The Hierarchy of Respect

How does hierarchy work on the battlefield?

The general gives the orders, and everyone under him jumps at his command.

It’s not okay to question. That doesn’t work in time of war. It’s not only insubordination, but it could have deadly consequences.

You see, a general has to make quick decisions based on what he or she knows, and they must have the confidence that the order they give is unhesitatingly obeyed.

No explanations necessary.

Now let’s turn that to us. Who’s the “general” in our religious body? Our pastor? Now to hit home … have you ever wanted to argue with your pastor … perhaps even refused to do what he or she asked?

Ouch.

Here’s what 2 Corinthians 13:10 says:

“Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the authority which the Lord has given me for edification and not for destruction.”

Our respect helps build up both the church body and the leaders in charge over us.

Our disrespect – arguing; disobedience – tears the church apart.

We hear the church often described in military terms. So, our question, Good Christian, is this: Are you a good soldier?

There’s a hierarchy to respect, even in the church. Let’s practice it starting today.

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