Read Exodus 22
Focus on verse 28
The people of America have become deeply divided primarily in political ideology, but this also spills over into matters of morality and philosophy. Division and disagreement in itself is not always a bad thing, what makes it problematic in current times is that we seem to have lost respect for one another. When the discussion becomes disrespectful, it ceases to be productive, and begins to become destructive. Most destructive is the dehumanization of those who disagree with us, because when if we consider them less human, it justifies mistreatment of people who in God’s view have no less value than us. In today’s reading the people are commanded to treat God and those who rule over them with respect and honor.
You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler of your people. (v. 22)
The people of God were commanded to honor God and the rulers He placed over them. There is no caveat in the case of abusive rulers. Apparently we are to honor and respect them out of respect for God who placed them there. This is more fully explained by the Apostle Paul in the 13th chapter of his letter to the church in Rome.
Perhaps it should not be surprising to us then that our nation currently is in the state that it is in. It would seem that even among those who claim to follow Christ there is little honor for leaders. While it may be true that there are precious few leaders who lead, or have led in a manner worthy of respect, the biblical expectation does not seem to leave room for disrespecting even the worst of the leaders among us.
I would admit that I have not been the best example of showing respect to those that the Lord has placed over me at times. Honoring those in authority over us when we disagree with their ideology is not easy, particularly in a culture that holds individual values and ideals above the idea of community. It is, however possible when we submit ourselves to God recognizing He ultimately placed those leaders over us.