My struggle to obey this command from the heart is real

This was the text for our Sunday school lesson today.

1 Peter 2:13-17

Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

That last little bit is the hardest part for me.

I know that the US does not have an emperor. But, in the sense that the emperor is the highest office of an empire, our President fills that position over me. I’m having difficulty honoring him when I am so vehemently opposed to his agenda and policies.

How are you doing in this regard?

6 Comments on “My struggle to obey this command from the heart is real

  1. I know what you mean. It's especially hard since he acts more like an emperor than a president with his czars and daily pronouncements. Whenever I feel my ire rising, I try to remind myself of the beginning of Proverbs 21:21:1 The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord;he turns it wherever he will.2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,but the Lord weighs the heart.3 To do righteousness and justiceis more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. . .Like Peter says, 'by doing good we put to silence the ignorance of foolish people'. We have great opportunities to serve and honor God in the midst of all this turmoil.Proverbs 21 also says:30 No wisdom, no understanding, no counselcan avail against the Lord.That is a comfort, isn't it?


  2. Our lesson this morning (in teaching Sunday school) was on Moses and Pharaoh and how God hardened Pharaoh's heart and used that for His purposes (Ex. 6:1-12, 7:1-12, and Romans 9:17). Another thing that helps me in this respect is remembering Proverbs 21:1: "The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord;he turns it wherever he will." God will get the glory because of evil-doers who were prepared for destruction (also Romans 9). We should still pray for them and that God will change their hearts but that over all, God's will is accomplished.


  3. In the United States we were founded with the understanding that if the leaders get too far out of line they will be held accountable.It may be time for the states to break away for real and for good.


  4. I have a hard time with this too. I think for me the best place to start is to pray for him.


  5. I do pray for him — that he (or anyone like him) isn't reelected in 2012. Thanks for the encouragement. I also like Psalm 94 right now.


  6. I'm having a hard time on this, too. No advice for you, I just thought I share that I'm struggling, too.


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