Respect to be earned?

Respect is to be earned

That’s what the world says, but what does the bible says? Respect is to be given regardless, especially to the authorities. It does not matter if they be in Christ, they should still be given tribute and honored. I think there are many good old testament life examples, especially of the prophets who are being ruled by non Jews, especially during the exile.

For the leaders, in a sense it’s true. You need to do your part to obtain respect, without offense.

For the subordinates, we are commanded to give respect. I suppose there could be exceptions if there be a case of tyrant.

Romans 13:6-7 (KJVEC)
[6] For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. [7] Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

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~ by ymsim on 2012/08/28.

2 Responses to “Respect to be earned?”

  1. You make some very good points, here. Even if I disagree with those in power, I try to remember that authority comes with a burden of responsibility which is not easy to bear.

  2. Indeed! Was just doing bible study last night on 1 Peter, I was reminded by the following verses.

    1 Peter 2:13 (KJVEC)
    [13] Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;

    1 Peter 2:17 (KJVEC)
    [17] Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

    I suppose honor the king would have exceptions such as if we are told to go against our Christians principles ie to deny God, and worship the King as in Roman’s time, Daniel? Mordecai in Esther? But we will surely need to bare to consequences though for Christ sake.

    No wonder it’s said the Church is built upon the martyrs’ blood.

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