God's Traffic Lights

"A boy at school," said Bill, "called the Ten Commandments out-of-date. I know they aren't, but I didn't know how to answer him." The teacher in Bill's Christian Science Sunday School class thought this over and then said, "You could ask your friend whether the traffic lights in your city are unnecessary and out-of-date."

"Traffic lights?" Bill looked puzzled, as did the rest of the class. "Why do we have traffic lights?" the teacher asked.

"To make sure we don't collide with other cars," answered Jane. "So that all the drivers have a fair turn!" This from John. "In a busy street," said Anne, "how would we know when it is safe to cross unless we had lights?"

"That's it exactly," agreed the teacher. "Even one person disobeying the signals, rushing through the red light, can be a danger to himself and others. Of course, there may be times when all of us, impatient to get somewhere, may feel the lights hold us back. But would any sensible person abolish traffic lights?"

"No," answered John, "I see what you mean. The rules in the Bible are like traffic lights. Green ones, like 'Love thy neighbour as thyself,' give us the go-ahead. The thou-shalt-nots, the reds, tell us when to stop for our own good and others'."

Their teacher opened the Bible. "Here's an interesting verse in Proverbs: 'The commandment is a lamp; and the law is light.' Prov. 6:23; The red lights are a protection. They prevent us from being hurt or from hurting other people. And the green lights give everyone a chance. Christ Jesus called this the second great commandment: 'Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.' Matt. 22:39; The Ten Commandments help us do this. They're love in action. Mrs. Eddy says, 'Human law is right only as it patterns the divine.' The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 283. The laws that give us our traffic lights are an example of the divine law applied to us here today. Does this make sense to you?"

Bill smiled. "We could call the Commandments God's traffic lights. Now all we have to do is go on green, and stop on red!"

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