Sunday, January 31, 2021

"BY SOME KIND OF AUTHORITY?" OKAY, BUT BY WHAT KIND OF AUTHORITY? tHAT'S MY QUESTION.


 Terrific question for all of us in our times. For everyone at any time for that matter.

What got me to thinking about this?
This Bible passage: Mark 1: 21-28. Please, please. Review this passage. Today (1/31/2021) I heard Bishop Diana Akiyama explain this text. She simply preached that JESUS taught as one who had divine authority. TRUE HUMAN AUTHORITY is rooted in divine authority, she said.
Akiyama got me to thinking about human authority I have experienced. I recall the inaugural address by President BIDEN. He affirmed goals of justice and inclusion that seemed authentically truly human and rooted in faith. I think of the incredible personal strength of Rep. Nancy PELOSI, maneuvering non-stop to resist division and the scuttling of democracy. I’ll just bet that her phenomenal personal strength is rooted in a faith commitment that generates true human authority, like Mark recommends.
Closer to home--I think of my family members and the authority they exercise at home and at work. What I experience is authority rooted in love, like Mark attributed to Jesus.
Quiz for each: is my authority and the way I exercise it rooted in God? To answer “yes” seems pretentious maybe. But as Akiyama said, the spirit of Jesus lives on and can support us every single day as we exercise authority in our family and social spheres

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