Never Speak ill of your Rulers – ““I’m sorry, brothers. I didn’t realize he was the high priest,” Paul replied, “for the Scriptures say, ‘You must not speak evil of any of your rulers.’ ”” Acts 23:5
How do you address the rulers in society? Even with the wrong decisions you are convinced they take every now and then, is it right for you to rain insults on them? Is it justified by your faith to call them names?
No matter how justified you are, the word of the Lord commands you MUST not speak evil of any of your rulers.
Elihu waited to weigh his words and consider his standing before speaking to Job not for anything else because Job was an elder and a leader, a ruler in his own rights. When asked he noted;…“I am young and you are old, so I held back from telling you what I think.” – Job 32:6
Oh, indeed, you are of fresh blood, bright ideas of the new age you think works better than the archaic thoughts of your leaders but it must not be expressed with insults preceding its submission.
Paul in the text realised he had spoken out terms to a leader regardless of the leader being wrong. Paul just as Elihu knew and understand God as the supreme Judge and the decider of the fate of man and as to how to address them.
Paul did apologize as an admonition to us all.
Don’t be confused out of context of Matthew 22:21 of giving unto Caesar that which belongs to Caesar, read Ephesians 6:5-6 and 1 Peter 2:18-21 understand the context.
You cannot hope to settle a wrong being done you or the society by being wrong yourself. Further sin is never a remedy to being righteous.
God is Holy, pursue a life in that tract, do not speak evil of your leaders. Implore Respect and Submission at all times. Never Speak ill of your Rulers!
God bless you.