The 2012 election is over. And now, we move on to the difficult task of showing respect for a man’s office, regardless of our respect (or lack thereof) of the man who occupies it…and teaching our children to do the same.
Although I disagree unequivocally with most of our newly-reelected president’s ideology, I must continue to show respect for his position.
As the old, well-loved song says, “For the Bible tells me so.”
“…for it is written, ‘You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.’” (Acts 23:5)
In the above verse, Paul was referencing Exodus 22:28, “You shall not curse God, nor curse a ruler of your people.”
It won’t be easy. I know there will be many issues I will feel very strongly about. I may rant and rave about those issues, and I may point out where the president’s actions defy biblical authority. But what I will not do is call him an idiot or tell everyone how stupid he is. His actions will speak for themselves, I fear, but I will not slander him, and I won’t allow my children to do so, either.
“Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.” (Titus 3:1-2)
Verses like the following are hard to swallow at a time like this. But, if I stand by the Bible, I stand by the Bible, tough parts and all.
“Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.” (I Peter 2:17)
Dishonoring our leaders by calling them hateful names is a poor reflection on us. It violates God’s will and hurts our example among non-believers. Yes, I am angry. I want to lash out. But there are bigger concerns at stake, like my soul and the souls of those I influence, so I must exercise self-control when I speak of the president of our country.
May God bless us as we do our best to fulfill ALL His commands.
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