Posted by: blackfootsmj1 | May 29, 2011

What do an Ice Cream Truck, A police car, and Baptism have in common???

I want you to picture yourself in a hurry to get to work or school.  Somewhere you can’t afford to be late to get to.  As you begin to leave and drive out of your neighborhood. You hear a familiar noise behind you. It’s the ice cream man. At first the noise seems distant. But then you hear it grow louder and he begins to honk his horn.  As you look in your mirrors you see him following you, honking and flashing his lights. Obviously trying to get your attention. You think he’s got an emergency or somewhere to be.  You’re obviously confused, so you begin to pull over. Instead of speeding past you, as you’d expect, the ice cream man pulls in right behind you.  He then exits the vehicle, and begins to walk towards you.

As you roll down your window you ask, “Is there something I can do for you?”

He replies  “Do you have any clue how fast you were going?”

You laugh, but quickly stop as you realize this guy is serious. You think to yourself,  “Is this some kind of joke?  Who does this guy think he is? Is the ice cream driver a disgruntled police officer who misses old job or what?

So you jokingly respond,  “I actually have no idea, but I don’t see what the big deal is”

“You were going between approximately 35 mph.  This is a residential community, as you obviously you know.  That means a 25 mph speed limit.”

You’re still obviously confused,  more now than before. “I apologize?”  You reply, “But I don’t see the problem.  And I’m late for work, so I really don’t have time for this. Now I am more late than I was before”

The ice cream man acknowledges your rush and says,  “Ok, then I won’t keep you much longer, however, I do want to give you this fine. Here is my address.  I expect you to pay it within 14 days. Thank you for your cooperation!”

“Fine! A Fine?? He can’t be serious,” You blankly stare in amazement as the ice cream man pulls out an ice cream wrapper and scribbles 75$ and his address and phone number on it.

The man walks back to his van, flips on his music, and slowly drives away.  You chuckle, pull back into traffic, and continue on your way with no intention whatsoever of ever paying the ice cream man’s fine.

It All comes down to Authority

Why would you not pay the ice cream man?  After all, you were breaking the law.  You were driving much faster than the speed limit allowed.  Every time you’re caught by a police officer you have to pay his fine.  So why not now?

It’s all comes down to who has authority.  The police officer has authority and the ice cream man doesn’t.

Authority plays a major part in our everyday lives and so it’s not a concept that is difficult to understand.  We obey the authority of parents, teachers, our boss, people we respect, government officials, and many others.  And in the times in our lives when we are in charge, we expect other people to obey us.

Why would the government of God be any different?  (See ).  The Church of Jesus Christ functions based on these same principles of authority and obedience, and for exactly the same reasons.  God is a God of order. (1 Corinthians 14:33) ” For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” Even though someone may be technically correct in the manner in which they minister or officiate, if they are lacking in authority that ministry will not be valid.

So where does this authority to minister in holy things come from and why is it necessary. This authority comes from God. See Hebrews 5:4, “a man must be called of God as was Aaron.”  Aaron was ordained by Moses, the authorized priesthood leader, after that calling was made known unto him by God (see Exodus 4:10-16 and Exodus 28:1).  Here are some other examples:

  • Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, John 15:16
  • Paul was called to be an Apostle, Rom. 1:1 (this is particularly important; Paul was visited by Christ, but even after all of that he had to receive his authority by the laying on of hands by those in authority–see also Acts 6–where others are called)
  • Acts Ch. 8:12-21–Simon asks Peter to pay for the Authority and is denied the opportunity because Simon was not called by God.
  • Again, consider the Savior’s own baptism, why else would he have traveled 40 miles from Galilee to Jordan to be baptized of John. Except that he had the Authority to minister the saving ordinances?

So this is why people are baptized again when they want to become a part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although, many great Christians have very spiritual experiences as they follow the Savior’s example by being baptized and they have the purest intentions; whatever authority their minister claims is only partial.

The subject in part 3 is where does this authority come from, and how do we have it today?

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