1 Samuel 24:6-7
And he said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord.” So David restrained his servants with these words, and did not allow them to rise against Saul. And Saul got up from the cave and went on his way.
Many motorists have had at least one encounter with the people whom truckers call “smokies.” Their official name is the highway patrol. And when the red and blue lights on top of their car begin to flash, you know you had better pull over.
Whether you have any personal affection for the person behind the badge or not, you still have to respect his position. He has been given the authority to enforce the rules of the road, and your feelings have nothing to say about it.
David had the same attitude toward Saul. It must have been difficult to muster any feeling of devotion for a man who was trying to kill him. Furthermore, the king’s motives and actions were often irrational. Still, Saul had not been removed from his position as the king of Israel.
As a result, David had to treat Saul with honor as God’s anointed leader even though he could not approve of his actions. The position deserved respect whether or not the man did.
As we interact with pastors and other Christian leaders, there will be some with whom we might disagree theologically. Others may have methods that we think are inappropriate. Yet because they are individuals called to serve the Lord in a special way, we must respect their position even when we disagree with them personally.
If you are struggling to respect your pastor or another Christian leader, remember their position. You don’t have to agree with them, but you do have to treat them with the consideration due their calling.
IF YOU CAN’T RESPECT THE PERSON, RESPECT THE POSITION