Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Honoring People In Positions Of Power

The president is simplythe people's CEO
"Honor (timate) all people, 
Love (agape) the family of believers, 
Reverence (phobeisthe) God, 
Honor (timate) the emperor."
- The apostle Peter, c. 64 A.D.

I was intrigued by the comments addressed to the President at the beginning of his cabinet meeting last week, raising the question of how we should show proper respect toward those in authority without becoming too deferential or reverential toward them. Meanwhile, many of us may show too little respect, but the following seems a little over the top.

What do you think?

Vice-President Pence: "It's the greatest privilege of my life to serve as vice-president to a president who's keeping his word to the American people."

Chief of Staff Reince Priebus: "On behalf of all of us I thank you for the opportunity and blessing that you've given us to serve your agenda and the American people."

Attorney General Jeff Sessions: "It's an honor to be able to serve you."

HHS Secretary Tom Price: "What an incredible honor it is to lead the Department of Health and Human Services at this pivotal time under your leadership. I can't thank you enough for the privileges you've given me and the leadership that you've shown."

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, in thanking the President for visiting her department the prior week, noted that "hundreds and hundreds of people were just so thrilled."

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue: "A lot of us just got back from Mississippi. They love you there."

I welcome your feedback.

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