Submitting to Those in Authority
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. (Romans 13:1-2)
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, ineffective, or contrary to company policy. The people skills of these managers are often 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. 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, as Paul said, it will bring judgment on us.
To re-adjust my attitude toward authority, and recognize that those in authority over me receive their authority from God, even if they use it poorly.
Lord, this can be a very difficult Christian principle to incorporate in my life because it feels wrong to respect a person who does not use authority rightly. But because I want to obey you, I want to learn to have genuine respect for those in authority over me. Please teach me and help me to do that.
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