How do we demonstrate the biblical construct of respect for our leaders?

Peter [Remember him? The one who cut the ear off  the Roman soldier] writes,

Submission to Authorities
12Conduct yourselves with such honor among the Gentiles that, though they slander you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us. 13Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to the king as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors as those sent by him to punish evildoers and praise well-doers.… Berean Study Bible ·

The Word continues.

17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor. …. But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

As a human being, the first thing we do when accused is unleash our “porcupine quills” armed for war and the destruction of the accuser. That is our fleshly response. This was the Lord’s response.

22 “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” 23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds, you have been healed.” 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

So, pray for our leaders no matter what positions of authority that they may be in. Pray that they will live by the following Scripture…

I know that this is a hard request, but if ever our leadership needed prayer it is NOW!

 

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