Marriage and family exist as the primary earthly authority. In home life, it serves as the chief arena for the interaction of authority and submission. However, many people seem to be ignorant concerning the great value of rightly responding to authority and submission. Few appear to understand it, yet everyone knows how to resist authority. Here are 5 Vital Insights about Authority and Its Abuse in Marriage and Family.
1. All authority comes from God. (Romans 13:1) Note, marriage and family aren’t social arrangements invented by human beings. Rather, authority originates from God, who instituted and established it. We can do ourselves a favor by learning what His Word reveals about it.
2. God ordained four earthly, authorities – family, church, business, and government. Though the Lord lives as the supreme authority, He has delegated these four earthly authorities that represent His will.
3. Every person resists authority, because “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Individuals rebel against God, as well as human authority, in family. Since the authority in marriage and family is mostly challenged here, the home is ground zero for authority to be abused.
4. If authority is being abused in marriage or family, then we must seek other earthly authority to provide protection. The two chief protectors are church and government. The church has authority to come alongside to provide counseling, and if needed, church discipline. The government possesses authority to keep any family member from physical and emotional abuse. No one in home life has the right to abuse authority, and this is why God ordains other authorities to serve as protectors.
5. The two keys to righteous authority and submission in family can be yours. The first key happens by coming to enjoy a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We do this by submitting to His authority. The second key comes by learning what the Bible teaches about marriage and family authority (read Ephesians 5:22 – 6:4).