Just because something is made the law of the land does not make it good or moral or right. Legal is not automatically equivalent to right, or good. There have been many examples throughout history of rulers and legislative bodies of various countries and localities passing laws that made particular actions legal that were not necessarily moral or right or even beneficial to the society at large.
Peter portrays the devil as “a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Pet. 5:8). Upon reading that verse of scripture we naturally envision the mighty king of the jungle stalking prey, ready to kill with swift and awesome violence and then rip open and hungrily devour its victim. But such an image does not necessarily fit the way the devil works to bring a soul to destruction.
The apostle Paul exhorted, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Rom. 12:1-2).
How many times does God have to say something for it to be true? Just once! How many times does God have to say something for it to be authoritative? Just once! How many times does God have to say something to demand our respect? Just once! How many times does God have to instruct something for it to be binding? Just once!
Gary L. Hutchens