“18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.“
Matthew 28, KJV
When discussing headship, be it in family, the government, or the family, we need to first understand that headship implies authority, and that without authority there is no true headship.
First and foremost, we must understand that all rightful authority comes from God. Please understand that I used the word “rightful” on purpose, for there are principalities and powers that we must oppose, who have a form of authority from the god of this world, but who have no rightful authority. One of the mistakes made by many Christians is to lump all authority into one basket, whether rightful or not, and demand submission. This is of course not proper, and we should avoid that mistake.
We can observe that God has established three institutions on Earth through which He manifests His authority and gives authority to His designated rulers. The first institution, created in the Garden of Eden, is of course the family, beginning with husband and wife. Wives are commanded to obey their husbands in all things; children are commanded to obey their parents “in the Lord.” Here we have a clear chain of command, the man governing the woman and both the children, with the man under the rule of Christ and responsible to Christ for his conduct vis a vis his wife and children.
Later, God instituted civil government among men for the purpose of upholding what is good and punishing evil. He ordained that the governing authorities are not to “bear the sword in vain” but should be a terror to those who do evil (Romans 13). Governmental rulers serve in a position ordained by God, and are responsible to God for their conduct towards those whom they govern. This is not to say that all persons who are given a role in civil government were individually ordained; rather the position and role of civil government is what God created. Nor should civil authorities always be obeyed; when the Sanhedrin, the civil authorities of Jerusalem, commanded the apostles not to preach in the name of Christ, Peter responded “we ought to obey God rather than men.” Hence we see a limitation placed upon civil authority.
Finally, the church was established by God on the day of Pentecost after the resurrection. Christ is the head of the church, the fullness that fills all in all. Paul tells us that elders (aka bishops, aka pastors) are to be appointed in each congregation based on a specific list of criteria found in his epistles to Timothy and Titus. The elders are responsible to shepherd the flock amongst themselves, but Paul warned that even from such men would ravenous wolves appear.
The universal theme is that God is the ultimate author of all rightful authority, but that men may corrupt the offices which they hold and use them in ways contrary to God’s commands, which is something we will continue to study in the near future.
Karen says MLK was a white supremacist because reasons…. https://theothermccain.com/2022/10/24/all-your-base-are-belong-to-us-belated-mlk-day-white-supremacy-edition/
Green propaganda… https://spawnyspace.wordpress.com/2022/10/24/anti-propaganda/
If everyone would plant a tree…. https://sylg1.wordpress.com/2022/10/24/the-man-who-healed-the-gobi-desert/
Raise your expectations…. https://deepstrength.wordpress.com/2022/10/23/expectations-and-boundaries/
Do it for the right reason… https://winteryknight.com/2022/10/23/j-warner-wallace-i-am-not-a-christian-because-it-works-for-me-9/
Is white a race?…. https://www.scifiwright.com/2022/10/racism-is-not-racial/