So I Said to the Judge...
There are dozens of them in our small community. You'll find them at most moderately busy intersections. A toddler can identify them and tell you what they mean. They're red in color with four white letters. That's right, I'm talking about stop signs! If a driver disregards a stop sign by failing to come to a complete stop before proceeding into the intersection, he is breaking the law and can be fined. For those who desire to do the right thing, the law is not difficult to understand or obey when it comes to stop signs (the federal tax code is another matter entirely, but I digress).

I've seen the following 13 points regarding stop signs a couple times before, though I am not aware of the original author. How do you think any of these excuses would work before a courtroom judge?

The sign said: "STOP." I didn't. So I said to the judge...

Obviously, none of these excuses would work before a civil judge, so why do humans often resort to this sort of "reasoning" when it comes to spiritual matters? I've had people use similar excuses when I, with the Scriptures, exhort them about church attendance, leaving a church they grew up in that does not teach the truth, ceasing some immoral activity, obeying the gospel plan of salvation, etc.

People often don't realize how ridiculous they sound offering up some of these pitiful excuses to me. For example:

Friends, I can't help but wonder, will they utter the same words come Judgment Day before Almighty God?

We know enough to obey S-T-O-P and avoid fines. We ought to know enough to obey God's word in whatever avenues it instructs us! "Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad" (II Cor. 5:9,10).