Authority, obligation, and duty

The Bible says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment.” 1 John 4:18

So, authority that involves punishment is a stranger to love, because love banishes the fear that empowers such “authority.” Obligation and duty motivated by fear of authority or the consequences of resisting authority have nothing to do with love. 

Authority that puts people in fear, forcing them out of love, is an evil substitute for real authority. Obligation and duty are evil substitutes for care. The fact that authority, obligation, and duty seem necessary, even inescapable, only shows how weak and corrupted our thinking is.

Therefore, it is wrong to obey authority out of fear of what will happen if we don’t. According to the Bible, that kind of “obedience” and “duty” take us out of love, so they are false. They are cowardice. They are sin.


About Millard J. Melnyk

Motley past, promising future exploring an open, potent understanding of mutuality, individual dignity and personal power through trust. DEAUTHORITARIANIZE EVERYTHING!
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