Authority Commensurate With Responsibility 1 - First Line of Authority


First Line of Authority

The first line of authority a child is exposed to is its parents. Later, the line extends to school teachers, civil authorities, perhaps military and governments.

To stand opposed to these authorities is to stand opposed to God. Respect toward authority is to be instilled in every child. A policeman is not a pig: he is a constituted God given authority and is to be treated as such.

Romans 13:1-7 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: for the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God.: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.