Critical Submission

I accept that no one is free from error, and yet I want to assert that human frailty is not an excuse to resist submission to those in positions of authority. As I see it, our submission is not most essentially to the person in authority, who is frail and fallen, but to the gift and calling of God that is present in that person’s life. This said, I think it’s important to add that our submission should be discerning in nature. Perhaps it is proper to say that we need to critically submit to those God has placed in authority. For in doing so, I imagine that we benefit from the gift that is present in such a person’s life, and we winnow out the bad that comes from how the gift may be perverted by the person’s brokenness.

In saying all this, I realize I raise the question of what a critical submission looks like, and I have to say that I honestly don’t know. Off hand, I would say that it doesn’t mean we are free dismiss the person or rebel against a person in authority when we disagree with them, because that would effectively be no submission at all. However, I imagine that there are ways to resist or provide a living critique without undermining the basic authority structure.

4 Responses to “Critical Submission”

  1. Roger Green  

    I’ve long had a tough time with this one. Authorities who not only do I think are wrong but blasphemous in their evocation of God in their wrongheadedness (three guesses who my #1 example is – hint: I think he should be impeached, and his running mate, too) really bugs me. I’m much more sympathetic to the war protesters yesterday who resist against their taxes being used for an undeclared war than the ones they rail against.

  2. Simon  

    I just generally have a problem with authority 🙂

  3. Anthony Velez  

    “This bickering is pointless. Lord Vader will provide us with
    the location of the Rebel fortress by the time this station is
    operational. We will then crush the Rebellion with one swift stroke.”
    -General Tarkin

    That one is for you Simon, you little rebel. 🙂

  4. Simon  

    You cannot crush the department of incorrections, NEVER! 🙂