Statistics show that children under the age of 10 ask questions every four minutes. “Why is the sky blue?” “What are you doing?” “Where are my Legos?” “What are you doing?” “Can I eat lunch?” “What are you doing?” “What are we having for lunch?” “I don’t like that, can I have something else?” “Are we there yet?” “How much further?” “Can we have pizza?” “What are you doing?” These questions go on and on, until parents finally come to the end of their rope and scream “Calgon! Take me away!” But no magic music is suddenly played and the bathroom remains as un-elegant and messy as it was before the magical phrase. The best that can be done is for parents to lock themselves into the bathroom and sob from exhaustion, while listening to a little fist bang on the door asking, “Mom, when are you going to come out of there?” “Can I have a cookie?” “Is it bad if I just swallowed a marble?”…
Up until the age of 10, children will ask their questions to their parents, after that, Google becomes a primary source of authority for relevant answers. In either case, we look to authorities for direction during life’s most challenging moments. We often don’t like to admit it, but we all have authorities in our lives. Teachers, parents, doctors, government leaders, law enforcement officers, military professionals, all take on roles of authority in our lives.
These authorities demand and mandate certain actions from us. Bosses will control our work and our productivity. Parents will mandate our bedtimes and household chores. Police officers and lawmakers will mandate our civil responsibilities, like speed limits and whether or not we are allowed to walk across the White House lawn. TSA agents mandate that we cannot bring the melted king size candy bar that has melted in our pocket and is now considered a liquid or a gel onto the plane. Teachers mandate that we do our school work…turn it in on time…and stop distracting others.
There are times in our lives, where authorities may demand that we work towards something that we know is not right. We find an example of this in Acts 5:12-42. The followers of Christ are doing what they know is right…what they know to be the will of Jesus…because Jesus told them so in Acts 1:8. The name of Jesus is being proclaimed…continually. But…there is a problem…the spiritual leaders…the Jewish authorities are against them…so much so that they are threatening the very lives of these believers. What will these Gospel speakers do? They submit to authority. At first they submit to the Jewish authorities, but when they are commanded to go against Jesus’ words, something changes. Now they submit to a greater authority. They submit to THE AUTHORITY. God himself…Jesus Christ…the Holy Spirit…and they are punished for it.
What authorities do we submit to? Do we submit to the authorities of our peers’ expectations?...or, our boss’, parents’, teachers’? We should submit to the authorities in our lives…until we have the choice to choose them over THE AUTHORITY.
“Sarah, what’s for supper?” “Where is my hammer?” “Is supper ready?” “I don’t like that…can we have pizza?” “What are you doing with that broom raise above head like a baseball bat?” “Why did you lock yourself in the bathroom?...”