Respect? 

Not too long ago, I watched a vintage game show episode in which the President was mentioned. They spoke of the President with such respect, which surprised me! I don’t hear a lot of people speak respectfully of our President or other political leaders. I know I don’t speak that way myself. 

Recently, I’ve heard many people speaking ill about our political leaders. I have been guilty of doing so, but it’s not right! The Bible tells us clearly about how we are to think of the political leaders that God has placed over us.

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. – Romans 13:1

Even if we don’t agree with our leaders politically, God says we must respect them. Even if we know they are biblically wrong, we still must respect their authority. 

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. – 1 Timothy 2:1-4

I know it can be hard to respect our leaders sometimes, but Paul lived his life under the Roman Empire. Many Roman emperors were extremely sinful, yet Paul said to pray for them. 

I do want to point out that we also must obey God before anyone else. If we are commanded to do something sinful, “We ought to obey God rather than men.” – Acts 5:29b

That is the only reason to disobey or disrespect authority, though. Further, Jesus has told us, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” – Matthew 5:44

That command sounds like the opposite of mocking or slandering. We aren’t to do that to anyone, never mind our authorities.

God loves everyone, and he wants everyone to get saved. Christians should speak up about their political beliefs, but spouting insults toward the other side isn’t the answer. We should behave as Jesus would: proclaiming the truth in love. That way, we have a chance to be witnesses and a hope that people might listen. 

Finally remember this: “And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:” – Daniel 2:21 (KJV) 

What do you believe about respecting authorities?

21 Comments Add yours

  1. missusmux says:

    This blog exudes wisdom and grace beyond your years! I am ashamed and horrified at the decline in society to the point that it is uncivil, hateful and disrespectful! Thank you for declaring what scripture says about it. The “world” is blinded to the truth of God’s word and it is disappointing to hear folks we care about spewing division. Everyone seems to be a critic! I can remember when I was a kid (very long ago) there was a kids tv show where the host toasted the President of the United States with a glass of milk! (Big Brother Bob Emery) thank you for elevating the need for respect for the position even if we don’t favor the individual. Pray for our leaders. God bless you dear one. 🇺🇸🙏

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    1. Thank you for your kind and wise words, missusmux!

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  2. Great verses and well reasoned commentary!
    I’d like to add 1 Peter 2:17 which tells us to honor ALL people, love the brotherhood, fear God, and honor the king.
    There seems to be an opinion circulating that we only have to respect people who EARN our respect. But that is not what God says. We are to honor everyone because each one is made in the image of God, and He loves each one dearly.

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    1. Amen, Ruth! I saw that verse in my study as well.

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  3. Lisa Blair says:

    Reblogged this on Daily Inspiration – Lisa's Thoughts and commented:
    Words if wisdom.

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  4. Morgan says:

    very thought provoking! Thank you for the reminder!

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    1. I’m glad it helped you, Morgan!

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  5. vicklea says:

    We are to respect and pray for our leaders, even those with whom we disagree.

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  6. It’s good and proper to disagree with a policy decision; we have the right to do so. But I am so very tired of those moments of disagreement turning into personal attacks on the character of the individual, and this is an especially great problem area with social media. We do not have the right to make such judgments (judge not lest ye be judged). I pray we regain the ability to disagree with someone, and still call them friend.

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    1. I love the way you put that! Thanks, Mike!

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  7. faisonjo says:

    I truly believe in this..

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  8. Kaelyn says:

    This is so good. I feel like we forget sometimes to respect our authorities but it is such an important and blessed thing to do. 🙂
    Thank you for sharing friend!
    *hugs
    -kaelyn 😛

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    1. I’m glad you agree! Amen, Kaelyn.

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  9. Very wise, Shae. This idea goes right along with not putting down someone who lives a sinful lifestyle. God hates their sin, but He loves them and died for them just as he did for us. We can be kind and a good witness to someone without agreeing with their ideology.

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  10. T. R. Noble says:

    All very good points!!!

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