How should we question authority? Should we at all?

Have you ever been in a situation where someone told you to do something, but you didn’t feel right about it? Maybe it was your boss, or teacher at school, a military commander, or parent. We all have those moments when we aren’t too comfortable following a command.

This was the situation Obadiah found himself in when he met Elijah in 1 Kings 18. Obadiah was a Godly man who found himself in the service of King Ahab, evil king. He meets Elijah, who is a prophet of God and a wanted man. Elijah tells him to tell Ahab, that he is there.

Obadiah immediately is afraid for his life. Ahab is an angry and unpredictable man. Obadiah knew this.

But instead of talking back to Elijah, or telling him to tell the king that he’s there himself. He explains his fear. He presents his concerns in a respectful and reasonable way.

There is no rebuke here for Obadiah. Elijah reassures him that it will all be right, and Obadiah will not be in danger.

This is exactly how we should interact with authority. We should not argue. We should not get angry. We should not answer with pride or disrespect.

We should speak humbly. Present our concerns respectfully. And give every impression that we desire to obey.

Next time you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, remember Obadiah. Remember his respect, and openness. Just because you disagree with authority, doesn’t mean you must have a falling out with them. Sometimes communication and respect is all that is needed to keep good relations!

“Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.” 1 Peter 2:17

 

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