In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes. Judges 17:6
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me…” Matthew 28:18a
I’m don’t know about you, but I see a problem with respect and authority arising in our nation. Fewer and fewer people are willing to follow the law of the land. There seems to be very little respect for authority figures anymore. As was the problem in the book of Judges above, so it seems to be the problem today. Everyone doing what pleases himself with no worry of the consequences.
What has happened to respect? This crisis can spill over into other aspects of life besides law enforcement.
It can even go as far as school, work, even the church. This problem did not just happen. It has been building up for generations now. Ever since the father has left the home leaving the rearing of the children up to a single mom. Fatherless homes have tripled in the last 10 years. A home without the dad is a breeding ground for disaster.
Tony Evans tells the story of a group of young rogue male elephants wreaking havoc among and around a village in west Africa. Terrorizing the villagers, destroying homes, ruining crop land. Finally the authorities came to the conclusion there were no adults male elephants in the herd. So! They shipped some in. Immediately the young males came under submission of the adult males and the trouble ceased. All that was needed was an elephant with some authority. And the courage to push their weight around.
What America needs today is not more law on the books. Not more rules to follow. Not more prisons to fill up. What we need are some dads to stand up, stay in the home, exert their authority and push their weight around.
We need some men to teach their generation the facts. One being that there is authority in our life to respect.
We need men who will follow that authority themselves. That authority has a name. His name is Jesus. He is really what’s missing in our society, in our homes, in our schools, and places of work. When a world lives without the authority of God, -well Then, we get what we got.
Something must change. Someone once said,
“The cure for a broken society does not happen in the electric chair it happens in the highchair.” So, dads remember to teach respect and submission to authority. With the ultimate authority - Jesus Himself.
After all, didn’t He say, “and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
From Your Pastor,
Bro. Clay Hicks