A Peaceful Perspective... September 12, 2011

September 12, 2011, Volume 3, Number 24 Online at http://anisa.org.za/

Anabaptism is a biblical, Christian-faith movement that embraces the life, teachings, and witness of Jesus Christ and strives to embody these as normative in the everyday Christian walk.

Column: By what authority?

Interesting word “authority” – an author of a book originally meant someone who was an authority on some subject he or she had written about. The Authorized Version of the Bible was the one that had the authority of the King behind it, and was the only Bible permitted to be used in King James’ England. Authorization means being given permission to do something. In short authority is about power to enforce obedience. When a military commander gives an order, soldiers normally obey whether they like it or not his commands are backed by the state. He has power over them. When a minister preaches a sermon, he or she does so by virtue of the authority given by the church (though some would claim directly from God). This does not mean that everyone in the congregation listens or obeys, but such authority goes with the office. Many people are given authority over others, from traffic cops to revenue officials, and traditionally husbands have had authority over their wives and parents over their children. The truth is, society would descend into chaos and grind to a halt if there were no authorities empowered to maintain law and order, and if we did not respect their authority. That is why St. Paul tells the Christians in Rome that authorities are ordained by God for the public good. But sadly, such power is often is abused, and when this gets chronic people lose respect for authority and begin to disobey the laws which oppress them. more >>
Source: ANiSA News