The devil, like the Batman’s Joker, is an agent of chaos. He loves chaos, thrives upon discord and disorder.
But God is not a God of confusion, but a God of peace. (I Corinthians 14:33) He has established His order within His Church. He has established His order within His creation. And we are to follow that order.
Some of this order is easier to understand than others. Parents are to discipline their children, not the other way around. Teachers are to teach and students are to learn. Pastors are to forgive and preach while laymen are to gladly receive these gifts.
But what about hierarchy? What about order in the Church when it goes past pastors and laymen? Who tells the pastors what to do? Who trains them? Who will step in when the pastor steps out of line?
These are questions that the Bible, by-and-large, does not answer. Yet, we know that God loves order, and not chaos. And so we do everything in an orderly fashion.
An example: the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has a “system” (colleges and seminaries) for training pastors, teachers, and others who serve in the church. This system is not mandated by the Bible, yet it is beneficial. It provides a manner in which we have well trained church leaders and servants.
Order is good.
Chaos is bad.
And so everything that we do within the Church is striving after order and peace.
This is the very purpose of the Gospel. Christ has died and risen to restore the creation to the proper order. By His grace He grants us faith in the work of Jesus’ death and resurrection so that we might serve each other (Ephesians 2:8-10). Order is restored.
[Tomorrow: We stand for Creation!]