David DeBruyn explains proper authority in contrast to authoritarianism. However, his essay goes further and gives an excellent summary of how those in authority must sometimes act in ways that appear to be self-serving. Because of this, godly leaders will at times be accused of selfish motives even while acting faithfully and sincerely. But the preservation of one’s reputation is secondary to obeying God, and false accusation is a wound that a godly leader must be willing to bear.
An excellent essay arguing that Christianity needs to be relevant . . . . and also not relevant.