Sometimes I count the number of cars that tailgate each other after the traffic light has turned red. It really ticks me off when cars intentionally drive through the red.
On Monday, Christine and I drove up the North Coast and there must have been a speed trap at least every 15 km or so. I don’t think that I have ever seen so many cops trapping on the roads. I know it was Easter Monday, but, why don’t the cops catch the real crooks?
If you are anything like me, you feel indignation when others break the law. Again, if you are anything like me, when you break the law there is generally a good excuse or someone else is to blame!
We South Africans must live in the craziest country in the world. We have one of the most sophisticated constitutions in the world. We also have really great laws. But it seems to me that we, as citizens feel we are entitled to obey the laws that suit us and break the ones that we think are “stupid”. And we know from that during the Fifa World Cup of 2010 that when push comes to shove, we had the resolve to enforce the laws.
But push rarely comes to shove and we sometimes think the biggest crooks in our country are the police. We are also witnesses to corruption of epic proportions in both the public and private sectors. I mean, for every civil servant that accepts a bribe, there someone who is willing to offer a bribe. So, if you are anything like me (again), my occasional tailgating or speed violations are justified, as they are nothing compared to crimes of both our crooks and our government, right?
Imagine if we took the words of Jesus super seriously. Imagine if we took the time to take the beam out of our own eye before we tried to take the splinter out of some one else’s eye (Matt 7:3-5). In other words instead of being policed externally, we became a country that is “self policed”.
What would happen if those who wished we lived in a law-abiding country, abided by the law?
If we paid our taxes.
Drove at the speed limit.
Stopped at the red light.
Never offered bribes, but paid the fines!
Never drank and drove.
Reported crimes even if we knew they wouldn’t be investigated.
Never over stated insurance claims.
If those who wish for zero tolerance, lived zero tolerance, our society would change. What if we refused to say, “everybody does it” and “what difference does it make?”
Jesus said that we should, “take the log out of our own eye before we try and take the splinter out of someone else’s”. I think that this is about developing a self-regulatory society.
There is no force that can stop the force of self-regulation! If you don’t want to do it for the country, do it for yourself.