Honor. It’s a word we don’t even say much anymore. We certainly don’t understand it. Many of us know that honor is a command from God when it comes to those placed in leadership over us. Read these passages slowly:
1 Peter 2:13–15 (NIV) Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority,
1 Timothy 5:17 (NIV) The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.
Ephesians 6:1–3 (NIV) 1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
I looked it up. Google tells us that the word honor means to “regard with great respect.” We show respect with our words, our tone, and our posture; with our actions, and even our obedience. Our culture today has simply gotten away from God has commanded us to do...much to our own peril.
The simple challenge today? Honor. Honor presidents, preachers, and parents. Respect them. With our words and our actions. “What if we can’t honor? Can i be frank? if we can’t honor, then we should hit the road. Get out. Get out of the country. Get out of the church. Get out of the family.
Whatever we do, we shouldn't sit around and enjoy the protection that Presidents, Preachers and Parents provide, and dishonor them by running them down all the time. There’s just not room for that. It’s wrong. It’s sinful. And a little bit of yeast works through the whole batch of dough. So honor or hit the road! What should we do? Humble ourselves. Honor requires humility. Humility is a command of God with a blessing attached to it:
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV) If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Honor must return to our country. Honor must return to our culture. Honor must return to the church. Why would I be so frank? I want God to bless and protect our nation, our churches, and our families like He once did.
See, God’s blessing on our country, our churches, and our culture is conditional. Honor as an obeyed command also comes a promise: it will go well with us: in our country, in our churches, and in our families. We will enjoy longer life...God’s kind of life...life more abundantly.