Job 19 & 20
God, Authority & Speeding Tickets
Submitting to Authority
This is a very clear passage regarding authority. Scripture says all authority comes from God (v. 1). That could be a school teacher over a student, a boss over an employee, a husband over a wife, a pastor or elder over a church member, or a civic official over a citizen. Whatever it is, God expects us to respect and obey that authority. The only exception is if that person asks us to break God’s laws, then we must humbly and respectfully refuse to obey.
We should be teaching our children to respect the authority God has placed them under at school or any place else. Sadly, today many parents are quick to run to their children’s defense instead of teaching them to respond biblically.
But respect for authority begins with us and, sadly, we are often more concerned about what we perceive as our “rights,” than about being pleasing to God! We can’t expect our children to respect authority, including ours, if we are disrespectful to our spouses, police officers or bosses!
For example, how do you respond when you get stopped for speeding or some other violation? Are you concerned about justifying your behavior or denying your guilt? Or are you more concerned about pleasing God and trusting in His sovereignty?
How do you respond when passed over for a promotion or criticized at work? Are you more concerned about whether or not it’s fair or are you concerned about giving your co-workers the right opinion about God? Continue reading