Whom do you serve?



March 26, 2015

The following article, “Whom do you serve: Sphere sovereignty and the need for limits on power” was originally published in the Reformed Perspective magazine. It has been included here as a reference item for our readers. 

Children are often told to obey by many different folks. Listen to your mom and dad. Listen to the policeman. Listen to your teacher. Listen to the pastor. Adults too are encouraged to obey various authority figures. Which raises a question: what happens when demands of the State and demands of other authorities clash? Whom do we obey?

The Dutch philosopher, theologian and prime minister, Abraham Kuyper developed a system of thought to assist in understanding the authority structures in the world. The system is called “sphere sovereignty” and it helps answer the question, “Who do we obey when various demands on us and our behaviour clash?”

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