Newsletter  Vol 14, No 9    September 2005

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A Culture of Respect II By Daniel Juster

"Brothers, I did not realize that he was the high priest, for it is written, do not speak evil about the ruler of your people." Acts 23:5 (NIV)

In this remarkable passage, we read of Paul's repentant words and attitude after he called Ananias a "white-washed wall." He had ordered Paul to be struck for no good reason because he did not approve of his testimony. According to history, Ananais was corrupt and a usurper. At that time the descendants of Zadok were prevented from serving as high priests, though they alone were qualified for this office by the promise of God. Even so, because Ananias served in the office of high priest, Paul's manner of speech indicated that he owed Ananias a level of respect. This is so very contrary to what is practiced in Western and Israeli societies.

The Bible teaches us that all are created in the image of God and worthy of respect, but also that those in authority are due special respect because they represent the authority of God. To rebel against authority or to disrespect authority in word and deed is to show disrespect to God Himself. This is a serious matter. In addition, the Bible teaches that proper submission to even harsh authority releases the power of God to discipline authority.

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