In order to give an answer to this question, I would like to distinguish between ideals and authority. The modern world today suggests to us their ideal people, who have achieved something. This is not bad.
But the problem is that people, especially youth, crave to imitate these ideals, in fact they wish to be similar to them: hairstyles, behavior, language etc. When you follow someone “blindly” – you stop being yourself, you stop being original, the way that Our Father made us. You become a copy of someone. Even bigger problems arise, when a person is disappointed with the ideal. Therefore, it is important to talk with young people, that they need to be as God’s original, that their lives are special and they need to live it a different way, not like copies of someone else’s life.
Of course, for every Christian the biggest authority is The Lord and his Word. But we as humans need people, whom we can follow. Therefore, choosing someone as your authority “role model” is, for a few moments, worth drawing attention to.
So, authority – it is a human figure, which inspires you to do good deeds, to make changes in your life. A person who, at certain moments in your life, becomes your “guide” when you do not know which way to turn. Jesus in the Gospel Matthew 15, 14 warns against such “false authorities” saying: “When the blind leads the blind, they both fall in the pit”.
Authority – is the person, who lights others around him. St. Alphonsus says: “A tree which doesn’t burn – cannot ignite others, a cold heart will never ignite lightning.
Authority – is a human figure, in which words and deeds go in pairs. The Blessed Patriarch Lubomyr Husar was called the moral authority over the Ukrainian Nation. He was listened to by ordinary people and politicians alike. Everyone looking at him felt inspired to change their lives.
For Christians an authority can be a confessor, it can be a spiritual leader, who doesn’t solve problems, but helps to find the right road in life.
In the Gospel Matthew 5, 16 Jesus teaches: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven”. May these words of the Divine Teacher be for us a guide to choosing your authority.
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