Monday, October 22, 2012

10/22/12 - Authority

Our culture is anti-authority!

We scoff at anyone telling us what we can or can not do!

We despise the line authority God established.

Because we are so anti-authority in our culture we question the full authority of the bible. We fall into the trap of those that question God's Word without much backlash, because after all would God really say that, or did He really mean that? We have set ourselves up as "the authority" in our life, so we can use His word like a buffet, taking what we like, leaving the rest behind. We choose what we want to obey and what we don't! After all, if the Bible isn't the final authority it doesn't really matter!

Because of this pervasive anti-authority issue in our culture many believers are living lives with one foot in the world, one in God's kingdom. Their theology is wimpy, so they are wimpy. Their view of God is wimpy. Therefore they view themselves through this distorted picture. 

Because of this culture balking at authority we are critical of our pastors and elders, figuring out ways to go around their authority. We talk about our bosses behind their backs thinking they aren't that good of leaders anyway! We storm off when our parents set any type of boundaries in our life, rolling our eyes and disregarding their authority. We manipulate our husbands and chide their authority in our life. 

Oh friends may this not represent our lives! May we fully embrace the wonderful, freeing authority God has established! May we always be mindful of honoring and respecting those that God placed as our authority. May we lay down pride thinking we are our final authority and bow our knee to the King of king and Lord of lords!

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the way of the wicked, nor stand in the path of the sinner, nor sit in the seat of scoffers. BUT his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates both day and night. Ps. 1:1-2

1 comment:

Luke said...

I don't see this much at all. In fact, I find that the people I know long for authority... but they are given wimpy/lame excuses for authority instead. They distrust authority because it has been used to abuse and mislead. They reject authorities who have used their power not to serve and bless but to kill, steal, and destroy.

Those who scoff at people telling them what to do tend to do so because the person telling them what to do has not demonstrated proper use authority (serve not be served) and make wild claims not grounded in the person of God.

Those who despise God's line of authority do so because of the misuse of the very thing that was setup to bless us.

And those who truly question the authority of the Bible do so for very different reasons than you propose here. While you are right that many people merely decide they don't like what the Bible says and gravitate toward some camp that "tells them what their itching ears want to hear"... those who actually study Scripture and find fault with authority claims do so for solid, scholarly reasons grounded in Christ, history, and Scripture itself. To say that the scholars--who study the Bible and find people's authority claims based on their interpretation incorrect--are simply "rejecting the final authority" is to woefully misrepresent these intelligent and God-fearing men and women.

Indeed, those who raise objections to inerrancy often have a much deeper understanding of theology and the historical context of Scripture than the millions of American Christians who accept it merely because they were told that to reject inerrancy is it heresy. Few of the people I talk to about this subject have studied it and merely repeat mantras like what you've posted here.

Again: Pastors, bosses, parents, and even our spouses, have proven themselves (like us) to be in desperate need of God's grace and forgiveness! In the areas where they have failed to follow Christ's model of authority and lay down their lives, we are right to exhort them to live a lift worthy of their calling! Indeed, only by doing so will we, as you so rightly point out, live in the freeing authority God has established.

~Luke