When someone has authority
They have the moral or legal right…
To control through opinion and to adjudicate
As issues come to light.
When someone is authoritative
It has the ability to lead and inspire;
When wisdom is used to settle disputes
With respectable traits to admire.
But when authority is abused
It leads to monumental oppression;
When the power to enforce laws
Is based on a party’s discretion.
When a leader is authoritarian
And leads with an iron fist;
It leads to depression and much oppression
Where intimidation is on the list.
Jesus used proper authority
When His wisdom exposed all their lies;
As He settled the issues authoritatively
So confusion would not arise.
Proper authority keeps us safe
As it looks out for our own good,
By caring leaders without selfish gain
And when it’s properly understood.
We should pray for our leaders
As we’re commanded to do same,
And hope they will lead with godly discretion
And to not play their political games.
(C) P.B. 2020
1 Timothy 2:1-2