Capt. Rick McCary of the Meridian Police Department is stern in his approach to enforcing the seat-belt law, which is commendable, but we are thankful that his letter (“New seat-belt law takes effect next month,” Sunday, April 30) offers a ray of hope to a few well-meaning individuals who are opposed to wearing seat belts.

He uses the word “can” rather than “must” issue the driver of a vehicle a citation for violation of the seat-belt law. This suggests that his department is not compelled, or forced, to arrest those with legitimate reasons for not wearing seat belts.

God said, “Cursed by the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord” (Jeremiah 17:5). “But blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is” (Jeremiah 17:7). “But without faith it is impossible to please him, for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:16).

I do not wear a seat belt because I fear the consequences of placing my faith in man’s inventions, rather than in God. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10).

Because of my personal convictions, coupled with the freedom of religion granted by the Constitution, the passage of the primary seat-belt law has created a dilemma. Shall I trust God and be blessed, yet suffer the consequences of disobeying the law of the land, or shall I put my trust in man’s invention and buckle up?

This is not to imply that Christians do not wear seat belts. Paul said, “Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind” (Romans 14:5).

Wallace Lucky


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