Honoring Those in Authority—It’s Not a Suggestion

The Facebook status update blinked on the screen. I grabbed my reading glasses from the nightstand and stared at my computer. I viewed a picture of a man’s head with a sarcastic caption.

That man was The President of the United States.

I could never be a politician because my feelings would get hurt on the first day, and I’d quit. I know that all holds are barred and the gloves come off and any other saying you could come up with when it comes to a political race. Especially, for the most important position in the world—President of the United States of America.

Still, it is no excuse.

I think it’s in bad taste for anyone to put sassy or crude pictures of the President on a computer screen. But there’s no excuse for Christians to do so.

And I get plenty of those emails. I hear several of the jokes. I read a lot of bad-mouthing on Facebook. Many of them come from Christians.

I’m not saying I agree with President Obama. I didn’t vote for him in the last election and I won’t be casting my ballot for him this year, either. But I don’t speak against the man. I don’t speak against the man because of his position, not because I don’t agree with him.

The reason that I don’t speak against him is simple. The Bible says no. Romans 13:1-2 states, “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.”

In America, we have the privilege of expressing our opinions publicly. We have the privilege of casting a ballot. But the Bible is clear. All authority is given by God. It’s also taken away by God.

Proverbs 21:1 states, “In the LORD’S hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him.”

God controls politicians, too.

Remember Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar? Daniel was taken into captivity, away from from his family and friends. His family may have even been killed, yet when he had an audience with the king, he spoke with great honor and humility. He revealed the dream to the king, giving God the credit. After that, Daniel got the  ”ruler of the country” promotion. You can’t get much higher than that.

Daniel served the king for several years, yet he never spoke dishonorably to him even though Nebuchadnezzar was a proud, cruel, dishonorable man.

Let’s take a ride back to the New Testament. In Acts 23, the high priest orders a man to strike the Apostle Paul. Paul responds boldly with, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall. You sit there to judge me according to the law by commanding that I be struck.” Those around Paul chastised him for striking the high priest.

What is Paul’s response? Verse 5 states, “Brothers, I did not realize that he was the high priest; for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.’”

I know you could argue jots and tittles, but if there is any doubt about what Scripture says, I’m gonna go with Scripture. I choose to honor the President of the United States.

During the election, I will study the candidates, pray for God’s will, and visit the voting booth.

But I’m not going to dishonor the leader of our country.

It’s not Christian.

 

4 Comments on "Honoring Those in Authority—It’s Not a Suggestion"

  1. Keri-Rose says:

    Thanks Pauline, this is one of your best posts!

  2. Don says:

    You wrote what I feel. Thanks for communicating this! Good post!

  3. jerry says:

    Agree wholeheartedly.

  4. Pauline, I agree with you and I try to convince others of this truth when I receive emals bashing the president. You say it so well here. I plan to send the link to this blog every time I receive such an email. Thank you.

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