How long has it been since you had just a few feet of pavement between you and 50 longhorn steers?

Oh, about a month.

That’s right, no fence, no wall, no bullet-proof glass — NOTHING. Just some nice flat pavement for them to build up a good head of steam, as they charge directly at me.

What we saw at the Cherokee Strip Days parade in Enid, OK, this past month was a sight more common in bygone days. Still, even today it was thrilling to watch them walk by. Oh, the risk! The danger!

Oh, the steaks! The hamburger!

But I digress.

There were these guys on horseback moving alongside the steers. I think they call them “cowboys” in that neck of the prairie. Am I right, Oklahoma State? There sure was a lot of orange in that town on that particular day. Not to mention the OSU-Texas Tech football game blaring on the big screen in the downtown baseball stadium. No one was in the stadium, but the volume was turned all the way up, for the whole town to hear.

But it’s those cowboys I want to talk about. That’s the thing about fences and walls – they will come down when enough force is applied. And I can assure you, those enormous steers could supply a lot of force.

But having those cowboys there was better than any wall could ever be.  Why?

Because those cowboys held those steers in check by authority. Those steers didn’t want to charge the crowd, because they honored the authority of the cowboys.

If we want to make sure that we don’t do something that hurts ourselves or hurts others, there’s an authority over our lives as well.

And it’s not the local police.

It’s the Lord Jesus Christ, the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit. They’re all available to you today, right where you are, right now. All you have to do is ask them.

Just take a look a video of these majestic creatures as they strolled through downtown Enid on a bright, warm October day.

That’s a whole lot of ribs and brisket walkin’ by. Just sayin’.



3 thoughts on “Authority

  1. Hello Mike, This is Chuck, Charles’ dad. I liked your article on Authority, I wish everyone person in our country would read this article especially all those in a position of authority, and especially those in Washington DC. I wish that they would all realize that the authority they have been given was given to them by Him who is the Authority. Some of them act as if they are the Authority instead of being in a place of authority. We really enjoyed meeting you and Sally and Stephen, we must do it again and this time maybe at our place. We have been praying for Charles and Kaitlin that they would both keep Christ the center of their relationship and that Jesus would be glorified through them.


    1. Chuck: Thanks for the thoughtful comment. We really enjoyed meeting you and all your family as well, and are looking forward to the next time we can fellowship together! Sally and I are praying for the very same things for Kaitlin and Charles, and are so thankful that she and Charles share a strong love for Jesus Christ. The late Adrian Rogers often preached that a person can’t exercise authority over others until he or she learns to operate under authority. I agree wholeheartedly that many in authority today do not seem to understand this truth, and I join you in prayer that our leaders will learn that lesson soon. Thanks again for your great comment!


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