the Authorities

The Authorities
As teenagers we were told “Don’t trust anyone over thirty.” We saw the “Authorities” feed the military industrial complex with a million draftees. Robert McNamara wrote a memoir after the Vietnam War in which he basically said, “Opps, my bad.” One thing our generation learned in history class is: Just because the “Authorities” tell you to get into the box car and then into the shower doesn’t mean you should. The “Authorities” don’t always tell the truth (ask Nixon). Now we know that the “Authorities” are responsible for the economic meltdown, the mess in the Middle East and Windows 8. Seems the “Authorities” don’t know what the heck they are doing. The “Authorities” in Egypt, Syria, Afghanistan, and in the United States are wondering what in the world is going on. From Wiki-Leaks to the NSA leaker (whistle blower/traitor), to Hezbollah and Fidel Castro the “Authorities” have been exposed as incompetent and inept and often evil. The “Authorities” make us take our shoes off at the airport, and take away our bottled water if we want to fly on an overbooked cattle car with wings. The Democratic Party wants to legalize marijuana, gay marriage, and register dead people to vote and the Republican Party came within a hairsbreadth of giving the United States a Mormon President. This is proof that the “Authorities” don’t have a clue. Germans found out what the “Authorities” were doing when the concentration camps were opened. The British are just learning what the “Authorities” did to indigenous people through-out the days of the British Empire involving shameful practices. We were shocked to see what the Authorities allowed to go on in Abu-Ghraib. Demonstrations have erupted across the globe from Egypt to Rio de Janeiro and like something out of a Victor Hugo novel, young people have taken to the barricades. The “Authorities” once said black folk had to sit in the back of the bus and lest they might change that seating arrangement Jim Crow laws made sure they could not vote. Now the “Authorities” sitting on the Supreme Court are tinkering with the moral laws of the universe. Some Conservatives are calling their constituents and for Christians to man the barricades to save humanity. Chicken Little is sure the sky is falling. Take a breath. First of all, a Christian has one Authority: Christ. He is the First and Final Word in our life. Jesus is Lord. When He stood before Pilate, who boasted of “having authority,” Jesus reminded him that Pilate had no power or authority that was not given from above. In other words Rome, Assyria, Egypt were small bit players and side shows in the greater scheme of things. If every State in the Union endorses and approves gay marriage it should not matter to a man or woman of faith. If abortion is legalized in every city and State a woman of faith would not be changed in her convictions one iota. If the law of the land becomes such that every male child is to be smothered to death at birth, God knows how to deliver Jocabed, baby Moses, or an entire nation of slaves. Speak the truth in love and then do right until the stars fall. Paul said, “None of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry I received of the Lord Jesus to testify the Gospel of the grace of God.” –Ingimar DeRidder