Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, – Titus 3:1
In this more recent generation, children have generally not been taught to submit to authority but rather to be their own authority. For too many it is anathema to conform to advice from authority figures. Yet it is necessary for good social order to be persuaded by a ruler regarding behavior.
Just what degree of trouble does it require to convince one to so be persuaded to submit in his civic behaviour to another? It is our sin nature which we need to pacify. We need to be conciliatory rather than allow selfishness, hatred, and wrath rule the day. It obligatory that we submit to the righteous first authority laid out by our God.
A magistrate is: ” A public civil officer, invested with the executive government of some branch of it. In this sense, a king is the highest or first magistrate, as is the President of the United States. But the word is more particularly applied to subordinate officers, as governors, intendants (as in superintendents), prefects, mayors, justices of the peace, and the like.” – Webster
Thoughts for meditation regarding submission to other authority: How is their order maintained in the family? How is order maintained among neighbors and in villages? How is order maintained in counties, states and nations? How is order maintained in churches? How is order maintained in schools, in offices, and in the workplace? How is orderliness maintained on the farm? What are the benefits of orderliness as apposed to chaos? What is God’s will in all of this?