Respect For Authority

In order for any organization, any school, any church, any town or any city to run effectively, there has to be leadership… people who are in positions of authority. The purpose of leadership is to provide guidance for citizens or, members of the organization. If there wasn’t any leadership, there would be the opportunity for chaos.      The scripture says in Romans 13:1, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” So, we are to have respect for those in positions of authority.
But, there are times when people begin to question or rise up against those in authority. In Numbers 16 we find an example of this. The Bible says that one day Korah, conspired with Dathan and Abiram and they led a rebellion against Moses. As a result of this, they were punished with the earth opened up and swallowed them.
God did this to demonstrate to Israel that Moses was their leader and He would not tolerate rebellion! Respect for authority is missing some today. I think this begins in the home… where Parents should teach their children how important it is to have respect for those in authority. Social media feeds this as well. In the past, people may have had questions about those in authority but, the only people they could tell were people they knew. Now, a person can post something and all their friends or followers see it.
There has to be people in positions of authority. If there wasn’t, there would be no law. Now, do we agree with everything those in authority do? No. But, there should be respect. We should pray for those in authority.
Instead of rebelling we should pray.

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