OK, here goes.
But what if …
the authority asks me to do something wrong, hurtful, sinful?
Just say no. It’s that simple. You don’t have to be mean about it (in fact it’s always a good idea to be respectful), but just say no.
In Acts 5:17-41 we have the story where the apostles were imprisoned for preaching the Gospel. Here’s a small portion.
The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.” Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings! The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead—whom you killed by hanging him on a cross. God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins. We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” Acts 4:27-32 NIV
They said no. The Sanhedrin didn’t ask them to pay a tax. They didn’t ask them to pick up their socks. They didn’t ask them to have a report done by Friday. The Sanhedrin asked them to stop preaching the Gospel, something God told them to do.
If your boss asks you to fudge the books a bit, say no (don’t steal). If your husband asks you for a threesome, say no (stay sexually pure). If a church leader asks you to lie, say no (speak the truth). You are responsible for what you say and do.
I have heard teachings that say you should submit even if your authority tells you to do wrong. This is usually followed with 1 Peter 3:5-6 where Sarah is commended for obeying Abraham. My personal take is that this is a general statement about her demeanor, not a commendation for the specific times she lied.
I have to point to the New Testament story of Sapphira (Acts 5:1-10). Her husband sold some land and asked her to lie about the selling price of the land. Didn’t go too well for either of them. He died the moment he lied. A bit later she died when she lied.
Telling a lie is bad. It’s a sin. God says don’t lie. If anyone tells you to lie. Just say no. If anyone asks you to do wrong. Just say no. Submitting is a choice you make and it needs to be a thinking choice. Do not follow people blindly. Keep your brain in gear.
More tomorrow …
I so love Julie’s humor. A must read ~ Unspoken Love Isn’t Always Enough (from Intimacy in Marriage)
Sheila continues to put out great stuff (she must be writing overtime) as she counts down to her new book ~ 29 Days to Great Sex Day 14: When You Don’t Want to Make Love (aff link) (from To Love, Honor and Vacuum)
Be generous! Lori <><