I Peter 2:17 instructs us to “honor everyone”. This includes honoring with our submission to the king and governors (our governmental leaders) – verse 13-14; our masters (employers) – verse 18; wifes to husbands – Ephesians 5:22; the church to Christ – Ephesians 5:24; to one another – Ephesians 5:21; and to our Father and Mother – Ephesians 6:1. As slaves of God we are commanded to submit to our earthly masters and authority figures even if they are wicked – I Peter 2:18. It brings God’s favor upon us if we endure grief from suffering unjustly and God’s favor is worth the suffering!
It is distressing… to see the vitriol surrounding much of the political interaction today rather than treating persons with respect even if you disagree with their opinion. I see today rioting in the streets with profanity and threatened violence just because some do not like President Elect Trump. Personally, I am happy with the result of the election thinking Trump could make a good president even with his many character flaws. However, if Clinton had been elected, a person with whom I have almost total disagreement on the issues, I would be expected as a Christian to give her honor as President and wish her well for the good of the country while continuing to support my views on the issues. In fact, Ms Clinton, to her credit, advocated doing as much in her concession speech speaking to her supporters. Let us heed her words and honor our new President by praying for him and wishing him well in attempting to bring renewed prosperity to our country. Even more, let us “honor everyone” in our daily lives as the Word commands with civility while maintaining the right and duty to present our views forcibly.