Derek Dunn Ministries

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 11:53am
  The Kingdom Culture of Honor

Romans 13:7 (NKJV)
….and give honor and respect to all those to whom it is due.

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In the World we live in, honor is missing. I recently was asked a question by a young adult. He asked, “Pastor, is respect something that is earned or required?” In this day and age this question comes to the minds of many youths, young adults and I’m even sure amongst those who would be considered as mature. With moral failures, scandals and the loss of integrity so prevalent in our day, people tend to be more suspicious of authority and even critical at times.

Yet the Word of God still commands us to “give honor and respect to those whom it is due”. The Word tells us honor not something we give, it is something we owe. It is something that is “due”. It is even compared in the same passage as paying taxes that are owed(1). These are strong words written by the Apostle Paul. Several translations replace the words “to whom it is due” with “for those who are in authority ” and even “respect your leaders” (2).

So, is respect something a leader has to earn or is it something God requires and expects of us? Sometimes we may find it hard to trust; especially for those who are in authority over us and have influence in our lives. Maybe we have been let down before or maybe we have just heard too many stories gone wrong. We need to understand what honor is all about. Honor has to do with our attitude. God commands us through the Apostle Paul to have a right attitude. Ultimately when we honor others we honor the Lord.

The Word of God tells us that all authority is from God,

Romans 13:1 (NKJV)
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.

And that when we resist the authority God has put over our life, we are actually resisting God’s ordinance; we resist God’s order.

Romans 13:2 (NKJV)
Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.

This means that when we don’t honor and respect the governing authority whether natural or spiritual, we are dishonoring and disrespecting God’s order. Wow! God takes this very seriously by saying that when we dishonor authority, we are dishonoring Him and we will bring judgment on ourselves. Now before you get defensive or excited, let’s look at what honor IS and what it IS NOT.

Honor does not mean we have to agree with a person or endorse them. The Greek word for honor means “to revere, prize, and value”. Honor is giving respect not only for merit but also for rank. For example, some Americans may disagree with a President’s decisions, but they should still respect his position as leader of their country.

So honoring is not an end in itself: there’s a meaning there, a significance, a spirit behind it — it is a means to honor God. So God expects us to respect him and his choices. He expects that we will respect the authority he has given. That doesn’t mean you have to like everyone and definitely we don’t have to agree with every one of his or her decisions but we still need to show respect for the position, and by extension, the person who is in the position.

With love,


1. The New Living Translation of the Bible
2. The Bible in Contemporary Language

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