The cultural blinders of authority

I’ve written on this before, but I want to go through a more logical progression.

Authority in the Scriptures is a position that is given by God.

  • Father-Son
  • Christ-Church
  • Husband-wife
  • Parents-Children
  • Government-subjects

All cultures value the ‘power’ of authority over the ‘responsibility’ of authority. As Jesus said:

Matthew 20:25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. 26 It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, 27 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His [n]life a ransom for many.”

Jesus is not denigrating authority or canceling it:” “It is not this way among you” indicates that authority will still be present and active. Rather, the responsibility of authority should not be disconnected from it, AND it should be approached with humility.

Authority was given to Love. God is authority, and God is love. God used His authority to send Jesus to die on a cross, assuming full responsibility for our sin, so that we have the opportunity to be accept, believe, confess, and repent to be reconciled to the Father.

Matthew 26:39 And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” 40 And He *came to the disciples and *found them sleeping, and *said to Peter, “So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour? 41 Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42 He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.” 43 Again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 And He left them again, and went away and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more. 45 Then He *came to the disciples and *said to them, “[k]Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Get up, let us be going; behold, the one who betrays Me is at hand!”

God’s authority was used to Love us, and Jesus being in full subjection to God’s authority willingly submitted himself to die for us.

To go on to marriage:

  • Feminists accept authority but invert sex roles.
  • Conservatives try to hold on to what what liberals said before their new statement, whatever that is.
  • Egalitarians reject authority in word and deed, consequently in the vacuum of authority they accept feminism.
  • Complementarians accept authority in word but reject authority in deed. The husband is a neutered figurehead.

There are several cultural blinders on authority, which many Christians can fall prey to.

  • Power is lauded as the most important part of authority and not the responsibility. This goes back to Jesus’ statement that the Gentiles lord their authority over them.
  • Those with “authority” or “power” are seen as “better” than those without. If you suggest a husband has authority in marriage, Christians who are uncomfortable with authority will always jump to the argument that “men and women are equal.” A God given position of authority does not mean that one is “better” — all sin and fall short of the glory of God and all of us need a Savior.
  • The creation of the impression that any authority held by men is bad. “The Patriarchy” is reviled. Real and made up abuses of authority are commonly used as examples of how the structure itself is bad not the abuses.
  • Authority and power are fine in the hands of women but not in the hands of men, despite when women abuse authority. This can also be seen in the justice system where men who commit abuses of authority tend to get longer and harsher sentences than women for the same crimes.
  • Responsibility is always tasked to the men/husbands, without authority or power. In other words, men usually get most if not all of the blame when something goes wrong, even if they didn’t have any power to get results.

I’m sure there’s more, but these are the ones that stick out. The first two are extremely important because they show that most people still have a “gentile mindset” toward authority instead of understanding what the Bible says about it.

The responsibility cannot be dissected from the power of authority and having authority does not make one better than another.

The rest are obvious biases.

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14 Responses to The cultural blinders of authority

  1. RICanuck says:

    No, no, no!

    In contemporary North American Catholic practice the authority is:
    Church Ladies> God > the pundits on EWTN, Patheos, Formed.org > Pope > Bishop > Priest (if neutered) > children> husbands.

  2. Lost Patrol says:

    @ DS

    Good synopsis.

    @ RICanuck

    Well done. I see this in practice everyday, and feel obliged to point out Protestants have their own version. I don’t know the full chain of command, but it most definitely begins with Church Ladies and ends with husbands.

  3. SnapperTrx says:

    In context I dont see how Matthew 20:25 (and the verses that go along with it) could be applied to anything but the church. It doesn’t appear that Jesus was referring to anything except for the disciples and their fussing over the mother of the two who asked that her sons could “sit at the right and left hand”. Feminist infection has made the church completely misunderstand and misuse said scripture. To apply it to marriage or the government seems like a stretch, but I know its being done. Had another Christian brother quote that scripture to me when we were talking about the authority of husbands, and he insisted that a husband utilizing any authority over his wife in a manner that she didn’t agree with was “lording your authority over her like the gentiles do”.

  4. Oscar says:

    au·thor·i·ty: noun 1. the power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience.

    Parents have authority over their children.
    Employers have authority over their employees.
    Government officials have authority over citizens.

    Husbands are the only Biblical leaders who – in modern practice – have no authority.

  5. The creation of the impression that any authority held by men is bad. “The Patriarchy” is reviled.

    The irony is that feminists replace the authority of a loving patriarch with an ever expanding civil government. They did not eliminate authority, they transferred it to a more dangerous institution. They are replacing a local authority for a centralized authority. Feminist often speak of women’s emancipation, but they ran from God’s design straight into Lucifer’s. They destroyed the family head and placed themselves under their favorite Uncle Sam. Refusing to be subject to a family government they invited a tyranny and that tyranny rules by the sword. It may seem like good times now, but Government Is Like Fire, a Dangerous Servant and a Fearful Master.

  6. @ Snapper

    The same thing occurs with Jesus washing the disciple’s feet.

    The disciples are concerned about status and power when Jesus wants them to be concerned about how to use authority with humility for the good of all underneath it.

  7. SnapperTrx says:

    Funny because I was going to mention Jesus washing the disciples feet, too. Misinterpretation, or, misrepresentation on the part of pastors and teachers, it seems. Intentional or learned? Who knows.

  8. bdash 77 says:

    no Christian follows this

    most Christian leaders are training younger men to cook, clean, how to support a girls career, etc…

    this is the new servant leadership…
    where men uphold the dignity of women by submitting to them.
    anyone who does not commits the grave sin of misogyny

  9. Novaseeker says:

    There are several cultural blinders on authority, which many Christians can fall prey to.

    Power is lauded as the most important part of authority and not the responsibility. This goes back to Jesus’ statement that the Gentiles lord their authority over them.
    Those with “authority” or “power” are seen as “better” than those without. If you suggest a husband has authority in marriage, Christians who are uncomfortable with authority will always jump to the argument that “men and women are equal.” A God given position of authority does not mean that one is “better” — all sin and fall short of the glory of God and all of us need a Savior.

    This is quite true.

    A related problem is that the “power” relationship is viewed from a total perspective. That is, since CEOs/senators/governors/etc are mostly men, this is viewed as the male sex having institutional power in business and government, which should be “counterbalanced” by women having power in homes and families. This means that the average guy, who is subject to female power in his personal and home life, is nevertheless considered to have power as a male because the person who runs the company he works for is a man, and his senator is a man. That’s lunacy, of course, but it’s the prevailing theory of “justice” that is operative in the prevailing social climate today.

  10. There’s nothing WRONG with men knowing HOW to cook, clean, et c. Where we’ve gone wrong is the rejection of any and all mechanisms for enforcement of authority over wayward– or even merely insolent– wives. I think Shakespeare’s shrew-tamer had the right idea.

  11. Lexet Blog says:

    Protestants are the same way, except it’s ladies/god>John piper and co> the gospel coalition > preferred elder > pastor > children > husbands

  12. bdash 77 says:

    I literally just watched a sermon where the men were made to stand up and told that they were created to empower women and help women achieve their dreams…..

    the male pastor then cried and apologized to women on behave of all men…

    Why do these men go to church?

  13. info says:

    ^
    Because they get off of being effeminate cucks.

  14. bdash 77 says:

    how?
    how can they claim to be saved?

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