Authority – the exercise and respect of it.

To my friends that are in authority, and to my friends that have seen people of their color and class oppressed by those in authority… I say “I see you”. I see you both, and I am praying for you both.

I have been reflecting on Romans 13 and Ephesians 6, in regards to the proper use and exercise of authority; as well as the right perspective toward authority. I am reminded that Paul wrote these inspired instructions during a time when those in authority were oppressive and abusive. To those in authority: I pray that you see your authority as from God, and exercise it with a sacred trust amidst grace, justice, wisdom, and self-control. To those under authority – pray for those who rule us, that they would seek to serve and protect with a divine purpose of preserving peace and the well-being of society. We’ll regularly see people get it wrong, and when we do – fear and anger are natural responses. And yet, let’s continue to work at being a righteous multi-cultural society that honors and respects one another. May justice prevail, as the just Judge watches on. It’s worth staying in the conversation…

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About Gary Coiro

Nonprofit & Church Leader Nonprofit Leader and Consultant since 2004, following 15 years as a pastor. Competencies include board development, fundraising, staff development and management, strategic planning, church work, Bible teaching, and capital campaigns. Currently consulting and serving on the Church Ministries Management Team for a large multi-cultural evangelical church.
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