Walk in Wisdom – Worldliness Part 7 “You’re not the boss of me!”


Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
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From: Psalm 106 – Worldliness part – 7

There is, especially within American culture, a tendency to abhor authority. We
love our individualism, our independence and autonomy. Many have come to
see it as some sort of God given right. The right to self government is nowhere
taught as a basic human right anywhere in Scripture – but in our society to
deny it is a form of blasphemy. Our only true, all encompassing human right is
the right to serve God. Where that is infringed upon, where any are restricted
from carrying out what God’s Word requires, or are somehow required to do
that which God’s Word forbids, we are responsible before God to rebel. Often
however, we seem to imagine that we have a God given right to rebel against
any authority we don’t like, don’t agree with, or that makes decisions we have
had no voice in or object to. The problem is – God is the one who institutes
authority. He sets up rulers and Kings, and tears them down (See: Isa. 41
& 45). He gives them the right to even “bear the sword” in punishing evil (Rom.
13). Israel began to grow jealous of Moses’ authority in the wilderness. They
began to adopt the worldly attitude that authority is just a human thing, and
they could either take it or leave it. If he was getting the job done (i.e. they
were getting the food, water and whatever else they demanded), all was well.
But when they didn’t get things their way the lynch mobs soon formed. And
haven’t we seen a repeat of this in the Church down through the ages? Never
mind that God Himself sets those in the Church with a measure of authority
over others (Heb. 13:17), if once some have seen it misused or abused, they
throw the baby out with the bathwater and refuse to be placed under any
authority other than themselves, and their self-appointed “right” to serve God
in a vacuum. This is worldly thinking at a high pitch. God’s church
isn’t “working”, so I’ll ignore His arrangement altogether. Church at home. Me
and my friends. No one to challenge OUR authority. Wanting power and jealous
of others who have. Oh how we need to beware, that we do not find ourselves
fighting against God, just because we don’t want to submit to God’s men.

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One thought on “Walk in Wisdom – Worldliness Part 7 “You’re not the boss of me!”

  1. “They began to adopt the worldly attitude that authority is just a human thing, and
    they could either take it or leave it.”

    …a problem I have been battling since I was but a short, little know-it-all….and continue to battle against now that I am….a bigger know-it-all.

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