Crazy Laws

Fortunately, our founding fathers knew the wisdom of building a nation on a set of laws. But is it possible to go too far? I think so. Let me illustrate. In Alabama, it is against the law to buy peanuts after sundown. Pennsylvania law books record a case in 1971, when a man sued Satan for his own bad luck. The case was thrown out on the grounds that Satan did not live in Pennsylvania. In Vermont, it is illegal to whistle underwater. In Lake Charles, the law forbids allowing a rain puddle to remain in one’s front yard for more than 12 hours.

Kentucky has several wise laws. You must bathe at least once a year. If you throw an egg at a public speaker, you will spend a year in jail. And females in bathing suits are not allowed on any highways unless they are escorted by two officers armed with a club. This law does not apply to females who weigh less than 90 pounds or more than 200. Nor does the law apply to female horses. Did you know the ancient Jews had hundreds of laws? They had one for every day of the year and another for every bone in the body. Then a man named Jesus arrived on the scene. He said, “I have come to fulfill the law.” When he called his first followers, he simply said, “Follow me.” Life is a journey. A good life is a journey to follow Christ. Follow him wherever he goes, but don’t visit Kentucky unless you took a bath last year.

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