“Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that [is] unprofitable for you” (Hebrews 13:17); “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right” (1 Peter 2 13:14).
I find no issues with obeying and honoring the laws and values of the United States of America along with its authoritarian body. In my book, respect for authority is not only biblical but is also the right thing to do if we are to live as civilized human beings. The moment that folks question authority do defend their pride, I try to better understand the reasons for their skepticism yet questioning their motives. The bible reaches us, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.” (Romans 13:1-2).
Are people these days living for the Lord and giving up their pride or are they living for man needing to defend their pride at all costs? When a person decides to defend their code of honor at all cost forgetting God’s commands to be submissive, lethal consequences can occur. The Lord didn’t put us in this world to be killed by anyone but to glorify Him. It hurts me to seeing people being shot and/or killed, especially if they are innocent. Tragedies do occur, unfortunately. I feel that some of these events could have been avoided. Let’s focus our attention on God, first and foremost. Everything else follows the former.