Exercising my authority does not increase my status or value anymore than submitting to authority reduces my status or value. (Quoted by Pastor John Smith)

Some people have difficulty dealing with authority. They expect instant compliance with their demands because they feel such conformity makes them superior and of greater importance. On the other hand, there are some who feel demeaned and of less value than others if they too readily yield to authority. In reality, of course, John Smith is right.

There is no authority except that which God has established. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended (Romans 13:1, 3).