The Lord put it on my heart to relook at authority.
But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:3
God has been, is and always will be the ultimate authority. Everyone and everything is under His authority first. Christ has been given authority by God, so that all things are subject to Him.
To be subject to someone means to be subordinate, to submit to another’s control, to obey.
Christ is also the head of the church (Ephesians 5:22-25)
Next is man. Man has been granted the leadership of the household. The woman of the house is called to be submissive to her husband (1 Peter 3:1) and children are called to obey their parents (Ephesians 6:1)
To be submissive means to yield to governance or authority. This means simply to recognize him as the leader of the house.
Man also includes the governing authorities.
Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are establish by God. Romans 13:1
God set governing authorities in place when He allowed His people to have a king. He did this because the people trust man before they trusted God. (1 Samuel 12:12) Governing authorities today not only include people like the President, the Senate, Congress and Governors, but it also includes the corporate leaders and business owners because they have a kind of authoritative power over the people who work for them.
Unfortunately there are those who abuse or misuse the authority which has been granted to them. Some allow their greed and wanton pleasure to take precedence over the needs of the people under them. Some even try to command those under them to harm another, or do something they know is wrong. This is called oppression.
The Greek word for oppression is Tok (Toke) and it means an unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power. A person who is being oppressed would have a sense of being weighed down in body or mind.
But no matter what we must always remember that it is each of us, as an individual, who will have to answer to the Lord for our actions. Not even the person in authority can be responsible for the choices we make. This is why God desires us to recognize that He is the ultimate authority and He desires that we be obedient to Him before you we are obedient to man.
Exodus 1:15-21 tells how the king of Egypt oppressed the people of God. He even tried to get the midwives to put to death any child born that was a boy, but to let the girls live. In verse 17 it says “But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them, but let the boys live.”
The midwives understood that killing the boys was against the Word of God and chose to follow God before man. God recognized their obedience and protected them and rewarded them for it.
We too should submit to God over man. If someone tells you to do something you know is wrong, then follow your heart and do what is right. Have trust in God to protect you and know that he will one day say “Job well done!”
But you must first recognize God as being the ultimate authority. Have the faith and trust in Him that He will do as He has promised and He will bless your obedience. Know that He has the ability to harden hearts or soften hearts, He can make the blind see and the deaf hear. He can give life and He can take it away. Absolutely nothing is impossible for God.
For those in authority it is time to examine yourselves. Look at your actions, not from your view, but from the view of those who are submitted to your authority. Now try to look at your actions from Gods prospective. If you see wrong, correct it. God will help you to get back on track and love others as He desires you to. God is patient beyond all measure, He is forgiving and He loves you.
To those who are under abusive authority, know that God sees your affliction and just as He has always been there for His people, He will be there for you. He will rescue you. (Psalm 72:14)
The Lord put a little something on my heart a few years ago. It is my prayer that it give you comfort and peace.