King empire

Devotion – “Honoring the King” – Farmville

Marv Fisher

Jhe authority structure in America is in disarray, how should we respond to the growing disrespect for rulers? In 1 Peter 2:17 we see a distinct difference in relationship between people and God. “Honour all men; love brotherhood, fear God, honor the king. And in 2:13, “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as one in authority, or to governors as sent by him…” What does the honor when a biblical worldview is ignored by a king, and replaced by humanism? These scriptures were written under the iron fist of Rome, with the evil Emperor Nero at the helm. The position of authority must be honored, even when we are deeply divided in our political or moral opinions. If we continue to disrespect authority, we will train another generation to do the same, each doing what feels right in their own eyes.

In 1 Timothy 2 we see that the involvement of Christians in the life of rulers can make a big difference in the spiritual climate of the culture. It is much easier to honor the king when the king honors God, but what should our response be when the government goes beyond its biblical responsibilities of policing and punishing wrongdoers, and begins to enforce things that undermine the constitution of the country, or even more, the authority of Scripture? According to 1 Timothy 2:4, God’s greatest desire is for people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth concerning the eternal condition of the soul. It replaces our comfort or our financial success. 1 Tim 2:8, “Therefore I want men to pray in every place, lifting up holy hands, without anger or dissension.” In a world where anger and dissension have become the norm, God desires that we live a quiet, quiet life in all godliness and dignity. May the Holy Spirit renew our hearts and minds to walk this path, the high road of God’s calling and election!

This country was established as a democracy, where every citizen 18 years of age or older can be involved in government by voting, running for office, volunteering their time and praying. The basis that nourishes a healthy democracy is the integrity of the people. If we the people are in moral decay, we must share some of the blame for failing leadership. Let’s start by repenting of our own failures, honoring our parents, encouraging our leaders to follow God’s Word, and teaching our children to honor those in authority. The truth should always be spoken boldly, even when ignored, but consider how we can disagree on honor. In God’s mercy He can raise up a leader again with integrity and godly morality, will anyone be willing to follow Him?

Marv Fisher is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Farmville and can be heard weekdays at 1:30 p.m. on 105.3 Equip FM radio. He can be reached at [email protected]