“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.” – Romans 13:1-7
The third lesson I took from the movie “My Son” was to submit ourselves to authority.
When the female lead lost her son after a visit from Child Welfare Services, her whole focus was getting him back. It was not a bad goal, but the antagonist’s plan she gives in to had no submission to authority.
Had she held fast to doing things the right way, in one year she could have had access to her son, and not faced the consequences she did.
The antagonist had no submission to authority. He did not hesitate to draw his weapon to the sheriff, and ultimately shoots him. His defiance set in motion events that would lead to the tragedy that unveils.
When we defy authority FOR ANY REASON, we tell God that His power and timing is wrong and that we know better than He does.
I know people will say what about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednigo? The three who defied the king and were placed in the furnace of the god Baal?
They held fast to faith given by God. They defied the authority because his directive was to bow to a false god.
If our motive is to keep God’s commands, submit to His authority. If, however, our motive is to use God to defy authority, then we must submit to that authority because all authority is placed by God for His reasons and to work for His glory.
“Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work” – Titus 3:1