1. Women protect their children. Vigilantly.
2. Men protect their wives, and their children. Instinctively.
3. Governments protect their citizens: men, women and children. Hopefully.
But that’s not all…
a. The Bible states that children are to be in submission to their parents. Ephesians 6:1-3
b. The Bible states that wives are to be in submission to their husbands. Ephesians 5:22-24
c. The Bible states that citizens are to be in submission to the governing authorities. Romans 13:1-6
Does anyone see a connection here?
As the ever-insightful Rev. Jonathan Fisk pointed out recently:
Whenever authority or power is given in creation anywhere, it’s not given for the sake of the one in power and authority – it’s given for the sake of the one under the one in power and authority. Parents are not given power over the children for the parents’ sake – it’s for the child’s sake. When man is given authority over his wife, it’s not for his sake – it’s for her sake.
And, I would add Paul’s 2 cents for the royal flush:
…for [government] is God’s servant for your good.
– Romans 13:4a
(In other words, God does not give power to the governing officials for their sake – it’s for the sake of the citizens.)
Take another look at “1, 2, 3, a, b, c” above and marvel at God’s economy of service, where, truly, “with great power comes great responsibility”. Or, to put it a more Biblically-worded way:
From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
– Luke 12:48
Something to think about.