Jul 16, 2021 • 41M

The Rise of Authoritarianism

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Alexander Kloosterman
Exploring what it means to live under the reign of Christ, and rule over creation in His name.
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God has ultimate authority, and delegates authority to humanity.

All human authority is limited and defined by God.

The rightful exercise of authority is a good and necessary aspect of God's purposes in the world. However, because of sin, authority is often abdicated or abused.

Authoritarianism is the sinful and foolish tendency to either wrongly assume authority to oneself, or ascribe it to others .

Authoritarianism is the enemy of human flourishing, and results in chaos, neglect, abuse, and misery.  It is the pattern of sinful humanity, and sadly, prevalent in the world and even the church today. 

The gospel rightly orders all authority under Christ, and empowers and instructs us how to rightly exercise authority for God's glory and the good of others.