Vicar’s Reflection: Lent 3, 4th March 2018
I can remember as a child playing with neighbourhood kids in the lupins and sand-dunes of Castlecliff, Wanganui. We would become engrossed in our games and forget the time until someone showed up calling our names telling us it was time to go home. This would always be challenged by a shout: “Who says so?” Jesus was challenged in the same way when he cast out the money changers from the temple: ‘What authority do you have for doing these things?” The issue of authority is seldom far from human affairs. Nearly everything we do is regulated in some way, and these regulations are backed up with authority. Switch a light on and the wiring must be properly installed according to the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010, backed up by the Electricity Act 1992. Hop on your bicycle and it must comply with Product Safety Standards (Pedal Bicycles) Regulations 2000 backed up by the Land Transport Act 1998. You get the picture. Authority is like a daisy chain. You can trace it back...to where? There are different answers, the politically minded would say all authority is from the consent of the people. An anarchist would say each individual has final authority. Most religious groups would say all authority is from God, or Heaven. Christians share that belief and understand that God’s highest commandment is to love; and that love is indestructible.