By What Authority? Matt. 21:23-32
The quintessential sin of Western Civilization and in particular of the Western United States is that of hyper-individualism. That sin expresses itself in many ways. In this encounter between our Lord Jesus and the Scribes and Elders of Israel that sin expresses itself as a challenge to Jesus' authority. These Jews weren't really seeking an answer - they were declaring their refusal to have this Man rule over them. This same objection lies behind the anti-authoritarianism that we encounter in our neighbors every day.
Jeff Harlow has served as the Pastor of Trinity Reformation Church in Salem, OR and several other congregtions.