No human government, big or small, centralized or local, will work unless the governed are willing to put aside their self-interests for the good of all.
Numerous biblical examples show the authority and structure of the church. However, they will hold little weight if we feel our experience invalidates them.
Anarchism rejects authority and governance. It declares that man is essentially good, and if all restraints are removed, that inner goodness will come out.
If we reject the spiritual gifts God gave to others, we put ourselves at risk of being deceived, and altering our belief system in response to every new idea.
Those trained in the home to dishonor parents will resist authority on every front, whether civic authorities, supervisors on the job, or teachers in school.
Americans love law in principle, but when the law begins to squeeze them and their accustomed lifestyles, it becomes acceptable to ignore the offending law.
The fifth commandment provides a bridge, connecting our relationships with God and the relationships with our fellow human beings.
The fifth commandment stands at the head of the second tablet of the Decalogue, which governs our human relationships. It is critical for family and society.
If we govern ourselves, God will take care of us. Government of any kind will not work unless people govern their own nature. Self-control enables us to show love.
The fifth commandment teaches our responsibility to give high regard, respect, and esteem to parents and other authority figures, leading to a prosperous life.
The fifth commandment begins the section of six commands regarding our relationships with other people. Children should learn proper respect in the family.
Honor of parents is the basis for good government. The family provides the venue for someone to learn to make sacrifices and be part of a community.
Pride, the father of all sins, is the source of self-exaltation, self-justification and the despising of authority. It cloaks rebellion in a deceptive appeal.
Seeking our will at the expense of the group makes conflict inevitable. Society work only when everyone submits to one another in the fear of Christ.
God intended government to be a positive force of bringing order out of chaos, keeping on a straight course, educating, and edifying with necessary laws.
John Ritenbaugh, reiterating that wisdom is not the answer to all of life's problems, indicates that it is still a valuable virtue, transforming us for good and a sense of well-being. In the matter of deference to civil authority, we must remember that, as ambassadors and sojourners in a foreign land, we must give governing …
It's easy for worldly ideas to creep into the church. We must be on guard against any 'itch' we have that could lead us or others astray.