Freedom is one of the greatest things that America is known for—something most other countries don’t have. We have freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom to assemble peacefully, freedom to petition our government, and freedom of speech (the first Amendment to the Const.). Freedom is a very good thing, a gift from God, but it can be abused and misused. For instance, we have the freedom to say anything we want about anyone, verbally or in print; but if what we say is disrespectful and unloving, this is not helpful. Disrespect of anyone is not good, especially if we are talking about authority figures—like the President.
UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLICAL DOCTRINE OF RESPECT FOR AUTHORITY FIGURES
1. We are required by God to submit to (and to have respect for) authority figures, because they have been established by God for our good. Consider the following passage in Romans…
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