1 Keph (Peter) 2:11-17 (RNV) Beloved, I beg as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts that war against the soul, 12 having your conduct honorable among the heathen that when they speak against you as evildoers they may, by good works that they observe, magnify Yahuwah in the day of visitation. 13 Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Master's sake, whether to the king as supreme 14 or to governors as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and praise of those who do good. 15 For this is the will of Yahuwah, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men. 16 As free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of Yahuwah. 17 Honor all. Love the brotherhood. Fear Yahuwah. Honor the king.
As children of our Eloah, whose name is Yahuwah (yah-hoo-wah'), we are duty bound to not give those outside the Body of Yahushua reason to speak against us. People who do not submit themselves to Yahuwah will most certainly make remarks and speak against those who do. We just can't give them valid reasons to do so. Never fear, in due time, the Master will recompense to them the just rewards of their actions.
More evidence of this is found in Rhomaios (Romans) 13:1. See also Titios (Titus) 3:1.
Rhomaios 13:1-5 (RNS) Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from Yahuwah, and the authorities that exist are appointed by Yahuwah. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of Yahuwah, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same, 4 for he is Yahuwah's minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain, for he is Yahuwah's minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience' sake.
All of us who LOVE and OBEY Yahuwah must also obey man-made law, no matter how silly or invalid it may seem, as long as it does not conflict with Yahuwah 's Law. When you "submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Master's sake" you are doing the will of Yahuwah. Period. When you do not submit yourselves to these same ordinances, you are committing sin (transgression of Yahuwah 's Law), by disobeying Yahuwah. Period.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 (RNS) Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter! Fear the Elohiym and keep His commandments for this is man's all.
There are many common areas of disobedience that so called Christians never consider as sin, but are just as much sin as is theft, fornication, or other easily recognizable sins. To show how easy it is to be in disobedience without ever considering it as disobedience to Yahuwah, I have listed below some common traffic ordinances of man that are violated regularly by otherwise obedient "church goers." To disobey these man-made laws is to also be disobedient to the will of Yahuwah and will carry the same penalties when you stand before Him in the last day.
Exceeding the speed limits set by man for the roads that you drive.
Not coming to a complete stop at stop signs.
Failure to signal turns.
This could go on forever, especially if we started listing non-traffic violations.
It is up to us to turn this around, and help our Brothers and Sisters in Yahushua to think about what they are doing. You can set the example for them by choosing to obey the Word of Yahuwah yourself. Think about what you are doing at all times, and think about what you are doing looks like to those who see you. Are your actions bringing honor to the name of our Eloah? Or are they bringing ridicule and dishonor? No matter how silly you may think a law is, if you really love the Him, you will submit yourself to it, because it is His will that you do so, so that you will present the correct example to those who are not believers.
Oh! By the way! The child of Yahuwah will hearken to the above passages only out of love for our Sovereign, and not because he is afraid of man's consequences for breaking man's law.