Most of us are aware that the New Testament talks about respecting authority, honoring the king, etc. Christians were not to be disrespectful to those in power. I don’t feel that that principle has changed, though the specifics may have. (We don’t have a king, but I think the principle about honoring rulers remains)
What I’m wondering about is this: how far are we to take that? We are to be respectful to all people, but I think there’s a greater honor due to those in power. Does that mean all elected officials? All government officials? Anyone with authority (like security guards, flight attendants, etc.)?
In a democracy like ours, must we show equal honor to all three branches? To all levels: national, state, country, city, and others?
How do you apply this principle? To whom do we show honor? What does this honor and respect look like?
I’d like to hear your thoughts.