Many public bodies think that their authority allows them to call the public to jump to attention.
Take the tax office. One will wait weeks and even months to get a response from them, but they expect you to answer them within so many days, with the threat of penalties – even although you may be away from home when they choose to respond, or you have pressing business, etc. You must jump to attention when they say so.
A business would soon lose its customer loyalty with such an attitude, and many do. This attitude is common wherever there is authority. Jesus spoke against this abuse of authority, but few people know nor pay any attention to what He says. He said that we should use authority to serve, not to be served. Authoritarians abuse their authority to give themselves a sense of worth. Jesus gives a sense of self-worth without the need for abuse.
There are many areas of public life where the public are kept at arm’s length by those in authority – the justice system, lawyers and police, the media, council officials, etc. Most people do not realise this until those rare occasions when they must interact with them. However the average person encounters it in their employment, from individuals at work, even if not from their employer as such. It leads to much of the mental health issues and lack of productivity at work.
In fact it begins at 2 years old – the terrible twos – when little children want to control their little siblings and even their doting parents with screaming tantrums. Some people never grow up and they continue to control and manipulate others as much as they can get off with. What they don’t realise is that they must give account to Him Who has the ultimate authority.