Herbert Hoover once said, “My country owes me nothing. It gave me, as it gives every boy and girl, a chance. It gives me schooling, independence of action, opportunity for service and honor. In no other land could a boy from a country village without inheritance or influential friends, look forward with unbounded hope.”
The story is told of a wealthy man who lay critically ill. His doctor told him, “there is only one thing that will save your life, a brain transplant! It’s experimental and very expensive.” The man assured his physician that money was no object and wanted to know if the doctor could secure a brain for him. The man was told that three brains were actually available. The first was from a university professor and would cost $10,000. The second had been the brain of a rocket scientist and was available for $100,000. The third had recently been harvested from a government bureaucrat and was available for a million dollars. The man who continued to insist that cost would not be a problem inquired as to why the third brain cost so much more than the others. The physician replied, “The third brain, that of the government bureaucrat was never used.”
We chuckle at this story, but we are also reminded that showing respect for governmental authorities is not only our responsibility as citizens, but it is also a good witness for Christ. The Christian citizen should be the best citizen. “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority or to governors who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.” 1 Peter 2:13-14 Our government officials should also remember that respect is best earned rather than demanded. “We The People” should always be considered more than a slogan within the Bill of Rights. WE should give and receive due respect because we have earned it honorably and with integrity in our daily actions. Both honesty and integrity should be key attributes of our character.