Honor To Whom Honor | The Institute for Creation Research

Honor To Whom Honor

"Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor" (Romans 13:7).

On President's Day each year, our nation remembers and honors our presidents, especially such great leaders of the past as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, who played critical roles in the history of our nation. Whether these men were born-again Christians or not is still a matter of controversy, and the same is true of our current leaders.

Regardless of that, however, the Bible commands that we honor them, "for there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God" (Romans 13:1). If the Apostle Paul could write of the pagan, cruel, licentious Roman emperor that "he is God's minister to you for good" (Romans 13:4), then surely this must be true of our own duly elected, nominally Christian leaders today.

We honor them because God has (for reasons that may be inscrutable to us) placed them in these positions of authority. "That the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men" (Daniel 4:17).

"Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake. . . ." We are therefore commanded: "whether to the king as supreme, or to governors . . ." (1 Peter 2:13-14). We are entitled, of course, also to pursue any avenue provided by these same ordinances for changing them, or for the redress of grievances, or for securing better leaders. When, however, we must choose between obeying a law of God or of human government, "we ought to obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:29). This includes submitting graciously to whatever legal penalty this disobedience entails, "For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men" (1 Peter 2:15).

* Dr. Morris (1918-2006) was Founder of the Institute for Creation Research.

Article posted on February 15, 2016.

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