by David Cawston

Building Healthy Relationships in a Dysfunctional Society
David A. Cawston
Romans 13:1-5

On the subject of Authority there are a lot of mixed feelings and emotions.

We as Americans have been rather independent and have had trouble with authority.

We have negative feelings because of bad experiences.

-Oppression by rulers
-Abusiveness of authority figures
In our families
In the Church
In our society
State officials
Government officials

-Injustice by those in rulership

Because of these bad experiences we are very leery of people that are in authority.

We often throw out the baby with the bath water.

We don't have a healthy respect for authority or we have a great fear of authority. But our text tells us: "Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established..."

That does not mean that He established them to be unjust or cruel but rather that He created the position. He will also hold them accountable for what they do in that position.

I. God's Appointed Authorities

A. God
Matt 28:1
"...saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." (KJV)

Delegated authorities
Rom 13:1-5

1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

2 Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.

B. Home
1. Husbands
Eph 5:23

23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. (KJV)

2. Parents

3. Children
Col 3:20

20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. (KJV)

Even Jesus submitted himself to his parent's authority.

Luke 2:43-52
43 After t ...

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