We had just passed the tollbooth on a French highway and noticed my sister’s car was not behind us. Being young Bible school students and not knowing the rules in France, I suggested to my friend that he stop on the left side of the highway to wait for the other car.
A French policeman appeared. “Do you know that it is illegal to park your car on the highway?” he said.
We thought he was being ridiculous. I made a remark to my friend with an undertone that the policeman immediately caught. He started writing a ticket. At that point, we tried to back up with our attitude, but too late. No measure of remorse could change his mind of that policeman.
We had been disrespectful, so he let us have it. To our dismay, we were forced to pay the ticket before he would let us go again. After about a 90-minute delay of driving with the policeman to an ATM to get the funds, we were on our way again.
I learned a couple of valuable lessons that day.
1. Ignorance of the law of the land never makes you innocent.
2. No matter how ridiculous you may think rules are, you must comply or face the consequences.
“Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.” –Revelation 20:11,12,15
Each of us will face the Judge of all the earth one day. Where will you stand on that day?