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Breaking Laws or Rules to Save: Right or Wrong?
It has been quite some time since I last authored a hub. You may have wondered where I have been. First, I have been very busy doing freelance work in the form of writing articles, blog posts and comments, and eBooks. Secondly, I have published another book. It is fiction and seems to be well liked. You can find it below.
This morning, I ran across a wonderful news story out of Virginia that has moved me to write a hub about breaking rules and laws for the good of humanity.
Before we move on, I would like to see your stance on whether it is right or wrong to break a rule or law.
Your Poll Vote
Is it acceptable to break a law (or rule) to save a life?
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Tim Webb is a dispatcher for the Galax, Virginia police department. He received a call that had him in stress of a crucial decision.
Little 17 month old Aidan Walker was having a seizure and had stopped breathing. Aidan's Grandmother, Cheri Grable was on the other end and was in a panic.
Tim knows CPR, but the problem was: the Galax police department was not certified to provide emergency medical services. This meant that Tim would be breaking rules in telling Cheri how to save her Grandson. Tim looked at his Chief, and the Chief of police said to "go for it." It would take an ambulance at least 20 minutes to reach the baby.
Tim guided Grandma Cheri through the method of giving CPR and life to her Grandson.
Aidan is back to playing like a normal baby boy again instead of being in a coffin, and Grandma Cheri and Aidan's Mother say it is all because Tim and the Galax police broke the rules.
You can hear the complete 911 call at the link below:
- Galax 911 call
Other Cases of Breaking Laws or Rules
There are multiple cases in the course of history where humans have broken laws and rules to either save lives, or to help humanity in general. Some of those are:
The Underground Railroad
Humans broke laws in helping slaves escape tyrannical slavery in the South. They formed safe-houses and an elaborate method of transporting them from the Southern slave States to the North where slavery was not legal.
Feeding the Hungry
In recent news, an elderly man in Florida was arrested several times for feeding homeless.
Killing to Save
This could be looked at in a number of ways. One such one was when U.S. forces enter a country to kill a known terrorist, but we are breaking that country's laws in doing so. Or you come across a person raping a small child and to save that child, you must kill the rapist. Is that ok?
Speeding or Breaking Traffic Laws
You come across an accident and you must take a seriously injured person to a hospital. The only way they can be saved is if you speed and break traffic laws. Is that ok?
Where is the Line Drawn?
The largest controversy with breaking laws to save lives is where to draw the line.
A good example would be:
It is illegal to perform abortion in a certain State or country. A Mother is brought in and she is just barely pregnant (a few weeks). The only way to save the Mother's life is to abort the fetus.
Is this a law that should be broken.
I must mention here and now that I am a strong believer in abortion being murder. I know that many of the people that read my hubs feel the same, so I know that this will cause some heavy thoughts.
Please answer the poll:
Early Abortion to Save a Mother's Life
Is it ok to perform an illegal abortion (as in the above case) to save a Mother's life?
Right or Wrong?
If we ask judges or humans if it is right or wrong to break man's laws to help humanity or save a life, we will get a plethora of answers.
If we look at the ultimate judge and jury...the Bible; God's Word, we may get what we feel is a contradiction.
For the Lord’s sake, respect all human authority—whether the king as head of state, or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right.It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil.— 1 Peter 2:13-16
Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good.— Titus 3:1
We look at the above verses and then we take a look back at the life of Jesus.
Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”
“I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”
Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”
Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath, so the Jewish leaders objected. They said to the man who was cured, “You can’t work on the Sabbath! The law doesn’t allow you to carry that sleeping mat!”
But he replied, “The man who healed me told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’”
“Who said such a thing as that?” they demanded.
The man didn’t know, for Jesus had disappeared into the crowd. But afterward Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.” Then the man went and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had healed him.
So the Jewish leaders began harassing Jesus for breaking the Sabbath rules.
So Jesus broke the law. He healed on the Sabbath.
Not a Contradiction
Yes, it seems a contradiction, but it isn't.
It is as our Lord Jesus told us. We are to first follow God. That means listening to the Holy Spirit and reading His Word.
If at all possible, we are to follow man's laws and rules, but if they are breaking God's rules, we are obligated to break those laws. But we must be willing to face the consequences.
Consider the consequences Jesus paid for breaking man's laws and following His (God's laws):
Running a red light because you are late to church is not a good reason to break man's laws.
Killing an unarmed burglar that is trying to run away is not a reasonable excuse to kill.
But there are situations in life where breaking a law may be life saving or will help humanity as a whole.
It all comes down to that "still, small voice" inside of you. The Holy Spirit will lead you on the proper route to take.
I believe that there will be very few times in life where you will be in the position to have to break man's laws to uphold God's. If you are, and you live daily in God's Word, you will know the proper direction to take.
Always remember, when you break man's laws, there will be consequences. When you break God's laws, there are extreme consequences unlike any of man's.
Truth Will Prevail!
© 2015 Greg Boudonck