Challenging Authority

We are sinners.  Period.  Being sinners, we sin (if you didn’t know that already).  There are several ways in which we could sin, but I think one of the ways we sin most often is challenging those in authority over us.  We have all done it at one time or another.  Talking back to our parents, being disrespectful to our elders (yes that is challenging authority) and disobeying the rules set over us are all way sin which this sin could be committed.

Why is it a sin to do all these things?  Why can’t we challenge those over us?  There is a simple answer.  God put people over us for a reason.  By challenging the people over us, we are challenging Him.  Think that over for a minute.

Look at Romans 13:7


Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.


The Lord, and no one else, is the one who puts people over us.  Therefore, when we respect those above us, we respect God.  However, when we don’t respect those above us, we reject God’s authority.  Isn’t that like telling Him we know better than Him?  Isn’t that like saying we are above God?  That is why rejecting the authority he put over us is a sin.  The Lord will not tolerate such actions.

You want an example, I am sure.  April 14, 1912.  The titanic was the largest and most luxurious ship at sea, one of a kind.  She was on her maiden voyage.  They said that not even God could sink her.  They were putting themselves above God, challenging Him.  They said they could build something even He couldn’t destroy.  Most of us know how that ended.  That tragic night she was on the bottom of the ocean.  It doesn’t pay to challenge God.

Next time you want to go against the authority over you, whether it be that you don’t agree with your parents, or that you are talking back to an elder, think of how you are really going against God.  It really puts things in perspective.


Your Sister in Christ,




  1. #1 by Jenna on December 14, 2008 - Sunday, December 14, 2008

    How very true, the Titanic was, sadly, a good example of that.

    Oh and don’t forget that I am your elder by three years 😀

    ~Your sis

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