Submission is such a misunderstood word in our culture. I like the word respect more, simply because it is better understood. When we submit to the authorities in our lives, we are showing respect and honor for the position they hold.
Often I have heard, “I will give respect when they have earned it.” The only problem with this is they may never be able to meet your standards to earn it. The truth is the leaders in your life are not perfect and they know it. And those closest to them really know it. Honest leaders will admit it and stop trying to convince themselves and others that they are perfect. Whether you like the leaders in your life or not, I challenge you to give them respect and honor for the position they hold.
Rebellion against authority is a serious problem in our culture. We shouldn’t be surprised when our youth rebel because they have seen this same rebellion in the adults in their lives. Whether open rebellion or a rebellion of the heart, both are dangerous.Rebellion against authority is a serious problem in our culture. Here are 4 dangers of it: Click To Tweet
Before you challenge me, let me clarify. I am not talking about issues of justice. There are many times we need to stand up for injustices to change situations that are harming others. I am talking about a rebellious heart that shows up in how we think and act toward those that are in a position of authority over us. We don’t like their style, we are easily offended by their actions, we question their competency, and so we quietly undermine their leadership.
There are many dangers of not respecting or submitting to authority. Here are a few:
- Produces a rebellious heart.
Heart rebellion is deadly. When you internalize your rebellion, there is no resolution or resolve to the issues and concerns that challenge you. This can cause serious health problems, interrupt sleep, and even cause depression. Or worse, you will begin to affect those nearest to you because your internal rebellion will start to spill out on others through actions and words.
- Others will follow.
Our lack of respect for leaders will start to show up in our actions, attitudes, and what we say about them. Your negative and critical spirit will follow you. Your children are watching, young adults and future leaders are watching you. Whether it is your pastor, police officers, your boss, or your spouse, your rebellion is influencing those around you. If it is okay for you not to respect authority, it should be okay for them too. Often, your level of rebellion will reach a higher level in those that follow you because your offense becomes their offense.
- Produces a toxic attitude.
I heard a quote once, “attitude is the paintbrush of life”, and I have come to believe this. Rebellion affects how you think and clouds your view of everything. It can quickly grow into bitterness and resentment that you carry with you in every relationship. You wear your attitude on you like a garment of clothing, and no one wants to be around a person with a toxic attitude for very long.
- Rebellion against God.
Submission to authority is ultimately about submission to God. When we give respect to those in authority over us, we are submitting to God’s plans in our lives. Often, even when challenged by the authority over us, God is doing a work in us, transforming us to look more like Jesus.
Humility is a foundational leadership quality. If you can’t submit to the authority over you, you can’t be a great leader. I made it a matter of principle to never promote a leader that could not submit to the authority over them. Respecting authority whether the position of authority or the person in the position of authority, is an indication of a disciplined and humble leader.If you can't submit to the authority over you, you can't be a great leader. #leadership Click To Tweet
What other dangers to you see in not submitting to authority?
“So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example that you also should do just as I have done for you.” John 13:14
“Serve with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to men.” Ephesians 6:7