Authority

"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice," observed the writer of Proverbs. The exercise of unwelcome authority, religious or political, against which men have rebelled, to which they have sullenly submitted, is in large measure the history of the human race.

The usurpation of power was everywhere in evidence in the Judea and Galilee of Jesus' day. It was here he sought to establish the Christ-teaching, which should make men free, physically and spiritually. About him were a people dominated civilly by the cruel militarism of the Roman yoke; dominated theologically by a despotic priestcraft, cramping and darkening their sense of God.

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