Our culture is anti-authority!
We scoff at anyone telling us what we can or can not do!
We despise the line authority God established.
Because we are so anti-authority in our culture we question the full authority of the bible. We fall into the trap of those that question God's Word without much backlash, because after all would God really say that, or did He really mean that? We have set ourselves up as "the authority" in our life, so we can use His word like a buffet, taking what we like, leaving the rest behind. We choose what we want to obey and what we don't! After all, if the Bible isn't the final authority it doesn't really matter!
Because of this pervasive anti-authority issue in our culture many believers are living lives with one foot in the world, one in God's kingdom. Their theology is wimpy, so they are wimpy. Their view of God is wimpy. Therefore they view themselves through this distorted picture.
Because of this culture balking at authority we are critical of our pastors and elders, figuring out ways to go around their authority. We talk about our bosses behind their backs thinking they aren't that good of leaders anyway! We storm off when our parents set any type of boundaries in our life, rolling our eyes and disregarding their authority. We manipulate our husbands and chide their authority in our life.
Oh friends may this not represent our lives! May we fully embrace the wonderful, freeing authority God has established! May we always be mindful of honoring and respecting those that God placed as our authority. May we lay down pride thinking we are our final authority and bow our knee to the King of king and Lord of lords!
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the way of the wicked, nor stand in the path of the sinner, nor sit in the seat of scoffers. BUT his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates both day and night. Ps. 1:1-2