Authority

In church this morning our Sr. Minister, Randy, made a statement that caught my attention.  Ok…so he made a lot of statements that got my attention.  However, one in particular really got me to thinking.  To paraphrase, this is what he said:

“As a nation we only recognize authority when we agree with it – if we recognize it at all.”

That statement really caught my attention because it’s true.  Randy also said that we are raised to question authority.  And so I got to thinking – how often do I question authority?  As humiliating as it is, I have to admit that I do so all the time.  Yet God’s Word says we are to obey authority, not just when we agree with it, but we are to obey unless we are being asked to do something that is in direct violation of God’s Word.  And in reality, how often are we TRULY asked to go against God’s Word? 

There are no laws that state we are to stop being kind to each other.  There are no laws against speaking up for the rights of others.  We might need to be careful about how we phrase things, but we are able to worship God by our words and are actions today, just as they were in the early days of the church.  In fact, we are able to do so much more openly than they could in the early days of the church.  There is no law against belief in God and following His Word.  Yet, it is hard for us…why?

Is it that we are afraid to make a ripple?  Are we worried that people will like us less?  Are we concerned about our reputations?  Are we ashamed of our faith?  Jesus said that we would be persecuted for our faith just as He was.  We should be prepared for that.  Our beliefs are not popular.  People would much rather do their own thing –  including Christians.  It is time for us to break out of our shells, to “go into all the world and preach the Gospel.”

Truly let our motto be:

“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God until salvation…” (Romans 1:16 KJV)

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1 Comment

  1. Glynis said,

    August 4, 2008 at 6:26 am

    Awesome post! You are so right that we have it SO easy here and yet our Christianity is often weak and wimpy. God has asked us to CHANGE THE WORLD and we can’t even speak about our faith sometimes for fear of reprimand. How embarassing. Thanks for the important reminder !


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