by David Cawston

Respect Authority
Ten Laws for Successful Living series
David Cawston
Exodus 20:12

A basic law for any society to survive is that there must authority and respect for authority.

Authority is really earned.
It is given by position.
It's power is earned through fear and trust.
1. Fear or respect is the beginning of authority.

Proverbs 1:7
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction."(NKJ)

2. Trust is the objective of authority.

That is why the writer of Proverbs writes this progression in Proverbs 3:1-6
1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.(KJV)

When there is abuse and corruption of authority then it is difficult to regain respect and the entire system comes crumbling down.
That is why God's word declared to fathers especially in
Colossians 3:21
21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.(KJV)

This is the sickness of America Today.
Our respect for the: Police
Government officials
This has created a society of anarchy.

The falling apart of the Home has created an environment in which there is no respect for authority or authority figures because children have been so damaged by the major authority figure in their lives their parents. And the surviving parent spends the major portion of their time earning a living that it is difficult to maintain contact with their children.

This problem is also experienced in homes where both parents hav ...

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