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RULE BOOK            Rom 13: 1-7

The World Longboard Championship and any contest for that matter have a rule book that is used. It outlines expected surfing and behavior. You can not just turn up with any board and expect to surf in the way you like and win the contest. The criteria demands surfboards be of a certain length and dimensions. It also describes a set of criteria that determine the best ride. ‘The Surfer must perform controlled maneuvers in the critical section of the wave utilizing the entire board and wave using traditional longboard surfing. The Surfer who performs this to the highest degree of difficulty with the most style, flow, and grace will receive the highest score for a Ride.’

2 Tim 2: 5 An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.

Authority surrounds everything we do whether it is formal rules like the ones above or an informally agreed code. Rules and the authorities who enforce them are global normalities. Yet we rebel against them, we don’t like being told what to do and how to do it. Our sense of justice is skewed also we want swift justice and adherence to laws when others break them and offend or inconvenience us but we expect leniency when we do the same? Anarchy and freedom we cry…

‘Undermine their pompous authority, reject their moral standards, make anarchy and disorder your trademarks. Cause as much chaos and disruption as possible but don’t let them take you ALIVE.’ — Sid Vicious

The Apostle’s instructions could not be further from the advice of Sid Vicious…Rom 13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

In light of the marvelous Gospel. With the act of sacred offering, being to transform our mind by the consecration of ourselves, we are to live differently.

Governments do not exercise their power because of the consent of the governed, or because of the will of the majority, or because of the existence of some social contract. Stuart Olyott

The apostle clearly tells us it is God who bestows authority so if we resist authority it is HE whom we resist. Jesus instructs us Mk 12:17 Jesus said to them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marveled at him.

Now authorities can make decisions and decree-laws that contain and cut across the laws of God, we are instructed here: Acts 5: 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, We must obey God rather than men.

We are bound by love to obey Gods’ word and the authorities where those laws do not clash. We are learning here how plainly and evidently ‘consecration’ works itself out. We are to live for Gods’ glory, not ourselves. The law does not control us, rather it guides us, gives us a fence and a channel to live in peace and love within, for the glory of our loving merciful God.

* Do you see authority as a God-given position or do you resist and begrudge it?
* Do you willingly render unto Caesar what is his? Because if you do, as an act of worship then you give to God what is his, your obedience and consecration for His Glory…

We magnify our priesthood and enlarge our calling when we serve with diligence and enthusiasm in those responsibilities to which we are called by proper authority. — Gordon B. Hinckley

Religion says: God will love us if we change

The Gospel says: God’s love changes us…

Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character. — Robert E. Lee

When you make your peace with authority, you become authority. —Jim Morrison

Religion says: God will love us if we change

The Gospel says: God's love changes us...