“You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler of your people." - Exodus 22:28
The current atmosphere in America exhibits every form of criticism toward her leadership. From one side to the other, you find everything from raging hatred to mild, but loudly spoken complaints. One might say that we live in an age of democracy and free speech gone amuck. People shake their fist at God and spit in the face of their leaders. We no longer practice reverence or respect.
The above command was given in the midst of laws for social justice. No nation rises above its reverence toward God and its respect for leadership. Israel was no exception. As a newly formed nation, laws were given to promote peace, harmony, and above all else, holiness. They were to build on the bedrocks of reverence and respect.
The obedience of the above command has been a marked character trait of David, (1 Samuel 24:6; 26:9) and the Apostles (Acts 23:5; Romans 13:2-7; Titus 3:1-2; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 5:5). May we choose, not to "tear down", but "pray up" our leaders ... 1 Timothy 2:1-2. Why not set a positive example that avoids every form of grumbling and complaining (Philippians 2:14; James 5:9)? Let's lead our world back to the practice of reverence and respect.