Monday, June 24, 2013

Incongruity – Toxicity of Disrespect

Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men, Titus 3:1-2. (See also Romans 13:1-7; 1Peter 2:13-17; 1Timothy 2:1-4).

A group of Christian brothers gather for an afternoon of fellowship; as the afternoon blends into evening there is discussion of women in leadership in the church. One brother says that those who defend women in leadership are being relative and not Biblical, that they are allowing society to dictate their position. There is also discussion about the role of husbands and wives in the home, one of the brothers is strident in insisting that men need to be the head of the household and that the abdication of this role by husbands has contributed to society’s problems.

There are also times during the afternoon when both the president and vice-president of the United States are maligned, made fun of, disrespected.

Consider the incongruity of the above. How can we talk about the “right order” of society, of the family, of the Kingdom of God – and engage in disrespect for authority? We undermine our own position. And to those who might respond regarding the president and vice-president with an argument to justify their disrespect – I say their position is relative, the Scriptures are clear, we are to respect all who are in authority.

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