Spirituality

Published on May 18th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Honor to Whom Honor

Dr. Jed N. Snyder, President, Jesus Every Day Ministries, Inc.,

It seems that people are becoming increasingly insensitive to giving respect and honor to those who are in positions of authority.  Our television screens have recently been filled with pictures of police officers being pelted with rocks and other projectiles and some have been fired upon by unhappy people.   But as we seek to follow God’s Word, we will become more aware of those in positions of responsibility and will accord them the honor that is due to them.  We may disagree with the manner with which they exert the power that has been given to them.  The underlying principle is stated in this verse applies.

Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. Romans 13:7

When Paul, himself, was faced with improper judicial review here is how he dealt with the wrong:

“God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Are you sitting to judge me according to the law, and yet contrary to the law you order me to be struck?”  Those who stood by said, “Would you revile God’s high priest?”  And Paul said, “I did not know, brothers, that he was the high priest, for it is written, ‘You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.’” Acts 23:3-5

When he became aware that he was dishonoring an official, even one who had misapplied the law, he immediately retracted his statement out of respect for the office.  We can learn from the apostle.  There are frequent opportunities to practice giving honor when we might rather give rebuke.  By modern media we are frequently faced with these difficult choices.  What would Jesus do?  That question should motivate us to examine the Bible and apply wise principles to these choices.

Happy giving honor and respect.

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