Scripture: “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
Observation: Paying taxes and our debts is somewhat easy to do but giving respect and honor to others has becoming sorely lacking in our time. Having just left behind the politically charged election season, I witnessed first-hand what happens when believers fail to show honor and respect for their leaders. It’s as if we fail to read what Paul is saying which is that you may not agree or even like your political leaders but you will honor and respect them! This has implications for us on many levels and in our age of ‘social media’ and ‘just saying’ culture this means that we resist the urge to post the latest zinger or funny about the guys in Washington.
Application: Where the rubber meets the road for us as believers is that we need to remember that these leaders ‘have been instituted by God’; meaning his hand was upon them and it was his will that they placed into the positions that they now occupy. As verse two of this chapter says, ‘Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment…’
Prayer: Father, help me to remember to respect my leaders and to show them the respect and honor that they deserve because to do otherwise is to incur your judgement upon me. Amen