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July 18, 2005

Jaywalking for Jesus

It has come under discussion that doing good could be sin. Specifically, San Diego County does not allow us to give home made food to the homeless.

Can I sell food I make at home?
No. All food sold or given away to the public must be prepared and stored at a commercial food establishment with a valid public health permit.

According to the California Uniform Retail Food Facilities Law, Division 104 Enviromental Health, Part 7 Retail Food, Section 114015 Returned Food/ Food Prepared in Private Homes, Paragraph 4

(4) Nonperishable, prepackaged food maybe given away, sold, or handled from a private home. For puposes of this paragraph only: (A) “nonperishable food” means a food that is not a potentially hazardous food, and that does not show signs of spoiling, becoming rancid, or developing objectionable odors during storage at ambient temperatures; and (B) no food that has exceeded the labeled shelf life date recommended by the manufacturer shall be deemed to be “nonperishable”.

Romans 13:1-7 says

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment…”

Therefore, are we in sin because we willinging violate the local laws established by the God appointed authorities? But are we to submit to tyrants and evil-doers as well. Were those who helped free slaves, sinning? What about those who resisted the Nazis?

In case you’re wondering, Jaywalking for Jesus comes from an earlier discussion about how we are willing to Jaywalk to give a homeless person a burrito but once we are done serving, we suddenly feel compeled to follow the traffic rules. We can no longer justify our rule breaking.

We rationalised that it was OK to break the rules if you were serving God but not if you are just being lazy.

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