Words Of Authority
At Rotary the subject riveted everyone’s attention—THE RIGHT TO OPEN CARRY IN TEXAS. When our Midlothian Police Chief summarized the new law, what caught my attention was when he clarified who has the authority to properly check on licenses. He stressed that his officers can ask to see the license of a person carrying a weapon. He went on to emphasize the importance for businesses to publicly display proper signage if they do not want guns openly carried on their premises. Then he mentioned an interesting case, “A large retailer in town has decided not to put up signs. They intend to have their own personnel ask those entering their store with a weapon to show their licenses. What’s wrong with this approach? Under Texas Law the store employee doesn’t have authority to make this demand.”
Now I know that guns are a polarizing issue, but I want us to focus on this issue of authority. Yesterday in our Devo Jesus almost got killed in His hometown because He stressed God’s gracious compassion for “outsiders,” outsiders that the folks He grew up with hated. Jesus left Nazareth and journeyed down to Capernaum, a small town on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee, 680 feet below sea level. Luke introduces Jesus Capernaum ministry like this:
“Then He went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and He was teaching them. They were amazed by His teaching because His word was authoritative.” - Luke 4:31-32
This summary confronts me with the fact that Jesus speaks with authority. He has the right to issue commands, and in tomorrow’s Devo we will discover that even the demons have to listen.
LORD, I prayed yesterday in Rotary that You would protect our police officers and help them to be just and strong as they protect us. Deliver me from fear in the midst of a world where terrorists seek to use murder and death as a tool to manipulate and exert their ruthless authority. Help me today to realize that You alone have the ultimate right to rule.
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