I always like to begin with the basics - what is the meaning of "authority"?
Authority - the power or right to give orders, make decisions and enforce obedience. (Merriam-Webster).
That definition covers a large amount of people: our parents and other family members, priests/pastors or other church elders, teachers, bosses, police and other people working in law enforcement, those in government positions and so on and so forth.
All of these people and positions come with major responsibility and stress. Look at the passage from Hebrews above - "They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden." I'm sure we can all think about some leader from our past who was absolutely miserable. Maybe it was because everyone under his/her command defied and challenged their every request?
Let's make sure that we obey our leaders in every step of our Christian walk.
What happens when those in authority ask you to go against God's law? - That is a question for another post.
#1 Christians are NOT Excluded from Obedience
#2 Holiness = Obedience to God
#3 Obeying God with Your Body
#4 Obeying God Makes His Actions Your Actions
#5 Taking Care of Your Family
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