Today’s reading is in Romans chapter 13. This is all about honoring people in authority over us. This applies to employers, parents, and especially our governmental leaders. There seems to be a lot of confusion today about honor and respect and yet disagreeing with someone in authority. I am a bit concerned with some of our conservative talk radio programs lately. They seem to be getting very disrespectful of our government officials. There is a way to disagree with someone in authority and yet still honor and respect them. We must not buy into the two great lies that are accepted in today’s culture. The first lie is that if I disagree with you that means I hate you and disrespect you. The second lie is that if I love you that means that I agree with your all of your life choices. Both of these are NOT true and we need to learn how to disagree with people without being disrespectful as well as loving people and not agreeing with them, especially with people who are in authority over us. A person that God has put in authority over us does NOT have to earn our honor and respect. We honor and respect them for their position, believing that God has placed them over us.
Here are a few things to consider when you disagree with someone in authority over you. The first thing to look at is your heart attitude. If you do not respect them, then get that right first, because your attitude will affect everything else that you say and do. Have you prayed for this person and asked God what you should do first? If you are going to talk to a work supervisor that you disagree with, it might be a good idea to take a look at your work record before you do. Are you one of their best workers, do you do good work, are you a team player, do you show up early? You don’t have much to stand on if you have not done your part first. Also it would be good to process how you will react if what you have to say is not received. Are you still going to respect this person in authority or are you going to become rebellious and start talking bad about this person with your peers? It is fine to express our concerns and disagreements but we must be willing to accept the fact that we may not be heard. How are we going to handle that? I say go ahead and do what you are supposed to do and serve the person in authority. Do your work unto God and if you are right let God prove you right or let God replace that person in authority in His time.
Obviously, we should never do things that are wrong even if we are told to do so by people in authority over us. There are times when God will raise up people to put an end to wickedness and evil, but most of the disagreements we deal with on a day to day basis are not this severe. Speak your mind, stand for what is right, but always remember to honor and respect those that God has placed in authority over you. Your life will be blessed if you do.