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Don’t Tell Me What To Do

We went for our first walk today during official exercise time between 6 and 9am. We wore our masks, which are now compulsory for exercise time. Nevertheless we encountered a couple not wearing masks and a family with masks dangling from one ear. I thought to myself, “Typical South Africans ignoring the rules – just like taxi drivers.”

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However, later I came across a video by Trevor Noah about the wearing of masks in America. Seems like their citizens are just as bad as ours. “We don’t want to live in a Nanny State,” said one American.

In South Africa there is just as much political posturing and grumbling. “We’re not your naughty children,” screams a popular headline.

We don’t like being told what to do. Even when it’s for our own safety. I don’t like being told to wear a seat belt. I particularly hate cars telling me to buckle up!

I think this is why so many people turn away from God. They don’t like being told what to do.

“No sex outside of marriage,” the Bible tells us.

“That’s ridiculous,” we say, “this is the twenty first century. I can do what I like with my own body.” We want to be gods of our own lives.

Satan used this weakness to tempt Adam and Eve. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened. and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. (Gen 3:5 NIV)

We don’t want to be told what to do. That is the basis of all sin. It is setting up ourselves against the authority of God. The remedy is to submit to Him, confess our wayward nature and ask for His forgiveness.