No Dirty Word

1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except by God’s appointment, and the authorities that exist have been instituted by God. 2 So the person who resists such authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will incur judgment (Romans 13).

This verb “be subject” is the same used to describe our Lord as a boy placing Himself “under” his parents, allowing them “authority” over His life. This is how God conducts all of what is, beginning in the heavens. Thus, anyone who “resists” authority, resists the God who ordained such authority, reserving nothing less than His “judgment” upon themselves—period. This is just how it works, with no exceptions.

We live in a topsy-turvy world today where the idea of putting oneself under anyone’s authority is … well … under attack. Authority has become a dirty word and is undermined by constant claims of personal rights, which are elevated above authority. Thus, for the sake of the rights of students, the authority of school administrators rises even above that of the parents of those children, claiming the power to determine what is best for them.  

Lord, we thank You for Your authority over our lives. Help us This Day to submit ourselves to You and to every authority you have appointed over us. Amen.