For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. (Matthew 8:9 KJV)
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. (Romans 13:1 KJV)
One big problem with authority is this- in order to have authority, you have to learn how to be under authority. The ultimate authority is with the Author- Jesus Christ! Even the highest authority in the land has to be under God’s authority. Every work of man will come to nothing without Him.
The centurion quoted in the scripture above from Matthew knew a simple truth- when one has authority, a word is spoken and things are done. Period. That isn’t a commentary on whether it is right or wrong to command things to happen or how to do so, it is just a truth- for good or ill, authority makes things happen. And to be an authority, you have to understand this principle as one who has been under authority.
It is apparent that some things are only learned by exposure or experience. This seems true of parenting. Parents who parent effectively were parented effectively. Those who are abusers were most likely abused. Those who are distant had parents who were distant. Parenting ability is caught, not taught. Parents are to be in authority, and have to have experienced parental authority that encompasses love, discipline, care, teaching and example in order to bring those things into the home. Even when these things are not learned in the home, they have to be experienced elsewhere in order to grow in understanding.
More about authority to come- please post your thoughts in a comment!