At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. (Luke 10:21)
Today it is not hard to recognize the widespread epidemic contemporary Christianity is having in the area of authority. Issues are regularly debated ranging from the very existence of God, to the resurrection, to religious pluralism. Talk to one person and they will tell you the only way to know God is through relationship with Jesus, while someone from the same church might argue they have experienced God while experimenting with New Age practices. At the root of disagreements like this we must recognize the more basic point of difference, the question of religious authority. Where does it stem from? Should we look to what we feel personally or what others experience? Many of us have made prior decisions, maybe even unconsciously about the seat of religious authority. Our diverse opinions on foundational matters of the faith reveal that most of us are only interested in accepting an authority we have self imposed.
Authority is the right or power to make decisions and require obedience. We know this authority lies in God. Join me this Sunday as we seek to bring ourselves under his authority by looking at the source from which God has revealed his will, his mind, and his truth.
See you Sunday!