Thursday, February 4, 2010


"Pay to all what is due them - taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due."
(Romans 13:7)

It's officially February now.  Time to start working on taxes.  (Actually, full disclosure here... Jody does all the tax-prep work for us!)  For most of us, it's not a question of "IF" we will pay taxes (like it was in Jesus' day)... but rather "WHEN" (as in how close to the 1:59pm deadline on April 15th?!).  Giving people respect & honor, however, is another story.

Towards t he end of his letter to the church in Rome, Paul encourages the believers to do 4 things: Give the taxes, revenue, respect & honor that is due people.  Period.  It's the last 2 categories that struck me today. 

We in America value our freedom - including free speech.  We exercise that speech quite often in expressing our displeasure with people - elected officials, soccer referees, our bosses, law enforcement, criminals, the homeless, Drug addicts & Drug dealers, cable/phone repair people, etc.  Some of them, by their position and/or title are truly due respect - whether we agree with their policies/actions/statements or not.  We frequently do NOT afford respect to many of them.  And honor?  Wouldn't Jesus have wanted us to treat ALL people with love & honor?  Probably.  He did.  Again, there are many we don't grant honor to.  "But they don't deserve it!" you say to me.  Maybe that's true.  But Jesus challenged us (commanded us!) to love our enemies & pray for those who hurt (or frustrate, anger, embarrass) her.

Respect & honor.  I'm sure I could be giving more of them both than I currently do.

How about you?

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