Have you ever found yourself at odds with your parents? Or perhaps you are in college and your teachers regulations annoy you. A lot of times authority places under regulations that just seem, honestly, stupid. Maybe it feels they’re just giving commands because they feel like it. Sometimes we cant always find a good reason for our authoritys commandment.
A while ago, I was shown a verse that clearly justified authority despite their occasional weird regulations. In Hebrews 12, God is showing how the Lord treats us as sons. Although the main idea is that the Hebrews obey God, we can learn much from the comparison found here.
It says, Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Hebrews 12:9-10
Notice the phrase, after their own pleasure. God is simply stating that a father’s motives or understanding may not always be correct, but it is absolutely imperative to obey and respect your father despite his errors.
We all have faults. We have all failed. And as long as an authority is not asking us to go directly against Gods Word, we are required to obey. And even when an authority asks us to go against God’s Word, we are still required to respect them. (Example: Daniel 3)
I challenge you, the next time an authority tells you to do something that may not seem the best way, obey and respect them without griping. God has authorized them to give commands. Even if they are commanding after their own pleasure God will back them up. In short, obey your authority even though they’re fallible and human. It’s God’s command!
Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. Romans 13:7