With the rise in social network, and the discovery of most users of social networks sites in Nigeria of freedom of expression, I’ve come to note the high rise in the choice of disrespectful phrase and expression of the feelings and thoughts of the populace mostly geared towards people in authority. The hardest hit of late has been the President GEJ. From disparaging to outright insolence people have referred to him in the course of expressing the opinions they held.

The reverence with which David referred to Saul even when it was clear Saul preferred him dead seems unreal when reading commentaries referring to President GEJ.

Yours truly has been guilty of this too, but as I learn and actually relearn under the wisest of Teachers that this is wrong I choose to share.

Surely we can express out displeasure at authorities without being disrespectful. For I’ve noticed that the disrespect is not limited to only secular authority which President GEJ represents but also spiritual authority which the Pastors and GOs represent. The respect for authority is a scriptural obligation which should not be ignored under any circumstances. It was not provided that we respect them only when they did what we think is right. Rather we have been called upon to respect them as long as they hold that authority for they enjoy (or enjoyed) God’s pleasure to have gotten the authority.

Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. Romans 13:1

Respect everyone, and love your Christian brothers and sisters, Fear God and respect the king. 1 Peter 2:17

© Itse Tosan 19th January 2012

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