As students join your group time, ask students to call out all of the laws they can think of. Some examples might be: don’t steal, don’t murder, don’t commit fraud, etc.
We shared some good examples of laws and rules. There are also some pretty crazy laws in place. Listen as I read examples of real-life laws and see if you can guess which state the law is from. Read each law and see if students can guess the state listed in parentheses:
No one can feed garbage to pigs without first obtaining a permit. (Arizona)
A pinball machine can’t give away more than 25 free games to a player who keeps winning. (Arkansas)
Those engaged in llama-related activities, such as riding, training, or goofing around at a county fair, are responsible for any personal injuries they suffer. (Georgia)
Billboards have no place in paradise. They’re outlawed in the state with few exceptions, including notices from public offices and signs posted where goods are sold. (Hawaii)
Any contest in which participants try to capture a greased or oiled pig is illegal. (Minnesota)
There are lots of good laws in place that help people stay safe and live in order. Life without laws would be chaos!
- What are some rules you have to follow at home, in school, or at extracurricular activities? (Answers will vary. Students may mention things such as, “no using phones at the dinner table,” “no talking to your neighbor during class,” or, “treat everyone else with respect.”
- How many of you have ever been in trouble for breaking a rule? Have a show of hands. Students don’t have to share why they were in trouble; that isn’t the point of asking them. The show of hands is to demonstrate to the group that all of us struggle to obey authority figures at one time or another. Mention that it’s very likely that all of us have been in trouble at some point.
Mention that there are varying degrees of hierarchy within authority figures. Some may be respected or feared more than others, but all authority figures need to be listened to, obeyed, feared, and respected.
- Why is it important to respect those in authority over us and the laws that are put in motion for our protection? (Answers will vary. Invite discussion.)
Although some of our earlier examples were silly, there are consequences to breaking rules and not listening to authorities. We may think that the rules created by authorities over us aren’t important or are not in our best interest to obey. Today’s lesson begs to differ and gives us reasons why God’s wisdom helps us deal with those in authority.