The Burning Man festival prides itself on escaping the constrictions of rules and laws. And yet, when they construct the enormous, fanciful structures, they pay strict attention to the laws of physics and safe engineering. They have a committee to inspect all the vehicles of odd design to be certain they are safe. Go out into the wilderness and indulge in all kinds of wild and crazy excess, but even out there, there are some laws you ignore to your own peril.
One of the metaphors in the Bible for those kinds of laws is a plumb line. Builders know that if you don’t build walls perfectly plumb (straight up and down), eventually they will topple; your whole building will lie in ruins. Almost plumb doesn’t work. Plumb means perfectly plumb. Consider these verses from Isaiah:
So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.
I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line… – (Isaiah 28:16-17a)
If a nation or people wants their “house” to stand, they must build it plumb with justice and righteousness. History has proved this repeatedly. Therefore, what does the future hold for a country who complacently chooses leaders who are known for dishonesty and greed?
It would be good for the people of that country to realign themselves with the “foundation stone” laid by God, Jesus Christ. He is tested and true. “The one who trusts (in Him) will never be dismayed (by the collapse of his or her “house.”).”