Where is Respect?
Do we really have respect in the world now? Is it something that is super apparent in today’s society? I would say not really, at least as not as much as it used to be. People have stopped respecting their leader, but at the same time leaders have gotten more lenient. We have forgotten the way of respecting. For instance, many people do not really care for our President, Mr. Trump. Whereas some adore him. Some people did not like Hilary Clinton, and others thought she was the best leader they had ever seen. Our current President is known around the globe for some of the rather outlandish things he has said. With some of the things he has said, do you think that he deserves respect?
Is there still respect today?
I would argue that there is not as much respect anymore in the world. Some leaders do get the respect they deserve while others do not. Social media does not help with respect either. When people start to disagree with an authority figure, we now take our feelings out via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Romans 13:1 (NIV)
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority, except that which God established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”
Titus 3:1 (NIV)
Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, and so whatever is good.
We are called to respect our leaders by God. He put them in power over us to guide us. Never will we agree with all of their choices, but we have to learn to respect them. There are a lot of things said that I do not agree with. That though does not give me any excuse to go around saying trash about the people in authority over me. We are supposed to respect them and follow their rules unless it violates a key principle of something God has established.
What is the role of a leader?
Leaders, God put you here in the world for a reason. Some people have the natural gift of being able to lead, and God has blessed you to have this ability. Though I want to warn you about a few things. As a leader, you have to have wisdom, and also watch your actions and words. If you want respect, you have to do things that people would be willing to respect. You have to learn to own up to your mistakes and listen to the advice of other people.
Hebrews 13:7 (ESV)
“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.”
As a leader, your actions need to reflect God’s will, and your faith needs to be strong and not hypocritical.
Titus 1:7-9 (ESV)
“For an overseer, as God’s steward must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.”
The leaders in the world need to give careful thoughts to their actions. They need to make sure that if they want respect they are doing things that deserve respect. Make sure that if you are put in charge of a group, project, city, or nation, you are doing everything you can to be a good leader and one that people want to respect.
Respect is something that everyone deserves, whether or not we don’t like them and their actions don’t deserve it. The world is a place where not everyone agrees with everything, and that can be beautiful. We need to make sure though that we still give the authority the respect they deserve, and the respect the Bible says to give them.
Let’s rethink respect together,