Just because it’s legal and permissible by government standards doesn’t mean that Christians should passively permit injustice and allow evil to happen.
Many of history’s darkest moments were disguised under the framework of government action, where sin was facilitated through the pretense of law and order, and evil was carried out through the charades of nationalism.
Slavery was legal. The forced removal and oppression of Native Americans was legal. The Holocaust was legal. Segregation was legal. Prohibiting women to vote was legal. The internment of American-Japanese citizens was legal. Even today, the systemic racism and bias that’s inflicted upon numerous victims within the U.S. is fueled by the nation’s laws and policies.
The most compelling argument that displays the faultiness of trusting a government for moral and spiritual authority is that Jesus himself was arrested, put on trial, and crucified legally, well within the laws of the Roman empire.
People Have Been Trying To Reduce Their Utility Bills For Millennia
Private access to water in ancient Rome was expensive. Homeowners who could afford running water paid for it based on the diameter of their access pipe. Unsurprisingly, people cheated. They often installed larger pipes than what had been paid for. This scam prompted the invention of the “calix” – a sleeved pipe which was put into the wall not by the homeowners, and which was decorated to prevent forgeries or alterations. Despite the calixes, crafty Romans still found a way to get their water cheaper. Some tried to steal water from the aqueducts directly, siphoning it off themselves or bribing the aquarii (specialized aqueduct workers) to siphon off water for them. All these practices were known as “fraus aquariorum” or plumbing fraud.