…by Randy Parish
Authority. We are all under it. Some of us even have it. Authority can be given, designated or earned. No matter where it comes from, we are all subject to it. If you have a driver’s license, you agreed to fall under the authority of those that enforce the rules of the road. If you work, you ultimately fall under the authority of a supervisor or a manager and probably under a lot of corporate rules. We can submit to it, ignore it or push the boundaries of it, but it is still there.
My wife and I are going through the process of setting up a trust. One of the elements addresses end of life issues. We decided our kids should be involved, so we had to look at our 5 kids and determine who we would give the authority to, should those decisions be required.
Our Suncrest Business Management Team has been actually going through a document called an authority matrix at the last couple of meetings. It’s basically looking at who has what authority, to make what financial decisions. It’s not been as easy as it sounds. We have a lot of checks and balances in place, so having one person with the ultimate authority to make a stand alone decision was actually very low.
If you are a leader at Suncrest, you would be familiar with our Leadership Covenant that defines falling under the authority of our Elders.
If you are a Christ follower, you live your life under the authority of God. Right? We end up treating God like we do other authority that touches our lives. We try to pick and choose how far we listen or accept the guidance of authority. Who doesn’t think 30mph on Parrish Ave is too slow? There is an authority that says it’s not.
We take the view of what’s good for me? We analyze, weigh the costs and pick and choose the best.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. – All scripture is God breathed.
It all serves a purpose. When I read it, will I follow it?
So where is your life built? On the solid rock of following the word of God or on the shifting sand of picking and choosing?
Will you read it and still decide what to follow? What do I do when the bible says one thing and when culture says another?
Let the bible have the authority. Decide to follow it, then read it!