This morning we discuss an important biblical issue that just goes against every fabric of our sinful, rebellious nature: submission to the authorities in our lives. In many ways America is an interesting paradox. We are a Republic governed by the rule of law—yet we came into existence by rebelling against the laws we were under (from England).
In our first segment we look at a disturbing story of how bad things can get when young people are not taught respect and to honor authority. A decorated Green Bay School Teacher recently resigned because student behaviors were so bad that her very life and health was in danger. And we discuss the sad irony of this fact: teachers facing anarchy from students when their own teacher’s union used to recommend they read and emulate Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals so they can learn how to undermine political authority over them. Are we headed straight to the brink of anarchy in our nation where there is no authority or order?
What about us, professing Christians, are we honoring the authorities in our lives as the Bible instructs? Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute joins us to discuss the biblical mandate of honoring the authorities God has placed in our lives as believers.
Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, 14 or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. 15 For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. 16 Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. 17 Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king. 18 Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable. 1 Peter 2:13-18
But the centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.” 10 Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel. Matthew 8:8-10