese factory, bake shop, confectionery, or creamery is illegal under Illinois’ Sanitary Food Preparation Act.
You may not catch fish with your bare hands anywhere in Indiana.
Exploding golf balls are not allowed in Massachusetts.
Carrying seaweed “from seashore below high-water mark” after the sun has set is a violation of the state’s fish and game provisions.
Giving fish alcohol is prohibited in Ohio.
The Bible includes many laws… literally hundreds of laws. Some of those laws make a lot of sense, and create the framework for a workable society. Others make a lot of sense because they explain how to make things right in a society. But there are some laws, even in the Bible that make you turn your head and go, “Really?!?”
But there are two laws that rule the whole universe. These are not the law of gravity, or some other natural law. On multiple occasions Jesus was asked by people who were covered in laws what is actually the greatest law? Here is what Jesus said…
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.” (Matthew 22:37-40)
There is nothing silly about these laws. There is nothing wrong with these laws. These laws are truly the cornerstone of a successful life and civilization. Obeying these laws brings life and order. The more people obey these laws, the less we will have to make other laws, because when these laws are kept, the activities curtailed by other laws will not exist.
Today you will be faced with various decisions about how to treat people, or what to do with difficult situations. I challenge you that before you try to figure out all of the ramifications that can or should… or shouldn’t happen depending on your actions, just ask yourself this question…
What decision in this situation would honor God the most, and at the same time truly make life better for the other people involved?
[Bible quotes are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, unless otherwise noted.]
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