We started this series with our fundamental thought, honour starts with me.
In today’s world, honour is so often times only given when our values, opinions and objectives align… when we agree. I understand this through the prism of our humanity but the Bible sees it different.
Let’s go back to 1 Peter 2:17, in the King James Version he writes ‘Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king’. (As a side point notice he begins and ends with honour!). It’s his last statement I want to apply to underline my point. Honour the king.
The apostle Paul speaking to the Romans writes ‘Let every person be subject to the governing authorities…’ Here, we see the Biblical narrative that calls for surrender (if you’re a natural born rebel reading this may require a Prozac and a lay-down). It’s easy to give honour, to submit to somebody you respect but the Biblical narrative ask us to recognise value in everybody, those who walk with us, those who rule above us, even if they don’t align with us.
Worse when the king at that time was a ruthless, murdering thug who was set to destroy everything the apostles were building. Yet with all humility Peter calls for honour.
Let’s look again at 1 Peter 2:17 in The Passion Translation; “Recognise the value of every person and continually show love to every believer. Live your lives with great reverence and in holy awe of God. Honour your rulers.”
Honour, it starts with me.