"This life therefore, is not godliness but the process of becoming godly, not health but getting well, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not now what we shall be, but we are on the way. The process is not yet finished, but it is actively going on. This is not the goal, but it is the right road. At present, everything does not gleam and sparkle, but everything is being cleansed." --Martin Luther

Friday, January 1, 2010


How long do you submit to an authority when you believe what they are doing is wrong? What a question-especially in America today! I won’t say they name, but I heard a world-renowned man might have said (I don’t have the info so don’t want to put it in writing yet) he and his wife may have to move out of the country…or go to jail because they can’t pay their taxes if the money will go for federally funded abortions. Wow-that’s a stand. But really, how long do you submit?
We submit ourselves to Christ. He is the ONLY PERFECT authority.
We submit ourselves to church leadership. But I think of the things you may disagree with-music, preaching style, etc, etc. Do you have a duty to express your heart? But once you do, if it doesn’t hinder your faith and integrity (you just don’t personally like it), you choose whether or not to stay with them or not. You may choose to stay under that authority.
You submit to your boss at work. But, if they do something you see as unethical, what do you do? If you don’t say anything, there is a chance you would be implicated, or at least viewed as approving of the situation. What if you do say something? Yup, 99% of the time YOU are the one who suffers and may even lose your job. Brenda would say, “I am not going to prophesy, I am promising…” But at least your personal integrity is intact, and I think God will bless you for it in the long run.
If we know that Christ is our only perfect authority how are we to view how we place ourselves under earthly authority? The Bible says that those in authority will answer for more (sorry I don't have the verse), but that doesn’t just excuse you. So how far do you stay under that authority when their decisions affect you? Or they don’t affect you on the outside, but inwardly they make your spirit ache because your name and reputation are attached? Do you stay silent so as not to be labeled as rebellious (or as they say in Africa-have the sin of witchcraft)?

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