Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Submitting to Those in Authority
Someone once told me that you can learn as much from an incompetent or bad manager as you can from a good one, and I think that's probably true. But the learning is more difficult and painful!
I’ve heard many sad stories from people who work for a boss who is either lazy, disorganized, inexperienced, or unqualified for the job of manager. Others work for a boss who uses tactics or methods which are either unethical or ineffective or contrary to company policy. The people skills of these managers are usually sadly lacking, and they are not usually willing to accept suggestions from anyone else.
The first biblical principle we need to consider is our attitude toward those in authority. God has established authority as the order for the universe. And if it were not for the principle of authority, we would have nothing but chaos. The same is true in our business world. Authority is essential.
Therefore, the people in positions of authority are part of God's plan for authority. And as Christians, we are directed to submit ourselves to those people who have risen to those authority positions.
Even though you may have a boss who does not use his or her position well or appropriately, his/her authority is nonetheless from God, and as Christians we are to respect it. To rebel against that is to rebel against God's order, and, Paul said, it will bring judgment on us.
Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.