on civil obedience and disobedience
As a parent, I always believed in rewarding good behavior and punishing disobedience, but many today have a different viewpoint. Some believe that punishment is degrading and that rewarding some children and not others may cause lack of self esteem in those unrewarded. The thought of raising a generation of children who do not understand that there are consequences that will follow their actions is frightening to me. Our scripture today leaves no doubt in my mind that God is all over the idea of rewarding obedience and punishing disobedience.
All of our lives we struggle with obedience. The obvious part is when we are children and we must be obedient to our parents and society. Right or wrong, whether we want to or not we are required to be obedient to men's desires. As we grow up and get out on our own there are company rules, social rules, country rules, rules of the road and more to adhere to. We generally follow along because these rules are for the best (usually); at least that was the intention. When a child is brought up being obedient he/she has an easier time at being obedient to God's Word. The disobedient child is trouble and has trouble in life. When we are obedient to God we have power for abundant living. When we are disobedient we ask for trouble. Naaman and Gehazi are two great examples of obedience and disobedience.
Recent episodes of public dissent (such as the demonstrations against G8 policies) raise the issue of the psychological processes triggered in obeying and disobeying the authority. Even if obedience to authority is an important aspect of social life and it plays a key role in maintaining social order, the concept of obedience has been studied in social psychology mainly in terms of its destructive aspects. Besides, most of the studies have overlooked the role of disobedience in the authority relationship. Disobedience may be conceived of as a protest that undermines the legitimacy of the authority or it can represent an instrument for controlling the legitimacy of the authority's demands, becoming a factor protecting against authoritarianism. In this article, a new perspective on the study of the relationship between the individual and the authority is put forward, considering obedience and disobedience as parallel concepts, each having constructive and destructive aspects.It was an era of some turbulence and anxiety, with radical trade union activism and agitation. There were workers’ protests, demonstrations and strikes, and in many instances jobs were lost, although the fear of being victimized kept others in line. Yes, it was the season of order and disorder, obedience and disobedience. made it clear that obedience to the rulers he appointed meant obedience to him and disobedience to those rulers means disobedience to him. He confirmed that obedience to him means obedience to and disobedience to him means disobedience to God.