“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
“Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.” (1 Peter 2:17)
“Paul replied, “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.” (Acts 23:5)
“Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good…” (Titus 3:1)
“Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.” (Romans 13:5)
Even if your guy didn’t win!
Some of the Kings/Emperors when these words were written. (context)
- Demanded to be Worshipped as God
- Confiscated property and used extortion to refill the treasury that he had wasted living his lifestyle
- Killed his mother
- Used the treasury to build a huge palace and 120 foot statue of self
- Blamed Christians for the fire in Rome, killed many
I believe that respecting and honoring will be the most difficult for some. We have already shown a propensity to let down our moral guard and participate in slander, mockery, joking, etc. about our opponents, and seem to easily justify sin. But we are Biblicaly commanded to honor and respect those in authority. That should affect the things we watch on TV, the emails that we forward, the jokes that we tell. Sadly, it doesn’t and won’t for some disciples of Jesus.