As some of you probably know, Mr. Barak Obama is now our nation’s president! Right now there are issues arising with the stimulus plan for the economy, talk of the Obama administration threatening anyone opposing them, and issues simply with the views and moral beliefs of the ruling party in America right now. It is all too easy to get caught up in talking about these things and what it might mean for our future, and to label Barak Obama as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for our country, our economy, or God’s church.
This is all too easy to do, but should we be saying these things? Should we be engaging in vigorous conversation with those in favor or opposing us? What is our Christian duty in regards to these situations?
One of the passages that summarize the duty of mankind is found in 1Peter 2:17. Please turn there in your bibles with me… there are other passages that point to a short summation of our duty, but this one applies quite well to this situation. Honor all men, love the brotherhood, Fear God. HONOR THE KING.
SPS: How do we honor the king? [what should our behavior be towards our President?]
We find in Proverbs that God says “By Me, kings reign and princes decree justice.” God is in control.
Looking at the history of the kings of Israel and Judah we certainly can see that not all kings are good. Some even turned the people away from God!
First: Honoring the king is to be taken seriously
(1 Peter 2:17 again)
When Peter wrote this, he was certainly mindful that some of the brethren would have problems honoring Nero, the sadistic tyrannical Roman emperor. Nero was very likely insane and merciless in his torture and killing of hundreds of Christians in sometime bizarre ways. Some Christians were used as human candles to light some of Nero’s feasts. Honoring the king was certainly a very difficult thing for Christians at this time to do.
But Nero was king and ordained of God. He was to be honored for the office given to him by God. If you will turn to Romans 13:1-4 we will see God’s instructions about kings.
“Let every soul be subject to the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers
that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever resists the power, resists the ordinance of God. 3
(skipping to verse 4) For he is a minister of God to you for good.”
Nero didn’t seem like a power to the Christians for good, but God puts kings in power and kings are responsible to God (whether they realize it or not)
But we see that command from our King is to “forgive those who have trespassed against us”
Even so, we must HONOR THE KING.
Secondly, we can HONOR the King by Speaking no ill of the king
Obviously today we have a president-not a king-but we are to honor him as Christians as we would a king. Do we do that? In our society our presidents often become targets of scandal and ridicule.
Do we talk ill of our president or president-elect?
Do we make or laugh at jokes made at their expense?
Do we blame George Bush for anything or everything wrong in our society?
In the Old Testament, Job asks “Is it fit to say to a king? Thou art wicked?”
The answer is obviously no, we are to bless them.
There are certainly laws and legislation that our presidents have enacted that are to our good.
We are to bless them in their efforts to govern or rule us.
We are also to obey the laws of the land (if they do not conflict with God’s Laws) and by doing so, do good and set an example to fellow citizens (knowing our citizenship is a heavenly one).
We can simply not say anything sometimes and avoid any potential dishonor caused by slander or gossip.
Finally, we are to Pray for Leaders
We are to pray for the president and other leaders as Timothy instructs us in 1 Timothy 2:1-2. Please turn there with me. Timothy writes
“I exhort therefore, that first of all supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men, FOR KINGS and for all that are in authority that we may lead a quiet and
peaceable life in godliness and honesty.”
Do we pray for our leaders? I certainly don’t think of praying for our leaders as part of my routine.
But with the banking crisis, the automakers crisis, housing crisis, billions in investor fraud, corruption don’t the men in the position of president of our nation need our prayers??? It’s a tough position for anyone to be in right now, and is something we should pray for the good of the individual and the nation
When we obey God’s command to honor all men and the king we are following Christ our King’s example We know that when we honor God by following Christ’s example, our Father will honor us.
So, friends, we need to humble ourselves and then give honor and respect to all men, love the brethren, fear God and HONOR THE KING. Then God the Father, the Almighty, Eternal God will give honor to those who have obeyed this and His other commands.
HONOR THE KING.