Consider the following scenario, which is completely hypothetical. The point is: **How much responsibility does the church place on us when, out of ignorance, people in power refuse to act?
[size=]Say Samuel is jaywalking. Upon reaching the other side of the street, he realizes he just jaywalked right up to a cop. Having been caught in the act, he approaches him in order to cooperate.
The police officer doesn’t write him up, though. Instead the cop asks him what he’s doing, and Samuel responds that he just jaywalked and the cop saw him do it. The police officer says it isn’t illegal and dismisses Samuel.
But the cop is wrong, and Samuel knows full well he is. In fact, he can quote the city ordinance.[/size]
The question is whether it’s Samuel’s responsibility to inform the cop that he’s mistaken. Sure, everybody’s first impulse would be to take advantage of the officer’s ignorance. Is that the right thing to do, though? There’s no doubt the cop is mistaken, but would the Church require Samuel to correct the officer and insist he write him up?