Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. – Romans 13:1
I was a ninth grader that had the privilege of starting on my high school football team. My coach, Bobby Johnson gave me a high honor of stepping into the role as our long snapper. I played in the day when you never came off the field. I played linebacker on defense, fullback on offense and was the long snapper for punts and extra points.
I was given instructions from Coach Johnson that I received as if it were a gentle suggestion. Just in case you are wondering, nothing was subtle about Bobby Johnson. I took it upon my 15 year old self to do the exact opposite of his instruction. It seemed so right to me at the time. Needless to say, it was a disaster and I ran the steps of the stadium until I threw my guts up. Being accountable includes obeying your superiors.
I’ve also had plenty of opportunities to follow the direction of the Divine, gone the opposite direction and had, you guessed it, disastrous results.