Losing Authority

From NFL kneelers, school walk-outers to prison rioters, authority is facing a tough future. What will the future hold in such a non-authority state?  Is some teaching causing these things? Is there a great effort to undermine all authority? In short, is authority going to survive this all-out onslaught and disregard for such a vital part of all life? Is anarchy in America and around the globe the next world view?

Wikipedia defines anarchy as “the condition of a society, entity, group of people, or single person that rejects hierarchy. It originally meant leaderless, but in 1840 Pierre-Joseph Proudhon adopted the term in his treatise “What is Property?” to refer to a new political philosophy, anarchism, which advocates stateless societies based on voluntary associations.” One simple definition states that “anarchy is a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority or absence of government and absolute freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal.” As to symbols, look for the A imposed over O in many forms. It definitely doesn’t stand for Alpha and Omega.

The Israelites or Jews at the times of the Judges is one example at which we could look. We are told that all men did that which was right in their own eyes. Judges 21:25  In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes. Before the time of the Judges, 1382-1043 BC, the leadership or authority of the Jewish nation was individual prophets, Moses, Joshua. About 400 hundred years, Israel struggled greatly with no central authority. The nation became disconnected, disjointed, and greatly disillusioned. If it had not been for God’s prophet priest Samuel, Israel would have disappeared.

God is ready to move on the scene and is not at all surprised. He still holds the heart of the king in his hand. (Proverbs 21:1) He is the King of Kings; there is no other king. However, Israel desired a human king instead of the divine King. With that desire came responsibility of the populace to the king.

God had previously ordained the authority of God, the authority of the home, and the authority of human government. During the New Testament era, we have the authority of church and business leaders established as dogmas of the Christian believer’s life.

Biblical references:

Parental Authority: Colossians 3:20 ‘Children, obey your parents…’

Governmental Authority: I Peter 2:13 ‘Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man…’

Church Leader’s Authority: Hebrews 13:17 ’Obey them that have rule over you, and submit yourselves….’

Employer’s Authority: Colossians 3:22 ’Servants, obey in all thing your masters.

Of course, not last but first, is God’s Authority: Many verses; here’s only one in Deuteronomy 13:4 ‘Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.

These thing should be taught with all authority as Paul told Titus (2:15). Jesus spoke with authority in the synagogues, to the evil spirits, to the Pharisees, and to the guards after his resurrection. Truly, no man  spake like this man. (John 7:46)

These things ought to be spoken in the home, in the church, in the government, and in the work place. One of the greatest characteristics of military training is the recognition of and obedience to authority. If authority of parents ceases in the home, anarchy of the children is next; if the authority of the government is undermined, anarchy is well underway; if the authority of the church leaders erodes in the heart of the membership, the church is Ichabod—power departed; if the authority of the boss is unheeded, the product is inferior, the business bottom-line decreases, and jobs disappear. One of the greatest messages lost in recent years from the pulpits is this message. Are we afraid to revive this or do we let it slide along with society? Are we salt and light?