Respect Authority Or Die Trying (Not To)

I have a confession to make. Yesterday our son and a friend were outside talking with me while I worked on a project. They both love rap music. Tucker played a song from back in my day (most of you know that I used to LOVE gangster rap). They were cracking up, and amazed, that I STILL knew ALL the words! Naturally, I wasn’t saying the cuss words 🙊. In case y’all weren’t aware of this, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. It’s not so much the cussing in songs that’s so bad. Even though it is rude! What’s so bad is the subjects those songs are talking about! If you sing a song that’s talking about disrespecting authority or worse, shooting a cop, you don’t have to use the F-word for it to be a really bad song! You don’t have to use bad language to sing a song that goes against God’s word! Let me tell y’all! I feel guilty about even listening to those songs, let alone singing along!

Telling y’all the names of some of the songs makes me cringe! One, in particular, is called “‘F-word’ Tha Police” ( only they use the actual REAL F-word, and you have to pronounce police like ‘POE-leece’) Thinking about that song got me to thinking about all the things that have been going on, in our country, concerning police officers. This may strike a nerve with some of you, and that’s ok.

What I’m seeing is a general lack of respect for authority, mostly due to a society that’s become way too soft. They can’t paddle kids in school. It might lower their self esteem, or God forbid…embarrass them! That’s BULL CRAP! People can’t spank their kids for fear of someone calling child services on them. That’s STUPID, not to mention a downright shame. Those two things alone have wreaked havoc on our children.

Look, one of the biggest (of many) parenting mistakes Steve and I made was not teaching Tucker to have more respect for authority. Doing things like bad mouthing teachers in front of him, or defensively taking his side when he got in trouble. Ok, so that was mostly me. Not making him address us as sir and m’am. Another big mistake we made was not spanking him enough, and when we did, it was out of anger. Ok, so that was mostly Steve. (Before Steve got saved, he didn’t “believe” in spanking a child.) We did those things out of ignorance, and because neither of us had a respect authority ourselves! I’ve, personally, had a rebellious spirit as far back as I could remember, and still do! The thing is, as parents, as a married couple, and as people in general, Steve and I could’ve saved ourselves a TON of trouble had we just understood, and known, the true meaning of the word respect.

Had we, first and foremost, known to respect God, for one, our marriage would’ve been WAY different! Plus, had we had a relationship with Jesus, we would’ve known that He expects us to respect earthly authority, thus, we would have taught our children! Had I had a personal relationship with Jesus, I would’ve known that Steve was our authority and I would’ve respected him as such. Had Steve had a personal relationship with Jesus, he would’ve known how to treat me as a wife, making it easier for me to respect him. Not that a husband has to “earn” respect. We respect them because they’re men! But, it sure makes things easier when both people know, and understand, what’s expected of them! Had we been doing all these things right, it would’ve trickled right on down!

The moral of the story is. If da POE-leece tells you to stop what you’re doing, then STOP!
Unless, you want to die, in which case keep doing what your dumb butt was doing! When your parents tell you to stop doing something, STOP! Or get your ‘self esteem’ damaged! Aka, get that butt busted! At least that’s what SHOULD happen! And, most importantly, if God tells you to stop doing something, definitely STOP! (Like when He was telling me to stop listening to those bad songs!) Because I didn’t listen, I missed out on an opportunity to set an example :-(. I missed out on a blessing. That’s one of the worst consequences a person can suffer. God’s consequences are always the worst! If you don’t know Him, you will suffer the worst consequence of all! Eternity in hell! Don’t want to go to hell? Holler at me, I’ll help you with that!

PS, if someone is abusing their authority, and there are those who do, there are proper channels to take. Never try to do it alone. Tell someone you trust, and get the help you need.

Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience. Romans 13 1-5

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