Traffic lights are signalling devices positioned at road intersections, pedestrian crossings and other locations to control competing flows of traffic. Whenever you walk/drive in the streets of Nairobi particularly when you are entering the CBD you would often come across either a traffic jam , people on the pavements walking very fast or Matatu’s being driven at a very high speeds with some driving on the wrong lanes.
You would certainly come to a conclusion that Kenyans are always in a hurry when you’l reach at the points where the traffic lights have been installed. Most pedestrians and drivers usually go past the traffic lights when the signals that permit have not indicated. That being said the biggest and challenging questions are do sin when we ignore the traffic lights? are we disobeying the authority ?
lets enlighten each other on this:
Romans 13:1-2 says, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.” Similarly, 1 Peter 2:13 says, “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men…” Simply put, we are to obey the government and the laws it institutes, because God has instituted government to maintain order in the world. The only instance the Bible gives in which it is right to disobey the government is if the government writes a law that violates the Word of God. We are to “obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).
Our legal system allows for mercy. Police officers are not required to ticket people who are breaking traffic laws. They can show mercy. Far beyond the legal system though, God is a God of grace and mercy. If you have received Jesus Christ as your Savior, ALL of your sins are forgiven. We are not supposed to live our lives worrying about sin. We are to live our lives out of gratitude for the salvation and forgiveness God has provided. We are to avoid sin because we love God, not out of fear, guilt, or a desire to escape punishment.
Strive to obey the law. When you discover that you have broken the law, confess it to God, thank Him for already having forgiven it, ask Him for help in overcoming it—and then continue down the road God has placed you on.