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Recently the white house has dropped many regulations that “conflict, that are not worth the cost or that are just plain dumb.”

“The EPA will no longer classify spilled milk at a dairy farm as an oil spill, saving $146 million.”

“The Transportation Department will apply certain kinds of railroad safety equipment ‘only where they are actually needed’ saving up to $1 billion.”

“The Treasury Department will drop references in some of its rules on Yugoslavia, a country that broke up in 2003.”

“The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will eliminate more than 1.9 million annual hours’ worth of ‘redundant reporting requirements’ for air quality, saving $40 million a year.”

--Time, June 13, 2011, p. 18 Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

The early church dropped some of the legalistic requirements they were putting on Christians as well. Luke writes the story of the Jerusalem conference in Acts 15. The Jewish element of the church wanted to force Jewish rules on the new Gentile believers.

Acts 15:19-20 (ESV) (19) Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God, (20) but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood.

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