Respect

I got into a discussion the other day about respect.
My view on the subject may differ from yours.
I believe respect must be earned in order to be kept.
I will give you the respect you deserve because of your position but it’s up to you to keep my respect; it’s not up to me.
I’ll give a prime example; while one may respect the office of the President of the United States of America, and once a candidate is elected as President, I will respect the man in the office.
But should the President show his disrespect for the Constitution, the Armed Forces, or just the hard working individuals that put him/her in office, then I will start losing respect for the same person.
Someone can have a high position but unless they honor that position by respecting it themselves and those subordinate to it, then that person has not kept or earned respect.
I don’t believe a lack of respect for the Chief Exec should prevent prayer for him or her.
But just because you are the President, the CEO, the foreman, or a pastor does not mean that everything done is automatically right and should be followed blindly just because a position of respect has been attained.
I hope I’m not going against what the Bible says.
I know it’s written let the wife see that she respects her husband (Eph 5:33) but can this truly happen without the first admonition given to the husband in the same verse, let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself. Eph 5:33
If the husband, the high position, doesn’t love the subordinate, the wife, then how can the subordinate give respect to the high position?
I will gain your respect when I treat you as you deserve to be treated.
Then the Word talks about not respecting certain people; blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. Ps 40:4
Did I read this right?
It’s better not to respect the proud and the liar?
I can understand why; the proud is always thinking of self and never of subordinates or higher leadership.
Liars are just liars and have no respect for anyone else.
You can’t trust what they have to say and, therefore, they get no respect.

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