Good News from an Exorcism
Every one of us has a problem with authority. We have this problem for several reasons. First, we live in a day and age that is highly skeptical of authority. A knee jerk negative response to authority is now in the air we breath, the water we drink. Second, exacerbating this cultural condition we have our own rebellious hearts: the sin inside all of us hates authority, regardless of whether it is good or bad. And finally, the cherry on top of our dislike of authority is that many human authorities don’t deserve to be respected. Some deserve to be ignored or overthrown. Much of our experience with those in authority involves either abuse, absenteeism, negligence, or negligence.
Here’s the problem with our problem with authority: To be a Christian is to be under authority, namely Jesus’s authority. You could accurately describe salvation itself as submission to Jesus’s authority and the rejection of all other authorities (e.g. self, culture, others, other gods, etc.) And it is not an exageration to say that the best life is lived out under this authority as well.
But what is Jesus’s authority? What does it look like?
Because of the way our culture colors our view of authority, because of many of our past negative experiences with authority, and because we are all sinners who want our own way, we need God to reform and remediate us on this.
That’s what today’s sermon from Mark seeks to do.
Posted on Mon, February 2, 2015
by Tom Bost