What I regularly anticipate at the opening of school year during my elementary years was not only meeting new classmates or making new sets of friends but the election of the year’s class officers, where we get the chance to vote for our Class President and the rest. Setting an eye on this position or some of the class officer’s rank had been one of my aspiration because it gives honor and respect, and I value respect. However, before my classmates eyes, I was not an officer material. So, I didn’t have the chance to get a higher position, or even though nominated, I lost, getting only few votes compared to those who won.
But why do we elect class officers in every class for every school year? Most often for formality’s sake or maybe following the norm. Class officers are there to organize and facilitate class activities throughout the school year. They could also enforce disciplinary measures when their class adviser or teachers go out of the class and give them their authority. We usually tend to vote for those who are more popular or more intelligent, but not considering their skills to lead.
What usually happens is that the class voted for these officers and set their aspirations for this set of people to do their functions. The class are willing to obey and submit to their authority. Yet somehow, generally, this willingness attitude to submit and obey will dwindle after only a few months. Their respect and submission to their officers decrease especially in the middle to the final months of the school year.
One of the reasons is that their expectations of these leaders have not been met. They couldn’t lead; either they’re not practicing what they’re supposed to do nor being a good example. Whenever the officers would stand up and try to discipline the class, the class won’t listen; they won’t obey and submit. They’re rebelling to the authority they themselves voted for. It might be subtle but it’s rebellion at its face. You might have a different experience but this is what had happened to every class I enrolled year after year.
What’s terrifying is that we’re practicing this kind of habit of rebellion at a very young age—at primary or elementary level, not just when we reach at a matured age. This is not just happening only in educational institutions, but also in all aspects of society including Christian institutions. It’s not just a behavioral modification on telling people (kids) to submit to authorities but it’s a spiritual battle going on that’s creating this kind of bad habit of rebellion.
I just want to make this simple: Rebellion is bad; Submission is good. We agree on that, right? But the problem is that many people only obey and submit to laws and authorities when it is convenient for them or they like the people in authority or their expectations are met. Things get worse when there is a general lack of respect for those in our national government.
Neil Anderson says that it is easy to believe the lie that those in authority over us are only robbing us of the freedom to do what we want. The truth is that God has placed them there for our protection. Rebelling against God and the authorities He has set up is a very serious sin for it gives Satan a wide open avenue to attack. Submission is the only solution.
1 Peter 2:13 says, “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men” (NIV).
A Personal Project: How is your level of submission to authorities? Are you submitting to the authority only because of your convenience or is it for the Lord’s sake?