Power is used in two suggested ways: authority, and dynamite. This hunger for power is evident in so many ways in our world. From the little dog marking territory to the Oval Office of our nation someone strives to be the most powerful. The person who seeks power wants to make decisions for others. The one wanting the head seat in any organization feels the pressure of power. Used wisely, a position of authority is a good thing; used unwisely it produces playground bullies and thugs.
At the beginning of each school year it was interesting to me to observe. Each class had its own personality and there was always one at the top and one at the bottom. By the end of the first week, I knew who was going to challenge my authority. Weak teachers can be run right over by this system. The exercise of love and control in a classroom is essential.
Nations have personalities too. The truth is one country would love to have world domination. For the years of the cold war, Communism was a very threat to both explosive power as well as authority. The Cuban Missile Crisis was a very real threat to our country. Recently, relations with Cuba have relaxed, but we must remain vigilant. It could happen again.
Within each Believer lies authority. It comes from Jesus and is held in control by the Holy Spirit. That authority that Jesus used in directing those early church Believers is critical. Jesus directs Believers to go into all the world and teach all nations is not just a passing thought. It is a command. It comes with a promise: “and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
It is with dismay that I see the ranks of Believers declining. Lines are blurred. The stand-out Christian is ridiculed instead of respected. Why? Think about it. Is the gospel absolutely central or is it taken for granted? Once taken for granted, the strength of truth can even be doubted. Where do we stand? I am standing on the authority of Scriptures even if I must stand alone. The Bible is my bulwark of power.
Furthermore, it is one of those inalienable rights in our American Constitution. Let’s see that it stays that way by living out our faith, not in pretense, but on the authority vested to us in Christ.