Authority and freedom
- Authority is having rightful power/control over the people.
- Freedom is not being under control of someone else.
Types of authority
- Divine authority – authority possessed by only God.
- Apostolic authority – messianic power Jesus gave to the church.
- Marital authority – authority husbands have over their wives.
- Civil authority – the power civic leaders have over their people.
- Symbolic authority – authority received from particular objects e.g. constitution.
Proper use of authority and freedom (Romans 13:1-17)
- To keep law and order.
- To defend people’s rights.
- For caring for the needy.
- For promoting unity.
- For creating peace.
Misuse of authority and freedom.
- Leaders mistreat the people they lead.
- Leaders embezzle public funds.
Ways people misuse freedom:
- Through dressing badly.
- Through the use of obscene words on radio shows.
- Through abusing people on radios
- Through abusing offices they work in.
Relationship between freedom and authority:
- Both are God given.
- Authority affects the use of freedom and freedom affects the use of Authority.
- The misuse of both authority and freedom breeds evil.
Biblical teachings on authority and freedom (Titus 3:1, Rom 13:1-17, Matt 22:15-22, Mark 10:42-45)
- The Bible teaches that all authority comes from God.
- The Bible teaches that a leader needs to be the servant of the people he/she leads.
- The Bible teaches that a great leader should give freedom to his/her people.
Responsibilities of leaders:
- To guide people
- To protect people
- To promote unity among people.
- Mobilize people for development.
Lessons from Jesus’ perfect use of freedom and authority (John 13:5)
- He used it to benefit all people
- He used it to solve problems/difficulties.
- He used it to serve others.