Can the authority God gives be misused? The question may seem, at best, like a no-brainer.
How else can we explain corruption of power or the evil things people do in the name of God?
But I’m increasingly convinced that it’s important to carefully weigh the difference between God-given authority, strength, power, and freedom.
Here up front is where this is going.
As I understand the intent and nature of God-given authority, it is possible to misuse power, strength, and freedom. But it is not possible to misuse the authority God gives. That’s because God never gives authority (i.e. his sanction and approval) to do anything other than to do good in his behalf.
I’d like to develop this further in the next couple of posts, but will stop here for now to see whether you agree that we’ve seen enough abuse of power in government, church, and home, to take a more careful look at the difference between authority, power, and freedom.