(Proverbs 29:26 KJV) Many seek the ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh from the LORD.
“Kiss-up.” “Brown-noser.” “Teacher’s pet.” You know the type. We all know people who “seek” (1245) “favor” (6440) from people in authority. I am sure that we are all guilty of this at one time or another. It doesn’t need to be wrong. If you want a promotion or a raise you are required to produce what the boss demands. As with many issues the real problem is balance and foundational principles.
As a teacher I am constantly hounded by the latest fad in education. Currently it is Common Core. In the past it has been things like “whole language” and “new math.” Parents love to demand the latest. Administrators base their future promotion on spouting the party line. My calling however is not to please parents and ladder climbers but to prepare children for the future. You may face similar stress in your work or home.
So? You can’t build much more than a tent without a solid foundation. Usually we are not going to be given the concrete of truth from our “rulers” (4910). We may not even get it from our pulpits. The good news is that God has given you your own building code in the Bible. Use it. Know the difference between fads and truth.