Authority and Responsibility

“Authority naturally flows to those who take responsibility. Authority routinely flees those who seek to blame others.”  Douglas Wilson

I heard it said once by a wise, old church elder that authority and responsibility are like train tracks.  Like the two iron rails they run parallel and if they are separated there will be disfunction.

Assuming authority without taking responsibility creates tyrants.  All authority will be illegitimate and turn to bullying.

Likewise, if responsibility is taken – if the buck stops with someone – then their authority should be honoured.  True authority does not need to be demanded.

train tracks