Authority, Civility, & Consistency

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Sermon Notes

Authority is a word that evokes all sorts of emotion in contemporary Americans. We undoubtedly have a strong aversion to the general idea of authority over us, yet we live with the constant reality of it. Christians have an even more complicated relationship to this concept, for Christians maintain a citizenship to another world as they pass through this one. All of this is enough to create the most complicated problems for someone attempting to understand his or her responsibility to relate to authority. This passage says much about authority, and there is much for us to learn about our relationship to authorities – both in the Church and in the world. Let’s trust God’s wisdom over our own, and hear what He would say to us about our obligations and privileges today.