Honor code

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It can seem, at times, that honor is as complicated as this.

Today, I was reminded of the importance of honor.

Honor, as close as it is to the heart of God, seems like a distant topic of discussion. He says in Malachi 1:6a , “‘A son honors his father, and a slave his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?’ says the Lord Almighty” (NIV).

Not only does the Lord care about his own honor, but that of the authorities he institutes. First Peter 2:17 states, “Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king” (NASB).

For the Christian, honor is weaved in the very essence of our faith. A Christianity that lacks honor has no structure and quenches the Spirit. The Apostle Paul demonstrates the importance of honor in Acts 23:1-5:

And looking intently at the council, Paul said, “Brothers, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience up to this day.” 2And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth. 3Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Are you sitting to judge me according to the law, and yet contrary to the law you order me to be struck?” 4Those who stood by said, “Would you revile God’s high priest?” 5And Paul said, “I did not know, brothers, that he was the high priest, for it is written, ‘You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.’” (ESV)

Even amidst injustice, Paul’s words convey that there is a place for honor. In our current social and political climate, differing opinions and views have diluted our sense of honor for our authorities. Faith in Christ, though, recognizes that he is the ultimate authority, and that a breach in our conduct as his followers is not necessary to advance his agenda.

Lastly, the honor that we exemplify to the outside world should be perfected in the church. First Timothy 5:15 states, “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching” (ESV). Paul even expands the context of honor to our fellow believers, as he writes, “Outdo one another in showing honor” (Romans 12:10b).

Let us seek to honor God as we honor one another.

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~ by christianballenger on February 28, 2017.

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