A popular restaurant has a slogan "No Rules. Just Right." No doubt the restaurant is trying to enhance its image as a place where you can have fun and eat in an informal atmosphere. The slogan, if taken seriously, reveals an interesting tendency in our society. We rebel against rules.

Rules are important, however. Aren't we glad there are rules in the restaurant about food safety? Aren't we glad there are rules about how a server can treat you? Aren't we glad there are rules about charging you what it says on the menu?

How could we tell something was just right if we have no rule by which to measure rightness? Some rules may be silly and artificial, but chaos reigns where there are no rules.

Illustration by J. Michael Shannon, Professor of Preaching, Cincinnati Bible College & Seminary, Cincinnati, OH.